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
Our guide Victoria gave us a beautiful rendition of history in the present. Although a day is really not enough time to spend in either country, Victoria fit as much as she could into the time we had. She took us to buildings, churches, town squares, market places giving us the background of what it meant to both the nobels and the common folk. She was really helpful with us getting around in our free time. I’d recommend taking the boat trip in Bruges which is an additional cost to see the city from its waterways. The bus was comfortable and air conditioned. I always have a book with me and we were only on the bus for two hours maximum. A perfect day trip if you don’t have much time in Belgium.
I went to the Chocolate Museum by myself, learned a lot of details about cocoa´s history and how it reaches our table/stores and due to cringy dialogue within the item (phone like) we are given to listen to the different audio sources throughout the visit I found myself laughing alongside others due to the cringy dialogue. It takes about 30 to 90 minutes depending on how interessed you are on knowing and listening to all the audio prompts and at the end you have some chocolate making session.
Good value for money which includes a very wide selection of different Belgian chocolates. The tour guide was excellent, kept us all well informed by doing the tour in chronological order which our group liked. We also enjoyed the Belgian waffle which was included in the tour.
The tour guide was great, my only complaint wasn't his fault, however, it was an English tour and a group of 5 French girls joined so the tour had to all be spoken in English, then repeated in French and vice versa, slowed the pace down a lot for the tour.
We were so lucky to find this website. Value for money and excellent tour guide. Louise (adorable, friendly and experienced Dutch lady) was amazing and make us enjoy the tour with her wonderful knowledge and advise. Thank you so much!!!!!!!