Local time in Brussels is the same as in Paris and Berlin, with two seasonal changes: one to advance one hour forward in summer and another one to delay one hour in winter.
BUSINESS HOURS IN BRUSSELS’ SHOPS
Most stores have a fixed timetable from 10:00h to 18:00h, Monday to Saturday. Sundays and holidays, shops are closed, with unusual exceptions. In Brussels, stores close one hour later on Thursdays.
The most tourist shops, chocolate shops and souvenir shops (all of them near the Grand Place) close at 22:00h and they usually open on Sundays. You can buy chocolate in Brussels at any time.
BRUSSELS’ MUSEUMS OPENING HOURS
The opening hours of most museums are 10:00h to 17:30h. They are closed on Mondays. However we recommend that you visit the website of each museum because opening hours may vary depending on the museum.
OPENING HOURS OF CHURCHES IN BRUSSELS
The Brussels Cathedral and the rest of the churches in the city always close at 18:00h. From 17:45h you cannot visit the inside. It is important that you bear that in mind when you organise your visit to Brussels.
BRUSSELS’ TOURIST OFFICES OPENING HOURS
Tourist offices are open Monday to Saturday from 10:00h to 17:30h. On Sundays and public holidays they close at 14:00h. You will find two main Brussels tourist offices in the Grand Place and the Mont des Arts, next to the Royal Palace.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN BRUSSELS
- January 1st, New Year.
- Easter Monday.
- May 1st, Labor Day.
- Ascension Thursday
- Whit Monday
- July 21st (National Holiday)
- August 15th, the Assumption.
- November 1st, All Saints Day.
- November 11th, Armistice Day.
- December 25th, Christmas.