What’s worth seeing in Brussels?
The Belgian capital is not only the headquarters of the European Union, NATO and Euratom, but also a place full of great sights, amazing food and some of the best beer in the world! Definitely worth a visit! The date of the city’s foundation is believed to be 979, and today visitors can enjoy numerous museums, churches and other attractions. What does Brussels have to offer? Visitors are keen to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites, which include the Grand-Place market square, Victor Horta’s beautiful Art Nouveau buildings (Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel Eetvelde and Horta House and Atelier), and the Stoclet Palace. The latter is unfortunately not open to the public, but can be viewed from the outside. This is, of course, only the beginning of the charms that Brussels has to offer. Check out the most popular attractions in our article and take a tour with us any time of year!
Brussels – the most interesting attractions
Among the most visited places in Brussels we can include the Royal Palace, which is the official residence of the King of Belgium. From 21 July to early September, the building is open to tourists. While in the city, it is also worth seeing the Palace of Justice, the seat of the Belgian court and the largest 19th century building in the world. The Belgians prove that you can also find tranquility in the center of the metropolis, the best example being the Parc de Bruxelles, also known as the Warandepark. Between the center and the Royal Palace you will find the Mont des Arts, an arts district with many beautiful buildings and museums, including the Museum of Musical Instruments, which is housed in a beautiful Art Nouveau building from 1899.
Brussels also boasts magnificent religious buildings, such as the monumental Notre-Dame du Sablon Church, built in the Brabant Gothic style, or the Gothic Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula.
The symbol of the city is the Manneken pis, a bronze statue-fountain of a peeing boy located near the Palais des Nations, the seat of the Belgian Parliament. The toddler also has a ‘sister’, a statue of a peeing girl – Jeanneke pis. There is even a statue of a peeing dog, Zinneke pis!
But let’s not forget that Belgium is the home of comics, including the iconic Tintin, who is a popular character in local street art. Lovers of murals should visit the Marolles district, which is famous for its street art.
Free walking tour – Brussels with a local guide
Planning a visit to the Belgian capital and need a guide? Join our free walking tour! Brussels is one of the cities you can visit with guides cooperating with Walkative! How does it work? When you go on a free tour in Brussels, you decide how much the tour was worth. You set the price yourself, taking into account the work, commitment and knowledge of the guide. This walking tour of Brussels is aimed at small groups, families, couples and individual tourists. There is no predetermined entrance fee for the tour, you just need to book a place and turn up at the meeting point at the specified time! In addition to Brussels, you can also visit other Belgian cities with us, such as Bruges, Antwerp or Ghent.