Brussels, Belgium, is an incredibly welcoming and inclusive city for LGBTQ+ people. The Brussels tourist office has various pages on its website for queer visitors to their municipality, including an interactive map.
Another resource in Brussels is The Rainbow House, a café and information center for anyone wanting to learn more about sexuality and gender. It is also a popular hangout for various LGBTQ+ organizations in Brussels.
Here are some of the most popular LGBTQ+ events in Brussels:
In 2018, approximately one in ten individuals in Belgium experienced a depressive disorder and/or an anxiety disorder. However, when it comes to the well-being of children, Belgium overall placed eighth for best countries to bring up children, as reported by Unicef.
If you are searching for a mental health care provider specializing in treating young people, navigate our listings at LGBTQ and ALL.
The City of Brussels is the largest municipality and historical center of the Brussels-Capital Region and Belgium’s capital. It is also the administrative center of the European Union and is thus often dubbed, along with the region, the EU’s capital city.
Belgium is known for its beers, and you can find the famous Cantillon Brewery, a small traditional family brewery in Anderlecht, Brussels.
Top attractions include:
Even though the area was inhabited, dating back to prehistoric times, the oldest reference to Brussels is from the 10th century. During that time, it was given the Frankish name Bruocsella, translating to “settlement in the marshes, and it was part of Lower Lotharingia or Lower Lorraine. This area then later became referred to as the duchy of Brabant.
Brussels development occurred because of its location on the Senne River, which flows in the direction from the south to the north, and provided an east-west economic route with towns on the Rhine like Cologne (which is now found in Germany), Brugge (Bruges), Ieper (Ypres), and other towns in the Flanders region.
When the road and river crossed, a market and bartering place emerged under the protection of the dukes of Brabant. By the time the 12th century came, Brussels had featured many defensive ramparts with towers and fortified gateways.
In 2011, the population of Brussels was 174,383 residents.
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