Brussels, the capital of Belgium is buzzing with activities all year round. The quintessential city is filled with towering Gothic cathedrals, architectural monuments, historic culture and art, and some of the best places to eat and merry. Here are some of the things you should do in the city:
Visit Grand Place
Right in the heart of Brussels Old Town, the city’s main plaza (known as Grand Place) is one of the best preserved in Europe. The stunning buildings in this UNESCO World Heritage site date mainly from the late 17th century. Grand Place is also known in Dutch as Grote Markt as it was the large central market in Brussels. The surrounding streets still bear the names of the stalls that lined the street: Rue des Bouchers (butchers) and Peperstraat (pepper merchants). Every second year, in August, the square is filled with an enormous flower carpet. A million begonias are used to create a stunning pattern. Concerts and music recitals are held here throughout the year. The size and beauty of the square amazes everyone when they first turn a corner to find it unexpectedly in front of them. Stepping into the Grand Place, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the beauty and size of the lavish historic buildings on all sides of the square. Everywhere you look, tourists are picnicking, chatting, searching for a prime spot for a late-afternoon beer, and trying to fit the tops of the buildings into the perfect selfie. There’s so much to see all at once.
Take a walk in Parc Du Cinquantenaire
Parc du Cinquantenaire is a 19th-century urban park commemorating 50 years of Belgian independence.Its centerpiece is the monumental Palais du Cinquantenaire, the two wings of which, linked in 1905 by a massive triumphal arch designed by the French architect Charles Girault, house two of Brussels’ most interesting museums. The Royal Art and History Museum is home to one of the most extensive tapestry collections in the world, and the Belgian Army Museum and Museum of Military History provides an overview of the development of military technology and of the major campaigns fought on Belgian soil. Sunny summer days should be spent taking a stroll in the park or enjoying picnics with your loved ones.If you’re here in summer, check out the pop-up drive-in/walk-in movie theater that’s sometimes set up in the park.
Take photos with Manneken Pis
A fountain statue of a pissing little boy, also known as Manneken Pis (meaning “Little man Pee” in Dutch) is situated in Brussels and is one of the major tourist attractions. There are many stories about the statue. One of them tells that the boy was a spy and saved the city by urinating on the explosives. Well if that’s the case we will applaud and definitely click a selfie with him.Mannekin Pis is a 61-cm statue of a peeing boy located southwest of Brussels’ Gothic Town Hall. The one you see today is a bronze replica of the original 17th century sculpture, which is displayed at the Brussels City Museum. Despite being stolen twice in the 18th century and destroyed in the 19th century, Mannekin Pis still pees proudly today and is now Brussels’ humorous mascot.
Go on a beer tour
Beer and Belgium go hand-in-hand, so checking out some of the famous beer bars is one of the best things to do in Brussels. Tours are available that allow beer aficionados to experience the best pubs in the city as well as learning about the history of the beer and seeing how it is made in one of the city’s breweries. Whether or not you are a beer fan, this tour is worth considering due to the pride and historical value associated with beer in the city. Some of the most famous beer spots in Brussels include the historic A Mort Subite, which also has a wide selection of food, and Moeder Lambic, which specializes in the lambic style of beer like those brewed at Cantillon, though they sell other beers, too. Poechenellekelder, near Manneken Pis, is also a great bar.
Marvel the views from Atomium
The Atomium, built in 1958, is one of the most popular attractions in Belgium.The building represents a molecule of iron magnified 165 million times. The 102-metre-tall structure has 9 spheres that are interconnected, 6 of which display exhibitions on Belgian history as well as science, design, and society.ake the elevator to the Atomium’s topmost sphere where you will find a restaurant with panoramic views of the city skyline. Return at night to see the approximately 3,000 lights that illuminate this iconic building.
Search for Tintin
Tintin and the Smurfs, the famous comic characters are from Belgium. Not only that, Belgium has more comic bookmakers per square kilometer than any other country in the world. Tourists flock to the Brussels’ comic strip trail every year. Numerous paintings cover entire walls around the city to advertise the fact. The city has a museum which is dedicated to comics; The Belgian Comic Strip Centre but aside from that, you will also get a feel of how important comics are to the city when you gaze up at larger than life comic book murals on the side of building walls. Hunting these murals down is an exciting way to get around the city too.
Gorge on waffles
Oh yes, the best is saved for the last. After all, you can’t go all the way to Brussels without having some of their famous waffles. Even if you only have one day in Brussels, indulging in a delicious waffle should be at the top of your list. Now, you’ll see waffles all over the city, with many places offering them via street stalls, independent cafes and gorgeous little coffee houses. You can select a sweet, compact Liege waffle or a fluffier Brussels one. Toppings include ice cream, hot chocolate sauce, caramel, and a dazzling array of other sweet things.
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