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Going to Brussels for Magritte, what else should we do?

We are a family of 4 and will be in Brussels for a couple days.  We picked Brussels because a couple of us are big Magritte fans.  Any other recomendations?


4 Answers

answered first by
N H from Seattle

If you are only in the city for your time there:

The Chinese gardens at the Chinese Pavilion was built for the worlds fair are pretty beautiful and recently re done. 

The tour of Coudenberg, the underground palace is pretty cool

The Abbaye de la Cambre is beautiful and serene. 

Maybe catch a show at Ancienne Belgique concert hall?

Take a picnic lunch if the weather is lovely and go to Egmont Palace 

And if anyone is a fan of comics then don't miss the Belgian Comic Strip Center

If you can leave Brussels I recommend:

Try a car trip to the Flanders area, you can rent bikes when you get there and bike along the river, or just wander around. Flanders has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. You will recognize them from Breughel's works in the museum! 

Mons is the European Cultural Center city this year (the French part of Belgium) and they have amazing museums set up as well as fun activities and a beautiful town square. 


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  2. Coudenberg (attraction)
  3. Abbaye de la Cambre (attraction)
  4. Ancienne Belgique (attraction)
  5. Egmont Palace (attraction)
  6. Belgian Comic Strip Center (attraction)
  7. Flanders (attraction)
  8. Mons (city)
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answered by
Dana from Brussels

Hi! If you want to follow Magritte's steps don't forget to pass by the Café Greenwich - the cafee where he used to play chess and also La Fleur en Papier Doré / Het Goudblommeke in Papier which has a Magritte like decoration style.

If you want to have the panorama of the city you can go up the Arc in Parc du Cinquantenaire (entry via the Military Museum) and them continue your walk downtown via the parc arriving to Rond-Point Robert Schuman from where you can take the metro to the center passing near the European Commission.

If you are enough hungry by this time, you can stop for lunch at Bia Mara and have a refreshing cocktail next door at Peck 47. Afterwards you can continue on the narrow streets in the center guiding your steps towards Manneken Pis ending with a drink at Poechenellekelder.

Alternativelly, you can start your day with the Saturday marked in Eugène Flageyplein continue with a cafee and a  cookie at Café de la Presse, passing by Abbaye de la Cambre and finish wondering in Kastelijn

Enjoy!


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  1. Café Greenwich (restaurant)
  2. La Fleur en Papier Doré / Het Goudblommeke in Papier (restaurant)
  3. Parc du Cinquantenaire (attraction)
  4. Rond-Point Robert Schuman (attraction)
  5. European Commission (attraction)
  6. Bia Mara (restaurant)
  7. Peck 47 (attraction)
  8. Manneken Pis (attraction)
  9. Poechenellekelder (restaurant)
  10. Eugène Flageyplein (attraction)
  11. Café de la Presse (restaurant)
  12. Abbaye de la Cambre (attraction)
  13. Kastelijn (attraction)


answered by
Fran from Halle (Belgium)

The Atomium and Manneken Pis are 2 things that are typical for Brussels.


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answered by
Michael from Athens

You could visit the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (near the Magritte Museum), where there is a Chagall retrospective exhibition until June 28, and also go to Mons, which is an interesting old town, to visit the old buildings and the museums, including the flagship exhibition of Van Gogh paintings (Current).


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