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31 Best Things to Do in Brussels, Belgium

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When it comes to cities in Europe, Brussels is often overlooked. But with its rich history, stunning architecture, and delicious food, this city definitely has a lot to offer tourists. Here are the best things to see and do in Brussels.

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and one of the most important cities in Europe. The city’s history dates back to at least the 9th Century, with the oldest known record mentioning Brussels being from the 10th Century.

We stayed at the iconic Wiltcher’s Steigenberger Icon on the historic Avenue Louise and explored the city as much as possible (read our full Wiltcher’s Steigenberger review). You’ll see several of my photos of our favorite experiences and activities in Brussels below.

There are many things to see and do in Brussels that make it a great city. Some of the highlights include its stunning architecture, delicious food, amazing art museums, and lively nightlife.

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If you’re looking for things to do in Brussels, here are some of the best options:

1. Visit the Grand Place

Gothic Palace facade at Brussels' Grand Place against blue sky
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Address: Grote Markt, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

The Grand Place is the primary tourist destination in the city of Brussels, Belgium. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is widely considered one of the most beautiful squares in all of Europe. The Grand Place is located in central Brussels and dates back to at least the 17th Century.

The central square is surrounded by several notable buildings, including the Brussels Town Hall and the Royal Palace. Visitors can enjoy people-watching, dining at one of the many cafes or restaurants, or simply admiring the architecture.

It is a beautiful attraction to see on a Belgium City bus tour. At Grand Place, you’ll find all sorts of shops selling Belgian chocolate, waffles, and other delicious treats on this square.

There are also plenty of restaurants where you can try traditional Belgian cuisine, such as carbonade flamande (a yummy beef stew) or moules frites (classic mussels with fries).

2. See the Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis Statue
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Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The Manneken Pis is one of Brussels’ most famous landmarks. It’s a small statue of a boy peeing, and it’s located in the center of the city. The Manneken Pis is easy to find; look for the little guy in the town center, peeing freely. He’s often dressed in different costumes, so it’s worth checking out to see what he’s wearing.

The Manneken Pis is more than just a peeing statue; he’s a symbol of the city. Locals even have their annual festival celebrating this little guy. When you’re in Brussels, check out the Manneken Pis. You won’t be disappointed – maybe just confused.

If you’d like to see more effigies of things peeing in the streets, make sure you also check out Jeanneke Pis and Zinneke Pis!

PRO TIP: Only these three are allowed to pee in public like this – none of them invite you to do the same.

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3. Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History Exhibit
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Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History is one of the best things to do in Brussels if you’re interested in military history. The museum is located in Cinquantenaire Park and has a large collection of military artifacts dating back to ancient times.

This military history museum covers various topics, including the Belgian Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, World War I, and World War II.

There are also exhibits on the Belgian Congo and other Belgian colonies. The museum is incredibly well done and definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in military history. This is one of the best army museums in all of Europe and is a must-see if you want to take in the continent’s history.

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4. Visit the Atomium

Atomium and Night Lights

Address: Pl. de l’Atomium 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

If you want to see a piece of architecture that is both beautiful and massive, the Atomium is the place for you. The Atomium is a large structure located on the outskirts of Brussels. It was built for the World Expo ’58 and comprises nine spheres connected by tubes. You can take an elevator to the top of one of the spheres to view the city.

The sculpture was designed by André Waterkeyn, a student of Le Corbusier, to symbolize a magnified iron crystal. It stands 102 meters tall and is Brussels’s most popular tourist attraction.

When visiting the Atomium, take your time exploring all levels—it has nine different levels, including an on-site restaurant on top and a museum on the ground level. You can also enjoy panoramic views from one of its observation decks (there are two).

The Atomium was built using 925 tons of iron to create this iconic structure that represents an atom with its nine spheres stacked together as atoms do inside a molecule or compound. Visit Atomium and get your admission ticket now. Its unique design has inspired many other monuments worldwide such as New York City’s Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Park.

