Also known as the “capital of Europe”, Brussels is the capital of beautiful Belgium. This city is small but full of energy and easy-going people. Brussels doesn’t have top attractions like Bruges and Ghent, but it is known for its fantastic restaurants, coffee shops, world-class museums and art galleries.
Belgians are experts when it comes to food, and you will enjoy their specialities like beef stew, delicious fries, cheeses, chocolates and waffles. There is a lot to see in this city, so make sure to plan which sites you want to visit. Here are some suggestions for the best places to visit in Brussels.
Located in the centre of Brussels Old Town, the city’s main square is one of the unique places in Europe. The plaza’s charming character comes of its elegant houses made of rich gold decoration and ornately carved stonework. Most of the guild houses date back from 1700, but the history of the Grand Place dates back much earlier, from the 11th century.
The most famous building in the Grand Place is the Town Hall. Built-in 1402, this impressive building consists of many magnificent rooms. Some of the most imposing rooms are the Maximilian Chamber, the large Council Chamber designed by Victor Janssens, the Marriage Chamber, and the room with murals portraying the history of Brussels called Escalier d’Honneur.
One of Brussels’ most photographed statues is probably the Manneken-Pis. Designed by Jerome Duquesnoy, this landmark is a small fountain piece of a little boy urinating and is popularly known as the oldest citizen of Brussels. The statue is usually naked, but during significant celebrations, festivals and events the boy is dressed in a costume. His wardrobe collection consists of 600 outfits, and you can find them displayed in the Maison du Roi.
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
First founded in 1225 and completed in the 15th century this Gothic church is a very famous monument in Brussels. Designed by Jan van Ruysbroeck, the building’s facade is impressive with a beautifully proportioned interior and extravagantly furnished interior. The St. Michael and St. Gudula is close to the city centre and is open every day.
Belgian Comic Strip Center
If you love cartoons and comic strips, this is the place to be. Housed in the Waucquez Warehouse, this museum has over 5000 original drawings and an entire section to Belgium’s famous fictional character Tin Tin. If you like to visit the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, the opening hours are from 10am-6pm every day except Monday. The entry fee for adults is 8 euros, for 12-18-year-olds 6 euros and under 12s 3 euros.
Place Royale (Koningsplein)
The most famous building in the Royal Quarter is the Royal Palace. Built between 1775 and 1782, this museum has Neoclassical facades.
Notre-Dame du Sablon
Built in the 15 century, the church of Notre-Dame du Sablon is one of the most exquisite Late Gothic churches in Belgium. It has a breathtaking interior, mainly because of its marvellous stained glass.
Heysel Park, located in the west of Brussels, is perfect if you want to relax and enjoy a good book or a coffee. One of the highlights of the park is the Atomium. Designed by André Waterkeyn, this landmark is an accurate depiction of an iron molecule and is 102 metres high. The monument symbolises a new ‘atomic age’.
How to Get to All the Top Spots in Brussels
If you want to visit all the top spots in Brussels, you can use both public and private transport. The public transportation system is well-developed, and it connects all top spots in the city. It consists of trams, buses, metros and taxis. Two airports serve Brussels. The main one is Brussels Airport, while Brussels South Charleroi Airport serves the Charleroi and Brussels area. You can reach Brussels by bus, train and airport transfer. Our service offers private airport transfers to Brussels and also Machelev, Waterloo and Tervuren.