Top Tours & Activities in Brussels
The Belgian capital is one of Europe's lesser-known gems, yet it's fully worth a visit. In addition to some of the best waffles and chocolates worldwide, the city boasts an amazing array of things to see and do. Not convinced? Here's a sample of highlights.
The Musical Instruments Museum's incredible collection features over 8,000 musical instruments, allowing visitors to discover—and listen to—the evolution of music across centuries.
This world-famous museum is actually four museums in one, with a combined collection exceeding 20,000 pieces, including many of the most renowned works of Flemish art.
Also known as the Bozar, this center offers treasures from across the fine arts—painting, architecture, music, and much more. Enthusiasts will probably return for several visits.
A marvellous specimen of Gothic architecture, the Brussels Town Hall is just one of the many magnificent buildings that line Brussels' spectacular central square, the Grande Place.
One of Brussels' most popular attractions for many years now, Mini-Europe features some 350 famous landmarks from across Europe, painstakingly reproduced in miniature scale.
A world-class concert hall, Ancienne Belgique is renowned for its perfect acoustics. It's been the venue of many historic gigs, including The Cure's infamous 1982 break-up concert.
The Parc du Cinquantenaire is a gorgeous historic park east of the city center, ideal for a relaxing day out, featuring stunning architecture as well as the Royal Military Museum.
Legend has it, a young boy's bladder once saved Brussels from destruction. Today, the boy's statue stands atop a fountain, displaying his city-saving abilities to all the world.
The 102-meter-tall structure is a reproduction of an iron crystal unit cell, made of gigantic steel beams and spheres. Climb into the spheres for gorgeous views of the entire city.
Belgium is justly famous for its beers. Brussels is ideal for discovering the country's rich brewing history, which spans several centuries—hit up any of the city's many beer halls and discover beer like you've never tasted it before.
As any Belgian will proudly tell you, they are the true inventors of the deep-fried potato. Try out the Belgian fries and decide for yourself whether the much-touted double-frying method is worth all the hype (best enjoyed together with a steaming bowl of clams, which restaurants customarily serve with a bottomless side of fries).
- LanguageDutch, German and French
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+32
- Best time to visitSpring and fall are the nicest times to visit Brussels, when the weather isn't too chilly, and the summer crowds are not present.
Things to Do in Brussels
Top Attractions in Brussels
- 1Brussels Town Hall
- 3Manneken Pis
- 4The Bourse
- 7Place Royale
- 8Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
- 9Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
- 10Palace of Justice
- 11Congress Column
- 12Musical Instrument Museum, Brussels
- 13Halle Gate
- 14Centre for Fine Arts
- 15Ancienne Belgique
- 17Museum of Natural Sciences
- 19Horta Museum
- 20Hôtel Solvay
Other Sightseeing Options in Brussels
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