Packed with art museums, gardens and historical buildings, Belgium’s capital of Brussels is the perfect city for a stroll. Soak in the sights as you walk through the charming city center, stopping off at a street café or quirky sculpture. Immerse yourself in history at one Brussels’ many museums. Sample some of Belgium’s world-famous brews in a hole-in-the wall bar. It’s all up to you!
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What To Do
Grand Place – At the heart of Brussels lies the Grand Place, a wide square surrounded by historical landmarks. Here, you’ll find museums and municipal buildings on all sides, making it a perfect place to start your Brussels vacation.
Promenade Verte – Get back to nature on the Promenade Verte, a sprawling network of trails and parks that crisscrosses the city. You can take a pleasant walk among the trees or rent a bicycle and watch the natural beauty of Brussels fly by.
Le Botanique – Brussels’ botanical garden is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. The grounds are manicured in classic European style, with fruit trees, colorful flowers and wide green lawns. The centerpiece is Le Botanique, a former greenhouse turned concert hall that hosts concerts and art exhibitions throughout the year,
What To See
Atomium and Mini-Europe – It’s hard to miss the Atomium, a giant metal model of an iron crystal that rises nearly 350 feet in the air. Constructed in 1958 as the centerpiece of Brussels’ World Fair, this impressively shiny building houses historical and cultural exhibits. If you’re overwhelmed, don’t worry - close by you’ll find Mini-Europe, where famous European cities are reproduced in painstakingly tiny detail.
Mannekin Pis – Even if you don’t speak Dutch, you might guess what this fountain commemorates. Brussels’ most famous statue, yes, pees continuously into a basin below, but that’s not the main attraction. Instead, it’s his impeccable sense of style – the statue changes outfits throughout the year, from the practical to the whimsical.
Comic Strip Route – The people of Brussels consider their city the home of the comic strip. To celebrate, giant, colorful murals cover the sides of buildings, depicting some of Belgium’s most famous characters. Grab a map and make your way around the city for some larger than life heroes.
Old England Building – This stunning Art Nouveau building is a landmark on its own, but inside you’ll find the Musical Instruments Museum. Over 8,000 historical and modern instruments are housed here, and you’ll find plenty of weird and wonderful music makers inside.