The capital of Belgium (which happens to be the administrative center of the European Union) has A LOT on offer for the avid tourist. Make sure you set aside a few days to explore this classy city. Apart from its famous chocolates and beers there are many attractions that most tourists will fall in love with! Brussels is officially nicknamed ‘the European Village’ with almost 90 museums, amazing parks, trendy restaurants and bars for you to enjoy!
Top Attractions in Brussels
The Cinquantenaire Arch
The Cinquantenaire Arch is a monument erected on the initiative of King Leopold II, in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of Belgium. The splendid historic structure is spread over an area of 90 acres in the eastern European part of the Belgium capital and is easily accessible by the metro. This is a definetely must see atttaction in Brussels
Basilique de Koekelberg
The world’s 5th largest church, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, boasts some pretty awe-inspiring architecture but that’s not all. The impressive art deco and the sheer beauty of the church will captivate even the most discerned of travelers.
Designed by Jerome Duquesnoy, the bronze fountain sculpture that depicts a boy making a wee into the fountain’s basin has been around since 1618. You’ll find it near the Grand Place square, and sure it’s an odd attraction, but it’s ever so popular. There’s also a female version of this statue, called Jeanneken Pis, which as the name implies, symbolizes a girl, well peeing. Odd but for some reason these are all-star attractions in Brussels.
The Horta Museum was the house that Victor Horta - the famous art nouveau architect - built for himself in the late 1980’s. The beautiful glass ceiling in intricate wrought iron banisters perfectly depict why Horta was the most acclaimed Belgian architect of his time.
The site of Napoleon’s final battle against Europe, Waterloo, makes for one heck of a site to see. Make sure you get to the center of the battlefield with its artificial hill to get the best view!
Gare du Midi Market
Sunday mornings is the best time to feast, market style! Gare du Midi is often referred to as one of the best European markets and includes wares from North Africa, Mediterranean spices and any food you can think of.
If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing Belgium’s famous beer brewing process, Cantillon is the place where your dream can turn into a reality. Make sure you stop by between April and October when it’s brewing season and sample some fine ice-cold beer at the end of your tour.