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5. See the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

Gothic St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral in Brussels
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Address: Pl. Sainte-Gudule, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a Gothic cathedral in Brussels. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s one of the most important religious buildings and a beautiful attraction in Belgium, and it’s definitely worth a visit.

Dedicated to Saint Gudula, the cathedral incorporates a chapel dedicated to Saint Michael. Built-in Gothic style, this cathedral is one of the largest churches in Belgium. The tower of this mighty Gothic church reaches 210 feet high.

St. Michael Interior
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Join the Brussels walking tour to explore the basilica and its beautiful interiors. The artwork inside includes many different statues that represent Jesus Christ as well as other religious figures. The stained glass windows are beautiful, too. The cathedral is free to enter, but a small fee exists to climb the tower.

6. Shop at the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert Shops
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Address: Galerie du Roi 5, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (or the Royal Gallery Saint Hubert) is a covered shopping arcade in Brussels’s center. It’s one of the oldest shopping malls in the world, and it’s a great place to find souvenirs. It is one of the spots to enjoy a Brussels discovery and food tour.

The mall was originally built in 1847 as an open-air market. In 1885, it was enclosed and became one of the first covered malls in Europe. The mall is home to over 200 shops, cafes, and restaurants. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon shopping and people-watching.

You can find everything from Belgian chocolate to traditional Belgian lace here. The mall is also home to several incredible chocolate shops, so it’s the perfect place to stock up on chocolate for friends and family back home.

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7. Visit the Royal Palace of Brussels

Royal Palace of Brussels Architecture and Garden

Address: Rue Brederode 16, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The Royal Palace of Brussels is the official residence of the Belgian royal family. It’s in the city’s center and is open to visitors from April to September. The palace is free to enter, but there is a small fee to tour the royal apartments.

The Royal Palace of Brussels is one of my favorite attractions for photo ops – the largest structure in the square is the Royal Palace (Palais Royal), the official residence of the Belgian royal family. A set of cultural structures adorned by Neoclassic architecture surrounds the palace.

The Royal Palace is one of the notable sights to see on a sightseeing tour. Belgium flags fly on roofs and show sovereign presence, while ceremonial alterations occur every evening. The Guard changes each day. During summer, a free private tour of the palace interior is provided.

8. Enjoy café culture at Le Cirio

Cafes in Brussels
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Address: Rue de la Bourse 18, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The elegant grande café Le Cirio‘s history dates back to 1886 and has catered to countless hungry locals as well as international visitors ever since. Inside is a collection of special touches, such as polished brass and artwork dating back to its opening.

But you’re here mainly for some strong coffee and delicious Belgian fare. Their baked goods are out of this world. Outside, you can relax on the patio while the crowd watches to your heart’s delight. I sat in the restaurant to enjoy a home specialty – “the half” – fresh and sparkling wines.

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9. Taste Belgian Chocolate

Chocolates

Belgian chocolate is some of the best in the world, and it’s unquestionably worth trying while you’re in Brussels. Brussels is one of the world’s leading exporters of cocoa and chocolates.

It has been said that the Belgians are “obsessed with chocolate.” This obsession can be seen everywhere in the country – but nowhere more so than in Brussels; these folks are cocoa bean crazy.

You will find chocolates everywhere you go—from truffles to bars to pralines and everything in between! It’s a chocaholic’s delight, I tell ya!

The best way to taste Belgian Chocolate is by joining a chocolate appreciation tour and visiting a chocolatier (or several) and Brussels Chocolate Museum.

Chocolate Museum Hallway

Many shops offer different kinds of Belgian Chocolate, which could be a little overwhelming at first – but don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of guidance from shop owners along the way. You may adopt a new hobby.

I mean, it’s chocolate; how bad could it be?

