Here is our list of favorite things to do and see in Brussels Belgium.
And here you will find more information about this Capital of Belgium - all about beer and chocolate shopping and how to get here.
Grand Place-Grote Markt
This historic market square, in the Capital of Belgium, with its splendid guild houses and the impressive Gothic beauty of the Town Hall, is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful town squares in Europe.
Belgian Comic Strip Center (Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée, Belgisch Centrum van het Beeldverhaal):
Located in Europe's earliest Shopping-Mall (a shiny Jugendstil palais). There is a permanent exposition featuring the early beginning of comics as well as it's development. There is enough room for other varying expositions.
The bookshop at the ground floor sells many different comics. A readers' library operates on the ground floor, where, for a low entrance fee, you can read many different comic books.
20 Rue des Sables
+32/2/219 19 8
€ 7.50 adults, € 6.00 students/seniors.
Keep an eye out on the billboard sized comic strips scattered throughout Brussels.
Just a short walk from the Grand Place-Grote Markt is the Manneken Pis, a small bronze statue thought to represent the "irreverent spirit" of the Capital of Belgium. Belgians dress the statue in different outfits depending on the occasion.
Rue des Bouchers - Beenhouwersstraat - a unique pedestrian street lined with seafood restaurants and special atmosphere.
Try to find Jeanneke Pis (Manneken Pis' counterpart) just off Rue de Bouchers - And do check out the Delirium Cafe with a phone book sized menu of world beers.
The latest traditional gueuze/lambic brewery in the Capital of Belgium, Cantillon Brewery still uses natural yeast fermentation (not injected like almost every other beer). This museum-esque atmosphere is still a functioning brewery. The €5 tour includes two small glasses of lambic and gueuze. The lambics and gueuzes are made in original style with no sweeteners or syrups added. Only 100% bio (organic) and natural fruits are used creating a distinctly sour drink.
56, rue Gheude
Monday to Friday from 8.30 AM till 5 PM
Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM
Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
built for the 1958 Brussels World Fair (Expo ’58), it is a 335 foot tall representation of an atomic unit cell. It is symbolic of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Nine steel spheres 54 feet in diameter connect via tubes with elevators 105 feet long.
Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark and Arc de Triomphe - Triomfboog
on the east side of town. It is possible to go up to the terrace above the arch, from where you'll have a good view of the city. Entry is through the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History and is free. Take Metro line 1 east, exit Schumann and walk east or exit Mérode and walk west.
The home of noted Belgian Art Nouveau architect and designer Victor Horta. Seeing where he lived and worked is a great way to get an introduction to the art nouveau style in Brussels. It is one of four Horta works to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
25, rue Américaine, Saint-Gilles, (tram 81, tram 92 (place Janson) - bus 54
32 (0)2 543 0490
Open daily 2pm-5:30pm, closed Monday
Adults €7, students / seniors €3, guided tours available by appointment.
Stock market in Brussels. This is the meeting point for the locals. You will see many standing or sitting on the steps waiting the other to show up.
Matonge (for the adventurer):
A lively quarter home to the capital's African community where you can buy dried caterpillars next door to the luxury shops of Avenue Louise. Or instead try out one or two of the museums.
Museums and Galleries in Brussels.
Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire (MRAH) - Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis (KMKG):
This museum has an important collection of art objects from different civilizations from all over the world. The museum was founded in 1835 and was located in the Hallepoort/Porte de Hal, one of the last remaining medieval city gates of the Capital of Belgium.
Parc du Cinquantenaire 10, +32 (0)2 741 7211
Open Tu-Fr 9.30am-5pm, Sa-Su and holidays 10am-5pm, closed Mo and various holidays, last entry 4pm
Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts - Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten:
Feature both historical art and modern art in the one building. In a vast museum of several buildings, this complex combines the Musée d'Art Ancien-Museum voor Oude Kunst and the Musée d'Art Moderne-Museum voor Moderne Kunst under one roof (connected by a passage). The collection shows off works, most of them Belgian, from the 14th to the 20th century.
Museum of Historical Art
Tues-Sun 10am-noon and 1-5pm
Museum of Modern Art
Tue-Sun 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Rue de la Régence-Regentschapstraat 3
at Place Royale-Koningsplein
+32 (0)2 508 3211
Features Belgium's history. Before it became a museum, the former 18th century luxury hotel was also a royal residence.
Paleizenplein 7 Place des Palais
+32 (0)70 22 0492
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (June to September)
from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (October to May)
BELvue: 3 euros, Coudenberg: 4 euros, BELvue + Coudenberg: 5 euros.
Natural Sciences Museum of Belgium:
The museum is well-known for its famous collection of iguanodons (dinosaurs discovered in a coal-mine in Belgium). The dinosaur collection has been refreshed in October 2007 and includes discovery activities for the children. The other parts of the museum are also interesting, as an exhibit of all animals that live in our houses and a collection of mammals.
Rue Vautier 29 (near Luxembourg station)
32 (0)2 627 4238
Open: daily from 9:30am to 4:45pm; Saturday, Sunday and during school holidays (except the Summer break), from 10am to 6pm; during the Summer break daily from 9:30 am to 4:45 pm daily and in weekends from 10 am to 6 pm.
Price between 4,50 € and 7 € - free the first Wednesday of each month as of 1pm.
Royal Museum for Central Africa, (RMCA)
The Museum is home to some truly remarkable collections. Its collection of ethnographic objects from Central Africa is in fact the only one of its kind in the world. It also contains the entire archives of Henry Morton Stanley which are of great historical value.
3080 Tervuren (tram 44)
Musée du Cinéma-Filmmuseum:
See the history of film-making, it's free to look around, and classic and cult films are shown at low prices.
Rue Baron Hortastraat
a walk from Gare Centrale-Centraalstation
Automobiles from the dawn of the motoring age to 1970s including the earliest Mercedes, Renaults, BMW Isettas, Tatras, Ford T-birds, even a jeepney from the Philippines
Parc du Cinquantenaire 11:
10:00 - 18:00 (4/1-9/30) 10:00-17:00 (10/1 -3/31)
Brussels Card (30€) is valid for 3 consecutive days and offers free entry to nearly all museums, free public transport and discounts in various restaurants, bars and shops. It is available at all participating museums, the tourist offices in Brussels, Public Transport Agencies and some hotels.
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