Best Things To Do in Brussels, Belgium

The inception of Brussels goes back to a small 10th-century fortress town which later developed into a market square. Today, Brussels has transformed into a multilingual, multicultural city which is the capital of Belgium and the entire European Union and boasts a plethora of attraction, museums and galleries, breweries, numerous tours, outstanding cinematic experiences and some of the most exciting events and festivals. The best way to make the most of your time in this beautiful vibrant city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Brussels which include iconic sights like the Grand Place, Town Hall, House of the Dukes of Brabant, Manneken Pis, Royal Palace and the Atomium. Brussels is home to some stunning museums and art galleries including the Natural Sciences Museum of Belgium, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Museum of Fine Arts, City Museum and the Musical Instruments Museum. One can even witness the numerous entertainment and cultural performances which include orchestras, concerts and theatre or indulge in tours that range from chocolate tours, beer tours, bike tours, architectural tours to waffle workshops. Other top things to do in Brussels include attractions like the Royal Park, Palace of Justice, Train World, Sonian Forest, Autoworld, Belgian Comic Strip Center, Josaphat Park and the Coudenberg And Belvue Museum. The old-world charm and quintessentially European feel of Brussels, lists the city among the world’s most sought after travel destinations.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Brussels, Belgium

Must see places in Brussels ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Brussels and point of interests to visit.

  1. Grand Place

    # 1 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 11048 times in trip plans
    Grand Place

    Tags: Architecture , Heritage Building, Hall

    Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    At first the site of various markets, the Grand Place gained political importance once the Brussels City Hall was built here. Still, seeing the ways it was almost destroyed, it’s almost surprisi...Read more

  2. Town Hall

    # 2 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 1715 times in trip plans
    Town Hall

    Tags: Architecture , Hall

    Address: Grand Place, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Completed in 1420, this city hall is one of Brussel's most beautiful buildings. The architecture is Gothic. Pay attention to the facade and all the allegorical sculpture that adorns it. The most eye-c...Read more

  3. Cathedral Of St. Michael And St. Gudula

    # 3 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 8965 times in trip plans
    Cathedral Of St. Michael And St. Gudula

    Tags: Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: Place Sainte-Gudule, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Timings: 07:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Saint Michael and Saint Gugdule are patron saints of Brussels. On the site where the church now stands, there was in the 9th century a chapel dedicated to St. Michael, one that was replaced with a Rom...Read more

  4. Musical Instrument Museum

    # 4 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 6628 times in trip plans
    Musical Instrument Museum

    Tags: Museum, Specialty Museum

    Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Starting with a modest donation of a hundred Indian musical instruments by a Rajah in 1876 that was combined with the collection of Belgian musicologist Fetis, the museum over the last century has man...Read more

  5. Royal Greenhouses Of Laeken

    # 5 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 150 times in trip plans
    Royal Greenhouses Of Laeken

    Tags: Garden, Botanical Garden, Architecture

    Address: Avenue du Parc Royal, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Timings: 09:30 am - 09:30 pm Details

    These stunning gardens are only open to the public for three weeks in spring every year when the flowers are blooming. As you might expect, demand to visit them is quite high. Built in the 19th centur...Read more

  6. Sonian Forest

    # 6 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 2090 times in trip plans
    Sonian Forest

    Tags: Outdoors, Forest, Nature

    Address: Sonian Forest Belgium

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The 4000 hectares of this forest are known as Brussell's Lung. It's a part of the ancient  Charcoal Forest, full of old beeches and oaks. It used to be much larger, but Napoleon's wars and later ...Read more

  7. Train World

    # 7 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 950 times in trip plans
    Train World

    Tags: Specialty Museum

    Address: Place Princesse Elisabeth 5, 1030 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The official museum of the National Railway Company of Belgium opened only in 2015. In that short time tourists have warmed up to it a lot. The museum tells the story of trains in Europe, particularly...Read more

  8. Bois De La Cambre And Foret De Soignes

    # 8 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 3984 times in trip plans
    Bois De La Cambre And Foret De Soignes

    Tags: Park, Walking Area, Leisure

    Address: Bois de la Cambre,1000 Brussels, Belgium

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Bois de la Cambre is Belgium’s largest and most beautiful park – and it’s more prestigious for the access it grants to the ancient beech-wood Sonian forest. The park has a lake w...Read more

  9. Galeries Royales Saint-hubert

    # 9 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 8846 times in trip plans
    Galeries Royales Saint-hubert

    Tags: Art And Culture, Shopping Center, Architecture

    Address: Rue du Marché aux Herbes 90, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This artistically done 19th century shopping gallery is probably what you are looking to quench your shop till you die thirst. The two stunning regular facades with glazing shop fronts standing under ...Read more

  10. Notre Dame Du Sablon

    # 10 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 5600 times in trip plans
    Notre Dame Du Sablon

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Set in the beautiful and historic Sablon district, this 15th century Catholic Church has a Brabantine Gothic exterior and a rich interior that includes two Baroque Chapels. The church is one of the be...Read more

