Brussels is the capital of Belgium and one of the three administrative regions within the country, together with Flanders and Wallonia. Apart from its role within its country, it is also an internationally important city, hosting numerous international institutions, and in particular the core institutions of the European Union. Due to that, it is sometimes referred to informally as the capital of the EU.
Known for its Grand Place, Atomium, and Manneken-Pis, as well as its excellent chocolate and beers, the metropolis attracts tourists from all over the world. In addition to domestic tourism, which is particularly important in the Brussels-Capital Region, the leading source markets for this destination are neighbouring European countries. In 2020, tourists who stayed in the Belgian capital and its surroundings were primarily from the Netherlands, France, and Germany.