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Welcome to Brussels

Brussels, the official capital of Belgium and unofficial capital of Europe, stands out as the meeting point of Germanic and Romance cultures, boasting cross-cultural and modern charm. The duel official languages of French and Dutch give every street and place two names, and English is also widely spoken, thanks to the European Parliament and other organizations stationed here that make it an international political center. The ornate guildhalls lining the classic Grand Place stand as city centerpiece and showcase, but the Atomium also warrants a visit, a bizarre building of steel spheres created for the 1958 World's Fair that now functions as a museum featuring a prize view over the city. With Belgium seemingly locked in a confectionery competition with the Swiss, a Brussels chocolate tour delivers insight into how the industry grew here and, of course, involves plenty of samples. Visitors can continue tasting their way through town well into the evening with a beer tour, where the rich monastic heritage of Belgian beer bubbles up from the glass. Beyond the capital, Ghent and Bruges make for easy day trips, both charming towns packed with medieval architecture within just over an hour’s drive. The city's central location also makes it easy to go further out for trips to the Flemish countryside and historic battlefields, or into neighboring Luxembourg or Amsterdam (each just over two hours away).

Top 10 attractions in Brussels

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Brussels Beer Project

Brussels Beer Project

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Founded in 2013 to showcase Belgium’s contemporary beer scene, today the Brussels Beer Project (BBP) has taprooms in both Brussels and Paris. In the Brussels location, you'll find 17 taps with a number of BBP classic brews, along with a few new beers and a handful of offerings from outside breweries.More
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Autoworld

Autoworld

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Autoworld houses over 250 incredible vehicles of various origins and covers the history of the automobile while demonstrating the evolution and development of cars over more than a century. The displays include automobiles that are basically horse drawn carriages from the time when the horse was replaced with a steering wheel and an engine. There are exclusive sports cars from the 1960s and a Bugatti from 1928. The museum even has motorcycles and exhibits about the development of the garage. A separate room houses horse carriages, including one used by Napoleon the Third's wedding in 1853.The cars on display here are all of European or US origin. They are arranged in chronological order so visitors can start from the origins of the automobile and work their way through the different developments throughout history. There is also an evolutionary time line of cars from the late 1800s to the 2000s including a blank spot for the future. The time line highlights the most popular makes and models in Europe during each decade. The gift shop sells postcards, key chains, and miniature model cars for every make you can imagine.More
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Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert (Les Galeries St-Hubert)

Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert (Les Galeries St-Hubert)

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Inaugurated in 1847, the Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert in Brussels form one of Europe’s most beautiful and oldest glass-roofed shopping arcades. Composed of three elegant, Florentine-inspired arcades, the galleries are lined with upscale shops and restaurants and draw around 6 million visitors each year.More
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Grand-Place (Grote Markt)

Grand-Place (Grote Markt)

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Arguably Europe’s most beautiful square, Brussels’ Grand Place—in the heart of the historic and hip city—is surrounded by nearly 40 baroque and gothic guildhalls and the stunning Brussels Town Hall. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the large cobblestone square, also known as Grote Markt, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belgium.More
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Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis

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The Manneken Pis—sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy’s small bronze statue of a little boy urinating into a Brussels fountain—is one of Belgium’s most beloved landmarks. Built in 1619, the boy is hailed as the capital’s oldest resident and remains a favorite of both locals and tourists, with a host of myths and legends to his name.More
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Magritte Museum (Musée Magritte)

Magritte Museum (Musée Magritte)

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One of Belgium's Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Magritte Museum is devoted to the works of Belgian surrealist René Magritte, whose innovative creations are said to have influenced artists like Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.More
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Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal de Bruxelles)

Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal de Bruxelles)

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Dating back to the 18th century and fronted by the idyllic Parc de Bruxelles (Brussels Park), the Brussels Royal Palace (Palais Royal Bruxelles) might no longer be the official residence of Belgium’s royal family, but it remains one of the capital’s most magnificent landmarks and the site of various royal and state events.More
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Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

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The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels explores the natural evolution of our planet going all the way back to prehistoric times. It has Europe's largest dinosaur exhibitions with over 30 complete skeletons, both originals and reproductions, as well as bone fragments from dinosaurs. The museum also includes the Gallery of Evolution which has displays on the history of life on earth. The BiodiverCITY section teaches visitors about biodiversity. There is an animal kingdom section with displays on various groups of animals, such as mammals, whales, animals of the North and South Poles, insects, shells, and more. Another section of the museum has exhibits on minerals including 2,000 rocks from the earth and the moon.Some sections of the museum have interactive touchscreens and audio guides to teach visitors more about the exhibits. Along with the permanent exhibitions, the museum has a rotation of temporary exhibits. The artifacts on display represent only a fraction of the museum's entire collection. The Natural Sciences Museum is also a research facility focused on studying and preserving animals, fossils, and bones in order to continue bringing us new information about the natural world.More
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MOOF Museum

