Top Tourist Spots and Best Things to do in Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium, and one of the leading European financial cities. Each corner of Brussels is packed with a fascinating history in addition to spectacular architecture. Brussels is the headquarters of the European Union, a fact that is responsible for its business and bureaucracy nature. On the side, Brussels is a laid back city with fascinating monuments such as Manneken Pis and museums such as The Comic Strip Center. Brussels has something for everyone, and here’s the 15 best things to do in the City.

Visit the Old England Building

Old England Building in Brussels
Old England Building in Brussels

Old England Building houses a massive musical museum, with over 2000 musical instruments. On top of the building is a café that provides stunning views of the city. In addition, the Old England Building also has spectacular façade that plays important role in attracting visitors.


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Admire Le Botanique

Le Botanique by Ben2 via Wikipedia CC
Le Botanique By No machine-readable author provided. Ben2~commonswiki, CC BY-SA 3.0

This Brussels historical garden dates back in the 19th century and it still attracts a large number of visitors daily. The surrounding gardens are still pristine and offer a perfect change of scenery from the city.

Enjoy laughter at Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis is a statue of a young boy urinating thus the name Manneken Pis which translates to “little man pee.” The statue is a hotspot for tourists in Brussels, and it has been that way since the 17th century.

Learn art at the Musee Royaux Des Beaux Arts

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium by Michel Wal via Wikipedia CC
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium By Michel wal – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

This museum has a variety of collection of modern and ancient art, including the Fall of Icarus as well as paintings by Peter Rubens, Anthony Van Dyke, and Hans Memling. To have your art sensation filed, set aside a full day to tour the museum.

See the Palais Royal aka Royal Palace of Brussels

Royal Palace of Brussels
Royal Palace of Brussels

Palais Royal is the official residence of the Belgium royal family and it features impressive décor such as ceiling covered in beetle wings.

Learn craft at Fashion & Lace Museum

Fashion & Lace Museum by Mr Granger via Wikipedia CC
Fashion & Lace Museum By Mr. Granger – Own work, CC0, CC

The museum concept originated from Italy, and it is one of the oldest lace crafts in Brussels. At some point in the city’s history, Lace was among the major industries.

Visit Notre Dame Du Sablon / Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon Church

Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon Church by Luu via Wikipedia CC
Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon Church By Luu – Own work, Public Domain, CC

Notre Dame Du Sablon is a 14th-century cathedral used by Archer’s Guild as a chapel.

Draw inspirations from Grand Place

Grand Place Brussels
Grand Place Brussels

Located at the center of Brussels, Grand Place can be missed if you don’t pay attention. At the heart of Grand Place is Brussels City hall which dates back to the 15th century.

Picnic at the Parc Du Cinquantenaire

Parc du Cinquantenaire
Parc du Cinquantenaire

The Parc Du Cinquantenaire is a beautiful place to hang around and take in the striking architecture as well as admiring the vast collection of over 35,000 artifacts.

 Book a beer tour of Brussels

Brussels Beer Tour
Brussels Beer Tour

The beer tours are meant to allow beer aficionados to experience some of the best pubs in Brussels and learn about beer history and see how it is made.

Visit the Café Belga

Cafe Belga photo via FB Page
Cafe Belga photo via FB Page

Café Belga is a popular spot for locals, tourists, and even expats. It is located in the middle of Place Flagey. You can experience great views as you enjoy affordable Belgium café food.

Appreciate the history of Brussels

Belgium Comic Strip Centre by LCDMC via Wikipedia CC
Belgium Comic Strip Centre By LCDMC – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

What many people don’t know about Brussels is that is a pioneer of comic books. There are a number of museums which are entirely dedicated to comics such as The Belgium Comic Strip Centre.

Enjoy Brussels nightlife

Brussels at Night
Brussels at Night

The most notable club in Brussels is the Madame Mustache, which has waiters donned in sailors’ attire.

Learn about Brussels in the Broodhuis / Museum of the City of Brussels

Museum of the City of Brussels by Renee Van Wesep via Unsplash
Museum of the City of Brussels by Renee Van Wesep via Unsplash

Broodhuis used to be the harbor of Brussels bread market for many centuries, and now it a museum focusing on educating about the city’s history.

Marvel at the Atomium

Atomium - Best Things to Do in Brussels, Belgium
Atomium Brussels – Best Things to Do in Brussels, Belgium

Atomium was made in 1958 and stands 100 meters tall at Heysel Park, west Brussels.

Brussels Tour Packages

Brussels Travel and Tour Packages

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Best Things to Do in Brussels
Best Things to Do in Brussels

One of the best ways to explore a country is to have a general itinerary, or the lack thereof. Go on an unguided trip to the grand city of Brussels for a day and visit its many wonders at the pace you want and without the constraints that you’d normally get from being on guided tours!

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