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Famous for being the centre of the European Union, producer of some of the world’s best chocolate and home to more beer varieties than any other city in the world. Brussels is a city with rich historical offerings, world-class museums, a chic café culture, and stunning Art Nouveau architecture, and should definitely be at the top of anyone’s list when it comes to choosing that city break you’ve been after.
As any Brussels travel guide will tell you, this is a modern, cosmopolitan city at the heart of Europe. And although it is known more for being a political hub, it also has a surprisingly young vibe that makes it one of the more cutting edge cities in Europe. Whatever you’re after from a city break, trust us when we say you’ll find it in Brussels.
The exhibition Sensation and Sensuality gathers together more than 150 works by Rubens. Exhibited together for the first time, the wide range of paintings loaned from museums all over Europe centre around six themes, from Lust and Love to Power and Poetry (25 September 2014 - 4 January 2015, BOZAR, 23 Rue Ravenstein, bozar.be).
Head to the pretty university town of Leuven (30 minutes by train from Gare Central) for the Brussels Beer Challenge, when 750 beers from all over Europe will compete for prestigious gold, silver and bronze awards judged by a 60-strong panel of experts. Trips to local breweries can be arranged through the local tourist board (30 October - 2 November, brusselsbeerchallenge.com).