10. Go to the Belgian Museum of Fine Arts

Belgian Museum of Fine Arts Interior
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Address: Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium is a series of museums with over 20,000 works spanning centuries. Consequently, it is one of Europe’s most significant museums for art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. The museum was founded in 1801, and its first director was Jacques-Louis David.

The museum’s collection includes paintings by Brueghel, Rubens, and Van Dyck and sculptures by Michelangelo. Also, drawings by Da Vinci and Rembrandt, prints by Piranesi and Dürer, as well as a large number of important examples of decorative arts such as ivory carvings, goldsmithing, glasswork, and much more.

If you visit this collection of museums, you will find yourself immersed in an atmosphere that allows you to understand better how people lived during these times (for example, how they dressed or what their homes looked like back in the Middle Ages).

11. See the Brussels Christmas Market

Brussels Christmas Market and Ferris Wheel
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If you’re visiting in winter, the Christmas market in Brussels is a great place to find gifts and decorations and gorge yourself on festive food stalls. It’s also a lot of fun for kids!

It’s located in the center of Brussels and is open from late November to early January. The market features various stalls selling everything from toys to food to Christmas ornaments. You can also enjoy a festive atmosphere with music and Christmas lights.

If you want something to do in winter in Brussels, you need to spend a night or two at the Christmas market and experience Christmas in Brussels, taking in all the sights and sounds. It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit!

12. Go Ice Skating at the Grand Place

Ice Skating in Brussels

Address: Grote Markt, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Ice skating is a popular activity in Brussels during winter, and there are several places where you can go ice skating.

One of the most popular is Place du Grand Sablon, which has an open-air rink, and the iconic Grand Place is transformed into an ice skating rink. It’s a great activity for adults and children and a great way to experience the square differently.

The rinks are open from mid-November to early January. Ice skating is a great activity to add to your list if you visit Brussels during the winter. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s also a great way to stay active.

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13. Take a Day Trip to Bruges or Ghent

Architecture in Bruges

Want to space out those fun things to do in Brussels? Bruges is a beautiful city located in Belgium, and it’s only a short train ride from Brussels. It’s definitely worth spending a day exploring all that the city has to offer. Some highlights include Markt Square, the canals, and the Church of Our Lady.

If you’re looking for another day trip from Brussels, Ghent is a great option. It’s only a 30-minute train ride away, and there’s plenty to see and do in the city. Some highlights include Market Square, the Gravensteen Castle, and St. Bavo’s Cathedral.

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14. Visit the Horta Museum

Horta Museum Building

Address: Rue Américaine 27, 1060 Bruxelles, Belgium

Horta is considered one of the most important architects of the Art Nouveau architecture movement. The Horta Museum is the perfect place to learn about his life and work.

Located in the former home of the architect, the museum is full of Horta’s original furniture, art, and architectural drawings. The whole place is delightfully zany and elegant!

Take a self-guided or private tour through the house’s different rooms, and don’t miss the audio guide, which offers insights from Horta experts. The Horta Museum is one of the most unique museums in Brussels, and it’s a must-visit for anyone interested in architecture or Art Nouveau.

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15. Have a Beer at Delirium Tremens and go on a Brewery Tour

Vibrant Delirium Village alleyway with iconic signs in Brussels
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If you’re looking for a good place to stop for a classic Belgian beer and some great conversation, we highly recommend Delirium Tremens. This bar is located right on Grand Place and serves up a variety of beers from all over Belgium. It is the ideal place for beer tasting in Belgium as they have thousands of beers and some of hte most rare Belgian beers you can find.

The atmosphere at this bar is lively and fun, but it also has an old-school charm that makes it feel special. If you find yourself in Brussels with some time to kill before dinner or just want to relax after a long day sightseeing, then go grab a beer at Delirium Tremens.

Delirium Tremens Sign
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Brussels is home to many different breweries beyond Delirium Tremens, and a beer tour is a great way to learn about the brewing process and taste some of the local beers.

