Apart from being the centre of European politics, Brussels has a fascinating and old history that dates back to the 11th century when it began as a small dukedom the size of the current downtown area. In 1830 Belgium became independent and Brussels became the capital of Belgium under a new king and parliament. Find out more about the interesting facts of Belgium through a mixture of facts, history, cultural traditions and political infrastructure.
Brussels is home to the European Commission, Parliament and NATO, a buzzing, influential city where history is made. The city is a key European commercial hub too, a base for many progressive international companies.
A walk through Brussels takes you through architectural history, from ancient medieval buildings to strikingly modern edifices. Huge walls in the city are covered in bright murals, outsize homages to the country's many comic book heroes, including Tintin, Lucky Luke, Largo Winch and the Smurfs.
More information about Brussels is available here: www.visitbrussels.be