There are many things to do in Brussels. There are also many things to see. Unfortunately, a lot of Brussels was demolished to make way for new ones. There are still some old square and surrounding streets in what is known as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, with a building that has more than 1000 years old.
You might be more interested in seeing the battlefield of Waterloo, almost exactly the same as when Wellington faced Napoleon in 1815. If you are interested in culture and politics, then you can enjoy a stroll along with the “Capital of Europe.”
Although Brussels is nicknamed the “Capital of Europe”, this multicultural, bilingual; French and Flemish, European Parliament rarely receives the attention it deserves. However, it is an ideal weekend break in the city with stunning architecture, museums rich and unusual, fine dining, elegant shops, lively bars and a lively nightlife and do not forget the beer and chocolate .
Brussels is a city without equal when it comes to architectural interest, and no better way to explore the riches of wandering the city streets and squares. The first stop for any visitor should be the Grand-Place in the Lower City. This baroque square one of the most beautiful in Europe, provides an ideal base for touring the city, thanks to its close proximity to the tourist office and public transport.
In its medieval center, the square of the magnificent Grand Place is a feast for the eyes and the time can be spent exploring the network of narrow cobbled streets full of flashy restaurants and boutiques that are out of it. On the contrary, all the Parisian streets are full of embassies and expensive apartments, while the fourth glass and steel of the EU feels like another world. Lovers of Art Nouveau architecture, enjoy the district of Saint-Gilles.
Shoppers should go the area between the Grand Place and the Rue de Midi and the designer clothes is shown in the elegant and fashionable along the Avenue Louise and Rue Antoine Dansaert. If you share a passion for Belgian comics, visit the La Boutique Tintin in the Rue de la Colline.
Try Brussels beer tasting journey to discover why Belgium is so famous for their delicious beers. No country on earth has a tradition of brewing as rich and diverse as Belgium, and this tour is the perfect way to visit some of the best breweries, and know the country’s beer heritage and a great tasting beer.
You will pound the pavement in Brussels in four hours walking tour with a twist as it traces the top chocolate shops in Brussels. A chocolate lovers dream! Your local expert guide identifies the main monuments and explain the history of Brussels and why its famous chocolate hydrant.
Brussels has put together a wide and eclectic collection of Museums. At last count there are about 89 museums approved by the tourist office and there are still smaller museums to visit like the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate. Sampling some of the museums before you begin to trip in Brussels, it will give you a little history and knowledge of what you can see before you embark on your journey.
Museum of Natural Sciences –Vautierstraat, 29 Rue Vautier – 1000 Brussels
Enter a world of Dinosaurs and Evolution: the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels is a construction gigantic with more than five different exposures to maintain your interest and the interest of children throughout the day.
Terrestrial minerals, mollusks, crustaceans, insects., this is just a sample of what can be seen in the Museum’s permanent rooms.
The Dinosaur Gallery, with more than thirty complete skeletons and numerous dinosaur fragments, is the largest dinosaur exhibition of Europe. This new permanent exhibition, unique in Belgium, presents the history of life, from its beginnings to the present and the future. No less than 600 fossils and 400 animal exhibits tell the story of animal biodiversity in recent years.
The Comic Strip Museum –Zandstraat, 20, Rue des Sables – 1000 Brussels
Comic Strip Museum is an exploration into an evolving art form, the comic strip. The adventure begins with the process of creating stories and a gallery of original artwork of the comic. These new comics no longer follow the same rules as cartoons; they deal with topics such as politics, violence and sexuality without hindrance or censorship.
The next floor is an exploration of Belgian artists in the “Imaginary Museum.” Finish your experience with a tour inside the museum shop dedicated to selling comic books, Manga (Japanese), posters, t-shirts and figurines. These are great memories and gift ideas if you do not want to take a Manneken Pis statue.
Museum of Musical Instruments -Hofberg, 2, Montagne de la Cour – 1000 Brussels
The museum uses modern technology to give visitors a true audio experience that is unsurpassed. Instead of just reading about the tools, you can listen to short pieces for most instruments. You can experience it all here with the headphones that are included in the ticket price. The music is transmitted wirelessly to your headset when standing on the numbered dots on the floor.
With over 7000 pieces, this museum houses one of the largest collections of musical instruments in the world, from around the world. The first floor starts with music hall rooms, music boxes large and small, that were normally reserved for wealthy households.
The second floor is devoted to the musical history of the world, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. The exhibition reveals that music has been with us since the beginning of civilization. The top floor is called “Strings and Keyboards” that shows the guitar, violin and piano.
