[Photos]: Top 6 Best Attractions and Things To Do in Brussels

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Brussels is one of the most vibrant cities in the whole of Europe. With just 48 hours in the city, you can discover some of the top touristic attractions the city offers.

Passengers travelling to Brussels can discover Brussels with the Brussels Card. Easy and advantageous, the card can be used over periods of 24/48/72 hours and it offers free access to 41 museums, discounts at attractions, shops, restaurants, etc. and unlimited access to public transport or Hop on Hop off bus.

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Mont des Arts – Kunstberg © Visit Brussels – Jean-Paul Remy – 2017

The capital of Belgium- Brussels is easy to walk around and is one of the most fun cities in Europe. It offers both historic and modern experience to its visitors. Visitors will find a lot can be packed into 48-hours. Take a look at some of the very best attractions and things to do in Brussels.

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Brussels Summer Festival – BSF © visit.brussels – Eric Danhier – 2017

Grand Place

Classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Grand Place begins to be built in the 15th century; first of all, halls some houses of guilds then a Town Hall to establish the authority of this place of commerce. Bombed for 3 days by the French army in 1695, it is almost completely destroyed but like a phoenix, it rose from the ashes in less than 5 years. That’s why four styles mix or overlap even sometimes; it is a jumble of gothic, opulent baroque, neoclassical and neo-Gothic. The tower of the Hôtel de Ville is more or less 96 meters high. Grand Place is one of the most important landmarks and destination in Brussels.

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150 ans du tram bruxellois – La Cavalcade des Trams 150e verjaardag van de Brusselse tram – De Tramoptocht 150 years of the Brussels tram – The Tram Parade Fête de l’Iris – Irisfeest – Iris Day © visit.brussels – Eric Danhier – 2019

Manneken-pis

This bronze statuette, executed in the 17th century by elder J. Duquesnoy, embodies the rebellious spirit of Brussels. Also known as “Little Julian”, so as to not to be confused with another fountain, het Juliaensborreke, it was one of the many fountains feeding the city. From the rank of public fountain, it is now a legendary figure.

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Palace of Fine Arts – OZAR

When we talk about culture in Belgium, we think of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Whether its exhibitions, concerts, theater or cinema, projects around literature and architecture, BOZAR always puts forward originality and innovation. Not only do they make a point of honor in the creation, quality and richness of the artistic program, but they are especially concerned to offer a total experience to its visitors.

L’Islam, c’est aussi notre histoire ! Islam, dit is ook onze geschiedenis! Islam, it’s also our history! Espace Vanderborght Vanderborghtgebouw Rue de l’Ecuyer – Schildknaapsstraat © visit.brussels – Eric Danhier – 2017

Ghent + Bruges

A bus trip of just 1 hour to 1:30 hours will take you to Ghent and Bruges, two exceptional cities with impressive heritage dating back to the Middle Ages. An experienced guide takes you to all the places not to be missed: the belfry, the castle of the Counts of Flanders and the historic center with the Cathedral of Saint-Bavon in Ghent; the old beguinage, the Church of Notre-Dame, the Place du Bourg with the Hôtel de Ville in Bruges.

Mini-Europe

At the foot of the Atomium, on the site of Bruparck, lies an exotic attraction: a miniature city that offers a trip across Europe in the space of a few hours. With 350 models, with an unequaled finish, are the exact replicas of the most beautiful monuments located in the major cities of the European Union.

Belgian Chocolate Village

Near the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Belgian Chocolate Village (BCV) is one of the largest chocolate museums. The scenographic journey reveals the stages of chocolate making, its uses, its history, its benefits, its economy and its diversity. It appeals to all the senses of the visitor whereas a tropical greenhouse reproduces the cocoa growing conditions. The chocolate workshop integrated to the course allows observing artisan chocolate makers at work who will make you taste their latest creation.

Fete de l’iris 2012 Irisfeest (c) E. Danhier
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