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Things to do in Brussels

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The top 381 attractions in Brussels

Squares in Brussels
Grande Place
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I was fortunate enough to live in Brussels when they had famous Brussels Flower Carpet. Every two years, almost all of the Grand Place of flowers is covered, so that it makes a colorful and spectacular sight. The Belgians and tourists enjoy the flower show in midsummer for a few days in August. If you climb to the top of a building you can see the whole picture. I think next year is the next time so sign up!!! I was fortunate to be living there, rather working in Brussels the last time the famous Flower Carpet was installed. As I have understood, this party-show is held every two years in summer. Nearly all of the Grand Place of flowers is covered, so that it makes a colorful and spectacular sight. The owner of this idea has been commisioned by other cities and I think similar drawings were done of petals in Barcelona. However, I do not know if it is patriotism or because I get along so well with the Belgians, that I think that there isn't anywhere that the carpet of flowers is displayed that is as majestic as in Brussels. And I believe it, because if anything is beautiful in Brussels, its the magnificent Heritage Square. Something called the Grand Place isn't a goodframework for a canvas of flowers. The Belgians and tourists can enjoy the flower show in midsummer for a few days in August . If you climb to the top of a building you can see the whole picture. I think the next flower canvas is next year so be there!
Historical Monuments in Brussels
Atomium
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I shared this place on minube because I think there aren't a lot of people ve have have come in after it reopened and to take advantage and say that unless you're big fans, it's not really worth it, especially for the 9 euros they charge. It's a thousand times better outside. I had the luck since I was there on erasmus, it just so happened that they opened it that year and for me it was free, but it was a big disappointment. The best are the views and going up the escalators because it's like you're going up in a space ship. Even so, it's curious to see the spaces they've created, they're not much and not very big, in fact the cafeteria only has four kid-sized tables, believe me, I'm not exaggerating. To highlight a room they have created for the children to spend the night if they want, where they have hammocks hung from the ceiling with chains so that the child does not fall they seem odd. Anyway, if you see my pictures, not much more inside because it's smaller than it seems. Still if you want to see the price is 9 euros, or 6 for students or children and the hours are from 10 to 18.
Statues in Brussels
Manneken Pis
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Sometimes it is surprising that in monumental cities like Brussels the most well-known landmark, as in this case, is a small statue 50 cm high of a boy urinating, which everyone would pass without even looking if it weren't for the multitude of people crowding around taking photos. It personally does not do anything for me. I do not think there's anything exceptional about it or that it has any great quality, but now that I think about it, the same goes for the bear with the strawberry tree in Puerta del Sol in Madrid, where the main interest is knowing where he will be relocated whenever there is construction in Puerta del Sol
Bars in Brussels
Delirium
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This is a typical brewery and it is curious to see as it has more than 500 types of beer glasses that you can ask for around 3-4 €, prices can also ranges between 8-13 € for 2 L depending on the type of beer you ask for. Inside it is all decorated with many posters advertising brands, often it is full so finding a free seat is a bit difficult. It's right opposite the Jeanneken Pis.
Shopping Centres in Brussels
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
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Stores like this are very unusual to find in Spain, though in Belgium there are plenty of them. In Brussels you'll find quite a few. To me, they are beautiful and charming!! The Passage du Nord is a gallery covered with windows, and adorned with beautiful sculptures. Among its facilities we can find anything ranging from craft shops to fashion boutiques.
Cathedrals in Brussels
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
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The chair of Brussels is close to Central Station in the city and is a spectacular Gothic building built at the bottom of a staircase in uptown Brussels. It is there to show that his majesty is still great. They began constructing it in 1226 and did not complete it until 1500. The stained glass inside the cathedral is from the XVI, XVII and XIX. centuries and is wonderful. On a sunny day it gives the building a beautiful light and it was a shame that my last visit was at night. The interior of the ship is impressive. It has sixteen side chapels, a choir on three levels, the ambulatory where the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is, the Treasury, and the chapels of Our Lady of Deliverance and Maes. It is a gothic masterpiece.
Statues in Brussels
Jeanneke Pis
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It is joined to Cafe Delirium, behind the Grand Place and has bars across it but is nicer and less crowded than the Manneken Pis. It was built in 1985 and opened in 1987. All the money that is thrown into the fountain goes to cancer research.
Historical Monuments in Brussels
Arc de Triomphe
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The worst thing about living in a city is that you don't bother to buy a guidebook, so when it comes to Brussels' Arc de Triomphe, I can only say that I have no idea why it was built! But it's a lovely place to sit on the grass and eat sandwiches before going back to work. And at night, after enjoying some typical Belgian chips, it's a good location for a walk. For more information, you'd better find a guidebook!
Theme Parks in Brussels
Mini-Europe
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Brussels is the capital of Europe, and has a theme park where you can see a representation of the most significant buildings and monuments of all the countries that make up the EU. It is an open-air museum, and the monuments are 1:25 scale models with all kinds of details, and often include small dolls, trains and moving cars. This place has got a super-cool look, in addition to being photogenic, since the Atomium is its backdrop.
Museums in Brussels
Belgian Comic Strip Center
