These Brussels tourist attractions will keep you and children well entertained during your Brussels vacation. They are best visited during daytime. And during evening, you can enjoy some of the great Brussels restaurants and bars.
The best way to see Brussels attractions comfortably is the well known hop-on hop-off bus. Also worth considering is the Brussels card, which features discounts for Brussels attractions and free entrance to museums.
The first place you will normally be taken to see in the city. A delicately sculpted 15th century town square erected over centuries to become the representation of Brussels’ history. Almost all of the buildings have a historical significance and the Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) is still used today! Located just down from Brussels Centrale, this historical market place is a must.
Just a few narrow alleyways from the Grand Place, the Peeing Boy or Manneken Pis is a famous little statue. Locals celebrate many festivities at this bronze fountain and there are over 700 costumes for this little fellow. Brusselans dress him while celebrating many events of the year from many countries around the world.
Just as Paris had warmed to the Eiffel Tower, Brussels admired its own temporary exhibition from a world fair – Atomium Brussels. The World Expo of 1958 left behind a gigantic structure that shone in the spring sun in the shape of an atom. It is a replica of an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. Sounds interesting? Then journey up into the Heysel area of Brussels to explore the Atomium which yields a spectacular view of the city as well as art and science exhibitions and a restaurant in its 9 spheres.
A goliath of a structure with good view of the evening cityscapes of Brussels. With area of 20 000 square metres and heavy architecture is a grand Brussels sight that stands slightly above Brussels old town. Palais de Justice still serves its original purpose as the high courts of Brussels. It has a distinctive golden dome and many columns decorating its façade, which face onto the road, located at Place Poelaert near Avenue Louise shopping street.
Mini-Europe Brussels is a theme park with miniatures of the most famous monuments, sites and scenery of Europe. It is located next to the Atomium in Brupark. It is a great chance for families to have a great day out with the children. The miniatures are about 25 times smaller than the life size versions, some of the most famous include the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Mount Vesuvius and of course the Grand Place!
The most famous opera house in Belgium is La Monnaie (the Mint). Along with many historical buildings in Brussels, this building has enjoyed a long history of construction, rebuilding and refurbishment. The current building is the third on the site and at one point it hosted the best of French theatre only second to the opera houses in Paris. Brussels opera is still highly active and the agenda is packed so admire the structure during the day but pay a visit to the theatre at night!
In Brussels, history meets modern day with monuments and buildings stretching all across the city to celebrate different eras. In the city centre there are the tributes to royalty, the Royal Palace which is no longer resident to the King but still stands and houses museums and churches. In the east side are the modern structures of the European Union. Each building and monument has its own unique story and historical significance.
Brussels city has become quite proud of the number of parks they have available in the city, called green spaces. These parks range from grand boulevards with statues and fountains to quaint parks with lakes and flowers. A leisurely stroll through the parks is not a bad idea for visitors who want to see nature within a concrete jungle. Picnics, books, children and dogs are most welcome.
About 30 minutes out of Brussels city in the area of Planckendael is the closest zoo to Brussels city. It is a large enclosure with animals from all over the world organised by regions of the world – Africa, Asia, Europe etc. This zoo makes for a great day excursion for animal lovers and visitors with children.