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
- 9Brussels Red Light District
- 11Palace of Justice
- 12Choco-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
Learned New stuff about chocolate, and had a Great time. Really Nice having a guided tour to divide the quality shops from the rest, because it is chocolate shops everywere!
Adrian was a fantastic tour guide. The tour covered the major historical attractions of Brussels - The Grand Place, the St. Michael Cathedral etc. Although it was a 2 1/2 hour long tour, it wasn't draggy at all and it piqued my interest further as Adrian dropped interesting facts (both cultural and historical) along the way. Definitely worth your time if you're in Brussels.
The tour has the right amount of information and history. We tatsted interesting (little known) beers. And the bars we vistited were nice and had a good choice in beers. The guide knew what she was talking about en pointed us towards some nice bars and restaurants after the tour.
This tour was a great way to understand truly how much beer affects Belgium and it's culture. It's a great way to try some local beers, learn the history of thousands of craft breweries as well as get a taste for traditional flavours. Our guide, Mic, was humerous but most importantly extremely knowledgeable on the history of beer and Brussels. The bar atmosphere and laid back feel allowed our group to meet others from various countries and we had lots of time to chat with the others in our group. It was a great experience! I would recommend it.
Our guide was fantastic - he was knowledgeable on the history of Brussels as well as waffles and the misconceptions tourists normally encounter. The guide met at a central meeting point then took us to his studio where there was a comfortable and fun feel to the waffle workshop set up. We made the waffles from scratch then enjoyed as many as we could eat, along with a complimentary beverage of our choice. Our guide was very helpful with other things to do around town as well and gave good insights of where to visit, what is overrated, and relative pricing for top attractions.