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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Uncover the city's hidden gems with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Enjoy the freedom of exploring at your own pace, hopping off at whatever stops catch your eye. See the city's most iconic sights – and maybe even some off-the-beaten-path treasures – with both the blue and the red routes. Hop on the red route and see top sights including the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sablons quarter, and the European Parliament. Look out at museums including the Musical Instruments Museum, Horta Museum, and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Stop at Place Royale and enjoy breathtaking views. On the blue route, admire Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the Botanical Gardens, and more. Experience the city's authentic side and visit the Marolles neighborhood. This vibrant area offers a mix of old and new, traditional cuisine, vintage shops, and a festive atmosphere.

Brussels: City Card with STIB Public Transportation

2. Brussels: City Card with STIB Public Transportation

Save time and money in Brussels and get access to 49 museums and attractions. Choose from a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour Brussels Card and create your own itinerary in the city. Present your card at the ticket desk of any of the participating venues and it will be electronically validated and activated on first use. Benefit from free access to all permanent collections. You can visit the same museum as many times as you like.  Avail of discounts on various attractions and tours, along with exclusive offers at shops, restaurants, and bars. Plan your visit with the free booklet you’ll receive when you exchange your voucher and make use of the STIB public transportation network to travel for free. Museums: • AfricaMuseum • Art & History Museum • Art & Marges Museum • Autoworld Brussels • Autrique House • Belgian Chocolate Village • Belgian Comic Strip Center • Belgian Beer World • Belgian Museum of Freemasonry • BELvue Museum • BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts) • Brussels City Museum • CENTRALE for contemporary art • Charlier Museum • Choco-Story Brussels • CIVA • Coudenberg Palace • Design Museum Brussels • Erasmus House and Old Beguinage • Fashion & Lace Museum • Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition) • GardeRobe MannekenPis • Halle Gate • Jewish Museum of Belgium • La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work • Le Botanique Magritte Museum • Maurice Béjart House • Meise Botanic Garden • MIGRATIEMUSEUMMIGRATION MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast • Museum of Art • MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines) • Museum of abstract art • Museum of Medicine • Museum of Natural Sciences • Museum of the Belgian Brewers • Musical Instruments Museum • Old Masters Museum • Planetarium of Brussels • René Magritte Museum • Royal Military Museum • Schaerbeek Beer Museum • Sewer Museum • The Crossbow Guild Museum • Train World • WIELS Attractions (discounts): Koekelberg Basilica: -2€ off the individual entrance fee for the panoramic view (8€) Mini-Europe : -20%€ off the individual entrance fee (23€) Shops (discounts): De Biertempel - beers store Elisabeth - chocolate store Restaurants and Bars (discounts) Brasserie Horta (Art Nouveau brasserie) Chez Jalou (ice-creams) Chez Léon (belgian food) Les Filles (organic and local food) La Brouette, Restaurant Vincent & T'Kelderke (belgian restaurants) Brussels Beer Project (local beers) Alternative Transportation Electric Scooter and Bike Dott: free ride Guided tours ARAU - Art Nouveau & Art Deco tours Hungy Mary's Beer and Chocolate Tour Boat trip in Brussels with 'Brussels by Water' L-Tour - historical LGBTQI+ tours City Runs: explore the city combining culture & jogging Pro Velo bike tours

