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Brussels Atomium Entry Ticket with Free Design Museum Ticket

1. Brussels Atomium Entry Ticket with Free Design Museum Ticket

Discover stunning panoramic views of Brussels and explore exhibitions about Belgium and digital art with this entry ticket to the Atomium. Take a walk through design works from the 20th and 21st centuries with a ticket to the Design Museum. Enter the iconic Atomium which symbolizes an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. Step into this relic of the past which was created for the 1958 World Fair. Marvel at 360-degree panoramic views of the 19 municipalities of Brussels. Stroll through the permanent Atomium exhibition which tells the history of this pavilion. Visit two temporary exhibitions, including 'ID#2021', an immersive sound and light show and 'View from My Window' which tells the a Belgian success story through a multimedia display. Have the option to purchase Belgian specialties or seasonal dishes at the Atomium Restaurant which offers exceptional views from 95 meters above ground. Visit the Design Museum Brussels to learn about Belgian design and its history. Make your way through permanent and temporary exhibits and see the Plastics Design Collection of around 2000 plastic objects.

Choco-Story Brussels: Chocolate Museum Entrance with Tasting

2. Choco-Story Brussels: Chocolate Museum Entrance with Tasting

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.

Brussels: Magritte Museum Entry Ticket

3. 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.

From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

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

Meet your guide 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 “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.

Brussels: 2.5-Hour Chocolate Museum Visit with Workshop

5. Brussels: 2.5-Hour Chocolate Museum Visit with Workshop

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. Afterward, you can visit the Choco-Story Brussels museum. Explore 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 of Belgian's famous artisanal pralines.

Brussels: Autoworld Museum Ticket

6. Brussels: Autoworld Museum Ticket

Book your admission ticket to Autoworld, the National Automobile Museum located in the heart of Brussels, the capital of Europe. The museum is housed in a historic building that was built in 1880 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kingdom of Belgium. From 1902 to 1936 the building hosted motorcar and motorbike exhibitions, and since 1986 it has featured a major part of Ghislain Mahy’s renowned collection. On permanent display are more than 250 vehicles, ranging from cars and trucks to motorcycles. From the early models of the distant past to contemporary cars, visitors are guided through the motorcar’s fabulous history beginning in the late 19th century. Autoworld is a museum on the move, featuring temporary exhibitions throughout the year that take on various automotive themes. Every 2 years Autoworld organizes a major exhibition within a specific aspect of performance design. Past themes have included Bugatti 100 Years, Belgian Racing Legends, Ferdinand Porsche, Heritage and more recently Italian Car Passion.

Brussels: LEGO Discovery Centre Admission Ticket

7. Brussels: LEGO Discovery Centre Admission Ticket

Allow your kids to live out their craziest fantasies with a visit to Brussels' interactive LEGO Discovery Centre. Explore more than 3,000 m2 of games and 12 activity zones, in a unique immersive place dedicated to children between 2 and 10 years old, as well as their families. Build your own Minifigure and begin your adventure with them. Marvel at MINI WORLD created from bricks, play with over 2 million LEGO bricks, attend a creative workshop led by Master Model Builders, take a train ride through LEGO world, and watch exclusive LEGO movies in the 4D Cinema. Take a break at the LEGO Café, and enjoy some food and drinks to recharge your batteries. Stop by the LEGO Shop on your way out and find some amazing items to continue your LEGO adventure at home.

Brussels: Belgian Beer Tasting Tour

8. Brussels: Belgian Beer Tasting Tour

Learn the history of the best beer in the world on a tasting tour through the historic heart of Brussels. Experience first-hand why UNESCO included Belgian beer on its intangible cultural heritage of humanity list in 2016 as you sample a selection of 6 beers. Wander down the atmospheric alleys to find characteristic venues such as L’Imaige Nostre-Dame, said to be almost as old as the city itself. Hear about different brews, including the famous beers made at Trappist monasteries, and learn the secrets about how they are all made. Join the locals in popular venues, such as the family-owned A La Mort Subite and the traditional A la Bécasse beer hall. Marvel at the wide selection of beers on offer at the Delirium Cafe, and enjoy a drink inside the iconic Le Cirio bar and brasserie on Grand-Place.   

Brussels: Hard Rock Cafe with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner

9. Brussels: Hard Rock Cafe with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner

Get ready to rock in Brussels at the Hard Rock Cafe in the city’s historic Grand Place. See priceless pieces from legends such as John Lennon, The Who, Sex Pistols, and Elvis Presley, as well as more contemporary curiosities, such as a stage costume worn by Madonna. The dining areas include upscale design features and innovative technology, including the interactive Rock Wall Solo, enabling fans to explore the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, and tour all of the Hard Rock's 174 global venues virtually. Pick from a menu of classic American fare and signature cocktails, with the choice of 3 options as follows: Gold Menu (2-course): Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Grilled chicken sandwich • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Grilled chicken caesar salad • Tupelo chicken tenders Dessert - • Brownie Choice of beverage - • One soft drink, coffee, or tea Diamond Menu (3-course):  Starter - • Fresh salad Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Smoked BBQ combo • Grilled salmon • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Steak salad • BBQ chicken Dessert - • Chocolate cake Choice of one beverage -  • One soft drink, coffee, or tea

Brussels Card: 24, 48 or 72 Hour Validity

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

Choose from a 24, 48, or 72 hour option and a large variety of popular museums and attractions in Brussels. Visit the same museum as many times as you like with this easy-to-use Brussels Card. 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 72 reviews

Mini Europe was an enjoyable activity. It was interesting seeing all the miniature aspects. It is fun for all ages with various interactive activities. This Venus’ appeal is multigenerational so all ages will enjoy.

We bought tickets on January 1st. Even though we had tickets, we had to wait a long time in the cold. However, it is a structure worth seeing, and I really liked the interior.

Both simple and complete, both in terms of "history" and manufacturing processes.

super interesting, fun, we really enjoyed this moment of discovery!

The museum had a unique collection of European early century cars.