There are a lot of things to do in Brussels: sampling Belgium chocolates and mouth watering Belgium waffles, drinking the rich beer, gazing at towering architecture, soaking in the culture amongst others. There is something for everyone in Brussels with its multicolored heritage. If you are feeling African, explore Matonge the city’s African quarter or just hop from one cozy café to the other. It also helps tourists to know that Belgium makes the list of top 25 countries in the Global Peace Index.
Do you have the city of Brussels in your sight? Here is a list of top things to do in Brussels, Belgium.
Things To Do In Brussels
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a top attraction in Brussels. Located in the city center, the Grand Palace stands proud and is bound to incite feelings of awe. The Palace houses the city hall built in the 15th Century where royalty were received. You will also find markets surrounding the Palace. Every two years around August, the Grand Palace is decorated with over seven hundred thousand Begonia flowers, making the grounds an incredible sight to behold. This tops our list of top things to do in Brussels.
The Manneken Pis
This is an ancient statue of a little naked boy urinating into a fountain. If you are in need of a good chuckle, hunt down this popular tourist attraction located a few blocks away from the Grand Palace. This bronze statue is said to date back to 1619 and was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy, a sculptor. The Mannekin Pis is one of Brussels’ most prized landmarks and plays a role in the Brussels’ folklore and culture.
This is the official the residence of the royal family even though Belgium’s royal family now resides in Laeken. The Royal Palace dates back to the 18th century and is open to tourists during summer.
Old England Building
Once a department store built in 1899, this building now houses a renowned musical museum. However, this isn’t the only reason to visit; the magnificence of the building itself has prompted many tourists visit the building. This architectural masterpiece is adorned with arched windows and wrought irons. The museum boasts over 2000 musical instruments and a café situated at the roof of the building.
This molecular shaped steel is considered to be a symbol of the city and Belgium as well. At about 100 meters tall, the structure was designed by André Waterkeyn in 1958 to welcome Belgium to an atomic age. The Atomium is located in Heysel Park, West of Brussels. To get to the top, a glass roofed lift will get you there in seconds where you can also enjoy some refreshments while taking in the scenery.
We wish you an exciting stay in Brussels.