Brussels: City Card with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

3. Brussels: City Card with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Save time and money on individual entrance to museums and attractions with a Brussels Card, valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours after first activation. Explore at your own pace with access to the hop-on hop-off bus for the duration of your card. Museums: • Art and Marges Museum • Belgian Beer World • AfricaMuseum • Art & History Museum • Autoworld • Autrique House • Belgian Chocolate Village • Belgian Comic Strip Center • BELvue Museum • BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts • Museum of the Belgian Brewers • Le Botanique • Charlier Museum • Choco-Story Brussels • Museum of the City of Brussels • Coudenberg – Former Palace of Brussels • Erasmushouse and Old Beguinage • Belgian Museum of Freemasonry • Halle Gate • Botanic Garden Meise • Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) • Museum of Natural Sciences • Magritte Museum (city center) • René Magritte Museum (Jette) • Old Masters Museum • MOOF • Planetarium of Brussels • WIELS • CENTRALE for contemporary art • La Fonderie - Brussels Museum of Industry and Labour • Museum of Medicine • Royal Military Museum • MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art • Sewers Museum • Jewish Museum of Belgium • Fashion and Lace Museum • Train World • Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition) • Design Museum Brussels • The Guild of the Crossbowmen • Children's Museum • CIVA • GardeRobe MannekenPis • Jewish Museum of Belgium • MigratieMuseumMigration • MIMA - Millenium Iconoclast Museum of Art • Schaerbeek Beer Museum • Sewer Museum • Museum of Fantastic Art Attractions (discounts): Koekelberg Basilica: -2€ off the individual entrance fee for the panoramic view (8€) Mini-Europe : -20% off the individual entrance fee (23 € ticket) Shops (discounts): De Biertempel - beers store Elisabeth - chocolate store Restaurants and Bars (discounts) Brasserie Horta (Art Nouveau brasserie) Chez Jalou (ice-creams) Chez Léon (belgian food) Les Filles (organic and local food) La Brouette, Restaurant Vincent & T'Kelderke (belgian restaurants) Brussels Beer Project (local beers) Alternative Transportation Electric Scooter and Bike Dott: free ride Guided tours ARAU - Art Nouveau & Art Deco tours Hungy Mary's Beer and Chocolate Tour Boat trip in Brussels with 'Brussels by Water' L-Tour - historical LGBTQI+ tours City Runs: explore the city combining culture & jogging Pro Velo bike tours

Brussels: City Exploration Game and Tour

4. Brussels: City Exploration Game and Tour

Discover Brussels with a fun city discovery tour that combines all the excitement of a city exploration game with a sightseeing tour. Use your phone as your guide, finding your way around the city and viewing attractions with the app's navigation function. Download the app and head to the starting point to begin playing. Use your observation skills, logic, and imagination to solve a riddle at each location and uncover the mystery. Play on your own or work as a team, and pause the game at any time. Stop for a coffee or take a break for lunch. Then, simply open the app and continue your adventure.

Brussels: Hop-on Hop-off bus Sunset Tour

5. Brussels: Hop-on Hop-off bus Sunset Tour

Discover Brussels and its different areas at dusk on this amazing 75-minute non-stop tour on board a panoramic bus. Immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of the city as night falls and photograph Brussels' main monuments in the golden hour. Hop aboard your comfortable bus and embark on a sightseeing tour. See Brussels' top sights including the Botanical Garden of Brussels, the Grand-Palace, Atomium, Manneken Pis, and much more. Take advantage of the golden hour to capture Brussels' most instagrammable spots. Experience the city responsibly on this eco-friendly ride. Explore Brussels beyond the bus on a self-guided walking tour.

Brussels: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

6. Brussels: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the Parlamentarium and learn all about the European Parliament. The Place de Luxembourg will amaze you; it is one of the symbols of Brussels. The Royal Palace is unique and ready to solve a riddle based on this sightseeing. Then the Royal Museums of Fine Arts await you, don't forget to take pictures of the unique exhibits. Admire the Carillon of Mont des Arts and its unique architecture. The iconic Manneken-Pis is worth your time to learn its symbolism. Discover La Grand-Place, a huge city square surrounded by elegant historic buildings dating back to the 14th century. Jeanneke-Pis, the "little sister" of Manneken Pis is waiting for you to make a wish. Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert, a step before the end of the game will give you a few moments of enjoyment, and exploring the shops. Saint Nicholas Church will soothe you with its simplicity while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula with their incredible architecture. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Heritage and Food of Brussels Walking Tour

