Top attractions in Brussels
Top attractions 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.
1. MIM Brussels
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.
2. Fine Arts Museum Belgium
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.
3. Centre for Fine Arts
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.
4. Brussels Town Hall
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.
6. Ancienne Belgique
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.
8. Manneken Pis
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.
Planning Your Visit
Beer lovers rejoice
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.
French fries? Belgian fries!
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).
Good to know
- Dutch, German and French
- Euro (€)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Spring and fall are the nicest times to visit Brussels, when the weather isn't too chilly, and the summer crowds are not present.
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What people are saying about Brussels
What better way to start the tour off at the oldest pub and enjoying a Belgium beer! Our favorite part was visiting a seafood store that made the most delicious mussels. There is another seafood store directly across that is also good. Then she took us to a kiosk that double fried the "frites". Amazing! We had other local favorite samplings. We really enjoyed our local food tour with Steph, he was such an welcoming, knowledgeable and entertaining person to show us around. Highly recommended!!
The workshop started off with a brief education of where chocolate comes from, followed by tasting 4 samples. They then walked us through creating 3 different types of chocolates, which we decorated ourselves and then got to take with us! Great value for the money; I highly recommend!
The workshop is really interesting and gives you the opportunity to know more about chocolate (even as a Belgian citizen!). The second part of the workshop encourages you to be creative, with the help of a professional, it's really fun!
This Museum is a must see trip if you are in Brussel and have Children, are interested in trains, technic or history. Very pleasant possibility to understand and look into the life of your grandparents
Fantastic day out sampling beers and seeing the best spots in Brussels. My guide's knowledge was excellent and obviously knew how to find the right beers for me. Excellent day out.