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Brussels: Magritte Museum Entry Ticket

1. 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.

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Choco-Story Brussels Museum Entrance

2. Choco-Story Brussels Museum Entrance

Journey through the story of chocolate at Choco-Story Brussels, and learn the origins of the precious commodity and its transformation to the finished product. Delve deep in the history of the Aztecs, and discover how cocoa arrived in Europe.  Admire the exhibits of the museum, including illustrations, informative panels and videos that explain the culture of cocoa and how it is turned into chocolate. Watch a demonstration by a master chocolatier on how to make artisanal pralines.  Enjoy several tastings throughout your visit, and benefit from the chance to purchase some chocolates in the gift shop.

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From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

3. From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

Meet your guide at 8:30 AM in the center of Brussels and relax on the 100-kilometer journey to Bruges. Upon arrival, discover the charms of “the Venice of the North” and see why the entire historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Marvel at highlights such as the Lake of Love (Minnewater Lake) and the 13th-century Begijnhof complex, founded in 1245 to house lay religious women. Go to Walplein Square, where the shady trees and cafes provide a perfect place to relax. Visit Stoofstraat on the site of the city's former Red Light District, and see medieval monuments such as the 11th-century Old St. John’s Hospital. Look at the world's second tallest brickwork tower at the Church of Our Lady, and see other historic monuments such as Gruuthuse Palace, the Dijver Canal and the tiny piazza of Tanners Square (Huidenvettersplein). Go to one of the city's most photographed spots at Rozenhoedkaai, and admire the Belfry on Castle Square. Admire the facades of the Gothic-style Town Hall and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Visit Market Square (Grote Markt) to see the Bell Tower (Belfort) and Sint-Salvator’s Cathedral. Then enjoy 1-hour's free time for lunch (at your own expense) and the chance to sample some of the city's delicious chocolates.  Next, drive to Ghent, where the inhabitants have been popularly known as "noose-bearers“ since the days of Charles V. Take a guided tour of the city's historic buildings, such as the Castle of Gerald the Devil and Saint Bavo Cathedral, where you can look at the painting of “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. Admire the Belfort (Bell Tower) and peculiar Gothic and Renaissance-style Town Hall. See one of the city's oldest monuments at St. Nicholas’ Church opposite the unusual facade of the Masons’ Guild House. Journey along the embankments of the medieval port of Graslei, and discover other highlights such as the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders, the charming Patershol neighborhood, the Great Butchers’ Hall, the Old Fish Market and Friday Market Square.

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Brussels: Train World Museum Entrance Ticket

4. Brussels: Train World Museum Entrance Ticket

Access one of the most enchanting museums in Brussels with an entrance ticket to Train World. Located in the old Schaerbeek rail station building, the museum opened in September 2015 and boasts over 8,000 square meters of space. Benefit from a free downloadable Train World app to help you make the most of your visit. Audio guides are also available for rent, or you can book a live guide in your chosen language for an additional fee. Once inside the museum, explore independently and see highlights such as the 19th-century "Pays de Waes" locomotive, the oldest preserved locomotive in continental Europe. Head to the on-site restaurant when you need a break or to enjoy lunch before or after your visit. Experience the warm hospitality of the restaurant and brewery "RN Express" and dine in a unique environment. Included in your admission ticket is access to the temporary exhibitions as follows: • Until April 18 2021: Choco Loco. Explore the tasty world of chocolate at the heart of Train World • From 7 May to 27 June 2021: Peking to Hankow. A Belgian adventure in China • From 26 October 2021 to 18 April 2022: Orient Express

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Brussels: Guided Walking Tour

