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Travel Guide: Stoclet Palace in Brussels, Belgium #travel

Stoclet Palace

Brussels, Belgium

When banker and art collector Adolphe Stoclet commissioned this house from one of the leading architects of the Vienna Secession movement, Josef Hoffmann, in 1905, he imposed neither aesthetic nor financial restrictions on the project. The house and garden were completed in 1911 and their austere geometry marked a turning point in Art Nouveau, foreshadowing Art Deco and the Modern Movement in architecture. Stoclet House is one of the most accomplished and homogenous buildings of the Vienna Secession, and features works by Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt, embodying the aspiration of creating a ‘total work of art' (Gesamtkunstwerk). Bearing testimony to artistic renewal in European architecture, the house retains a high level of integrity, both externally and internally as it retains most of its original fixtures and furnishings.

Map of Stoclet Palace

More info about Brussels

Coronavirus in Brussels

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Brussels

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Belgium. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Belgium.

Money in Brussels

Currencie(s): Euro

  • 1 Euro = 1.09 $
  • 1 Euro = 0.88 £

Corruption: Belgium has a corruption score of 25 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Belgium, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Belgium is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.

Belgium is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.53 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Brussels

Language(s): Dutch, French & German
Here are a few basic lines to get you started:
  • Yes = Oui
  • No = Non
  • Thank You = Merci
  • Hello = Bonjour
  • Do you speak English? = Parlez vous anglais?
  • Please = S'il vous plaît
  • Bye = Au revoir
  • Excuse Me = Pardon
  • Where is the Bathroom? = Où se trouvent les toilettes?
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = Quel est votre nom? (Mon nom est)

Food & Drinks in Brussels

3 National dishes: Moules-frites, Belgian Waffle & Frites.

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Brussels is 16.
On- and off-premise age minimum is 16 for beer and wine/18 for spirits.

Religion in Brussels

Belgium is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 33% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Brussels

Age of Consent: 16 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Belgium since 2003.

Belgium scores a 9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

Other practical tips for Brussels

Timezone: UTC+01:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / E

Weather: Currently scattered clouds, with a temperature between -2.8 and 4.4°C (27 and 40°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 12.89 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Belgium.

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