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  • Maison Cauchie

    Maison Cauchie

    The Maison Cauchie, also known as the Cauchie House was built in 1950 by architect, painter and designer Paul Cauchier. One of the most beautiful buildings in Brussles, the Maison Cauchie is beautifully adorned with female figures. The exterior of the building is famous for its allegorical graffito.
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    Monuments
  • Stoclet House

    Stoclet House

    One of the most luxurious and beautiful buildings in Brussels remains the Stoclet House, which is essentially a luxury manor built by architect Josef Hoffmann for art enthusiast and banker Adolphe Stoclet. Built between 1905 and 1911, Stoclet gave Hoffman complete freedom in terms of budget and architecture, which resulted ...

    Monuments
  • Notre Dame Chapelle

    Notre Dame Chapelle

    One of the oldest churches in Brussles, the Notre Dame Chapelle is also regarded as one of the most interesting churches in Belgium. The chapel is dedicated to Pieter Bruegel, the Elder who lived nearby. The Notre Dame Chapelle displays many different architectural styles and is primarily famed for its ...

    Religious
  • Wiels Contemporary Art Centre

    Wiels Contemporary Art Centre

    Wiels Contemporary Art Centre is home to several international art exhibitions year after year. Apart from exhibitions, the art centre also hosts many other cultural events such as book launches, book readings, film screenings, summer workshops for children and other presentations. There is also a bookstore on the premises from ...

    Cultural
  • La Monnaie

    La Monnaie

    The La Monnaie, also known as the Royal Theatre is essentially an opera house and remains a popular tourist attraction in Brussels. The theatre is home to a multi-storey balcony and a traditional curtained theatre.

    The La Monnaie hosts around two operas every month. Apart from operas, ...

    Cultural
  • Villa Empain

    Villa Empain

    The Villa Empain is a private house constructed by Swiss architect Michel Polak for Baron Louis Empain, the son of a well-known Belgian industrialist Baron Edouard Empain.

    Constructed between 1930 and 1934 this luxury villa is constructed in the Art Deco style. Baron Louis Empain did not ...

    Cultural
  • Scientastic Museum

    Scientastic Museum

    This is great place to head if youメre travelling with kids. Scientastic Museum helps children explore abilities they never knew they had, such as doing magic, flying using mirrors and speaking like a duck. The museum is also a great place for children to educate themselves about science in a ...

    Museums|For kids
  • The BELvue Museum

    The BELvue Museum

    The BELvue Museum is a museum which gives visitors a better understanding into the national history of Belgium. The museum is a great place for history enthusiasts and hosts many permanent and temporary exhibitions and many interesting cultural and educational activities all through the year.

    The museum ...

    Museums
  • Laeken Palace

    Laeken Palace

    The Laeken Palace also known as the Royal Palace of Laeken is the official residence of the King and Queen of Belgium. The palace is constructed in the Louis XVI castle style and is built on the site of what was once an old manor house.

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    Landmarks|Parks and Gardens
  • Porte de Hal

    Porte de Hal

    The Porte de Hal, also known as the Halle Gate is essentially the remnants of the second protected city wall of Brussels. The Porte de Hal was built in 1381 and has been named after the city of Halle which it faces. The Halle Gate is the only gate out ...

    Monuments|Museums
  • Place Royale

    Place Royale

    In the heart of Brussels lies the Place Royale, a square of historic importance. Emblematic of Louis XVI style of architecture, the square is famed for the uniformity of its architecture. Constructed on the site of the previous Palace of Coudenberg, the Place Royale is perched on a hill which ...

    Landmarks
  • Mont de Arts

    Mont de Arts

    The Mont de Arts is an area of great historic significance in Brussels. Arts and culture lovers will enjoy the Mont de Arts as it offers a wide and rich local cultural experience. Today the Mont de Arts is spread over three hectares and is home to some of Belgiumメs ...

    Cultural Museums
  • Place Ste Catherine

    Place Ste Catherine

    Place Ste Catherine is a popular tourist attraction in Brussels as the place offers visitors many different experiences. Right from an open air skating ring, to vibrant markets (look out for the Christmas market during Christmas time) and temporary exhibitions.

