Brussels is Belgium’s capital and home to the headquarters of the European Union. The ornate Grand-Place at the heart of the city has shops and cafes inside 17th-century guildhouses, and the intricate Gothic Hôtel de Ville (town hall) with its distinctive bell tower. The 19th-century Maison du Roi houses the Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles history museum, including costumes for the city’s Manneken-Pis statue.

Top Attractions in Brussels

The Grand Place

The Grand Place or Grote Markt is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels.

The Grand Place - Brussels, Belgium

Detailed information: www.brussels.be


Atomium

The Atomium is a building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m tall.

Atomium - Bruxelles, Belgium

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Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis is a landmark small bronze sculpture in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. It was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619.

Manneken Pis - Brussels, Belgium


Mini-Europe Miniature Park

Mini-Europe is a miniature park located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. Mini-Europe has reproductions of monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented.

Mini-Europe Miniature Park, Brussels

www.minieurope.com


Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a Roman Catholic church in Brussels, Belgium. The church was given cathedral status in 1962 and has since been the co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels, together with St. Rumbold’s Cathedral in Mechelen.

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula - Brussels, Belgium

www.cathedralisbruxellensis.be


 

Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instruments Museum is a music museum in central Brussels, Belgium. It is part of the Royal Museums for Art and History and internationally renowned for its collection of over 8,000 instruments.

Musical Instrument Museum - Brussels, Belgium

Official web site: www.mim.be/en


Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are a group of art museums in Brussels, Belgium.

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Official web site: www.fine-arts-museum.be/en


Cinquantenaire

Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark is a large public, urban park in the easternmost part of the European Quarter in Brussels, Belgium.

Cinquantenaire - Brussels, Belgium


Cantillon Brewery

Traditional organic brewery since 1900, open for visits & occasional public brewing sessions.

Cantillon Brewery - Anderlecht, Belgium

Official Web: www.cantillon.be


Sonian Forest

The Sonian Forest or Sonian Wood is a 4,421-hectare forest that lies at the south-eastern edge of Brussels, Belgium

Sonian Forest - Brussels, Belgium

Official Web: sonianforest.be


 

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

Classical-style greenhouses, designed by Alphonse Balat in 1873, with pavilions, cupolas & arcades.

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken - Brussels, Belgium

Detailed information: brussels.be


Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History is a military museum that occupies the two northernmost halls of the historic complex in Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels, Belgium.

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History - Brussels, Belgium

Detailed information: klm-mra.be


Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert or Koninklijke Sint-Hubertusgalerijen is a glazed shopping arcade in Brussels that preceded other famous 19th-century shopping arcades such as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan and The Passage in St Petersburg.

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert - Brussels, Belgium

Detailed information: grsh.be


Notre Dame du Sablon / Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon

This precious example of the flamboyant Gothic style so admired in Brabant owes its splendour to the city’s Guild of Crossbowmen that built it in the 15th century. It stands on the site of the 14th century chapel, built to venerate the small miraculous statue recovered by Beatrice Soetkens and brought back from Antwerp to Brussels in 1348. Several members of the royal court are buried in Sablon. In the chapel of Saint Ursula, to the west of the chancel, lie at rest Thurn and Taxis, postmasters of the Habsburg empire.

Notre Dame du Sablon - Brussels, Belgium

Detailed information: visit.brussels