Our most recommended things to do in Belgium
1. Brussels Atomium Admission Ticket
The Atomium symbolizes an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times, referring to the power of nuclear energy that in 1958 was intended for peaceful use. Today it carries on the debate of 1958: What kind of future do we want for tomorrow? It was not intended that the Atomium survive beyond the 1958 World Fair but its popularity soon made it a key landmark, first in Brussels, and then internationally. It has become one of the icons of Brussels, and since its inspired restoration in 2006, it is referred to as the most Belgian of monuments. The panorama alone is worth a trip to the Atomium. Thanks to its location on a naturally elevated plateau on the outskirts of town, the Atomium offers the only true 360-degree panoramic view of the 19 municipalities of Brussels. Themes such as Science, Progress, and the Future, still as relevant today as they were a half century ago, are covered by a ...
The Atomium was an amazing experience! Great view of the city, and the staff is also really great. They speak French, English, and Dutch, so anyone can go there and feel comfortable with the service.
2. Brussels Mini-Europe Admission Ticket
Discover Europe's most popular attractions in miniature. Encounter monuments from across the continent recreated down to the smallest detail. See a 4-meter high Big Ben, and 13-meter tall Eiffel tower, with all attractions recreated at a scale of 1 to 25. Be amazed at the eruption of Vesuvius and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Watch the launch of Ariane V and marvel at many other working models. Both young and old will enjoy spending a couple of hours exploring Mini-Europe. Experience also a fascinating and interactive Spirit of Europe exhibit that takes you through the history of the European Union, its place in the world. A catalog brimming with interesting anecdotes is included with the purchase of an adult ticket.
It was easy to get in, get around and get out. We went on a week day and it was hot. Bring water! Everything was cute and worth the price. Fun for the whole family.
3. Ghent: 50-Minute Medieval Center Guided Boat Trip
Take a boat close to the amazing Castle of the Counts to discover the most beautiful places of Ghent. A guide will take you through the fascinating history of medieval Ghent and its historical buildings and architecture on this 50-minute tour. Enjoy the famous three towers of Ghent, various medieval churches and monasteries, the birthplace of Charles V of Spain, majestic guild halls, a breathtaking castle, and much more! Hear the stories behind these magnificent monuments. Your tour is guided in English, Dutch, and French. There are also illustrated translations into German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese available on board.
Smooth trip on the canals of Gent, with an excellent guide on board! Very interesting and entertaining! A must do, even as a Belgian tourist.
4. Brussels: Magritte Museum Entry Ticket
Visit the world's largest collection of works by René Magritte. Enjoy access to more than 230 works and archives of the famous surrealist artist. View oil paintings, sketches, and sculptures, as well as posters, photographs and films made by Magritte himself. After viewing the surrealist masterpieces, take a relaxing break at the on site café and restaurant. Stop by the shop for an impressive selection of posters, postcards, gifts and books.
5. Brussels: 1-Hour Belgian Chocolate Workshop
The experience begins with a warm welcome from your guides and a delicious cup of hot chocolate. While you drink, listen to a short but fascinating introduction into the world of Belgian chocolate and learn an array of chocolate making secrets. After the intro, the real fun begins with a demonstration of chocolate tempering on a marble table. It’s then time to have a go yourself and make your own chocolate treats with the help of expert chocolatiers. Spend the hour making your very own personalized and tasty mendiants, truffles, lollipops and more. You’ll also get to work with ruby chocolate, a newly discovered cocoa bean that is 100% natural but which creates incredibly pink chocolate treats! At the end of the experience, package up your chocolates and take them home with you to share with friends, or enjoy alone!
Very good experience. We were about 15 people and it was in two languages (English and French). Our children were very happy to do this workshop. It was a pleasure for all of us. We enjoyed this time it was very interesting, funny and of course delicious :) Thank you.
6. Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center
Departing from the picturesque jetty, embark on a relaxing 40-minute cruise of Ghent city center. Learn about the history of this beautiful city from a local, knowledgeable guide. Discover Medieval Ghent and its prestigious and glorious past. See the beautiful house fronts of the Graslei and the old meat-market. Be in awe at the rugged and steep walls of the Castle of Counts. Imagine the lives of the powerful people that once stalked its corridors. Soak in the history from your riverside view point.
