Brussels is one of the smallest, truly global cities in Europe. Architecturally it’s a stunning melting pot with late medieval squares, Art Nouveau masterpieces and postmodern trimmings. Often you can find several styles in one street. It can get rather congested, so try out public transport in central areas and keep the campervan for getaways.
Brussels motorhome rental,compare the best deals
Brussels has various options for campervan travellers and we bring them all together so you can pick up your vehicle when you arrive. Filter your selection by size or age, then check out our amazing prices. Whether you’re seeking a smaller, basic camper or a more advanced luxury vehicle, all of the top brands are here, from international companies to less well-known local brands.
Thousands of people journey to Europe in a campervan every year, perhaps with a self-contained vehicle that has a basic toilet and shower – or maybe a converted van is more suitable, where you can enjoy a double bed and extensive camp cooking equipment.
Small and scenic – road trips from Brussels
Belgium is a compact country – it doesn't take more than an hour to visit most of the major highlights, so pack the campervan, plan your trip and take advantage of all the country has to offer.
Art lovers should take a 30-minute drive to Château de La Hulp’s ancient farmhouse in Solvay Park. Here you can study the works of Jean-Michel Folon – a fabulous, 20th-century Belgian painter, illustrator and sculptor. Folon was celebrated for his beautiful watercolours and whimsical sculptures.
Visit the Battle of Waterloo field, just under an hour’s drive from Brussels. The Battle of Waterloo marked the fall of Napoleon and paved the way for a new era of peace in Europe. Fought in 1815, this battlefield has been preserved in its original state. Take a tour or watch one of the thrilling re-enactments.
Head to Bruges for the charm and chocolate this medieval city has to offer. Get up early to avoid the crowds and stroll along the cobblestones and canals. The drive here will take you around an hour.
For a less touristy, but equally beautiful city, head to Ghent. There is stunning architecture and attractive canals where you can take a boat ride and people watch from the water. At night the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classical buildings are lit up to make for a romantic setting. Around 100km away is the Castle of Vêves located in the province of Namur. The Castle is famous for its irregular pentagon shape which is flanked by six round towers of varying size.
In case you want to venture further, you could easily reach Paris, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and even London in just a few hours.
Motorhome camping,places to stay in Brussels
Camping in Brussels isn’t particularly easy, however, as you travel further from the city boundaries you can find campsites that are very reasonable.
Camping Grimbergen is a good option with well-spoken owners and excellent facilities. If you want to leave your motorhome in the park, there is a bus stop nearby that will take you into the city. Camping Blaarmeersen is a campsite close to Ghent with an easy bicycle route into the city centre and a lovely park adjacent to the site. A short walk takes you to the lake. Campsite Floreal La Roche is in Luxembourg and is highly regarded as excellent accommodation. The facilities are extensive and well-maintained and the staff are helpful and friendly.
Not a Brussel sproutin sight – restaurants inBrussels
Unassuming from the outside, Le Coin des Artistes is small, seating only about 20 people, cosy and a little bit shabby. Chef Jean-Yves Pletsier tackles the very best of French cuisine with warm and hearty dishes for winter and light, fresh snacks for summer.
La Kasbah is near the Grand Palace and has hundreds of lanterns hanging from the ceiling. You’ll feel like you’ve been taken to Morocco. The portions are big enough to share, and they have an extensive list of wines to go with your tagine or couscous.
Overlooking the Grand Place, La Maison du Cygne is one of the finest dining spots in Brussels. It has classic French cuisine, immaculately served in the refined elegance of 19th-century lounge décor. There was once a cafe in the same spot Karl Marx used to frequent when writing The Communist Manifesto.
Restaurant Vincent is not hard to spot - look for the displays of fresh meat in their window. Inside the atmosphere is warm and cosy, and they serve traditional Belgian dishes – seafood and steaks. It’s hearty, good food without fuss.
Don’t miss Noordzee / Mer du Nord. This little seafood counter is an institution in Brussels with foodies flocking to it every lunchtime. The menu depends on the catch, but the fish is always fresh and the fish soup incredible.
Stepping out, what to see and do in Brussels
Brussels is a great city to visit with a wonderful European vibe. Grand-Place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the main tourist attraction of Brussels.The beauty is in the wide-open, cobbled market square. It is a great place to admire the elegant guildhouses which replaced all the wooden homes. There is a daily flower market between March and October which is often accompanied with concerts and an evening light show. Towards December, Christmas markets take over Grand-Plae and draw tourists from across Europe.
Nearby is Gothic Hôtel de Ville, the seat of civic government dating back to 1402. The architecture of this building is stunning. Look out for a sculpture of St Michael slaying a she-devil. Climb the 96-metre Brabantine Gothic tower for amazing views over the city.
There are more than 80 museums in Brussels and while you’ll never get around them all, there are a few we would recommend.
BELvue museum reveals the particularly fascinating history of Belgium. Remarkable film fragments, striking pictures and numerous period documents will guide you through more than one-and-a-half centuries of stirring history.
The Magritte Museum stands right in the centre of Brussels and exhibits a rich collection of the surrealist artist’s creations. It comprises more than 200 works consisting of oils on canvas, gouaches, drawings, sculptures and painted objects, as well as advertising posters, music scores, vintage photographs and films directed by Magritte himself.
Belgium has more comic strip artists per square kilometre than any other country and there’s a museum dedicated to it. It is housed in the Waucquez Warehouse, a masterpiece in itself, designed by Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta. There are over 5000 original drawings and an entire section to their famous cartoon character hero - Tin Tin.
Explore the beauty of the Art Deco church. Fifth largest in the world, it soars to 89m high and stretches 167m long. King Leopold began its construction in 1902 and it was finally completed in 1971 in time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Belgian independence. There are excellent views across the city from the top.
Brussels motorhome guide
Here are a couple of handy things to know for your campervan getaway in Brussels:
Speed limit is about 120km/h on motorways or expressways and about 90km/h in Urban areas.
Rain and fog can reduce visibility, so drive with extra caution.
Be sure you drive on the right-hand side of the road – you’d be surprised how many people forget!