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16. Visit the Palace of Justice

Palace of Justice Aerial View
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Address: Pl. Poelaert 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

A visit to the Palace of Justice, Brussels, is a must. The Palace of Justice is an ornate building in the center of Brussels that houses many courts and departments of law, including the Law Courts, the Court of Cassation, and the Supreme Court.

You can also visit the Palace of Justice Museum, which has exhibits of famous trials throughout history, including those involving Marie Antoinette and Dr. Petiot. If you’re into art or architecture, you’ll love visiting this museum because it boasts fantastic works!

If you want something more interactive than just looking at paintings, visit their Library or the Gardens behind the court building. The library is free to enter, but donations are most welcome.

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17. Stroll through Cinquantenaire Park (Parc du Cinquantenaire)

Cinquantenaire Park

Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium

If you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy brunch in Brussels, Cinquantenaire Park (or Parc du Cinquantenaire) is the perfect location. This park has many restaurants, cafes, and museums that will delight all visitors.

A park is also a great place for taking pictures. It’s surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the Palais de Justice (Palace of Justice), Palais de la Nation (National Palace), and the Royal Palace of Brussels.

In addition to these wonderful landmarks, there are several sports facilities, including an ice rink where you can skate during the winter months or even rent bikes if you prefer riding on two wheels instead of two blades. If you decide to visit during the summer, do not to miss out on their annual Rock Werchter music festival.

If you are looking for hotels near the park, you can find great deals on Booking.com and VRBO.

18. Watch a performance at the La Monnaie Opera House

La Monnaie Opera House Building

Address: Pl. de la Monnaie, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The La Monnaie Opera House is one of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses, and it’s located in Brussels.

If you’re an opera fan, attending a performance at the La Monnaie is a great way to experience the city’s cultural scene. The theater was built in 1819 and is home to the National Opera of Belgium.

Check the concert schedules before arriving in Brussels, as tickets are booked frequently. Depending on the performance, this is one of the best things to do in Brussels at night or for couples.

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19. Visit the Bourse

Place de la Bourse, Brussels Architecture

This beautiful building is one of the most popular sights in Brussels. It’s a great place for history buffs, art lovers, and architecture enthusiasts. The Bourse is a building that houses many different museums, galleries, and educational exhibitions.

A tour through the building will take you through several different chambers on both ground level and below ground level. You’ll see famous frescoes and paintings from artists such as Rubens, Delacroix, and Jan van Eyck. You can even climb up onto the roof of this historic landmark, where there are some amazing views of Brussels’ skyline.

You can also look around by yourself – walk around freely inside the dome or into any part that catches your eye (there are no restrictions).

There are plenty of places where you can get lost within these walls, so make sure you have enough time to visit during busy hours when crowds gather at certain spots like statues/statuesque features like staircases that lead up towards large windows looking out onto modern skyscrapers nearby.

Yeah, you can tell I’ve fought crowds here before.

20. Visit the Musical Instruments Museum

Musical Instruments Museum Architecture

Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The Musical Instruments Museum is a crucial visit for any music lover. Located in Brussels, in the Old England Building, the museum houses a collection of over 10,000 musical instruments worldwide. You can see everything from ancient Egyptian harps to Indian sitars to antique French horns.

The museum also houses special exhibits on different topics and themes, so there’s always something new and exciting to discover. The Musical Instruments Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, making it the perfect place to visit on your next trip to Brussels.

This Musical Instrument Museum opened in 1987 and was created by Dominique Serruys, who wanted it to be a “museum for all people interested in music,” not just professionals or experts like those at other musical instrument museums around Europe.

This means this museum isn’t afraid of having fun—there are even interactive games throughout the building so visitors can test their skills at playing different instruments while they’re here!

If you’re looking for great art or music history lessons while traveling through Europe, this should definitely be one of your top choices.