The City Museum –Grote Market, Grand’Place – 1000 Brussels
Upon entering the museum, which only costs 3 €, and turning left you will start with the history of the Grand Place, especially the building you’re standing in. The first floor houses maps and recreations of 3D models of the city as it evolved during the Middle Ages. The model is more complex and fascinating one in Brussels on 13th century.
On the second floor and up Most will welcome you with the glory of the present-day city of Brussels, the “Old City” as some nicknamed the Manneken Pis or Peeing Boy.
Brussels has a collection of buildings of historical importance and value to the city. Many different architectural styles can be found in Brussels, and monuments symbolize the successive stages of its rich history.
The magnificent Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Guilda is a good example of Gothic architecture (13th to 15th century) in Brussels. Standing in the middle of Gallows Hill, on the border between the top (in French) and lower (in Spanish) sections of the city, the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Guild watches over Brussels. Although the building we see today is the Gothic style of Brabant, who was of Roman origin, but later converted. In fact, due to the amount of time it took to build the cathedral that actually includes four architectural styles.
The style of the architecture of most of the other monuments of the Grand-Place Market/ Grote is Baroque (17th century).
Neoclassical architecture gains importance in the 18th century with the Place Royale and the Royal Palace.
The Seneffe Castle, The property consists of a castle or stately Neoclassical house, built in the 18th century, which is home to the finest collection of silver in Belgium, a theater, a greenhouse, an aviary, an English-style park is spread over 22 acres with a French-style garden and a lake with an island which can be reached by a very romantic bridge.
The Palace of Justice, the courts of Brussels law is an imitation of the ancient Greeks-Romans style that dominates the city skyline.
Very typical and unique of Brussels is the Art Nouveau style with its genius master, Victor Horta. In the 20th century, Art Nouveau became the Art Deco and modern styles. Of all the examples of architectural style, Brussels is proud of its Art Nouveau era. Art Noveau was an internationally popular style of art and architecture that reached its peak of popularity. The overall design includes sources of posters and signs, furniture, furnishings and structural elements within homes and other buildings. The best way to see these buildings is by taking a walk or cycling.
If the design is a passion, you really should not miss the museum dedicated to St. Gilles Horta and at the same time in the area, Flagey, an Art Deco style building, once home to the National Broadcasting Corporation, now an elegant arts center and a cafeteria.
And of course, a section on architecture is not complete without mentioning two of the city’s greatest landmarks: the Grand’Place and the Atomium.
Brussels also happens to be home to a lot of interesting festivals, like art, cinema, music, food and drink. Traditions and beliefs make a festivals in Belgium, especially the city of Brussels is home to hundreds of festivals and carnivals every year so that the spirit of a happy life is kept alive and their ancient traditions are move to the next generation.
The festival is celebrated since 1549 on the first Thursday on the month of July. There where more than 1,400 costumed participants with horses, crossbows, antique weapons, cars and giants. The procession or “walk about” takes place on the Place du Grand Sablon, where spectators can see the spectacular event with respected personalities in Belgium, including the Royal Family.
The Art of Brussels takes place every year in the summer season in April at the Expo in Brussels, where the exhibition of art has a long tradition of showing the best quality, genuine artworks. The festival welcomes a variety of visitors from professional collectors to amateur art admirers. Established galleries are also invited to submit their best work to the public free.
Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair
Each year in January, the Royal Chamber of Belgian Antiques, Brussels organizes the largest antiques fair in the district of Tour & Taxis in Brussels. Former insiders, buyers and lovers all gather at this fair where one can only get to see a large of rare collection, antique artifacts, jewelry and decorative objects. If you are a buyer of real and serious antiques, then this show is worth a visit and a greater confidence in the world.
Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition
Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition is an annual event of very prestigious and respected in Brussels attended by many music dignitaries and lovers. There is a variety of performances by violin, piano and singing by International and Belgian artists that are being judged by a jury of respected artists and music teachers acclaimed of international reputation. If you visit Belgium, in June, you may get to see the final on Belgian national television and radio.
The Brussels Christmas Market
Held in the Grand-Place, this market is an essential stop for visitors who happen to be in the Belgian capital during the holiday season. As Christmas comes, the gears of Brussels organizes its annual Christmas market with a long queue of festive stalls that extend from the Boarse Stock market to the Marché aux Poissons fish to the square of Saint Catherine. The traditional market covers a wide variety of stalls, selling both new and old items, as well as numerous food stalls and performances from musicians and jugglers. It is an ideal place to buy Christmas presents or simply enjoy the atmosphere.
The Meyboom is a traditional festival in Brussels and performed by an unprecedented number of years, a may tree stands at the cross section of two roads, namely, “Rue du Marais” and “Rue des Sables “. This happens specifically on 9 August before 5pm which is the eve of Saint-Laurent by the Brotherhood of the Companions of Saint-Laurent.