5. Brussels: Guided Walking Tour

Get an overview of the fascinating city of Brussels, with a tour through the medieval and Baroque city, the industrial city, the bourgeois city, and on to modern Brussels. This tour ensures you get to see all the parts of this multi-faceted city. With your informative tour guide, learn about the city’s museums, where the best bars and local beers are, and where to buy the best chocolate at a reasonable price. Your guide will also answer any practical questions you might have about restaurants, attractions, nightlife, or even just getting around on public transport. During your walking tour of the city, the tour will be split into two different areas: the Upper City and Lower City. The tour is structured this way to help you better understand the origins and historic development of Brussels.  During your tour of the Lower City, you will see highlights such as The Grand Palace, The Everard t'Serclaes monument on Charles Buls street, The Manneken Pis and Grands Carmes street, Marché au Charbon street, Anspach Boulevard, The covering of the Senne, Riches Claires street and Grande Île street and The Saint-Géry island amongst many others.  Whilst perusing through the Upper city, you'll notice a very different style. During this portion of the tour you will see landmarks such as The Grand Place, the power of merchants, The Galeries Royales St Hubert, The Mort Subite, The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula (visit inside: stained glass windows, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, the pulpit), The Royal Park, the Royal Palace, the Royal Square and The Palace of Coudenberg amongst many others.

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Brussels: Fin-de-Siècle and Old Masters Museum Entry Ticket

6. Brussels: Fin-de-Siècle and Old Masters Museum Entry Ticket

Discover the history of Brussels from 1868 to 1914 through its art at the Fin-de-Siècle Museum. See how Brussels developed a reputation as a cultural hotspot during that period. Explore works from major art schools such as Impressionism, Symbolism, Wagnerism and Art Nouveau. See works by famous Belgian artists, including James Ensor, Victor Horta, and Henry Van de Velde. Check out the museum's collection of works by foreign artists, such as the great Paul Gauguin. Afterward, visit the Old Masters collection which covers Southern Netherlands art from the 15th to 18th centuries. Admire masterpieces by Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling, Hieronymus Bosch, Lucas Cranach, and Gerard David.

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Brussels 2.5-Hour Belgian Beer Tasting Experience

7. Brussels 2.5-Hour Belgian Beer Tasting Experience

Discover Belgium’s legendary brews in Brussels on this 2.5-hour Belgian Beer Tasting Experience. You’ll pass through centuries of history at 2 bars as you sample 4 different beers that will open your mind and palate to a whole new world of beer. Learn all about the intriguing history behind Trappist beers and enjoy one of their powerful ales at the first bar. At stop number 2 you’ll experience some of the brews that make Belgian beer so unique.  Let your guide introduce you to what many aficionados consider the world’s greatest and most diverse beer culture, rooted in tradition and nurtured by innovation. In a country whose brews can charm the most adamant beer-abstainer and challenge the seasoned connoisseur, don’t go it alone. Join like-minded fellow travelers on the Belgian Beer Tasting Experience!

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Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

8. Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

Sample the varied and unique flavors of world famous Belgian beers on this exciting beer tasting tour of Brussels. Home to some of the most prized premium beers in the world, you will spent around four hours sampling favorites such as Geuze, fruity Chimay and superstrong Trappist beers at some of the city's most historic cafes. Guided by a knowledgable beer expert, learn about the colorful brewing history, the mysteries of those secret ingredients used to produce unique taste and texture and how to really drink and savor Belgian beer like a local. Along with a glass of eight different brews like Geuze, Chimay Triple, Adelardus Brune and Malheur Blonde, the Brussels Beer Tour also includes sightseeing detours to some of the city's most iconic landmarks such as Saint Catherine fishmarket, Ilot Sacre and the Royal Puppet Theater. For any true beer connoisseur this is a day not to be missed.

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Brussels: Chocolate Workshop and Guided Walking Tour

9. Brussels: Chocolate Workshop and Guided Walking Tour

Brussels is the home of the sumptuous praline and Belgium reigns supreme as a champion chocolate nation. On this 4-hour tour indulge your sweetest tooth and get to know Belgian chocolates like never before. Pound the pavements of the chocolate capital as you visit the top chocolate shops with a knowledgeable local guide. They will point out the major sights as you stroll and explain the history of how the city became so famous for its mouth-watering treats. Your walk will take you through the historic Grand Place, known to some as the most beautiful square in the world. Also see the Manneken Pis, pass the antique stores of the Sablon and visit the oldest chocolate shop in the city. Get free samples and taste the chocolate goodness as you explore. Learn how to make real Belgian pralines for yourself in a fun and informative workshop. As they are made with real cream or alcoholic fillings they will need to be eaten straight away; but then how could you resist? This delicious walking adventure will let you discover an authentic side to Brussels like no other tour.

