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What to see in Brussels? The unmissable places of the Belgian capital

If you are prepare a trip to Belgium and you want to know which are the must-visit places, read on and we will tell you everything. to see in Brussels.

To see in Brussels

We first saw the capital of Belgium: Brusselsthen we went to city ​​of Ghent and finally to the city of witches and let us tell you that we were quite surprised by the three.

Brussels is not a very big city, so it’s not a big city. you can visit it on foot and if you need public transport, no problem, you can use the metro, bus or tram to get there. the best places to see. 😊

Now let’s stop the bullshit and get down to business – take note, we’re off to see all that Brussels has to offer!

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Grand Place

What is the first site to see in Brussels? It’s nothing but the spectacular Grand Place.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1998, all the buildings that make up the city will leave you speechless. Here are some of our favorite sites the House of the King, the House of Bread and of course, the magnificent town hall. 😍

the grand place or the grand square to see in brussels during a 3-day trip

When you arrive in the square, stop in front of the Town Hall and you will not fail to see a curiosity: the building… is longer on one side than the other. According to legend, when the architect completed it, he realized his mistake and was so disappointed that he climbed to the top of the tower and threw himself backwards.

Another peculiarity of the buildings is that have different widths. This is because, in the past, the the taxes were paid according to the extent of each of them.. That is to say, the owners of the largest plots were those who paid the most because that means that they had more money. 😊

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Royal Galleries Saint-Hubert

Not far from the Grand Place are the Saint Hubert Royal Galleries. Galleries Saint-Hubertwhich were built in 1847, being the first shopping malls in Europe.

Its 200 meters long and its glass roof give it a touch of glamor to which are added the shops that you will find there.

gallery st hubert beautiful galleries of brussels

If there is anything typical things to do in Brussels is to have a good chocolate, because in these galleries you can find the most famous chocolate factories in the country and some in the world. like Pierre Marcolini, Neuhaus, Leonidas or Godiva.

Besides chocolate, you will find fashion boutiques, restaurants or cafés and, for a delicious waffle, Maison Dandoy where the famous “speculoos” biscuits are also made.😋

Manneken-pis

One of the that we wanted to see in Brussels and we recommend that you do the same, was the sculpture of the most famous child in Brussels: the Manneken Pis.

We hadn’t imagined seeing him dressed as a firefighter. celebrate events or pay homage to someone -and as we saw on a panel next to it-, they change models every two or three days.

TIPS: Su collection of over 1,000 costumesis kept at GardeRobe MannekenPis Museum located at Rue du Chêne, 19.

the manneken pis the most famous child to see in brussels

There are several stories about its origin, one of the most famous being that which says that the sculpture was made in honor of a child who urinated on one of the many fires lit by the French during the invasion of the city, and so saved the lives of many people.

We are going to let you in on a little secret: the Manneken Pis you are about to see is not the original Manneken Pis that was made in the 17th century. It is in the Museum of the City of Brussels, located inside the Maison du Roi on the Grand-Place.

Jeanneke Pis

Did you know that the Manneken Pis has a sister? This is how we consider this sculpture built in the 1980s and named Jeanneke Pis.

Although he is not as famous as his “brother”, he is curious to see. It will be very easy for you to find it. if you go to one of the most famous bars in Brussels, Bar Delirium, since the beginning of the year. is right in front of the entrance.

jeanneke pis sculpture

Zinneke Pis

There is yet another “pisseur” 😊 in Brussels; this time it’s a mongrel dog called. Zinneke PisWho represents the multiculturalism of Brussels and can be found at the following address: Rue des Chartreux, 35.

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Brussels Cathedral, a must visit in Brussels

There Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudulacommonly called Brussels Cathedralis here the largest catholic church in Belgium and was built between the 13th and 14th centuries.

Climbing the stairs, its facade with 2 large towers 65 meters high each, will leave you impressed and the interior is even more spectacularthanks to the huge stained glass windowsto the imposing baroque pulpit in carved wood and the Grenzing organ with over 4,000 pipes and 4 manuals.

brussels cathedral or saint michel and saint gudula cathedral.

Entrance to the cathedral is free and if you wish to complete your visit with the Treasury, you will have to pay a small entrance fee.

Mount of Arts

Another of to visit in Brussels is the Mount of Arts oh Mount of Arts. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, but take our advice and, after visiting them, climb to the top. We promise you it’s worth it. you will have a breathtaking view.

Here you will find several important buildings such as the Royal Library of Belgium there the National Archives of Belgium.

mountain of arts

It is considered the entrance to the historic center of Brussels. and from the top, you will see a large tower in the background: this is the town hall, located on the Grand-Place.

TRICK: Next to the Mont des Arts, you will find the magnificent building Old England which was a commercial center until the beginning of the 20th century and which is now a business center. the Museum of Musical Instruments.

Sablon district

One of the most beautiful places to see in Brussels is the Sablon districtone of the city’s most expensive neighborhoods, well worth visiting for its antique shops and art galleries.

You can access it on foot from the nearby Mont des Arts, which is divided into two areas: Petit Sablon and Grand Sablon.

