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What to see in Brussels

Brussels Attractions


Brussels is packed tight with historic buildings, monuments and museums that constitute a seemingly endless 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 and chocolate connoisseurs, for instance, will find institutions that cater exclusively to their interests among the city's roughly 75 museums, which alternate between explaining Belgium's long history, showcasing its art and architecture, and just plain fun.

Of course, the city has several landmarks that can't be passed up, the most important of which is a visit to Manneken-Pis: the famous centuries-old statue of a boy peeing. After this rather irreverent and quirky highlight, visitors should make for Brussels's larger tourist attractions, most of which are within walking distance of what is considered the heart of Brussels, the Grand Place.

The 600-year-old Hotel de Ville is Brussels's best example of early architecture and is almost as grand a sight as the Royal Palace. Several of the world's best museums are within the city limits, including the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art, both housing Brussels's best art treasures. Otherwise, the plan should be to relax, enjoy and take it all in between pints of the city's best export, Belgium beer.


Grand Place (Central Square)

The Grand Place is the beating heart of Brussels and has been since the Middle Ages. One of Europe's more beautiful squares, it lies at the centre of a maze of small cobbled streets…

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Hotel de Ville

Brussels's town hall is rated as one of the most splendid civic buildings in Europe. The foundations were laid in 1402 and survived the bombing during World War II when most of…

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Manneken-Pis

This distinctive statue of a naked boy urinating is thought to represent Brussels's irreverent spirit. History has many tales about its beginnings, with one especially whimsical…

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Palais Royal

Belgium's magnificent Royal Palace was finished in the 19th century and is the official residence of the Belgian Royal family. Today, the king and his family live at the Royal…

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Royal Museums of Fine Arts

Unmissable for art lovers, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts are Brussels's premier art museums and comprise the Musée Old Masters Museum, Musée Modern Museum, Musée…

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Maria L'Episcopo is an architect born and raised in Turin, Italy. Since 2006 she has moved to different countries around the world to work as project manager for the construction sites of the Olympic Games. She moved to Brussels last October and is currently working for NATO for a project related to the construction of the new Headquarters. The passions of her life are travelling, culture and sport.

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