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Brussels Card: 24, 48 or 72 Hour Validity

10. Brussels Card: 24, 48 or 72 Hour Validity

Choose a 24, 48, or 72 hour card and you can visit the same museum as many times as you like. You simply need to present your Brussels Card at the ticket desk and it will be electronically validated and activated the first time you use it. You’ll have free access to all permanent collections of the museums. Most of the temporary exhibitions are also included, except at Old Masters Museum, Natural Sciences Museum and Cinquantenaire Museum.  The discounts for the various attractions, tours, shops, restaurants, and bars provided in the booklet you’ll receive when you exchange your voucher are for single use only, but the discounts remain valid even after the Brussels Card has expired. To obtain a discount, you simply need to present the Brussels Card and the corresponding voucher. Museums (Free entry): AfricaMuseum Art & History Museum Art & Marges Museum Autoworld Brussels Autrique House Belgian Chocolate Village Belgian Comic Strip Center Belgian Museum of Freemasonry BELvue Museum Boghossian Foundation BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts) Brussels City Museum CENTRALE for contemporary art Charlier Museum Choco-Story Brussels CIVA Coudenberg Palace Design Museum Brussels Erasmus House and Old Beguinage Fashion & Lace Museum Fin-de-Siècle Museum Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition) GardeRobe MannekenPis Halle Gate Jewish Museum of Belgium KANAL - Centre Pompidou KBR museum La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work Le Botanique Magritte Museum Maurice Béjart House Meise Botanic Garden MIGRATIEMUSEUMMIGRATION MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines) Museum of abstract art Museum of Medicine Museum of Natural Sciences Museum of the Belgian Brewers Musical Instruments Museum Old Masters Museum Planetarium of Brussels René Magritte Museum Royal Military Museum Schaerbeek Beer Museum Sewer Museum The Crossbow Guild Museum Train World WIELS Attractions (discounts): Experience.brussels: free entrance + free booklet Koekelberg Basilica: -2€ off the individual entrance fee for the panoramic view (6€) Shops (discounts): De Biertempel: -25% on purchase of 35€ or more Elisabeth (chocolate store): -15% on purchase of 35€ or more Godiva Manneken Pis (chocolate store): -15% on purchase of 35€ or more Librairie Galerie Brüsel: -5% on every purchase Planète Chocolat: -20% on every purchase and / or -1€ off chocolate demonstrations Restaurants and Bars (discounts) Archiduc: -50% on concerts Aux Armes de Bruxelles: -15% off the bill Brasserie Horta: free coffee (if ordered with a waffle, a crêpe or an ice-cream) Chez Léon: -15% off the bill La Fleur en Papier Doré: free coffee (if ordered with a “Brussels’ specials” dish) or 1€ off drinks Les Filles: free coffee (if ordered with lunch) Moeder Lambic: 1 free tapa (charcuterie), if taken with 2 beers Brussels Beer Project: 1 free beer of the month (12,5 cl) if taken with a beer from the taproom Alternative Transportation Electric bike Billy Bike: free ride Electric Scooter Dott: free ride

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What people are saying about Brussels

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4.4 / 5

based on 2,754 reviews

This is a good option if you want to see this two cities and you don't have the time to stay there for one night or more. We had some had some doubts because in some comments says that is not really a tour for English speakers but we didn't had so many options and we take it. The tour had 2 guides an Spanish guide and a English speaker guide, Bruno our guide was really nice and funny and told us some really interesting information.

The trip was fabulous. Thank you Bruno (our English guide) for an amazing Brugge and Gent tour. The way he does the tour was really great. He is very accomodating. He is more of a host than guide. I am very lucky to have this tour with him and a plus that he is a local, definitely knows what to offer in Belgium. I would highly recommend this tour.

The tour overall is worth the money. You enjoy not only the sceneries and the place but also the valuable information and knowledge about the history of Bruges and Ghent shared by our guide Bruno. Also, you can know where to go for the food and souvenirs as he also give a lot of insights about it. Saving your time and also your money.

This place was super fun! We have kids ranging from 12-2 and they all loved it. I honestly thought this place was going to be a bust BUT I WAS WRONG. So worth it

Nice tour - managed to see a lot just within a day!