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21. See the view of the cupola at Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Bruxelles

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Bruxelles Architecture
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Address: Basiliekvoorplein 1, 1083 Brussel, Belgium

Perched atop Mont des Arts, this basilica is one of the most popular attractions in Brussels. It’s such a huge draw that it’s hard to snag a spot at its stairway viewpoints, which offer panoramic views of this iconic city from any angle.

The best time to visit is at night when the city lights reflect off the church’s dome and make for some magical photos. If you want to see it for yourself during sunrise or sunset, ensure you get there early—the line builds up fast.

22. Explore the Belgian Comic Strip Route & Belgian Comic Strip Centre

Belgian Comic Strip Centre Stairs
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Address: Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Brussels is known as the capital of the comic strip. It’s the birthplace of some of the most famous comic strips in the world, like Tintin and Snowy of The Adventures of Tin Tin fame.

If you’re a big fan of comics, you’ll love seeing them come to life in Brussels through stunning street art and murals. The Belgian Comic Strip Route is where many famous cartoonists lived, worked, and hung out.

The Belgian Comic Strip Route will take you past their houses, studios, and other sites used in their stories. You can see it on foot or by bike (the city has plenty available for rent).

Make sure to include The Belgian Comic Strip Center (or Centre, if you will). It’s one of the finest comic strip museums in the world and a must for families with kids.

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23. Catch a Game at King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels

King Baudouin Stadium

Address: Marathonlaan 135/2, 1020 Brussel, Belgium

If you’re a sports enthusiast, check out King Baudouin Stadium – it’s flipping huge. This massive structure is the home of RSC Anderlecht, one of Belgium’s most popular football clubs. Built-in 1930, it has a capacity of 50,000 and was named after King Baudouin I (1930-1993), who was the king of Belgium from 1951 until 1993.

The stadium has hosted many important events and is also used for concerts and other sporting events such as tennis matches and rugby games. If you enjoy watching sports (or like going to big stadiums), this one should be on your list.

24. Notre-Dame du Sablon

Notre Dame du Sablon Gothic church facade in Brussels
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Address: Rue des Sablons, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

This place is a gem. First, it’s a beautiful Gothic-style church in the Sablon area of Brussels with stunning stained glass windows.

This church also has an interesting history: it was built in 1450 as part of Saint Gudule Cathedral before being turned into a parish church after the French Revolution and deconsecrated in 1797.

Notre Dame du Sablon Gothic church with stained glass in Brussels
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The Notre Dame du Sablon was restored between 1847 and 1851 by architect Joseph Poelaert, who added features such as high roofs with stone pinnacles at each corner and flying buttresses to support them (two are still visible today).

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25. Explore the Abbaye de la Cambre

Abbaye de la Cambre
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Address: Abbaye de la Cambre, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Abbaye de la Cambre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important buildings and is one of the top Brussels attractions. It’s also home to an excellent restaurant that serves traditional Belgian cuisine.

The abbey is just 15 minutes from the main train station, making it easy to take day trips from the city center. To get there, take metro line 1 (green) to “Jette” and walk 10 minutes towards Jette Castle. Alternatively, you can take tram 22 or 31 as well as buses 54 or 55 (from the bus stop: Place Royale).

When visiting Abbaye de la Cambre during your trip to Brussels, wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you can move around in easily since there are many stairs throughout the complex!

You should plan on spending at least one hour touring this historic site—but if you have time left over after visiting other attractions in Brussels like Manneken Pis or Atomium Park, then consider staying longer.

26. Eat Belgian Waffles

Plate of Belgian Waffles

Waffles are a common treat in Belgium, well, because they are utterly delicious. Belgian waffles are made from a yeasted batter cooked in a special waffle iron. They can be served plain or with fruit, chocolate, or whipped cream on top—but they will be tasty no matter how you eat them.

If you don’t have time to sit down for an entire meal at one of Brussels’ many restaurants, grab some waffles at street vendors throughout the city instead.

