Top things to do in Brussels

These are the essential places of Brussels, ranked according to our tastes and criteria. This is the most comprehensive guide to Brussels, so that you do not miss anything. 

ESSENTIAL POINTS OF BRUSSELS 

Brussels Grand Place

GRAND PLACE

The Grand Place of Brussels is the most emblematic place of the city. It’s considered to be the most beautiful square in the world. You can get to know its history and its buildings with our guide.

Brussels Manneken Pis

MANNEKEN PIS

The Manneken Pis (Little Man Pee) is the symbol of Brussels for many of its inhabitants. A little child very much linked to the history of the Belgian capital.

Brussels Atomium

ATOMIUM

It represents, since 1958, the symbol of the avant-garde in Brussels. It is 100 metres high. A must-seeplace for your trip to Brussels.

BRUSSELS PALACES

Brussels Law Courts

LAW COURTS

A colossal work for the year of its construction, it was the world's largest building at that time. It is one of the most famous works of Leopold II.

Brussels Royel Palaces

ROYAL PALACE

The best well-known palace in Brussels is located in the centre of the capital. It is currently the seat of the Belgian monarchy. Since 1831 this palace is not the royal residence: the monarchs live in the Palace of Laeken, on the outskirts of Brussels.

Brussels Palace of Coudenberg

PALACE OF COUDENBERG

There are only some ruins left from the Palace of Coudenberg, which was the main Palace of Brussels at that time. This is the place where King Philip II of Spain was crowned.

Brussels Palace of Laeken

PALACE OF LAEKEN

It is a large palace, the official residence of the Belgian Sovereigns, located near the Atomium.

BRUSSELS CHURCHES

Brussels Cathedral

BRUSSELS CATHEDRAL

It is the most important religious monument in Brussels. The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is an example of Brabantine Gothic. A must-seein the capital of Belgium.

Brussels Basilica os the Sacred Heart

BASILICA OF THE SACRED HEART

It is the world's fifth largest church and the biggest Art Deco construction ever built. The dome is 90 metres high and 167 metres long.

Notre Dame du Sablon in Brussels

Notre Dame du Sablon in Brussels (Church of Our Lady of Sablon)

The archers of Brussels built the first chapel in 1304. It is one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in Brussels.

Brussels Saint-Catherine

SAINTE-CATHERINE

The trendy neighbourhood of Sainte-Catherine in Brussels has an impressive church that mixes Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles. It is a central, non-touristicneighbourhood. Here you will find the most attractive bars and restaurants in Brussels.

BRUSSELS PARKS

Brussels The Cinquantenaire Park

THE CINQUANTENAIRE PARK

Located in the European Quarter it is one of the most famous parks in Brussels.It wasbuilt to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the independence of Belgium. There are three musuemums in this park: the Army Museum, the Cinquantenarie Museum and the Autoworld.

Brussels The Royal Park

THE ROYAL PARK

This park is located in the centre of Brussels, next to the Royal Palace, within a few-minute walk from the Grand Place.

BRUSSELS EUROPEAN AREA

Brussels The European District

THE EUROPEAN DISTRICT

Multiculturalism is the definition of the European district. Brussels is the capital of Europe and this district represents its heart.

Brussels The European Commision

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The Berlaymont building is the seat of the European Commission. It has a surface area of 240,000 square metres. 3,000 civil servants work in it.

Brussels The European Parliament

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

The European Parliament is a symbol of Europe and its capital. A throng of business people at the heart of the European District of Brussels.

OTHER PLACES IN BRUSSELS

Brussels Royal Saint-Hubert Galeries

ROYAL SAINT-HUBERT GALLERIES

They are a symbol of Brussels. They were the first shopping galleries in Europe at that time. These galleries are full of luxury and elegance..

Brussels Mini-Europe

MINI-EUROPE

Park Mini Europe is since 1989 a very popular place. It is located near the Atomium. There are more than 350high quality miniatures.

Brussels Jeanneke Pis

JEANNEKE PIS

This is the female copy of the the Manneken Pis. It has less history and more commercial purposes than the original statue. It’s located in a much visited place of Brussels.

Brussels Place Saint-Gery

PLACE SAINT-GERY

Place Saint Gery has a unique atmosphere in Brussels. It was the very beginning of the city.

MUSEUMS OF BRUSSELS 

THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BRUSSELS

THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

A unique place to enjoy the two best known schools of Belgium:the Flemish Primitivesand their Renaissance together with Rubens and Van Dyck's Baroque.

THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MUSEUM BRUSSELS

THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MUSEUM

Considered to be the best music museum in the world, it is a must for lovers of this art. It has over 7,000 musical instruments..

MAGRITTE MUSEUM BRUSSELS

MAGRITTE MUSEUM

One of the most representative museums in Brussels. Its rooms offer visitors more than 200 works dedicated to René Magritte, the best known Surrealist painter from Belgium.

HOUSE-MUSEUM VICTOR HORTA BRUSSELS

HOUSE-MUSEUM VICTOR HORTA

It is one of the key works of Art Nouveau, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. In the article we take a tour around the most important houses and restaurants in the Art Nouveau style in Brussels.

FIN DE SIÈCLE MUSEUM BRUSSELS

FIN DE SIÈCLE MUSEUM

It is a museum dedicated to lovers of culture and art, an enclave that will take visitors througha different Brussels: a meeting place for various creative trends from the late 19th century and early 20th century.

BELVUE MUSEUM BRUSSELS

BELvue MUSEUM

It is a recommended museum for those interested in knowing more about Belgian history. A country with less than two hundred years of history but with lots of things to tell.

CHOCOLATE MUSEUM BRUSSELS

CHOCOLATE MUSEUM

It is the largest chocolate museum in Belgium, ideal for lovers of this succulent delicatessen.