Brussels is a vast region in Belgium that consists of nineteen municipal regions, which include the capital city of Belgium - the city of Brussels. Brussels is located at the heart of Belgium and is made up of two communities - the French and Flemish. Being the wealthiest city in Belgium as well as the most populated, Brussels forms the most important international politics hub, as well as a de facto European Union capital, hosting most of its offices and branches therein. At the heart of Brussels, stands the iconic, majestic Grand Palace Square, home to a vast number of shops, stalls, and cafes within the guildhouses that date back into the seventeenth century. Also within the square, there is the stunning Gothic Hotel de Ville, which is presently the Town Hall, famous for its attractive intricate design and the iconic bell tower. The Maison du Roi, dating back into the nineteenth century, is home to the famous Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles city museum that holds therein the historic development of Brussels over time. The Maison du Roi also holds the legendary traditional costumes of the famous Manneken Pis Statue. The Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinee is located within the same vicinity as the stunning colorful murals dotting Brussels Downtown and is a renowned host of the widely loved comic strip art. Close by, beautiful artwork from the ancient Old Masters to the present day masterpieces are displayed within the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. More such works are found in the Magritte Museum, with excellent works from renowned surrealists of Belgium. Next on the beautiful spots in Brussels is the European quarter. Here, beautiful architectural designs including that of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, standing beautiful with its stunning dinosaur skeletons. The majestic grandeur of the European Parliament buildings is also found in the same location. Also within here, are the intricate Parc Leopold and art-nouveau mansionettes structures. The dazzling Atomium represents a beautiful architectural idea, and from it, stunning panoramic views of the city are made possible. The Atomium was built uniquely to host the 1958 World Fair. To the southern part of Brussels, there is the attractive Beersel Castle from the fourteenth century, utterly stunning with its steeple-themed towers, a moat, and a beautiful drawbridge.
Brussels experiences an oceanic climate, which is majorly influenced by the location of the city in the coastal region, as a result of the Atlantic air masses. The wetlands close by also occasionally tamper with the climate. The summer days range from mild to warm, with sporadic occurrences of extremely high temperatures. Rainfall is not uncommon, falling fairly consistently all year long. The approximate hours of sunshine per day in summer are six and a half. Winter is cold, wet, and humid. Mostly cloudy, dark days with only a maximum of two hours of sunshine per day dominate the season. During winter, from December to February, snowy days are not rare, averaging five per month. Occasionally, the temperature drops below the freezing point, but even then, snow does not accumulate massively for several days. Brussels can be visited at any time during the year, but the highest number of tourists arrives between March and May, during spring. The weather is warm and pleasant, and it features stunning views of the blossoming flowering trees and beautiful picnic parks and gardens. From October to December, during the onset of winter, tourists also like to visit Brussels owing to the many festivities that take place around the time. In July, Brussels celebrates the Ommegang Festival with all the color, in a bid to commemorate Brussels’ ancient past. On the Assumption Day that falls on the fifteenth day of August, colorful flower decorations adorn the Grand Palace for the entire weekend.