    Other than the Place Ste Catherine ...

    Cultural
  • The Museum of the City of Brussels

    The Museum of the City of Brussels

    Located in the Grand Palace Square of Brussles, the Museum of the City of Brussels is a museum in honour of the city of Brussel; its history, development over the years and early inhabitants. The museum is home to illustrations, tapestry, engravings, altarpieces, artwork and ancient models of the city. ...

    Museums
  • Royal Museum for Central Africa

    Royal Museum for Central Africa

    The Royal Museum for Central Africa also known as the Africa Museum is a natural history museum situated a little outside of the city of Belgium. The focus of the museum is Congo, a country in Central Africa which was once colonized by Belgium.

    The museum is ...

    Museums
  • Parc de Bruxelles

    Parc de Bruxelles

    The Parc de Bruxelles, also known as the Brussels Park is a public park in the heart of Brussels. The park is spread over an area of 32 acres and is flanked by the Royal Palace of Brussels, the Belgian Parliament and the Embassy of the United States of America. ...

    Parks and Gardens
  • Cinquantenaire Park

    Cinquantenaire Park

    The Cinquantenaire Park, or Jubelpark is a park and national landmark in Brussels. Literally translated as the Park of the fiftieth anniversary, the Cinquantenaire Park was constructed when Leopold was king to celebrate fifty years of Belgian independence.

    The park is built in the shape of a ...

    Landmarks
  • AutoWorld

    AutoWorld

    Located in the southern hall of Cinquantenaire Park, the AutoWorld is essentially a museum dedicated to cars. The museum houses a varied collection of over four hundred cars, including American and European automobiles right from the 19th century to the 1970's. The AutoWorld is home to cars such as the ...

    Museums
  • Magritte Museum

    Magritte Museum

    The Magritte Museum is dedicated to Belgian artist Rene Magritte. The museum is located in a five storey neo-classical Hotel Altenloh near the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and is home to over two hundred paintings, drawings and sculptures of Magritte. Some of Magritte's most celebrated work's including The Return, ...

    Museums
  • Royal Museum of Fine Arts

    Royal Museum of Fine Arts

    One of the most popular museums in Brussels, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts comprises of four museums in all, including the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art. The other two museums are the Constantin Meunier Museum and the Antoine Wiertz Museum, which are dedicated to ...

    Museums
  • Place du Grand Sablon

    Place du Grand Sablon

    The Place du Grand Sablon is an ancient square which has ancient houses from the 16th and 18th century. In the square one can also find little shops selling antiques, restaurants serving local cuisine and chocolatiers.

    The local church sets up a market every weekend, which adds ...

    Landmarks
  • Mini Europe

    Mini Europe

    Want to visit all the famous monuments of Europe, but don't want to get on a flight for that? In that case head to Mini Europe, a miniature park located within an entertainment park named Bruparck in Brussels. Mini Europe is home to around 350 iconic monuments from around Europe ...

    Theme Park For Kids
  • Cinematek (Musee de Cinema )

    Cinematek (Musee de Cinema )

    Cinematek, also known as Musee de Cinema is essentially a permanent exhibition of ancient objects which existed before the coming of cinema as we know it today. Visitors can view projections from original footage which has been rarely viewed from the royal cinema archives and also go through documents which ...

    Museums
  • La Cambre Abbey

    La Cambre Abbey

    The La Cambre Abbey, also known as the Ter Kameren Abbey was founded in 1201 by a Belgian noble woman named Gisele who handed over the abbey to nuns of the Cistercian order. The building of the Abbey was damaged after the French Revolution and was rebuilt after that in ...

    Religious
  • The Forest of Sonian

    The Forest of Sonian

    The Forest of Sonian is a forest which is spread over 4,421 hectares and is located on the outskirts of Brussels. In the early days the forest was used as a hunting ground by the nobility, but today it is open to the general public.

    Presently the ...

