Brussels is Belgium’s capital and home to the European Union headquarters. Guess, the first thought that comes to mind when you visit Brussels is that it is very picturesque! And is filled with loads of delicious chocolates, beer and food. The city is filled with rich historic places and yet it is so modern.
Brussels have striking architecture, especially around the Grand Place where there is guildhalls and the opulent Town Hall. Everything is within walking distance there: sublime art collections, impressive churches, shops, museums and everything! When you go away from the centre of the city, you find Art Nouveau buildings, and one of the best train museums in the world.
Brussels is a beautiful city which is so majestic and yet, so quirky. Its Grand Place is surely one of the world’s most beautiful squares. It has beautiful and famous guild houses, the City Museum, the Town Hall, the house of the Dukes of Brabant, Manneken Pis – the symbol of Brussels, the Royal Palace, the Royal Park, the Palace of Justice, and the Museum of Fine Arts.
BTW, Brussels is any foodie’s dream! Why? It has countless numbers of restaurants, hotels and bars.
Now, what all to see in Brussels? Well, I am listing them down for you!
- Grand Place (Grote Markt): 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. I guess, I have already mentioned so much about it already!
- Mannekin Pis: The statue of a little boy pissing, can be traced back to at least 1388. But nothing much is known about the origin of it. It is popularly referred to as the oldest citizen of Brussels.
- Saint-Michel Cathedral (Sint-Michiels Kathedraal): It is a Gothic Church, with such an impressive architecture that it rises majestically almost touching the clouds!
- Belgian Comic Strip Center: If you are a comic fan, you have to go to this place! This whole building is dedicated to the history of cartoons and comic strips. Lets not forget Brussels gave The Smurfs and Tintin to the world!
- Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Arts: It is one of the largest and best art galleries in the world.
- Atomium: Along with Manneken Pis, the Atomium is Brussels’ best-known landmark attraction. The building represents a molecule of iron magnified 165 million times, and was built as a temporary exhibit for Expo ’58.
- Mont des Arts: Its a place that inhibits as many as 10 museums. It comprises of an ambience that can’t be beaten, Mont De Arts is surely one of the top places to visit in Brussels for experiencing the best that this charming city has to offer.
- Notre-Dame du Sablon: It is generally considered one of the loveliest Late Gothic churches in Belgium. The interior of the church is breathtaking, in particular because of its marvellous stained glass. You have to see this Church to believe its beauty
- Parc du Cinquantenaire
Well, The best time to visit Brussels is between May and mid October, the shoulder seasons. This city also experiences all four seasons, and rain is a possibility year-round.
BTW, do not forget to try waffles, fries and beer when in Brussels! They are world-famous.