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Places to see in Brussels

Places to see in Brussels, things to do in Burssels, Belgium

1. Atomium

Built in 1958 when Brussels hosted the World’s Fair, the Atomium is a cross between sculpture and architecture. It’s modeled after a crystallized molecule of iron magnified 150 thousand million times. Escalators take visitors to expositions in the various spheres, and the upper sphere houses a restaurant, Chez Adrienne.

 

 

2. Mini Europe

Located at the foot of the Atomium, MINI-EUROPE is the only park where you can have a whitlestop tour around Europe in a few short hours. A truly unique voyage ! Stroll amid the typical ambiance of the most beautiful towns of the Old Continent. The incomparable chimes of Big Ben welcome you to the heart of London. The gondolas and mandolins will invite you to discover the charms of Venice. Follow the T.G.V. from Paris to the other end of France. You can make the models work yourself : the eruption of Vesuvius, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bullfight in Seville and many more…

 

 

3.  Discover Old Town

The crown jewel of Brussels’ Old Town is the Grand Place, built as a merchants’ market in the 13th century. Tour the striking Gothic town hall or people watch from a café. Then, wander the surrounding cobblestone streets. Stroll through the Galeries St. Hubert, a glass roofed arcade lined with cafes, theaters, and luxury shops. Also be sure to see the Manneken Pis, the famous bronze sculpture of a boy peeing in a fountain.

 

 

 

4. Grand Place

Grand Place is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by guildhalls, the city's Town Hall, and the Breadhouse (French: Maison du Roi, Dutch: Broodhuis). The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels, along with the Atomium and Manneken Pis. It measures 68 by 110 metres (223 by 360 ft), and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

5. Chocolate museum 

You'll find this just off one corner of the Grande Place at 9/11 Rue de la Tête d'Or, a little street just to the right of the Tourist Information Office. Open Tuesday to Sunday , from 10 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. admission €5, seniors €4 and accompanied children under 12 go free! As soon as you get inside you're presented with a biscuit dipped in lovely gooey fresh chocolate. Enjoy learning some new fascinating facts from the displays, then make a beeline for the demonstration area. Chat to the chocolatier doing the demonstrations, whose family have been in the business for four generations, ask a few intelligent questions, and he'll ply you with samples while he enthusiastically replies. There are far worse ways to spend a wet afternoon in Brussels!

 

 

6. The BELGIAN COMIC STRIP CENTER

In a masterpiece of Art Nouveau designed by Victor Horta (1906),the Belgian Comic Strip Center brings together everything related to the comic strip,from its prestigious beginnings to its most recent developments, on more than 4,000 square metres of museum floors. One of the major tourist attractions of Brussels, the Center was inaugurated by HM the King and HM the Queen on 3 October 1989.It welcomes more than 200,000 visitors each year.

 

 

7. Manneken Pis

It is also known in French as the petit Julien, is a famous Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy and put in place in 1618 or 1619. It bears a similar cultural significance as Copenhagen's Little Mermaid.

 

 

 

 

8. Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark

Definitely check out the Arc de Triomphe-Triomfboog on the east side of town. It's in the Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark. It is possible to go up to the terrasse above the arch, from where you'll have a good view of the city. Entry is through the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History and is free. Take Metro line 1 east, exit Schuman and walk east or exit Mérode and walk west.

 

 

9. Berlaymont

The building has housed the European Commission since its construction, and has become a symbol of the Commission (its name becoming a metonymy for the Commission) and the European presence in Brussels. The Commission itself is spread over some 60 odd buildings, but the Berlaymont is the institution's headquarters, being the seat of the President of the European Commission and its College of Commissioners.

 

 

10. Autoworld

Prior to WWII, Belgium had a thriving auto industry and this coolest of car collections is its legacy. On display are some 400 vehicles (Model T Fords, Citroen 2CVs and much more, through to the 1970s), housed in a stunning 1880 steel structure.

 

 

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