What to Expect in Brussels in 2020

Flower Carpet Brussels © Eric Danhier

Everything you need to know for your visit in Brussels

More often remembered for its political institutions at the heart of European democracy, Brussels offers a rich variety of attractions and events throughout the year. Whatever season you plan to travel to Belgium, there’s guaranteed to be an abundance of things to do in Brussels in 2020.

© Tour & Taxis


Events in Brussels kick off in spring with captivating experiences for the whole family. In March, the Affordable Art Fair at the Tour and Taxis hosts an astonishing array of galleries featuring the painting, photographs and sculptures of exciting international and local contemporary artists, with the chance to purchase your favourite piece to take home.

Like its neighbour, Holland, Belgium is famous for its spring bulbs and, as the weather improves, Groot-Bijgaarden explodes in a riot of colour. Floralia – the spring flower festival – features nearly 400 varieties of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils, creating the perfect photo opportunity or simply a perfect chance to relax in beautiful surroundings.

For the business visitors, Brussels has the chance to welcome the Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest seafood trade fair. A one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and do business with seafood suppliers from every corner of the globe.


Summer is the best opportunity to enjoy Brussels like a local, so enjoy a slow travel experience by soaking up the sunshine while sipping a cool drink on one of the city’s terraces, stepping back from the bustle in Parc Tenbosch or another of the many secluded gardens, or savouring a pint of Belgian beer in a trendy bar with the locals. You’ll come to know Brussels more intimately and you’ll enjoy the relaxation of stepping back from the busy tourist trails.

The premier event in Brussels in August is the Grand Place Flower Carpet, an astonishing and breath-taking tapestry of approximately one million begonias in the historic heart of the city. Covering nearly 2,000 square metres, the display must be seen in person to be appreciated and, held only every other year, 2020 presents the perfect opportunity.

Summer welcomes a variety of festivals to Brussels that will capture your imagination, Brosella Folk and Jazz FestivalBXLBeerFestOmmegang and the Brussels Summer Festival to name just a few. With a diverse range of festivals heading to Brussels, there really is something for everyone.

Flower Carpet Brussels

Flower Carpet Brussels © Eric Danhier

Winter Wonders

MIM by night © Marcel Vanhulst


As autumn arrives and the streets quieten, sauntering through the city’s parks, with the autumnal hues transforming the trees, is a delightful and impressive experience. In Parc Fond’Roy, for example, you’ll barely believe you’re close to the nation’s capital city, while younger visitors will delight at the on site animal farm.

A downturn in the weather presents the perfect opportunity to venture into the city’s museums and, with 80 to choose from, there’s no shortage of inspiration! Among the most fascinating are Musée Magritte, MIM and Musée des Beaux Arts, but there’s an endless variety to explore, from cars to Old Masters and trains to toys.

A plethora of events and festivals continues in the city with something for every visitor while, for the more energetic, the Brussels marathon and half-marathon in October offer a challenging yet rewarding experience.


Winter is a magical time in Brussels and one that you’re unlikely to forget. From late November, the Winter Wonders event captures the seasonal spirit of the European Christmas markets, with over 200 chalets to peruse at your leisure to find those special gifts and memories to take home, while an enclosed ice rink, thrilling fairground rides and a mesmerising light show on the Grand Place guarantee you hours of enjoyment. Punctuate your shopping experience with a hot drink or satisfying meal in one of the city’s many cafes and restaurants, decked out with traditional seasonal decorations for a memorable Christmas experience that few destinations can rival.

Situated right in the heart of the city only a few minutes walk from the Gare Centrale, Hotel Hubert Grand Place enjoys a prime location that you are sure to love when you visit Brussels. Within moments of leaving your room, you can immerse yourself in the historic centre of the city, giving you more time to consider what to do in Brussels and savour every special second of your stay.

Winter Wonders

Plaisirs d’Hiver – Winterpret – Winter Wonders Marché au Poisson – Vismet © visit.brussels – Eric Danhier – 2019