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Aerin
Santa Barbara

Brussels

How to spend a week in Brussels?

I've been wanting to explore more of Belgium and decided to stay in Brussels for a week this summer. What are must see places for a first timer and great local bites to eat? Recommendations on cool areas to stay?


4 Answers

answered by
N H from Seattle

Sharing an answer I gave Thomas earlier:

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

The Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Gardens inside was built for worlds fair are pretty beautiful and recently re done.

The tour of the underground palace Coudenberg is pretty cool www.coudenberg.com/en

The Abbaye de la Cambre is beautiful and serene.

Maybe catch a show at the 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 Flemish Brabant 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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answered first by
Alex from London

Hi Aerin,

Wow a whole week in Brussels is a long time!

While lovely, Brussels, is effectively an administrative capital and can be easily explored in a day or two.

If you are wanting to get a gist of Belgium, I would perhaps suggest you use the excellent trains to split your time between French and Flemish cities. brusslesBrugesLiegeGhent and, my favourite, Antwerp.

Of course, you can make your plans for Brussels only and decide later if you get bored as trains are part of an easy commuter system and can be booked last minute.

On a last note, Brussels Tourism used to organise pairings between locals and visitors in a kind of day-host (free) service/ walking tour to allow tourists to discover the 'real' city.  Not sure if they they still do but, if you are keen to explore a bit more deeply, may be worth googling or ever emailing them directly.

Enjoy your trip!


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answered by
Joffrey from Belgium

Hi, great you are going to Brussels, where Jean-Claude Van Damme is coming from (Muscles from Brussels).  Where you can buy a lot of chocolade, 300 different beers; gothic buildings; Grand Place (Great Marked with City hall); The Royal Palace of Brussels (open for public only during summer)

You have to visit the cetral site: http://visitbrussels.be (also in smartphone app)
http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/content/529/how-does-it-work.do here you can get a citipass, what you can you use for metro, bus, museum discount.

But don't forget to visit the Atomium

Nightlife at these places (all night long) Fuse is the best one: http://www.cityplug.be/en/Brussels/reviews/dancings.html or http://www.trabel.com/brussel/brussels-nightlife.htm

more info: 
http://be.brussels/culture-tourism-leisure/tourism-offices?set_language=en
http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm?id=4000&

If you have time you can visit also my city, 60 km north of Brussels, Antwerp

With fashion museums, Zoos,...

I hope I was able to help you out a bit, just ask me, if you want to know more.

Joffrey Vaassen


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answered by
Philippe from Pepingen

Hi Aerin,

If it is your first time here then I would suggest the following landmarks: 


Dinner/lunch top addresses at the moment:


Pubs/bars


Welcome to Brussels - enjoy & have fun !


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