Best Things To Do in Brussels, Belgium

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  • Place-Grote Markt: Beautiful 300 year old buildings and the city tower, turn up in the evening and check out the music and light shows. No entry fee.
  • Manneken Pis: Near the Place-Grote Markt you'll find the symbol of Brussels itself a statue of a child urinating.
  • Atomium: Built for the world expo in 1958 and currently devoted to exhibitions of Belgian life, or other themes. It's a truly impressive building. Entry fee is 25 Euro including “death ride”
  • Mini-Europe: A collection of scale models of famous European structures and buildings – don’t spend all day here. Entry fee is 13 Euro.
  • Musees Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire (Royal Museum of Art and History): Next to one of the last remaining medieval city gates in the city, this includes a fantastic collection of historical art from around the world. Entry Fee: 5 Euro.
  • Musees d'Extreme Orient (Museum of the Far East): Near the Atomium, you can check out this quirky collection of Far Eastern architecture and exhibitions from China and Japan. Entry fee is 4 Euro.
  • Belgian Comic Strip Centre: Learn about the history of comics, and possible find out a little more about Belgium's most famous comic character – Tintin. Entry fee is 7.50 Euro.

Below we have a list of things to do in Brussels and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Brussels getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Brussels with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Brussels

Here is the list of things to do in Brussels and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Grand Place

    4.7 (11094 Votes)
    Grand Place

    Architecture , Heritage Building, Hall

    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 surprising that the Grand Place exists today. The French Army flattened it in 1695 with cannon and mortar fire. It was rebuilt more harmoniously (but with clashing architecture like Baroque and Goth) befo...Read more
  2. Town Hall

    4.7 (1733 Votes)
    Town Hall

    Architecture , Hall

    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-catching element is the tower, a 96 meter high Brabantine Gothic spire that starts out square but becomes octagonal as it rises. Back in 1695, the Duke of Villeroi heavily bombed the tower and most...Read more
  3. Cathedral Of St. Michael And St. Gudula

    Religious Site, Cathedral

    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 Romanesque church. St. Gudula’s relics were brought here in 1047. The final form of the church as seen today took over three centuries to finish, in 1519. On a visit to the Church one must chec...Read more
  4. Musical Instrument Museum

    4.3 (6664 Votes)
    Musical Instrument Museum

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    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 managed to accumulate 8000 instruments of the finest variety, covering practically every culture and age of the world. It’s the most comprehensive museum of its kind in the world, and one of Br...Read more
  5. Royal Greenhouses Of Laeken

    4.4 (150 Votes)
    Royal Greenhouses Of Laeken

    Garden, Botanical Garden, Architecture

    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 century, these are probably one of the largest complex of climate controlled greenhouses in the world, about 2.5 hectares. Inside is the royal Botanic Collection. The architecture is Art Noveau. Tours o...Read more
  6. Sonian Forest

    4.6 (2118 Votes)
    Sonian Forest

    Outdoors, Forest, Nature

    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 industrialisation seriously cut down its size. It's got a lovely mystic atmosphere that makes for lots of contemplative walking. That, jogging, cycling and even horse-riding its trails are the mos...Read more
  7. Train World

    4.6 (963 Votes)
    Train World

    Specialty Museum

    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 Brussels. To do that it uses a collection of 22 sparkling locomotives from all across train history. The stars of their exhibit are the Pays de Waes, oldest preserved locomotive in Continental Eu...Read more
  8. Bois De La Cambre And Foret De Soignes

    Park, Walking Area, Leisure

    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 with a small island in the centre, called Robinson’s Island, and there’s also a lovely restaurant in the middle. The original, built in 1877, was destroyed in a fire. Walk around, and y...Read more
  9. Galeries Royales Saint-hubert

    Art And Culture, Shopping Center, Architecture

    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 delicate cast-iron framework and the intentional bend makes the gallery appear long and distinctive. The in-house theatre- Theatre des Galeries Saint-Hubert and the number of cafes stick to the mo...Read more
  10. Notre Dame Du Sablon

    4.5 (5627 Votes)
    Notre Dame Du Sablon

    Church, Religious Site

    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 best in its style. The church is especially noted for the contrast in its brightly colored stained glass windows in the four fold gallery make with the more demure grey white building.  The sig...Read more
  11. Museum Of Natural Sciences

    4.4 (3649 Votes)
    Museum Of Natural Sciences

    Natural History Museum

    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), another of whale skeletons, yet another of geology specimens, a mammoth – meaning if you’re bringing a kid here, you’ll literally become his or her favourite person ever. It has ...Read more
  12. Cinquantenaire

    4.5 (1387 Votes)

    Museum, Park

    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 space, which has buildings that are miniature scoops of history like the Royal Military in the northern half of the campus. The southern half of the campus consists of Cinquantenaire Museum and t...Read more
  13. Cantillon Brewery

    Brewery, Adults

    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 find in other countries, this one doesn't feel flashy. It feels old and atmospheric, with old copper tubs and spider-webs. You'll get to check out barrel cleansing, fruit beer making, brewing and...Read more
  14. Parliamentarium

    4.5 (1134 Votes)
    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 Parliament. The exhibits mostly focus on the impact of European integrations and it's role in the world today. The highlight of the visit is the 360 degree cinema. You also get to virtually explore the na...Read more
  15. Musee Rene Magritte

    4.4 (3343 Votes)
    Musee Rene Magritte

    Art Museum, Exhibition

    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, both temporary and permanent, fill up the floors of the buildings and display the genius works of the celebrated artist. The various illustrations on the first and second floors along with the d...Read more

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  • I am looking for an indoor adventorous activity park for 30/12/2019. It's for 2 daring sporty girls of 11 and 13 and if possible also for their active parents.

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    • You can check the amusement center of Koezio in Brussels which is located on Boulevard Lambermont 1. 

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    • There are several budget hotels around Brussels city center starting from around 55 USD per night. You can check the list of hotels in Brussels along with prices, amenities, and distance from different attractions/city center. 

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