7. Heritage and Food of Brussels Walking Tour

Indulge in a delectable food tour through Brussels and discover the city's rich history and culture. Begin at Sint-Katelijneplein, a vibrant square surrounded by local restaurants and food markets, and continue to Saint-Géry Island for a taste of Belgian beer and traditional moules-frites. Admire the iconic Manneken Pis statue and explore the historic Grand Place u Bruxellesu while sampling some of the best Belgian chocolates. Savor the flavors of local delicacies at the Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert and admire the stunning Royal Puppet Theater Toone. Finish the tour at Brussels Park where you can have a taste of famous Belgian waffles and a refreshing glass of local beer, all while taking in the picturesque scenery.

Brussels’ Noble Beginnings: An Upper Town Audio Tour

8. Brussels’ Noble Beginnings: An Upper Town Audio Tour

Once upon a time, Brussels’ Upper Town was home to a majestic medieval castle on a hill that overlooked the city. As it expanded and Belgium came into its own, the Upper Town was redesigned to resemble other imperial capitals, like Paris and Vienna. On this walking tour, you’ll find out about the city’s metamorphosis, and hear about the pivotal characters and moments that define its history. Our tour starts outside Brussels’ parliament complex, the Palace of Nations, where you’ll hear how it took shape under Emperor Joseph II in the 1700s, and about its continual struggle with bureaucratic obstacles. You’ll saunter through the Parc de Bruxelles, once the hunting grounds of nobility and now expansive parks and gardens for the public to enjoy. Once you’ve traced the Royal Palace’s outline, your walk continues amongst the Square of Petit Sablon’s pretty flowers. At Egmont Park, you’ll hear epic tales of royal turmoil and religious conflict within the grounds that witnessed the reigns of Charles V and the Iron Duke, Fernando Álvarez de Toledo. The tour ends with city views fit for a king at the Palace of Justice. On this Brussels walking tour, you’ll have a chance to: • Learn what happened to the old Royal Palace and how the surrounding neighborhood came to be • Hear how a missing statue led to the founding of the Church of Our Lady of Victories at the Sablon • Discover the many faces of Egmont Palace and how its occupants were responsible for modern Belgium • Find out about “the ring,” the city’s historically dense core that was divided into two parts • Explore the different buildings around the Parc de Bruxelles, such as the Parliament, Royal Park Theatre, and the Vaux Hall of Brussels, another theatre • Promenade through the historic district of Sablon, known for its charming cobblestone streets and sophisticated wine bars • Get the layout of the museum district, including some of Brussels’ best like the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Musical Instruments Museum, and the Magritte Museum, an art museum • Stroll through a secret garden at Egmont Park and enjoy a drink at one of the best beer gardens in town During this tour through Brussels’ historic core, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the capital, while you discover both its secrets and finest sights along the way.

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What people are saying about Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

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3.9 / 5

based on 641 reviews

Best option to explore the city and famous points when you have very minimal time to spend. Both red and blue line covers most of the popular points of Brussels. We took a single day pass and just travelled through as we just had few hours to spare. But would recommend a 2 day pass for those who wants to spend time on each of the attractions. Audio guide could have been slightly better, its hard to identify points based on the commentary on audio guide.

Totally worth it! Especially if you’re only staying in Brussels for a few days, you’ll be able to see everything with this bus! We were lucky to be on a blue line with an amazing driver, he was super friendly and totally made the whole experience even more memorable :)

Very good The card allows you to visit a maximum of museums without counting And serves as a queue skipper You can do without the transport card, except in exceptional cases, most visits are within reach of everyone

Fabienne and Simone wholeheartedly thank Hassan who is an exceptional guide, attentive to everything, and good advice. Thank you Hassan and lots of happiness for this new year.

Bruno, the tour guide, was very hard working and polite. He gave us a lot of information. The driver was good too. Overall a very good value for money.