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You may not want to spend the 6 euros it costs to get into the Belgian Comic Strip Center museum, but it's worth visiting because the building itself is free (and so is using the bathroom - something not common in Belgium, in case you are in urgent need!). The building itself is stunning, one of the few remaining examples of Art Nouveau in the city. In the main room on the ground floor, to the right, you will find a small exhibition about the history of the building and Art Nouveau, with pictures and explanations in English and French. Next, there's a small bar that will allow you to enjoy the stunning interior of the building. From the ground floor you have a view of the glass roof, and you can enter the comic book store full of famous comic icons like Tintin, the Smurfs, and Spirou.
Of Cultural Interest in Brussels
The European Tree (European Parliament)
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To visit the European Parliament, an institution shared between Brussels and Strasbourg, you first need to approach the farthest building from Luxembourg Square, next to the state of the euro. They offer two free visits a day, at 10 and 3, and it's recommended to arrive 10 minutes early. You'll get an MP4 videoguide, and your group will be under the supervision of a guide.
Historical Monuments in Brussels
Brussels Town Hall
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The Brussels Town Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. It's a Gothic building and was started in 1402 by Jacques Van Thienen. Charles the Bold in 1444 laid the foundation stone of the left wing, where the Gothic style is particularly pronounced. In 1449, the architect John Van Ruysbroeck reinforced and modified it. The current tower is about 96 meters high, and you can access its summit by climbing 420 steps. The building was partially destroyed in 1697 during the national bombing, and was later rebuilt, with a courtyard added. Nowadays, weddings are often held at this magnificent Gothic building, which is a stunning backdrop for such events.
Museums in Brussels
Musical Instrument Museum
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Europe's best Musical Instrument Museum, at least that's what they say. The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) in Brussels is at least generally rated the best in Europe. Located in the city center, on top of the Mont des Arts, the museum can actually be seen on a lot of postcards of the city because of its spectacular Art Deco design. Inside, you can see all kinds of instruments, including a spectacular collection of pianos, as well as a workshop demonstrating how they were built. The museum has several floors, and it's worth paying attention to the Art Deco-style stairs and railings.
Of Cultural Interest in Brussels
The Brussels Stock Exchange
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The Brussels Stock Exchange, by architect Léon Suys, is one of the most impressive buildings in Brussels. It was constructed between the years 1867 and 1873, in the Palladian style, with bas-reliefs on the outside and 2 winged figures under the colonnade, designed by Jacques de Haen, representing both sides of good and evil. There are also figures representing the continents of Africa and Asia, which are believed to be works of sculptor Auguste Rodin. There are some zones of the building which are open to the public for viewing.
Churches in Brussels
Notre Dame du Sablon (Church of Our Blessed Lady of Sablon)
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The same thing happens to me with books as with movies. I put myself in the plot so much that when I'm finished it's like I invented another character. I am one of them. I'm on stage. But then the magic fades away. However, in Brussels there is a place that makes me get that feeling every time I step in front of Notre Dame de Sablon Church. Why? Because it was in one of the scenes of the movie The Pillars of the Earth. So I walk slowly to relive what Ken Follet said happened in this XV century gothic Church of XV century. It's a beauty that demands our attention.
Gardens in Brussels
Parc du Cinquantenaire (Jubelpark)
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The Cinquantenaire Park is undoubtedly one of the most popular parks in Brussels. Just steps from the Europea Commission and Council, it's the ideal place to go walking, jogging, or have a picnic. When the weather is good, you're sure to see plenty of young people lying in the grass. Inside the park, you can see the Arc de Triomphe and the fiftieth anniversary palace, now home to the Army, Art, and History Museums. You can see different sculptures in the park, like the monument to the Congo. Sometimes events take place here, like rave parties, or sporting events.
Squares in Brussels
Place Eugene Flagey
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I passed by the new Flagey place in August, and truthfully, as travellers commented earlier, it is a nice place. Leaving behind the more tourist places like the Grand Place, you get the feeling that you are entering the real Brussels, with more local people. In fact, on the day that I went it was very hot, and the kids were playing with water jets that flowed from the floor in the center of the square. Mums that were looking after the children were sitting on giant benches and chatting with each other. We should also mention the "baraque à frites" or "friterie" potato chip factory which was recommended by a Belgian staying ... And yes it's not a lie lie- it's worth spending two euros to get some delicious potatoes to savor in the square or along the pond that goes around it!
Train Stations in Brussels
Brussels Central Station
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This station is essential for getting to the city since it links the Midi railway station and the Gare du Nord. It's Belgium's most popular train station. Coming from France Thalys, the train will not stop at this station, so you should get off at the Gare du Midi and take any train going towards the north of Belgium. I suggest paying attention to your personal belongings in the station, because there are a lot of robberies. However, take time to admire the art deco buildings that are nearby, designed by the famous architect Victor Horta.

The best things to do in Brussels

So you're going to Brussel! Beer and chocolate, although both of top quality, are not the only things to do in Brussels. The spectacular Grand Place, an explosion of Baroque and Gothic Art, the Royal Pace and the stunning stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula are just a few examples of places to visit in Brussels that no traveler should not miss.

But without doubt one of the greatest things to see in Brussels is the Manneken Pis, the famous symbol of the city. The statue's brother, the Jenneken Pis, is not nearly so well-known, but is a pleasant surprise to those who stumble upon it while strolling through the historic city center. Both statues rank among the most popular Brussels attractions.

And remember that Brussels is the administrative headquarters of the European Union, so put a visit to the parliament on
your list of what to do in Brussels. Visits to the parliament include audio guide and the possibility of attending a plenary session, great Brussels activities for lovers of politics. The Botanical Garden of Brussels, one of the most important in the world, and the Ixelles ponds are other attractions in Brussels that offer a excellent opportunity to enjoy nature in the city. As you can see, there's lots of stuff to do in Brussels!