    Nature
  • Cinquanteraire Museum

    Cinquanteraire Museum

    The Cinquanteraire Museum is a part of the Royal Museum for Art and History. The museum is divided into four parts, including the collection of national archaeology (which is the period between the prehistory and Merovingian period) , the collection of antiquity, the collection of Non-European civilizations and the ...

    Museums
  • Museum of Original Figurines

    Museum of Original Figurines

    Also known as the MOOF Museum, the Museum of Original Figurines is home to comic figurines, comic strips as well as original drawings. The MOOF Museum has something for everyone and attracts children, adults and even the elderly. The museum is a haven for comic collectors and is a great ...

    Museums
  • The Notre Dame du Sablon Church

    The Notre Dame du Sablon Church

    The Notre Dame du Sablon Church is a beautiful church dating back to the 15th and the 16th centuries. The church was funded by the city’s guild of crossbowmen who named the church the Notre-Dame des Victoires, which meant Our Lady of Victories.

    Built in the iconic ...

    Religious
  • Bois de la Cambre

    Bois de la Cambre

    The Bois de la Cambre is a public park near the Sonian Forest in Brussels. The park is home to a small lake which has an island in the centre called Robinson’s Island.

    The foundation of the Bois de la Cambre Park was laid by German architect ...

    Parks and Gardens
  • Jardin du Petit Sablon

    Jardin du Petit Sablon

    This neo-Renaissance garden in Brussles is a must visit when in the city. The garden has been designed in such a manner to represent the nine provinces of Belgium at the time of Independence.

    The Jardin du Petit Sablon comes to life in spring and is home ...

    Parks and Gardens
  • The Adventures of Tintin Mural

    The Adventures of Tintin Mural

    The Adventures of Tintin Mural is a large series of sketches and paintings which are located inside the Stocket Metro Station in Brussels. The colourful paintings are spread across both sides of the 135 metre station walls and depict all 140 characters of the Tintin series.

    The ...

    For kids
  • Brussels Town Hall

    Brussels Town Hall

    The Brussels Town Hall is located on the famous Grand Place in the city and is housed in an impressive Gothic building dating back to the middle ages. Overlooked by tourists this beautiful Napolean III style palace is definitely a must visit when in Brussels.

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    Landmarks Monuments
  • Cantillon Brewery

    Cantillon Brewery

    Founded in 1900 the Cantillon Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in Brussels and is a small family owned business. Famous for its lambic beers, the Cantillon Brewery was founded by Paul Cantillon who belonged to a family of brewers.

    The brewery churns out many different ...

    Cultural
  • Museum of Natural Science

    Museum of Natural Science

    As soon as you enter the Museum of Natural Science allow yourself to be transported to a time when dinosaur’s roamed the earth. This museum housed in an enormous building has five different exhibitions which can keep you occupied throughout day. The museum is also a research centre and carries ...

    Museums For Kids
  • Royal Museum of Army and Military History

    Royal Museum of Army and Military History

    The Royal Museum of Army and Military History is home to around a lakh of military related items such as army uniforms, documents and weapons. One of the world’s largest army museums, this museum is home to ancient weapons and armour from the Middle Ages. There is also a collection ...

    Museums|For Kids
  • Horta Museum

    Horta Museum

    The Horta Museum is a museum dedicated to celebrate Belgian architect Victor Horta, who is regarded as the founding father of the art nouveau style of architecture. The museum is situated in the house of Horta and was purchased by the District of St.Giles in 1963 who turned it into ...

    Museums
  • the Parlamentarium

    the Parlamentarium

    Want to get a closer look at the European Parliament? In that case look no further than the Parlamentarium. The visitor’s centre of the European Parliament is a great place for adults and children alike to educate themselves about the parliament and how it functions. The museum holds exhibitions which ...

    Museums|For Kids
  • Musical Instrument Museum

    Musical Instrument Museum

    One of the most popular museums in Brussels, the Musical Instrument Museum (shortened to MIM) is situated in a beautiful Art Nouveau style building called Old England.

    Visitors can enjoy a beautiful audio experience on their visit to the museum. Instead of just reading about the ...

