Brussels has a buzzing vitality

Though it’s often dismissed at the be-suited bureaucratic seat of the European Union, Brussels has a buzzing vitality to it lacking in the more fairytale towns of Bruges or Ghent. Though it has a well-preserved historic center with august museums and the wedding cake-like Grand Place, it’s also a great place to eat, drink Belgian beer, and head out for a night that can go from sweet café to underground party in a minute. A massive arrival of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East makes for an authentic, affordable dining scene to go along with the ever-present Belgian trifecta of frites, waffles and chocolate. Locals remain in force, of course, squabbling over whether to speak French or Flemish ­– just as they have for centuries.

Green hotels in Brussels

4.5 How green, clean and responsible is Brussels? This rating indicates how much a destination has progressed towards sustainability, based on the scores of 4 themes: Nature, Culture, Green Economy and if there has been developed a policy to maintain the these sustainable efforts in the future, captured in the theme Future Proof. If the destination managed to have a satisfactory level of efforts on all themes, it has received a rating higher than 6 with a green indicator. These best practices are an examples for the destinations with a rating lower than 6. These destinations with an orange or red indicator have a low performance but are working to convert towards a satisfactory sustainability performance in the future.

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  • 2.7Nature

    In this destination you have access to naturem the environment is respected and it is clean and green

    • 3.1scenery
    • 1.8nature
    • 4.0Air quality
  • 7.7Culture

    In this destination the cultural elements like old artefacts, buildings or landscapes are taken care of and respected.

    • 9.4cultural heritage
    • 5.7local character
    • 7.5hospitality
    • 7.8human respect
  • 7.0Economy

    This destination provides means to organisations, inhabitants and visitors to create a green and clean environment (separate waste collection, green energy, climate adaptation)

    • 8.4tourisme sector
    • 5.1green economy
    • 7.4economy & society
  • 0.0Future proof

    This destination is doing its best to be a genuinely responsible, environmentally and economically healthy place now and in the future

    • 0.0destination certification
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