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).
- LanguageDutch, German and French
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+32
- Best time to visitSpring 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 decided to go on this tour, given our love of Belgian beer. We are so glad that we did! Our tour guide, Ithier, was great. He was incredibly knowledgeable about beer, as well as the city in general. He was willing to answer all of the questions and showed us some of the best beers I've ever had. There were only 4 of us on the tour, allowing for a more personalized experience. 10/10 would go again, and we aren't really tour group people. Of note, this tour absolutely includes some fairly high gravity beers, with the lowest alcohol one being 6%. So, plan accordingly.
We got lost from the group and the tour guide was just negligent and didnt even bother looking for us, we lost a boat ride in bruges as a result
Travelling with Brussel Card is comfortable and safety. We visited lit of museum and use it for a transport. I think its a good way to buy it for your trip.
This was a great last minute booking for us. Our tour guide, Adelin, was extremely knowledgeable about the beer, beer history and the history of the city. I like also that he took us off the beaten path to try some new and different things.
The guide was excellent. He was well informed and seems to love his work. His idea of using earphones is great. He was also very patient and able to give reprimand about being late in a courteous elegant manner.