MOOF Museum

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The MOOF Museum, or the Museum of Original Figurines, is a museum in Brussels dedicated to comic strips. The museum features comic strip figurines, collection items, original comic strips and drawings. More than 650 figurines and original objects are on display, but the museum's entire collection consists of around 3,500 pieces, making it one of the finest collections of comic book memorabilia in the world. The museum has items from Belgian comics, such as the famous Tintin and the Smurfs, as well as American collections, manga and more. The figurines are displayed next to the original comic plates from which they originated.The MOOF Museum has something for everyone, whether you are a passionate comic book enthusiast or simply curious about the art form. At the museum, you can relive your childhood, learn about comics you might not be familiar with, and enjoy different pieces from various parts of the world. In addition to the figurines, there are large murals of your favorite characters. The museum often has special temporary exhibits as well as the permanent collection.More
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Atomium

Atomium

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One of Brussels’ most iconic structures, the futuristic Atomium is a gargantuan structure designed to resemble an iron molecule magnified 165 billion times. It was created in 1958 for the Expo 58, and though it was originally slated for demolition, it was so popular with locals that it became a permanent feature of the city’s skyline.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Brussels

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So much fun. Felt like royalty!
David_W, Jul 2021
Historical Tour
So worth the time to see all the things in Brussels and very intimate with your friends.
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Complete visit to Brussels
esantos1957, Nov 2019
Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
But, at least in the Autum schedule, the time for a one-day tour is not enough to visit in deep al least 3 relevant places of the city
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Antwerp Tour by Bussels City Tours
GregWB1955, Oct 2019
Antwerp: Diamonds galore, elegance, arts and stunning architecture
Great tour - the right length of time and ample opportunities to see many of the exciting features of Antwerp.
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Great Tour
Laura O, Jul 2019
Brussels Small-Group Chocolate Tasting Tour
The tour was a great way to see Brussels while experiencing some chocolate tastings and learning about the history of the famous chocolate makers of Belgium.
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Wonderful Experience, Do It!
Odyssey45200377510, Jul 2019
Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop
We received not only a chocolate tour, but also an education on the city of Brussels (we were also lucky to see the start of this years Tour de France!
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Wonderful time for all
Nomad62693386594, Jul 2019
Brussels Chocolate Workshop
Anastasia waa really good with all of the different English speaking dialects.
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Such a great time!
Road06680727284, Jun 2019
Brussels Private Custom Tour with a Local Guide, Kickstart your Trip ★★★★★
We got to see the Grand Place, the royal palace, Notre Dame, and so much more!
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Get ready to walk in Antwerp
Scenic30359905875, Jun 2019
Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour and Antwerp Half-Day Trip
My only suggestion is that if you want to see the diamond factory do not tour on a Saturday.
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Great way to see Brussels
Voyage67918065931, May 2019
Brussels Private Tours by Locals: See the City Unscripted ★★★★★
He showed us all the sights and places that one needs to see in Brussels.
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Loads of fun! Got to see interesting...
kendallmhankins, Nov 2017
Belgian Beer Tasting in Brussels
Got to see interesting bars in Brussels.
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Great Express tour from Brussels...
Omio C, May 2018
Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels
You get to see two beautiful cities in a day.
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Ghent and Bruges are REALLY awesome...
Sayed Adnan J, Jul 2017
Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels
I would recommend to visiting Bruges alone for full day instead.
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I thought this was going to be so...
amyschuch, Jun 2017
Belgian Beer Tasting in Brussels
This tour made us fall in love with Brussels!
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Loved this day trip to Amsterdam...
MrsSammy, Nov 2017
The glory of Holland: Amsterdam and windmills galore
Great to visit a local cheese factory.
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As far as I'm concerned, you can't...
Marie D, Oct 2017
Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
With only a few days in Brussels, we were able to see most of the city and enjoyed at several of the stops, specifically the Atomium and nearby Mini-Europe.
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A good tour to learn about Brussels...
Yogesh J, Jun 2017
Brussels, the most comprehensive city tour
This is a good way to see Brussels in a short time.
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Excellent tour! Our guide was very...
ceoverstreet4, Mar 2018
Brussels Christmas Tour with a Local Guide, Private & Custom ★★★★★
Brussels was spectacular this time of year and this was the perfect way to see it!
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Amazing and yummy tour! It was more...
Christy A, May 2017
Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop
It was more than what we expected - including a walk of Brussels to see some sights as well as chocolate tasting.
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An absolute must, me and my son had...
Abeer E, Jan 2018
Brussels, the most comprehensive city tour
If you don't have time to visit everything on your own take this one really worth it!
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A great way to see Brussels...
Kieren S, Sep 2017
Small-Group Highlights of Brussels Bike Tour
A great way to see Brussels, although be warned that it is not at a leisurely pace!
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