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27. Get to know your neighbors’ history at Mini Europe

Crowd in Mini Europe

Address: Av. du Football 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

Mini Europe is a miniature version of all European countries that allows you to learn about European culture while also spending time with friends or family members who are traveling together with you on vacation.

If you’re interested in learning more about how these countries came into existence, then this park is definitely worth checking out. You’ll find plenty of entertainment options, including rides like roller coasters, restaurants, and cafes where people eat food from different parts of Europe, such as Italy and France.

It also features different cultural dances throughout each country’s history, all based on real-life historical events and traditions that may interest anyone looking for something fun but educational at the same time.

28. Take a Look at Parlamentarium, Brussels

European Parliament Aerial View
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Address: Pl. du Luxembourg 100, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

The Parlamentarium is a museum in Brussels that houses an interactive and educational display of the European Parliament. It’s located on Rue de Trèves, across from the European Parliament complex, which you can visit.

The building was once home to Belgium’s Palace of Justice (and still is), so it has much history. It’s a must-see for tourists looking to learn more about what goes on at the EU headquarters—plus it’s free!

There are three floors with different exhibits: Europe: The Story of Its People, Democracy Under Construction, and How Things Get Done In Brussels.

The first floor offers a general overview of European history through multimedia displays and videos depicting how different civilizations lived together throughout history before creating EU institutions during peacetime after World War II.

You’ll also find out how these institutions came into being by watching some cool interviews with people who were actually involved in making them happen!

The second floor shows visitors how democracy works within each member state and how decisions are made within these countries’ parliaments so they can see firsthand what happens when politicians disagree about new laws being introduced onto the continent. See the beauty of the exhibition center and explore the city simultaneously on a Brussels tour.

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29. Climb to the Top of Mont des Arts, Brussels City Center, Brussels

Mont Des Artes, one of the best things to do in Brussels
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Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Located in the city center, Mont des Arts is an architectural landmark that has been around for over 200 years and is today one of Brussels’ most popular tourist spots. An observation tower called La Tour is located at the top of this hill.

The Tower provides a 360° panoramic view of Brussels City Center and its surroundings. You can see everything from here: Brussels City Center, European Parliament, and Atomium (a museum dedicated to science).

Even the Waterloo Battlefield was the site of the famous battle between Napoleon Bonaparte and British, German, and Dutch forces under Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, in 1815. You’ll get great shots right next to statues like Don Quixote de la Mancha and nearby famous landmarks.

30. Enjoy an afternoon at Place Sainte-Catherine

Place Sainte-Catherine Architecture

Address: 7 Pl. du Marché Sainte-Catherine, 75004 Paris, France

This beautiful pedestrian square is one of the most stunning places in Brussels – do not miss it. The square is surrounded by a number of charming shops, cafes, and restaurants.

It’s also home to an incredible church called St. Catherine’s Church, built in 1250 by Clement de Flandre, the second prince-bishop of Liege and brother of Godfrey IV de Namur, who founded Anderlecht.

You can explore the square by bike and immerse yourself in its beauty. The area around Place Sainte-Catherine offers plenty to do whether you’re looking for food, shopping, or want to take in some local culture. It’s also one of the best places to start a day out in Brussels.

This is because many museums are nearby, including the Royal Museums of Fine Arts and Musical Instruments Museum, Museum of Modern Art, History & Archeology Museum, and Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles De Belgique (Natural History Institute).

31. Visit Europe Square, Solbosch Campus, ULB, Brussels

Europe Square

Europe Square is a public square in the European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium. It is in front of the Solbosch campus of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the European Parliament.

Landscape architect Jacques van Meerbeeck designed the square to extend Rue de Trêves / Driesleutelstraat between Place du Luxembourg and Quai du Trésor.

