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.
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.
We took this tour this past weekend during our short stay in Brussels. Paul was a fantastic guide, proving a very fun and informative experience. We went to 2 different locations, trying 4 different beers. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone in Brussels! Thanks so much Paul!!
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.