Brussels is a truly multicultural, multilingual and diverse city. Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but also the de facto capital of The European Union and the headquarters of NATO. Although French and Flemish Dutch are the two main languages spoken in the city, 27% of the Brussels population are foreign citizens who speak a variety of different languages. Around 40,000 EU employees and over 4000 NATO employees reside in the city. Apart from this, most major European and World organisations have a presence in Brussels, making Brussels one of the busiest and Vibrant cities in Europe.
Brussels was not always as large and important as it is today. In fact, it started out as a small rural settlement on the river Senne. Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels attained more importance due to the formation of international organisations and their offices being located in the city. It rapidly became a hub for rail, road and Air transport and is sometimes known as the crossroads of Europe. Brussels is known for its cuisine and Gastronomy having one of the largest concentration of restaurants. Some of the well-known landmarks in the city include Grand Place, Mannekin Pis, Atomium and the museums of History and Art.
Brussels is a major producer of Chocolate, Beer and Waffles. There are more than 800 brands of beer for sale in the city. The world famous French fries were actually invented in Brussels and most of the restaurants here have some version of French fries on their menu. The Brussels airport is surprisingly the highest chocolate selling point in the entire world. Some events of great magnitude are held in Brussels, for example the largest Agriculture, forestry and agro food fair in Europe is held here every year in July. With such a variety of interesting avenues it has to offer, Brussels is easily a must visit on any Europe tour.