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Brussels Attractions

Brussels, the center and capital of Europe, offers so much to tourists that many people find it hard to stay for only a short amount of time. Historical landmarks, beer houses, and art museums are just some of the many things to do in Brussels.

While there are many Brussels excursions to experience during your vacation, the best place to visit when you first touch down is the Rue des Bouchers. Avid shoppers will appreciate the mixture local shopping spots and high end retailers which call the Rue des Bouchers home. Be sure to stop by one of the local coffee shops for a warm cappuccino before you begin your shopping spree.

Because Brussels is also known as a major art city, Expedia recommends tourists visit some the city's many Art Nouveau buildings which were built over one hundred years ago. Located in Brussels' historical district, each one of these structures was designed and built by 19th century artists and architects. Those who are interested in visiting this area would find it wise to take one of the many Brussels tours available.

One of the top tourist places to visit in the city is the Atomium. Built during the 1958 Worlds Fair, tourists can take an escalator all the way to the top of this structure to enjoy beautiful sunset views of this wonderful city and some of the countryside of Belgium. The Atomium is known as one of the best Brussels activities and should not be missed.

For their love of comics, Brussels is also known as the Comic City. People come from all over the world to take tours of the many comic museums, including the famous Belgian Comic Strip Center. This must see attraction will both educate and entertain you at the same time. Read about the unique history of comic strips in Belgium while enjoying some of the many entertaining stories during the tour.

For the adults in your family, don't forget to taste some of Belgium's famous locally brewed beer. Some of the breweries in Brussels have been unchanged in over one hundred years.

The easiest way to enjoy the many attractions in Brussels is to take a guided tour. A map will be needed for those who wish to venture out on their own.

Things to Do in Brussels with Kids

Brussels is a fabulous place for a family break. Take the youngsters along and try these popular family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Brussels

They say the best things in life are free. Check out the following around Brussels:

MIMA - Roam the halls and study the impressive exhibits at this museum.

Broussaille - This is a non-negotiable stop for culture vultures eager to add an artistic flourish to their trip.

Jeanneke Pis - Architecture connoisseur or not, get set to be impressed by this landmark's modern-day design.

Brussels City Hall - You'll feel like you've taken a step back in time while discovering the secrets of this historic site.

La Grand Place - This is a buzzing location where you can absorb the vibe and learn more about the local way of life.

Royal Library of Belgium - Organize a visit and discover the significance of this place to the community.

Notre Dame da la Chapelle - Mix some spirituality into your getaway with a stop at this religious sanctuary.

Brussels Park - No matter if you can tell your lilies from lilacs, you're sure to find beauty in this attractive display.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Brussels

Lower Town

Known for its fascinating museums and fun breweries, there's plenty to explore in Lower Town. You can visit top attractions like La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue, and jump on the metro at Bourse-Beurs Station or Anneessens Station to see more of the city.

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European Quarter

You might take some time to check out the lively bars in European Quarter. Spend some time visiting top spots like European Union Parliament Building, and catch the metro at Maalbeek-Maelbeek Station or Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet Station to see more of the area.


Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk

Take time in Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk to visit attractions like La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue. You might also appreciate the interesting museums, and you can hop on the metro at Bourse-Beurs Station to see more of the city.


Upper Town

Enjoy the fantastic nightlife in Upper Town. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Maalbeek-Maelbeek Station or Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet Station to see more of Brussels.



Travelers enjoy Matonge for its shopping, and if you want to see some more of the area, you can jump on the metro at Porte de Namur-Naamsepoort Station.



You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Marolles. You might want to make time for a stop at Avenue Louise or Place du Jeu de Balle.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Brussels on a sunny day?

Enjoy the nice weather (and get a little exercise at the same time) with these top outdoor activities:

What to do in Brussels on a rainy day?

There's no need to splish, splash and splosh your way through a damp day when there are loads of terrific indoor activities on offer:

What should I not miss in Brussels?

Don't return home without ticking off the following list of wonderful sights:

  • Atomium
  • La Grand Place
  • Mini-Europe
  • Manneken Pis Statue

Are there cheap things to do in Brussels?

If you're vacationing on a shoestring budget, consider adding the following low-cost tours and activities to your to-do list:

What can you do in Brussels for free?

You'll hardly have time to fetch your wallet out of your bag with so many great free attractions:

  • La Grand Place
  • Manneken Pis Statue
  • Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon
  • Brussels Park