Things to do in Brussels
There are lots of interesting things to do in Brussels apart from the essential tour of the Grand Place and the Mannequin Pis statue. The key tip is to know which area of the city to go to for which activity and then utilise the fantastic public transport system to experience them.
The most famous Brussels attractions are the Grand Place, the Peeing Boy (Mannekin Pis) and the Atomium. Other great attractions include the Palais de Justice, the Royal Palace area and countless museums and parks all over the city. The hidden treasures include monuments and structures preserved from the middle-ages all around the city.
There are 87 museums in Brussels city and most of these are situated within the city centre. Apart from the usual Fine Arts museums, and scientific museums, there are many cheerful museums like the Toy museum or the Musical Instruments Museum.
A Brussels card museum pass is well recommended to be bought if you plan to go see more than one museum.
Brussels an belgium is known for things like beer, chocolate and european culture. There are guided tours and workshops about all of these. Just have a look. Also like many other major cities there are sightseeing hop-on hop-off buses in Brussels that can take you around town in a convenient and interesting way.
After a long day out you might want to explore the pubs of Brussels, clubbing scene, or its red light district.
You can read about Brussels theatres, operas, concerts, cinemas and more in our section dedicated to culture and arts.
In a relatively small city such as Brussels, it is quite easy to get around by foot. Some of the best discoveries can be made by choosing a path of interest. Some interests could be viewing significant works of architecture, admiring beautifully manicured parks, walking along the vast number of European Union buildings or delighting in colourful comic murals on the sides of buildings. There are convenient sign posts all over the city to mark places of interest.
During these walks you are also likely to find a quaint café with an outdoor terrace for a rest. Walking is a great way to explore Brussels and excellent exercise during a vacation.
Quality dining is one of the pleasures of Brussels, but you need to know where to eat otherwise you will fall into tourist traps.
For visitors who are interested in exploring more than souvenir shops there is an interesting selection of shopping arcades, markets and shopping streets to visit in Brussels. Shopping arcades are the olden day versions of shopping malls. Markets where cheeses, vegetables and bargains are available on weekdays as well as Sunday mornings. And shopping streets offer name brands and boutiques for visitors interested in fashion. There are also some tips on how to buy the best Belgian chocolates, duty free and souvenirs.