Brussels Attractions

Like many other European cities, the city of Brussels itself qualifies as a "tourist attraction," with its haunting mix of medieval and Gothic architecture, more complex post-modern constructions, and Flemish and Art Nouveau town houses. One can spend hours simply wandering through the city's cobble-stoned streets, taking in the sights, which can be a welcome diversion for those hoping to save money and still experience Brussels.

The Place des Palais or Grand Palace in the old center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a vision of glittering windows and Gothic structure. The St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral , Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Palais Royal are also worth a visit for their impressive facades, whereas more modern structures such as the Atomium might elicit a lively debate on the merits of postmodern architecture. A striking composition of steel columns and globes making up the crystal molecule of an iron atom, the Atomium was built for the 1958 World's Fair, and is adjacent to the Mini-Europe park which hosts models of famous European monuments in miniature form. The EU institution buildings in the European Quarter are also worth a gander, as is the gorgeous Arc de Triomphe-Triomfboog in Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark for a gorgeous view of the city.

However, one would be remiss to visit Brussels and not partake in at least one of its museums or affordable sights, including the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium , which includes work by Bruegel and Van Dyck, and the Museum of Modern Art . René Magritte studied in Brussels and the world's largest collection of the surrealist's work can be found at the new Musée René Magritte , a must-see for any fans of modernist art.

The Belgian Comic Strip Center (and, of course, the Boutique de Tin Tin ) is a fun alternative for the younger set, featuring the treasured characters Tin Tin and Lucky Luke in a variety of Belgian comic strips, and housed in a Victor Horta-designed former department store building. (Architecture-enthusiasts will also appreciate the Horta Museum , devoted to the works of the famous Belgian architect and designer.) The young at heart will also appreciate Manneken Pis , a bronze statue of a young boy relieving himself that dates back to the 17th century.

Meanwhile, older tourists wishing to do some more adult sight-seeings might enjoy a beer tour or a visit to the Musée de la Gueze , which offers a guided tour and samples of lambic and gueze beers. Lastly, the open-air markets are some of the best ways to enjoy Brussels on a budget, with their offerings of street music, cheap food stands and hassle-free "window" shopping. The Grand Place-Grote Markt on the main square is full of bustling locals and tourists day and night, and hosts a light show on the surrounding 300-year-old buildings each evening. Also be sure to seek out the famous Marché aux Puces de Bruxelles - Vlooienmarkt , a flea market in the Place du Jeu de Balle-Vossenplein that offers some of the cheapest shopping in the city.

Place des Palais

place des Palais

Square near the Palace...
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St. Michael & St. Gudula Cathedral

rue du Bois Sauvage 15
Wildewoudstraat 15

Historical Musical Venue...
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National Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Koekelberg Basilica)

avenue Emile Bossaert

Art Deco Church...
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Palais Royal

rue Brederode 16
Place des Palais

Symbol of Belgium Monarchy...
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square de l'Atomium 1
Bd. du Centenaire, Heysel

Tribute to Science...
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avenue du Football 1
Bruparck, Heysel

Europe at Your Feet...
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Jubelpark/Parc du Cinquantenaire

Parc du Cinquantenaire 10

A Triumph For Brussels...
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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

rue de la Régence 3

Palace Museum...
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Museum voor Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art)

rue de la Régénce 3

Museum of Modern Art...
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Musée René Magritte

Rue Esseghem 135
Off bd. de Smet de Naeyer

Home Of Famous Belgian Surrealist...
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Brussels Greeters

louis hapstraat 16

Come and experience the real Brussels!!!!!...
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Kinepolis Leuven

Bondgenotenlaan 145, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

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Nieuwstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

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Avenue du Centenaire,Bruxelles, 1020, Belgium

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De Walvis

Mechelsestraat 23, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

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aldermens' hall

Steenweg, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium

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Schepenhuis (Mechelen)


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Villa Ernesto

Mechelsestraat 51, Leuven, Vlaanderen 3000, Belgium

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Ron Blacks

Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 31, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

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Stuk Kunstencentrum vzw

Naamsestraat 96, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

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