What to see in Brussels
Brussels is packed tight with historic buildings, monuments and
museums making a nearly impossibly long list of worthwhile
attractions. The best way to sightsee in Brussels is to pick
several personal niche interests and follow a tourist map
accordingly. Comic book fans? - there is a museum for you;
chocolate connoisseur (who isn't)? - another for you. In fact,
there are roughly 75 great museums in Brussels alternating between
explaining Belgium's long history, showcasing its art and
architecture, and just plain fun (more often than not, doing all
three at once).
Of course, several city landmarks cannot be missed, the most important is a visit to Manneken-Pis, which when read carefully accurately describes the statue of a boy peeing. After that rather weird tradition, visitors are free to roam Brussels' larger highlights mostly walkable from the heart of Brussels, the Grand Place.
The ancient Hotel de Ville is Brussels best example of early architecture and is almost as grand a sight as the Royal Palace. Several of the best museums in the world include the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art, both housing Brussels best art treasures. For the rest, much like the Belgians, relax, enjoy and take it all in between pints of the city's best attraction, Belgium beer.
The Grand Place is the heart of Brussels and has been since the Middle Ages. One of Europe's more beautiful squares, it lies in the centre of a maze of small cobbled streets and is surrounded…
Brussels' town hall is rated as one of the most splendid civic building in Europe. The foundations were laid in 1402 and it survived the bombing during World War II when most of the other buildings…
The distinctive statue has been described as the Eiffel Tower of Brussels and tourists throng the streets in search of the tiny urinating urchin. The bronze mannequin is thought to represent…
Belgium's magnificent Royal Palace was built in the 19th century as the official residence of the Belgian Royal family although today is used for official functions and other ceremonial purposes. The…
An unmissable attraction for art lovers: the Royal Museums of Fine Art are Brussels' premier art museums. Consisting of the Musée Old Masters Museum, Musée Modern Museum, Musée…
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