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Best Times to Visit Brussels

The best time to visit Brussels is between March and May and September and October, the shoulder seasons; this is when room rates are cheaper and the weather is mild. This city experiences all four seasons and rain is a possibility year-round. Average lows range from the mid-30s in winter to the low 70s in summer.

No matter when you're in town, you can count on something going on at the Grand-Place, from street performances and flower shows to the nightly light shows in winter. But if you can, try to plan your trip around the Ommegang festivities (the first week in July). This Renaissance-style festival recreates the celebration held when Emperor Charles V first entered the city in the 16th century. Another festive time to visit is around Christmas when the entire square is illuminated by a massive Christmas tree.

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Weather in Brussels

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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March-May

One of the most pleasant times to travel to Brussels is the spring, when high temperatures range from the 50s to the mid-60s, though it can also be a popular time for tourists to visit. This also tends to be a drier time of year with rain expected only half of the month.

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June-August

The summer months mark the height of tourist season in Brussels with the most expensive prices. The city's streets swarm with crowds of visitors, and long lines often form outside the main attractions. Plus, this season also hosts two of the city's most popular annual events. This is also a drier season with less rain than the winter months with August as the month that has the least rain. Though July is the city's warmest month, averaging highs in the low 70s, temperatures are still mild enough for pleasant sightseeing.

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September-October

Prices drop in September and the temps rest in the mid-60s, dropping down to the mid-50s by October making the fall months an attractive time to visit. Plus, with schools in session, the crowds are also smaller.

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November-February

The winter weather is wet and chilly (though it rarely snows), but prices still rise in time for the holidays. The months between November and February are a great time to visit the city’s many Christmas markets. Unfortunately, there is also less sun with fewer than eight hours of daylight.

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Popular Times to Visit Brussels

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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