Brussels, the de facto capital of Belgium, is located at the heart of the land of waffles, fries, chocolate, and beer. Looking at the city's vibrant culture and exquisite buildings, few could guess that it derives its name from an Old Dutch expression that means "home in the marsh. The remnants of the city's magnificent history can still be seen at the remains of its "first walls," which were built in the early 13th century. The Grand Place, the central square of Brussels and a UNESCO World Heritage site, has its origin in the 11th century and was voted Europe's most beautiful square in 2010. It is surrounded by immaculately preserved antique buildings and monuments, including the Town Hall dating from 1420, the Guildhalls, the Maison du Roi (King's House) containing the Museum of the City of Brussels, and many others. More than 150 museums are speckled across Brussels, the more noteworthy being the MIMA Museum, Train World, Spontaneous Art Museum, Fantastic Art Museum, Museum of Erotic and Mythology, and many others. The Gothic, Baroque and Louis XIV architecture transforms into eclectic and neoclassical styles as you move from the Grand Place to the expansive Brussels Park, which is surrounded by the Royal Palace of Brussels, the Palace of the Nation, the Palace of Justice, and several other majestic national buildings. The Atomium, a 102m high modern sculpture of an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times, is located to the north of the city. Right beside the Atomium, the Mini Europe Park allows you to take a quick stroll among detailed miniatures of 350 of Europe's most exquisite attractions. Apart from art and architecture, Brussels offers one of the best gastronomical packages in the entire Europe, featuring delectable Belgian and International restaurants, food festivals, and an abundance of bakeries, coffee shops and bars.