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Deborah

Brussels

What are a few of the sites I should see in Brussels?

What is going to make this trip great?


5 Answers

top answer by
Antoine from Ħal Balzan, Malta

Totally agree with all these answers! Once you're near the Palace though, head off to the Musical Instrument Museum which is a lovely art deco building worth seeing. When you get in, tell them you just want to go to the restaurant on the top. The breath taking views of Brussels from up there are exactly what you need with a croissant and an espresso!


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answered by
Gery from Brussels

So many things to do in Brussels...!

Among the suggestions of Rita T, do not miss the former Palace of Brussels at the Mont des Arts, aka "Coudenberg". This exceptional archaeological site, hidden under the Royal Square, is still quite unknown to the public. 

An old castle already stood on that hill of Brussels in the Middle Ages, when it served as castrum for the Duke of Brabant. During the Renaissance, the castle became property of the Dukes of Burgundy, who enlarged it and embellished it considerably. This monument has become a true palace under Emperor Charles V of Habsburg. It will be further enhanced when becoming the official residence of the Governor of the Low Countries under Spanish and Austrian rule, before being destroyed by a huge fire in 1731.

Lots of important events took place in this magnificient setting, a.o. the abdication of emperor Charles V in 1555.

The remains of The Coudenberg Palace are now to be visited underground: the cellars and lower levels of the buildings have been recently uncovered and beautifully restored. Prepare yourself for unique discoveries. Even the kitchen level of the imposing banqueting room is still hiding there, as well as a medieval street and lots of precious artifacts.

The enter to this moving location is the Musée Belvue on the Place des Palais


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  1. Brussels (city)
  2. Mont des Arts (attraction)
  3. Coudenberg (attraction)
  4. Musée Belvue (attraction)
  5. Place des Palais (attraction)
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answered by
Lisa from Boston

You should definitely go get lost within the intricate web of old cobble stone streets near the Grand Place, without forgetting to go walk on the Grand Place too see the old typical architecture. In the same city area, you should go see the Manneken Pis -- a statue commemorating a young boy thought to have saved the city when extinguishing a fire by peeing on it (there are a number of legends). 


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  1. Grand Place (attraction)
  2. Manneken Pis (attraction)
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answered by
Tiffany from Corvallis

Though Rita touched upon it already, let me emphasis that you need to EAT!

Belgians love their food and make eating out really very special. There are some amazing flavors here, so make time to eat and enjoy the experience.

Do try chocolate. The Grand Place has several chocolatiers that are good. I really like the Neuhaus chocolates the best in the nearby galleries.

Eat a waffle - preferably from a street vendor. It should be gooey and perhaps covered in whipped cream and strawberries. Stand there with the rest of us and enjoy. Yum. I've been searching for the perfect recipe since  - can't find one.

Beer. I don't like beer, but the raspberry beer (framboise) is delicious. If you do like beer, you'll think you're in heaven.

Yes, the mussels are amazing. My husband ate them by the potfull. You can often get escargot near the Manneken Pis. I wasn't brave enough to try it, but it actually smelled really tempting.

Yes to the pomme frites! Eat them hot in a cone alone or with the traditional mayo.

And though this sounds like a street food paradise, restaurants will offer you a multi-course experience as well. If you have the time and budget, spend a 2-3 hours relaxing and savoring the flavors in a true Belgian restaurant.


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  1. Grand Place (attraction)
  2. Neuhaus (attraction)
  3. Manneken Pis (attraction)
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answered first by
Rita from Belgium

Hi Deborah,

Welcome to Brussels. The most famous landmarks worth visiting in Brussels are the Grand Place, and the old town around it, the Mont des Arts, Brussels Park, Parc du Cinquantenaire, and a little further, the Atomium. If you are interested in politics, you should see the European Quarter with all the EU headquarters in it.

Don't miss out eating mussels & fries, Belgian waffles and chocolate, and tasting excellent Belgian beers.


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  1. Grand Place (attraction)
  2. Mont des Arts (attraction)
  3. Brussels Park (attraction)
  4. Parc du Cinquantenaire (attraction)
  5. Atomium (restaurant)
  6. European Quarter (attraction)
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