Highly recommended. The tour guide is also good in explaining. Don't forget to give tip in the end.
7. Brussels: 2.5-Hour Chocolate Museum Visit with Workshop
Begin your chocolate experience by touring the museum for approximately one and a half hours. Peruse with your audio guide and discover the history of cocoa and chocolate in an interactive and fun way. Enjoy chocolate tastings and watch a demonstration on Belgian's famous artisanal pralines. Afterward, learn to make your own chocolates with the help of a professional chocolate maker. Create mendiant chocolates, personalized chocolate bars, and lollies to take home with you. The chocolate making workshop takes about one hour.
This was a very fun activity to do with a group. Do not be late, we were because of the line outside and they started without us. We made up for it with making chocolate button blobs but we did have time to make chocolate bars and suckers. It was good high quality chocolate, milk and dark. The self guided tour after was nice but was a bit long. Make sure you get in line extra early for this. Very fun activity for a group to do!
8. Bruges: Belgian Chocolate Workshop
During this 2.5-hour workshop you’ll learn how to temper chocolate to craft 2 types of Belgian chocolates. The 2 chocolates you will craft throughout this experience will be as follows. Pralines: the most famous Belgian chocolate, consisting of a delicate chocolate shell with a creamy filing. You’ll learn how to make both the shell and the filling from scratch. Mendiants: chocolate discs studded with dried fruits, both crispy and delicious. You’ll make at least 30 chocolates, which you can either eat on the spot or take home to family and friends. With these easy techniques and chocolate theory, you will also be able to make your own chocolates once you return home.
This was such an amazing experience. I learnt so much about chocolate and the making of it. Plus it was super fun and we got some lovely chocolates out of it! I would highly recommend this experience to anyone!
9. From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day-Tour
Discover two of Flanders’ most enchanting cities and follow your guide back in time! Ghent’s medieval architecture and vibrant atmosphere will impress you as you visit Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral, home to famous Mystic Lamb painting (option), and pass by the Castle of the Counts of Flanders the picturesque medieval harbor Graslei and much more. In Bruges, you will enjoy the peaceful Lake of Love and the old beguinage. Furthermore with your guide you discover the city on foot and you also have the option to enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals. Do not forget your comfortable shoes to brave the cobbled streets! Choose between a private and a shared option.
The trip was great from start to finish. Coach was clean and comfortable. Perfect amount of time in both cities and the tour enabled us to see a lot of different interesting things. Our tour guide Andrea was great - really informative and had lots of interesting facts. The use of microphone and earphones meant we could hear everything. Overall it was a fantastic trip and would 100% recommend.
10. Bruges Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels
Discover the “Venice of the North” on a full-day guided tour of Bruges from Brussels. Depart the Belgian capital and transfer to the charming town of Bruges, located 100 kilometers northwest (and just 15 kilometers from the North Sea). Upon arrival, see why the entire historic center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go to the Lake of Love (Minnewaterpark) to see a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. Marvel at the 13th-century Begijnhof, which is covered in a carpet of daffodils in the spring. Continue to the quiet, paved square of Walplein, and stroll down the narrow Stoofstraat. See sights such as the 800-year-old St. John’s Hospital, and the imposing façade of the Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk). Learn the history of the opulent palace of Gruuthuse, and walk alongside the banks of the Dijver Canal. Other highlights include the charming canal-side houses of ...
It was an interesting experience. there were no places in the English-speaking group, and I went with the Spanish-speaking. As a result, the guides connected me with a parallel English-speaking group. Everything is clear, easy, convenient and efficient. Thanks for the day in Bruges
Of course, if you'd like to experience a bit of Belgium on your own, check out the market square in Antwerp, the Cantillon Brewery and Delirium Cafe in Brussels to sample some of the best beers in Europe, or wander through the numerous art, history and military museums including the Horta Museum. Bike tours are also available for those that prefer more physical activities, or you may want to purchase a hop on/hop off pass for the cities' bus systems. No matter which method you use, you will undoubtedly leave the area agreeing that Belgium is filled with sights worth seeing.
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