    Museums
  • Grand Place

    Grand Place

    The Grand Place or the Grote Markt is one of the most beautiful squares, not only in Brussels, but also in Europe. Displaying architecture from three different eras’; Baroque, Gothic and Louis XIV, the square is truly an aesthetic delight and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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    Cultural
  • Mannekin Pis

    Mannekin Pis

    The Mannekin Pis is a landmark of sorts in Brussels and is a fountain depicting a little boy urinating into the base of the fountain. There are many legends behind this fountain and one of them is that a man visiting Brussles lost his son in the city and upon ...

    Landmarks
  • Brussels Centre of Comic Strip Art

    Brussels Centre of Comic Strip Art

    The Brussels Centre of Comic Strip Art aims at delving into a growing form of art-the comic strip. One floor of the museum is dedicated to the art of comic creation, the genesis of a comic strip. The floor after called the “Museum of the Imaginary” analyzes the comic art ...

    Museums For Kids
  • Atomium

    Atomium

    Constructed for the Expo in 1958, the Atomium is a building which was constructed exclusively for the Brussels World Fair. Designed by Andre Waterkeyn, an engineer and architects Andre and Jean Polak this structure is 102 metres tall. The structure I made out of stainless steel has nine, 18 meter ...

    Landmarks
  • St. Michael and St.Gudula Cathedral

    St. Michael and St.Gudula Cathedral

    The St. Michael and St.Gudula Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church and is named after the patron saint of Brussels. This massive Gothic style cathedral is the national church of Belgium and all royal weddings and funerals take place here. The cathedral dates back to the 11th century and was ...

    Religious
  • Museum David and Alice Buuren

    Museum David and Alice Buuren

    The Museum David and Alice Buuren is a essentially a private house built for art lover and banker David Buuren and his wife Alice. The house was built between 1924 and 1928 by the Buuren’s as a work of art to display their art collections surrounded by Art Deco interiors.

    Museums Parks and Gardens
  • Coudenberg

    Coudenberg

    Coudenberg is a hill in Brussels where the Palace of Coudenberg was initially built. For almost seven centuries the castle and the palace were the centre of government in Brussels and all the counts, dukes, kings, emperors and governors would sit and govern from here.

    The building was ...

    Monuments
  • Royal Greenhouse of Laeken

    Royal Greenhouse of Laeken

    One of the major tourist attractions in Brussels, the Royal Greenhouse of Laeken is the Royal Greenhouse of Laeken which is an enormous greenhouse on the grounds of the Royal Palace of Laeken. Spread over a rambling 2.5 hectares the greenhouse was commissioned by King Leopold II and was designed ...

    Parks and Gardens
  • Royal Toone Theatre

    Royal Toone Theatre

    The Royal Toone Theatre began way back in the 1830 with Antoine Genty Toone. By 1996 the theatre had gained a new identity for itself when the City of Brussels saved the theater from closing down. The theater hosts traditional puppet shows and also has performances in Dutch, Spanish, English, ...

    Cultural
  • Ommegang Festival

    Ommegang Festival

    The Ommegang Festival takes place in July every year and is a colourful and exciting festival which will take you back to the medieval age. The festival takes place on the grounds of the Grand Place in Brussels and pays homage to Emperor Charles V and his royal guests. This ...

    Attractions
  • Binche Carnival

    Binche Carnival

    The Binche Carnival is one of the most popular festivals in Belgium and takes place in the town of Binche which is an hour away from Brussels. The festival starts seven weeks before Lent and lasts for 49 days. The festival comprises of dances and parties. Men dress up in ...

    Attractions
  • Stavelot Carnival

    Stavelot Carnival

    The Stavelot Carnival is held annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The celebrations include local men dressed in white, with masks and red noses, known as the Blancs-Moussis, who walk the streets of the city, showering confetti on people and hitting bystanders with dried pig bladders.

    Attractions
  • Zinneke Parade

    Zinneke Parade

    The Zinneke Parade is a parade which is held once in two years in Belgium aimed at helping the different cultures and communities within the city to connect with each other. This vibrant carnival comprises of live music, dance and colourful costumes. The parade has been taking place since the ...

    Attractions