  11. Museum Of Natural Sciences

    # 11 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 3632 times in trip plans
    Museum Of Natural Sciences

    Tags: Natural History Museum

    Address: Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    All you really need to know about the Museum of Natural Sciences is that it has the biggest dinosaur gallery in Europe. That’s not all though, a roomful of taxidermy exhibits (stuffed animals), ...Read more

  12. Cinquantenaire

    # 12 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 1374 times in trip plans

    Tags: Museum, Park

    Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is a gorgeous enclave which houses quite a few museums and has seen and grown through the times and tides of time. It has seen many revolutions and grown through it to develop into a full fledged...Read more

  13. Cantillon Brewery

    # 13 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 891 times in trip plans
    Cantillon Brewery

    Tags: Brewery, Adults

    Address: Rue Gheude 56, 1070 Anderlecht, Belgium

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Founded in 1900, this family brewery has made a name for itself selling Gueuze beers. Other famous beers produced here include kriek, lambic, faro, framboise, Iris. Unlike microbreweries you'd usually...Read more

  14. Parliamentarium

    # 14 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 1122 times in trip plans

    Address: Willy Brandt, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    It's not often you get to see the seat of the governing body of an entire continent. At the visitor center you can get multimedia guides. These will take you through the immersive tour of the Parliame...Read more

  15. Musee Rene Magritte

    # 15 of 341 Things To Do in Brussels | Added 3337 times in trip plans
    Musee Rene Magritte

    Tags: Art Museum, Exhibition

    Address: Rue Esseghem 135, 1090 Jette, Belgium

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The Musee Rene Magritte is a museum that is dedicated to the famous Belgian painter Rene Magritte and is located in the very house that he lived in for almost 24 years of his life. Various exhibitions...Read more

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  • Papiermolen Herisem

    Fabriekstraat 20

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  • Porte de Hal - Hallepoort

    142 Porte De Hal/Hallepoort - Boulevard Du Midi

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Galerie de la Reine / Koninginnegalerij

    Koninginnegalerij / Galerie de la Reine

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Maison Saint-Cyr

    Square Ambiorix 11, Ambiorixsquare 11

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Place des Martyrs

    Martelarenplein / Place des Martyrs

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  • Galerie Bortier

    Magdalenastraat 57 Rue de la Madeleine

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  • Étangs du Fer à cheval

    Drève des Tumuli

  • Meer van Rotselaar

    Vakenstraat 18

  • 7 Fontaines

  • Dendermonde De Forten

  • Axis Parc)

    Rue du Fond Cattelain 1

  • Hertoginnedal / Val Duchesse

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  • Musée des Instruments de Musique

    Hofberg 2 Rue Montagne de la Cour

    Museums Landmarks
  • Atomium

    Square de l'Atomium

  • Autoworld

    Parc du Cinquantenaire 11

    Museums Landmarks
  • Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée

    Rue des Sables 20

    Museums Landmarks
  • Magritte Museum

    Koningsplein 1 Place Royale

  • Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique

    Rue Vautier 29

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  • Mini-Europe

    Avenue Du Football / Voetballaan, 1

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  • Hella Patrick

    Beukenlandschap 23

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  • Bruparck

    Boulevard du Centenaire 20

    Amusement Parks Restaurants
  • Walibi Belgium

    Boulevard de l'Europe 100

    Amusement Parks
  • Rollerland

    Tragel 20

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  • Barbeton

    Rue Antoine Dansaert 114

    Bars Restaurants
  • 't Kelderke

    15, grand Place

    Restaurants Bars
  • 3 Fonteinen

    Herman Teirlinckplein 3

    Restaurants Bars Breweries
  • Le Cercle

    Rue Ravenstein 58

    Bars Night Clubs
  • Le Roy d'Espagne

    Grand-Place 1

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  • A La Mort Subite

    Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7

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  • Grand Casino Brussels - Viage

    30, Boulevard Anspach

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  • Caméo Palace

    Rue du Fossé aux Loups 10

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Divine Casino

    Rue de la Royauté 40

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Brussels Zenith

    Place de Brouckère / de Brouckereplein, 33

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  • Family Center Airport NV

    Leuvensesteenweg 280

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  • Casino Games Napoleon

    Brusselbaan 13

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  • Brussels Canine

    Avenue Joseph Chaudron 85

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  • La Promenade

    Dog Parks
  • Het Hondenbos!

    Weertse Dreef

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  • Bruxelles les Bains / Brussel Bad

    Akenkaai / Quai des Péniches

  • Leuven Beachvolley

    Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein

  • Renipont Plage

  • Beach Soccer

  • Humbeek Plage

  • KHLeuven BeachVolley

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  • Gladiator Run

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  • Collard Pascal

    Langerodestraat 8

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  • Martin Vincent

    Rue Des Fossés, 13

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  • Karpercenter

    Moorselbaan 488/C

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    Chaussée de Mons 362

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    Bovenkassei 42

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