Brussels for All Seasons 2020

No matter what time of the year it is, you are bound to find plenty to see and do in Brussels. With Medieval city squares and architecture that spans Gothic and Art Nouveau, you can even hear the past in the bells that chime evocatively. Breweries provide sinful pleasures and you can repent before the many religious paintings which adorn the beautiful churches.
Botanic Garden Meise
The Botanic Garden Meise is located in the grounds of Bouchout Castle in the town of Meise, just north of Brussels. The gardens cover an area of 92 hectares and hold 18,000 plants from around the world. The castle regularly houses exhibitions and the gardens contain enchanting oak, conifer, magnolia, hydrangea, rhododendron, maple and wild rose collections.

Gaasbeek Castle
(closed November to March)
Beauty and strength meet in this 13th century castle which started life as a noble protector for Brussels before becoming a summer residence and country estate for aristocratic families. Later it became a hub for scholars and artists attracted to its restful qualities. Its last owner Marchioness Visconti embarked on a major conversion of the building, refurbishing it to house her expansive art collection. In 1921 in an unprecedented generous act, the Marchioness gifted the castle to the Belgian State and three years later the castle reopened as a museum.

Train World
(closed Mondays)
The glamour and romance of 20th century travel comes alive in Train World which is housed in the belle époque environs of Schaerbeek station. The station was the route of Belgium’s very first railway track between Brussels and Mechelen, making it integral to the country’s railway heritage. Clocks, photos, films, posters and books highlight the story of this way of transport which has inspired Belgian legends from Hercule Poirot to Tintin.

Parc Des Canaux et Chateaux
Discover a park full of wonder including romantic castles and UNESCO sites. It is not just a place of beauty, because here we will discover the grit that built the foundations of modern Belgium such as the Mine Museum. Back on firm soil we will discover the chestnuts, oaks and beeches of the Park of Mariemont. There are also the Gardens of Seneffe with impressive plant specimens and water features.

Flemish Masters in Brussels
2018 - 2021
Step into the past as you gaze at some of the most important works of art ever to be committed to canvas. From the posed portraits of aristocratic families and biblical scenes to eerily realistic still lifes, the works of the Flemish Masters cast their spell on the Impressionists paving the way for modern art as we know it. Now you can stand in the creative shoes of the artists who painted these scenes by exploring Brussels which was the centre of Western art between the 15th and 18th centuries.

Carpet of Flowers, Brussels
August 2020 (Biennially)
Every other summer on a weekend in the middle of August, the Flower Carpet offers a chance to stroll across the Grand-Place, a jewel of Gothic architecture, to inhale the fragrant scent of the begonias and admire its details. This extraordinary spectacle is made complete by a visit to the balcony of the Town Hall (chargeable and pre-booking required), which offers a wide-angle view of the work. A musical theme is especially composed for each edition. A concert is given on the Grand-Place every evening and accompanies a magnificent sound-and-light show.

Floralia, Brussels
April (Annually)
The magnificent Renaissance Castle of Grand-Bigard is located just outside Brussels and is only open to the public for one month in spring when the 14 hectares of gardens are in full bloom. The spring floral exhibition organised in the park and greenhouses creates a multi-coloured dazzling display with over 400 varieties of tulips, daffodils and roses.

Brussels Christmas Markets
November - December (Annually)
Your festive schedule isn’t complete until you visit the sparkling wonder of the Brussels Christmas Market. The market has more than 200 chalets where you will be able to stock up on gifts for your friends and family. It is graced by a Christmas tree and sound and light show on the Grand-Place. Local artists sell their work at the Christmas craft market at La Tricoterie with costume jewellery, textiles, leather accessories and fair-trade gifts.

Thon Hotel City Centre Brussels

AAA+ Double for Single Occupancy Panoramic Views from Top Floor
This 4 star high-rise hotel is decorated in a modern style and has outstanding views across the whole of Brussels from the top floor. The hotel is in a superb location, just a 10 minute walk from the Grand-Place and amenities such as shops, pubs and restaurants are close by. There is a large restaurant (limited opening) and bar (closed in August) and the 454 spacious bedrooms are well designed, containing a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is off-site & chargeable

Thon Hotel City Centre Brussels

3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
2020 Twin from £174pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £112
Based on Friday arrivals

• Return short sea crossing
• Welcome glass of beer, wine or soft drink
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