Top Tours & Activities in Brussels
The Belgian capital is one of Europe's lesser-known gems, yet it's fully worth a visit. In addition to some of the best waffles and chocolates worldwide, the city boasts an amazing array of things to see and do. Not convinced? Here's a sample of highlights.
The Musical Instruments Museum's incredible collection features over 8,000 musical instruments, allowing visitors to discover—and listen to—the evolution of music across centuries.
This world-famous museum is actually four museums in one, with a combined collection exceeding 20,000 pieces, including many of the most renowned works of Flemish art.
Also known as the Bozar, this center offers treasures from across the fine arts—painting, architecture, music, and much more. Enthusiasts will probably return for several visits.
A marvellous specimen of Gothic architecture, the Brussels Town Hall is just one of the many magnificent buildings that line Brussels' spectacular central square, the Grande Place.
One of Brussels' most popular attractions for many years now, Mini-Europe features some 350 famous landmarks from across Europe, painstakingly reproduced in miniature scale.
A world-class concert hall, Ancienne Belgique is renowned for its perfect acoustics. It's been the venue of many historic gigs, including The Cure's infamous 1982 break-up concert.
The Parc du Cinquantenaire is a gorgeous historic park east of the city center, ideal for a relaxing day out, featuring stunning architecture as well as the Royal Military Museum.
Legend has it, a young boy's bladder once saved Brussels from destruction. Today, the boy's statue stands atop a fountain, displaying his city-saving abilities to all the world.
The 102-meter-tall structure is a reproduction of an iron crystal unit cell, made of gigantic steel beams and spheres. Climb into the spheres for gorgeous views of the entire city.
Belgium is justly famous for its beers. Brussels is ideal for discovering the country's rich brewing history, which spans several centuries—hit up any of the city's many beer halls and discover beer like you've never tasted it before.
As any Belgian will proudly tell you, they are the true inventors of the deep-fried potato. Try out the Belgian fries and decide for yourself whether the much-touted double-frying method is worth all the hype (best enjoyed together with a steaming bowl of clams, which restaurants customarily serve with a bottomless side of fries).
- LanguageDutch, German and French
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+32
- Best time to visitSpring and fall are the nicest times to visit Brussels, when the weather isn't too chilly, and the summer crowds are not present.
Things to Do in Brussels
Top Attractions in Brussels
- 1Brussels Town Hall
- 4Manneken Pis
- 5Bourse, Brussels
- 7Place Royale
- 8Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
- 10Brussels Red Light District
- 12Palace of Justice
- 13Choco-Story Brussels
- 14Museum of Natural Sciences
- 15Magritte Museum
- 16Musical Instrument Museum, Brussels
- 17Halle Gate
- 18Centre for Fine Arts
- 19Ancienne Belgique
- 20Royal Palace of Laeken
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What People Are Saying About Brussels
After our guide couldn't make it we joined Ray's tour in Spanish. He was extremely nice, knowledgeable and professional. Time just flew by and we keep a great souvenir of this beautiful city! Thanks Ray!
So much fun! You could tell the tour guide (Fraser) enjoyed what he did and it made it more enjoyable for us! Lots of knowledge, answered every question we threw at him and still made it fun! I don't normally like beer but I'm so happy I went because discovered a lot more about beer and found some beers I actually liked!
Organized and on time tour. The guide was speaking fluently all languages and gave enough information. The driver seemed experienced withe the bad weather. Ghent and Bruges need more than one days for sure. But if you have only one day and specially in winter time, when snow and rain are a true obstacle, this tour is what you really need.
Met some great people to enjoy the beer tasting with. Bit "dusty" the next day after the tasting.
while the line getting into the Antomium was long it moved smoothly and was not a hassle. Allow approx 2 hours to get into the building. The views were spectacular and worth the wait.