Plan your trip to Brussels

Brussels is one of the most interesting cities in Europe, able to offer its visitors many attractions and entertainment, combined with large amounts of beer and chocolate. To introduce visitors to the capital of Belgium and fully enjoy all its attractions, it is necessary to organize a minimum stay of one week, so read on to find what’s worth seeing there.

Saint Gery street

Saint Gery street

Upon your arrival, one of the first things you see is definitely the center of the city, where there is the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. The best time to visit it is in the morning, when it is decorated with the colors of the flower markets, or in the evening when it is lit up in all its glory. Look for the Town Hall, a beautiful building in the Gothic style, while all around it there are the guild houses that tell the story of the ancient crafts of the city. It is a lively and animated, enriched with many craft shops and stalls where you can taste the delicious and famous caramel waffles.

Grand Place

Grand Place

Another important milestone is definitely the Atomium, a unique building that stands in the Heysel Park, on the northern outskirts of Brussels. It is more than a hundred meters high and represents an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. In the 9 balls that compose it are held exhibitions, concerts, conventions, conferences and permanent exhibitions. Built for the International Exhibition of 1958, it was intended to be dismantled soon after but, like the Eiffel Tower, is still standing, becoming one of the landmarks of Brussels. On a clear day, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view from there.

Atomium

Atomium

The historic center of Brussels is full of historic buildings and religious buildings, such as the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Gudula, the Chinese Pavilion and the Japanese Tower. For art lovers, the Museum of Fine Arts is a mandatory stop , which houses a collection of more than 1000 works, while fans of the heroes of the 9th Art can’t help but go to the Museum of Comic.

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

The city’s attraction is worth of an honorary mention: The Mannequin pis, a bronze statue of a boy urinating, placed over a fountain. Legend has it that the boy shown is Julien, a young boy who peed on the fuse of a bomb, saving the city from the explosion. This is one of the most famous and photographed sites throughout Brussels.

The Mannequin pis

The Mannequin pis

For lovers of local food and nightlife, Brussels is the ideal city, being very young and multiethnic. The real hub of nightlife is the area of St Gery, full of bars and pubs that are open until late at night; there is also visit the ancient covered market, which has become a local very cool place to enjoy the excellent Belgian beer at the pace of modern music. Have fun!

Brussels sights photos by: HEN-Magonza, Jurek, Emad Drwish, Luciano Guelfi, Marcel Hubers

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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