Brussels, my town
Do you want to stay in Brussels and looking for a pleasant and well-located studio? La Reverdie offers you an apartment in Laeken in a bucolic area and well served by public transport. Discover here everything you need to know to move into the Belgian capital.
A capital where life is good
Brussels is the capital of Belgium, the Flemish Community, the French Community of Belgium and the Brussels-Capital Region. It is also the seat of most of the institutions of the European Union (Brussels is therefore considered the capital of the Union), as well as of many international organisations, including NATO.
Brussels is a modern and cosmopolitan city with a rich architectural heritage and the most beautiful Grand Place in the world with its Gothic City Hall. You will also discover the treasures of Art Nouveau, Art Deco as well as museums of very high quality.
Its surface area is 161 km² for an altitude of 62 m.
Its population is about 1.200.000 inhabitants.
The climate in Brussels
Its climate is predominantly oceanic with some continental influences. It rains on average 130 days / year with a total of 818 mm and an average annual sunshine is 1684 h.
The history of Brussels
Brussels was founded in the 11th century, built by the Dukes of Brabant. As it grew, the city became in 1100, an unavoidable stopover on the way to Cologne or Bruges. It is then embellished with suburbs, districts to install all the craftsmen of the city. Brussels then became a city governed by Duke Philip of St Pol, then by Philip the Good, who decided during his reign to make it his place of residence.
Brussels experienced an economic boom. Luxury trades, particularly goldsmithing, leatherwork and decoration develop.
Under the Habsburgs and Philip II, the city did not lose its notoriety, but the arrival of the Spaniards in 1568 did not delight the inhabitants of the city who revolted. From 1695, Brussels became a battlefield during the Wars led by Louis XIV. Little by little, it is rebuilt.
Monuments come to embellish the city, which between 1815 and 1830 becomes the favourite place of the King of the Netherlands. The Revolution broke out that same year and allowed Belgium to become Independent. Restoration work and transformations are undertaken in the 20th century.
But during the Second World War, Brussels was bombed and besieged by German troops. It was not liberated until 1944 by the British, but continued to be the target of German flying bombs until 1945. The city grew from there.
In 1958, it hosts the "International and Universal Exhibition", enters the European Union and joins NATO in 1967. In 1970, the Flemish region, the Walloon region and the Brussels-Capital region were created. Each with its own government. Brussels, unlike its neighbours, remains a bilingual city.
The main points of interest in Brussels
The Grand-Place, the Royal Galleries Saint-Hubert, the Agora and Bortier Galleries, the Passage du Nord, the Church of Saint Catherine, the Sablon (antique dealers' quarter), the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sacred Heart Basilica in Koekelberg, the Hal Gate, not forgetting the famous Manneken-pis, the Opera and its many museums...
Below are some useful links to prepare your trip:
Places to visit nearby
Your apartment for rent is close to the following attractions
- The Atomium;
- The Laeken cemetery
- The Japonese tower;
- The Brussels Expo , where many events and exhibitions are held;
- Mini-Europeand Bruparck ;
The official website of Brussels-Capital will offer you a lot of information about the cultural resources of the city. Brussels.info also lists interesting places and museums to visit.
La Reverdie is well served by transport services:
- Public transport by bus, tram and metro ;
- It is easy to reach the train station and book your train tickets ;
- Thalys and Eurostar allow you to join respectively France and the United Kingdom ;
- Two airports near Brussels will make you travel wherever you want: Zaventem (Brussels North) and Charleroi (Brussels South);
- Bus companies regularly carry out junctions between European cities.
You will find here under all important addresses to settle your administrative affairs:
- The site of the commune of Brussels-Town ;
- For curious peoples, the site of the Belgian monarchy will keep you informed of all the news concerning our royal family.
Accommodation in La Reverdie
Would you like to take a studio to rent in the capital for a few months? Do not hesitate to contact me for more information, via the online form. Interior designer, La Reverdie has been entirely decorated by me. You will enjoy a pleasant stay in an elegant and comfortable studio. Laeken is a municipality located in the north of the city, on the border of the countryside and city in a peaceful environment.