In the Petit Sablon district, be sure to discover the church of Our Lady of Sablon with FREE ENTRANCE and directly in front of the beautiful Petit Sablon Gardens.

beautiful little sablon park

Going down towards the center of Brussels, you will cross the part of the city of Brussels. Great Sablonwith its restaurants and its antique market which takes place on weekends.

TIPS: On either side of the Sablon district, you will find 2 important buildings: The Royal Palace there the imposing courthouse.

The Atomium, another unmissable place in Brussels

You thought we were going to forget the one of the symbols of BrusselsOf course not ! 😉

THE Atomium was built for the 1958 World’s Fair, it was meant to be temporary, but it was so successful that it stayed. you can see it not only from outside but also from inside. where there is permanent and temporary exhibitions and at the top a restaurant with veranda.

It’s made of 9 steel balls representing an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. there has a height of 102 meters. You may have seen it in photo or video, we can assure you that up close it is much more impressive. 😲

atomium symbol of all belgium

How to get to the Atomium? The best way to get to the Atomium is by metrobecause it is quite far from the center. Take line 6 in the direction of Roi Baudouin and get off at the stop: Heysel. and from there, in 5 minutes on foot, you will be in front.

Opposite you have Mini Europe, an attraction with 350 models of the most emblematic buildings in Europewhere of course there is a mini Atomium.

Cinquantenaire Park

If there is a park that we advise you to include in your list of things to see in BrusselsFr Cinquantenaire Park or Jubilee Parkbuilt in 1880 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the independence of Belgium.

Inside you will find 2 playgrounds, a sports field and if you visit Brussels in the summer, you can take advantage of several deckchairs and picnic tables.

The park also has 3 museums: The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, the Royal Museum of Art and History and the Autoworld (Motor Museum). but if there are two places that stand out above all else, it is its imposing facade. Arc de Triomphe and the Great Mosque.

fiftieth anniversary park or jubilee park

A bit far from the center the most convenient way to get there is by metro and you have two neighboring stations: Merode and Schuman.

European district

If you came to see the Parc du Cinquantenaire, you can include the city site. European district and thus complete the day, since it is in it that the seat of the European Unionwhere you can visit the European Parliament.

Yes, you read correctly, you can enter the European Parliament. For the visit you will receive an interactive audio guide that will allow you to learn a lot about the European Parliament. What is interesting in the hemicycle of the European Parliament. Admission is free, but you must book in advance on the official website..

hemicycle of the european parliament

From the center of Brussels, you can easily get there by metro, the nearest stations being Bruxelles-Luxembourg or Schuman. Besides the Parliament, do not miss other institutions such as the European Commission and the European Council.

ADVICE: Do you want a guided tour of the European district?? This free visit will allow you to discover all its corners..

Free tour of the European Quarter

Map of places to see in Brussels

We leave you on the map, the exact location of each recommended site in Brussels. so that you can find it easier.

cartoon road

Now that we’ve told you about all the places to see in Brusselswe’re going to go around the city taking the comic book route.

Tintin and the Smurfs, does that ring a bell? I don’t doubt it, but did you know that they are Belgian? Well, they are, along with many other characters, because Brussels is considered the capital of Europe. the European capital of comics.

an unmissable comic book tour in brussels in 3 days

The city is full of murals dedicated to the world of comics. and so that you can find them easily, here are some of the most important places:

  • TintinRue de l’Etuve, 37
  • Manneken-pisOakstraat 19
  • ric rattleBon Secours Street
  • Entanglement by Frank PéCoal Market Street
  • lucky LukeRue de la Bouanderie, 45
  • Asterix and ObelixRue de la Bouanderie, 33
  • Sculpture of the SmurfsRue du Marché Aux Herbes 116

If you prefer see all these murals without getting lost in Brussels and being accompanied by an English-speaking guideyou can book this tour.

Guided comic strip tour in Brussels

TIPS: If you want to know more, visit the Comic Strip Museum (Belgian Comic Strip Centre) located at Rue des Sables 20

Map of Brussels

What is the Brussels Card? The Brussels Card includes free access to 49 museums and monuments in Brussels and substantial discounts. on attractions, shops, restaurants and bars, as well as a free museum map and a free city map.

You have 24, 48 and 72 hour cards during which you can you can visit each attraction or monument as many times as you want. and you can also buy these passes including unlimited use of public transport and/or admission to the Atomium..

Some of the most important attractions include the Museum of Musical Instruments, the Chocolate Museum and the Belgian Comic Strip Centre. For attractions such as Mini-Europe you get discounts of up to 30%.

Book your Brussels Card here

Where to sleep in Brussels

During our last trip to Brussels, we stayed in a small hotel located in a very quiet area called Sainte-Catherinewith Belgian and international restaurants there very well connected with the centerthanks to the metro.

Hotel Noga

But if you prefer to stay in the heart of the Belgian capitalbelow you can make your choice the accommodation that suits you best.

Accommodation in Brussels

If during your trip to Brussels, you have a day left where you don’t know what to do 😊, we offer you here… several excursions that might interest you.

Trip to Bruges and Ghent

Day trip to Ghent

Trip to Brugge

Excursion to Antwerp and Ghent

Amsterdam day trip

Now that you know everything to see in BrusselsYou need to plan your vacation or take a short break and enjoy the city 😊.

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