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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.
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).
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- 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
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Ghent and Bruges. Excellent recommendations were made of things to do during our free time. Our guide, Josephine, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the two cities. Ghent was particularly lovely and not nearly so busy. I wish we had more time there. Bruges was beautiful and we had enough time to do a little boat tour (an extra 10€ charge) but worth doing. One word of caution, the Brussel City tours all leave precisely on time. If you are late the bus leaves. While this didn’t impact us on our tour an other participant was left behind. I feel that tour companies undertake a certain amount of responsibility to ensure all participants return safely.
Ithier was our guide on this amazing chocolate tour. He was not only knowledgeable on chocolate but also the history and other things about Brussels, which was very informative. Gave us so many tips and places to enjoy the different food and beers. If there is a way to change the fact that we had discounts in the different shops we visited. We wanted to go back but could not find our way back to some of the shops we visited and had to purchase only from the last 2 shops..
At the meeting point, the reception we received from the young gentleman was not very welcoming. He was abrupt and rather rude to the guide Louisa. He would benefit from some PR training. Our Guide Louisa was truly fantastic. Our group was challenging as some of us kept leaving the group. Louisa’s knowledge of Brugge and Gent was phenomenal. We most definitely enjoyed Louisa’s style of guiding! If you go to Brussels, Brugge and Gent must be on your list of sites to see.
Two cities that are definitely worth visiting. We were super comfortable throughout the whole thing and it was care free. Our tour guide Veronica Perez was extremely friendly, clear, and passionate about the history, which made the whole thing enjoyable for all.
Creative and interactive approach which fascinated the 10 year old and 2 year old boys who were with me. The chocolatier demonstrating art of chocolate-making was particularly engaging. Highlight of our daytrip to Brussels!