Things To See In Brussels
If you are looking for places to visit in Brussels or are looking for things to do in Brussels, then come on our journey and let us take you on the Brussels tourist map.
Brussels, the capital of Belgium which many call the best city in Belgium has become a popular destination for couples wanting a romantic getaway. But, its not just for the romantics. Brussels, with its stunning architecture, packed with history and vibrant nightlife, is the perfect holiday destination for families and people of all ages.
One thing that really makes Brussels stand out as a great city to visit is all the wonderful food that is available down every street you walk. A word of warning, if you are on a diet, don’t visit Brussels as you will pile on the pounds.
There are so many things to see in Brussels and we have listed just a handful of them.
Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium
One of the best places to see in Brussels for all you culture lovers is the Grand place. The Grand Place (Grote Markt in Dutch) is hidden away in the centre of the city enclosed by a 15th-century Town Hall. With architecture from eras of Baroque, Gothic and Louis XIV, this must be one of the most magnificent and the most photographed medieval squares in Europe.
The Grand-Place has become the number one place to visit on the Brussels tourist map. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It started off with wooden houses being built around the market, but in the 14th century stone mansions were built by wealthy families. In 1402 came the Town Hall, turning it into a main commercial administrative centre.
One of the sad things about the Grand-Place in Brussels, is that it was once used for executions. However, today the cobbled medieval centre is a place of beauty where people from all over the world who visit Brussels come and enjoy its beauty.
I have not known anyone who has visited Brussels and visited the Grand-Place who has not been awestruck.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Koekelberg Basilica)
If you are looking for things to see in Brussels, then the Basilica Of The Sacred Heart must be on your top ten list. This amazing church with its Art Deco is the fifth largest in the world. The Roman Catholic Minor Basilica and parish church in Brussels, Belgium is 89 metres high and 167 metres long.
The famous Brussels church is in the neighbourhood of Koekelberg. King Leopold requested the church to be built, where the first stone was laid in 1905. However, there was a delay in building the magnificent church where construction was halted due to two world wars. It was finally completed in 1971.
Another reason why The Basilica Of The Sacred Heart has become one of the best Brussels places to visit is due to the amazing views that can be see by walking up to the observation deck. It provides stunning 180-degree views and is a perfect place to propose to a loved one.
The church which is open 8am-6pm from April to September and 8am-5pm October to March can be reached by the Metro Simonis and then bus 87.
Palais Royal in Brussels, Belgium.
When visiting Brussels, you must go and visit the Palais Royal. There are not many Palaces around the world that you can visit, but this one is open to all.
The Palais-Royal, which was originally called the Palais-Cardinal is the official residence of the Belgium Royal Family. However, don’t expect to see the Royal Family of Belgium during your visit as they spend most of their time at Laeken.
The official residence of the Belgium Royal Family was built on the site of another Palace which was the Palace of the Dukes of Brabant. In 1731, the Palace of the Dukes of Brabant was destroyed by fire. The current palace construction started in 1820 under the reign of King William.
The Belgium Palace is open for tourist to visit in the summer months. It is truly one of the best things to do in Brussels. The artwork in the Palace is truly stunning and when visiting make sure you take notice of the ceiling which is covered in the wings of beetles.
The Palace which is situated in front of Brussels Park has a façade which is 50% longer than Buckingham Palace. The façade was built after 1900 on the initiative of King Leopold II. However, the floor area is smaller than Buckingham Palace which stands at 77,000 m2 while The Palais-Royal is 33,027 m2.
When visiting the Palais Royal, make sure you take your camera as there is so much to see and the construction of the Palace is amazing, and the artwork is truly stunning.
Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée – Belgian Comic Strip Center
If you are looking for things to do in Brussels with kids, then you must visit the Belgian Comic Strip Center or Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée as it is known. The Comic Art Museum is not just for kids, adults will love it as well. The museum is famous all around the world and has been honouring the creators of comics heroes for the past thirty years.
What many people may not know is that Belgium has more comic strip artists per square kilometre than any other country in the world, and that includes the USA. So, it is no wonder why the museum which holds more than 5000 original drawings attracts so many comic fans from around the world.
The comic museum located in the Rue des Sables /Zandstraat 20, is open every day 10am-6pm except Monday
Visit Brussel’s Notre Dame Du Sablon
If you love churches and you are looking for places to see in Belgium, then Brussel’s Notre Dame Du Sablon a spectacular Gothic cathedral is a must.
Brussel’s Notre Dame Du Sablon, which comprises of five naves separated by round pillars started its life way back in the 14th Century. The church which was built in the same style as the Cathedral of St Michael and St. Gudula was erected in 1304 was used as a chapel by the Archer’s Guild.
The interior of Brussel’s Notre Dame Du Sablon is very pretty. Many people say that is looks very similar to the Brussels Cathedral which I would have to agree with. One of the things that really does make the church stand out is the wooden pulpit which was made in 1697.
With so many great churches, it is no wonder why many history lovers say the best city in Belgium is Brussels.
The Atomium in Brussels, Belgium
Before people visit the best city in Belgium one of the problematic things is deciding where to go in Brussels. With so much to do, and so many places to visit, it can be hard trying to fit everything in. This can be made even more difficult if you are bringing children to Brussels and needing to find things for them to do and enjoy. One great place to take children in Brussels is The Atomium.
By visiting the Atomium you and your children will get the chance to climb inside which is 165 billion times its normal size. The Atomium which was built in 1958 was supposed to be a temporary structure, but due to its popularity it became a permanent structure.
The 335-foot-tall giant iron crystal structure was designed by Andre’ Waterkeyn. It is in the Northern part of the city and is just a five-minute walk from the Heizel metro station, right opposite Mini-Europe.