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Top attractions in Brussels

The city of Brussels offers countless intriguing museums, beautiful architecture and remarkable attractions. Find out what the best things to see and do are:

Three attractions that define Brussels

  • Grand Place La Grand Place is Brussels’ most famous square. It houses several stunning buildings and is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful architectural ensembles.  You will always find a great atmosphere in La Grand Place.
  • Manneken Pis Manneken Pis is a very small bronze statue of a young boy urinating into a basin. The statue has been surrounded by various legends, which have transformed it into the emblem of Brussels.
  • Atomium The Atomium was designed and built in 1958 for the main pavilion of Brussels World’s Fair, this surprising atom standing 102 m high is one of Belgium’s most important symbols.

Three palaces worth visiting

  • Palacio de Justicia de Bruselas When the Palais de Justice (Justice Palace) was finished in 1883 it was largest building in the world. Presently, it is one of the most impressive.
  • Palacio Real de Bruselas Although the Royal Family has not resided in the Royal Palace of Brussels for over one hundred years, it is still where the King of Belgium exercises his authority as Head of State. It is located infront of the Parc de Bruxelles.  
  • Palacio del Cincuentenario he Cinquantenaire houses a triumphal arch with a quadriga made of bronze in the center of the arch, which reminds many of the Brandenberg Gate.  The park and palace of the Cinquantenaire is not a very well-known tourist attraction, but is definitely worth visiting.

Religious Monuments

  • Catedral de Bruselas Officially called St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels Cathedral is one of the most important landmarks in Brussels. It is definitely worthwhile visiting.
  • Basílica del Sagrado Corazón The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Brussels is an architectural Art Deco masterpiece standing 292 feet (89 m) tall and 540 ft (167 m) long, making it the fifth largest temple in the world.
  • Notre Dame du Sablon Notre Dame du Sablon is a remarkable Late Gothic Brabantine church similar to the Brussels Cathedral. It has been a pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages.

If you would like to visit more churches in Brussels, check these other beautiful six temples.

Parks and gardens

  • Parque de Bruselas Once a medieval hunting ground, the Parc de Bruxelles (Brussels Park) is currently one of the most important parks of Belgium’s capital.  

Other places to visit in Brussels

  • Galerías Saint Hubert The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert were designed in 1847 making them the first glazed shopping arcade in Europe. Today, the Galeries Royales are still the most impressive and elegant.
  • Mini Europe Mini Europe is a miniature park with 350 miniatures that represent the most important landmarks of various European countries.
  • Barrio Europeo The European District of Brussels comprises the headquarters of the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and European Commission.
  • Jeanneke Pis Jeanneke Pis is the female replica of the Manneken Pis, a statue of a little girl squatting and urinating who looks more audacious than her older brother.
  • Palacio de Coudenberg Located under the Place Royale (Royal Square) are the ruins of the former Palace of Coudenberg, the ancient seat of government.

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