Brussels, Belgium is an under-rated city from a travel perspective. There are some wonderful examples of older European architecture, grand squares and charming neighborhoods, important institutions such as NATO and the EU, terrific museums, and a cosmopolitan flair, mixing French cuisine, a Dutch influence, and a growing North African population.
The running scene is defined by a series of lovely parks. String a few of them together to get a longer jaunt in. A 3–4 mile route through the compact city center will provide a ‘running tour’ of some of the city’s most important sites. Grand Place is one of Europe’s largest and loveliest squares, but can be very crowded! For a longer run, with miles of trails and lots of hills, head out to the Sonian Forest, in the southern part of the city. And, runners — the city has great chocolate and even a chocolate museum!
The city’s 4 metro lines and excellent tram and bus system make it easy to get anywhere and to running spots a bit further afield.