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Visit Brussels

Visit the capital of Belgium for its fantastic architecture, beautiful fine art and many museums. This very diverse city has something for everyone.

Brussels is also considered as the capital of Europe and is jam-packed with culture. It's home to many famous comic strip cartoonists, the famous Atomium and countless museums dedicated to historical and modern art.

Although the opinions differ, most historians believe that Brussels was a small settlement in the 10th century. What they do agree on is that the settlement slowly grew into a city and was partially destroyed in 1695 by King Louis XIV of France and fully rebuilt.

If you would like to combine history with shopping, the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert near Grote Markt are the place to be. You can admire extravagant window displays and pop into one of the Belgian chocolate shops. A few minutes to the south of Grote Markt you’ll find Manneken Pis, an absolute must, of course. Take photos of this cheeky little boy in the centre of the city.

More celebrities from Brussels can be found in the Comic Strip Centre which boasts works by Hergé, Franquin and Willy Vandersteen. Other top museums include the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Margritte Museum, both ideal if you want to mix a morning of shopping with an afternoon of culture.

Brussels has a compact city centre, making it easy to explore on foot. You can take the bus, the tube or park your car in one of the city's many parking garages if you come to the city by car. The city also has an extensive network of bicycle paths so you can also hire a bicycle.

The excellent train connections to many cities in the Netherlands make it easy to reach Brussels by public transport. If you prefer to come by car, follow the motorway to Antwerp. It's the quickest way to reach Brussels from the Netherlands!

This cosmopolitan city is packed with historic and cultural sights. A trip to Brussels is also easily combined with a day trip to Antwerp or Ghent.

Where to stay in Brussels

Brussels showing a city and night scenes

Lower Town

4/5Very Good!(422 area reviews)

Known for its interesting museums and fantastic breweries, there's plenty to explore in Lower Town. Top attractions like La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Bourse-Beurs Station or Anneessens Station to see more of the city.

Lower Town
Jubilee Park featuring heritage architecture and a garden

European Quarter

4/5Very Good!(89 area reviews)

Consider exploring the lively bars in European Quarter. If sightseeing is on the list, European Union Parliament Building is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Maalbeek-Maelbeek Station or Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet Station to see more of the area.

European Quarter
Royal Palace of Brussels featuring heritage architecture and château or palace

Upper Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(51 area reviews)

European Union Parliament Building and Museum of Musical Instruments are top sights in Upper Town, and you should be sure to explore the fantastic nightlife. Hop aboard the metro at Maalbeek-Maelbeek Station or Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet Station to see more sights in the area.

Upper Town
La Grand Place showing heritage architecture, château or palace and night scenes

Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Take time in Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk to visit attractions like La Grand Place and Manneken Pis Statue. You might also appreciate the interesting museums, and you can hop on the metro at Bourse-Beurs Station to see more of the city.

Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk
Chatelain, Brussels, Belgium

Chatelain

4.5/5Wonderful!(36 area reviews)

Travellers come to Chatelain for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Horta Museum and Avenue Louise while you're in town.

Chatelain
Place du Grand Sablon showing a city and street scenes

Quartier du Sablon - Zavelwijk

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Discover Quartier du Sablon - Zavelwijk, memorable for its bars. Popular attractions in Quartier du Sablon - Zavelwijk include Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon and Avenue Louise, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at Louise-Louiza Station.

Quartier du Sablon - Zavelwijk

Top hotels in Brussels

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Brussels National Airport, Zaventem
£96
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of NATO Headquarters, European Union Parliament Building and Cathedral of St. Michael. Royal Museums ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,786 reviews)

"We needed a hotel close to the airport.....this hotel is practically IN the airport! It is amazing how incredibly close it is. One just needs to take like 20 steps and you’re right there! Amazing."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2020

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
NH Brussels EU Berlaymont
NH Brussels EU Berlaymont
4 out of 5
Boulevard Charlemagne 11-19, Brussels
£65
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9

Located in European Quarter, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Berlaymont Building and European Union Parliament Building. Cathedral of St. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (892 reviews)

"Good location, useful for conferences etc, clean, tidy and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2020

NH Brussels EU Berlaymont
NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon
NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon
4 out of 5
Rue Bodenbroek 2/4, Brussels
£103
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in Upper Town, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Place du Grand Sablon and Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon. Royal Museums of Fine Arts ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (553 reviews)

"Excellent room. Super staff and service. Wonderful location"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2020

NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon

Popular things to do in Brussels

Atomium
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Atomium

4.5/5(178 reviews)

The strangest piece of architecture in Brussels is a series of steel spheres that can be seen from across the city. The site houses a restaurant and museum.

Mini-Europe
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Mini-Europe

4.5/5(79 reviews)

Hundreds of replicas of Europe’s most famous attractions can be found at this amusement park located beneath the Atomium.

La Grand Place
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La Grand Place

4.5/5(315 reviews)

The former food market is still a popular spot for fine Belgian cuisine and is a protected World Heritage site.

Manneken Pis Statue
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Manneken Pis Statue

3.5/5(270 reviews)

This small statue of a urinating child has brought joy to Belgians for centuries and is now a national icon.

Royal Palace of Brussels
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Royal Palace of Brussels

4/5(169 reviews)

Enjoy a rare glimpse of a palace interior or admire the facade of the royal palace from Brussels Park. You might even see the King or Queen of the Belgians.

Avenue Louise
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Avenue Louise

4/5(97 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Avenue Louise, a popular shopping spot in Brussels. While in this walkable area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Brussels

Belgian Chocolate Workshop
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Belgian Chocolate Workshop

£31

Learn how to make delectable Belgian chocolates from scratch in a fun 2.5-hour workshop! You’ll craft at least 35 chocolates yourself, including Pralines and Mendiants chocolates before taking them home in a nice box! We also serve a complimentary home made hot chocolate and you will be able to apply your newly learned skills in your own kitchen.

Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop
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Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

£59

Belgian chocolate is renowned for its richness and quality. As the birthplace of the praline, you’ve come to the right place if you’re a chocolate lover. Learn how to make Belgian treats with a master chocolatier before taking a tour that follows a trail of Brussels’ finest chocolate shops.

Full-Day Tour to Bruges from Brussels
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Full-Day Tour to Bruges from Brussels

£34

Discover the undeniable charm of one of Europe's best preserved medieval cities—Bruges—on a comprehensive walking tour. From large town squares and meandering canals to pretty streets and striking architecture, take in the enchanting atmosphere of this illustrious city.

Brussels Day Trip from Amsterdam
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Brussels Day Trip from Amsterdam

£71

The Brussels tour starts in Amsterdam’s city center. From there you’ll travel to Brussels by bus, and an expert guide will provide fun and informative information about the sights along the way.

Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£21

Discover the very best of Brussels on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Choco-Story: The Chocolate Museum in Brussels
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Choco-Story: The Chocolate Museum in Brussels

£8

Visit: Choco-story Brussels, Rue de l'Etuve 41, Brussels 1000 Belgium A master chocolate-maker will prepare pralines right in front of you.

Reviews of Brussels

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

A wonder city which we only saw a very small part of it . Could easily fill a weeks holiday. We willbe back. highly recommend the christmas market but not the NYE fire work display. Recommendations for food The Carnivore

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

I will come back again

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 1, 2020

Great architecture, very nice parks & good for the hover board!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 28, 2019

Fully recommend the Brussels Christmas Markets! So festive and fun.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 28, 2019

A much underrated city - absolutely beautiful and very interesting; great food and beer!

5/5 - Excellent

dellani

Dec 27, 2019

Love this city. I was pleasantly surprised by this beautiful little city. Will definitely be back

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