King Albert II was inaugurated on 22 November 1993 during his visit to celebrate his 25th year since his accession to the throne. On Europe Day 2016, Europe Square was renamed after thousands of pieces of LEGO were dumped there as part of an art installation celebrating 50 years of EU membership.

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When is the best time to visit Brussels?

Avenue Louis and Cityscape
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The best time to visit Brussels and see most of it is from April to May or September to October when the weather is mild, and there are fewer crowds. Summer is a great time to enjoy the cafe culture and public parks, but it does get a bit more crowded.

If you’re looking to save money and avoid crowds during your Brussels sightseeing, travel during the winter months from November to March. This way, you’ll enjoy ice skating and the Christmas Market.

Brussels Christmas Ferris Wheel

The Christmas light in Brussels is like something out of a postcard or a fairytale…or a postcard from a fairytale; it is that magical.

What is Brussels best known for?

European Parliament

Brussels is best known for being the capital of Belgium, the de facto European capital, and home to the European Union.

The city also has many museums, art galleries, and theaters. Other attractions in Brussels include the Grand Place, Manneken Pis, and the gleaming Atomium, as well as numerous stunning parks and gardens, notably Brussels Park (aka Royal Park).

As well as vibrant nightlife, Brussels is known for its culinary delights. Brussels is home to 25 Michelin Star restaurants, which is astounding considering Brussels is no bigger than Minneapolis.

Brussels has many accommodation options, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury hotels. Brussels’s best places to stay include the Hotel Metropole, Le Dome, the Warwick, and Les Trois Rois.

Tours in Brussels

1. Brussels: 2.5-Hour Belgian Chocolate Making Workshop Top Recommendation

Join this 2.5-hour chocolate making workshop in Brussels to learn the art of Belgian chocolate making from a professional chocolatier. You will be guided step by step through the process of creating your own homemade pralines and mendiant chocolates. After learning how to make more than 30 chocolates, you can take home your finished product along with a box of 25 pieces of Belgian pralines and mendiants that you made yourself!

2. Brussels: Guided Walking Tour

There is no better way to explore Brussels than with a local guide. Brussels: Guided Walking Tour will give you an intimate view of the city, its main attractions and all the hidden gems along the way. The tour starts at the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. From there, you will visit many other landmarks as well as lesser-known areas such as Sablon and Saint Catherine's Square. You can even stop for some traditional Belgian chocolates if you wish!

3. Best of Brussels : Private Luxury Tour

Visit the city's main attractions, including the Atomium, a structure built for Expo '58; the royal palace; and many more. Travel in style around Brussels in a luxury vehicle with a private guide. Enjoy hassle-free pickup and drop-off directly from your hotel or airport. Stretch your legs at leisure by taking an optional guided tour of the medieval downtown district.

As we’ve seen, Brussels is a great place to visit. It has plenty of history and culture, but it also has some of the best food and drinks in the world. The city is also very walkable, so you can spend your whole trip exploring on foot or by bike.

FAQs

Is Brussels worth visiting?

Yes! Brussels is definitely worth visiting. The city has much to offer regarding history, culture, and architecture. There are also many great restaurants, cafes, and bars to enjoy. The best things to see in Brussels include the Atomium and the Manneken Pis n’ his pis’n pals.

Other popular sights include the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, the Palais de Justice, the Brussels City Museum, and the Parc du Cinquantenaire.

What are the most popular things to do in Brussels?

Some of the most popular things in Brussels include visiting the Grand Place, exploring the city’s museums, and strolling through its parks and gardens. Other popular activities include shopping, dining out, and attending festivals and events.

What are the best things to do in Brussels with kids?

Some of the best things to do in Brussels include visiting Mini Europe, exploring the Belgian Comic Strip Route, wandering the Musical Instrument Museums, and trying as much chocolate as possible!

What is there to do in Brussels at night?

There are plenty of things to do in Brussels at night, including dining out, going to bars and clubs, and attending concerts and shows. Some great shops and boutiques stay open late.

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