These are the Top Things to Do in Brussels

Posted by Live The World on July 22nd, 2022

You are now in the capital of Belgium and the European Union. It can sometimes feel stuffy but it is a beautiful and historic city that offers plenty to the curious traveler. There is plenty to do in the city, especially if you love beer! It’s a great place to stop over on the way to Paris or Amsterdam.

Since the Stone Age, there have been people living in the Brussels region. Because of its location, it was able to profit from the trade and grows rapidly under Roman and Frankish rule. The French nearly destroyed the city during the Nine Years Wat (1695), when more than 4,000 buildings were damaged. The Netherlands ruled the region until 1830 when the Belgians declared their independence.

There are many things to do and see in Brussels. It is worth spending two to three days in Brussels to take in the history, food, and beer.

Things to do and see in Brussels

Here is a list of all the things you need to see:

The Royal Palace – This palace was built in the 18th century. Although the Queen and King host receptions there, they do not actually live there. The facade of Buckingham Palace is half the length of the building’s façade, which gives you an idea of its size.

Notre Dame – This Gothic Catholic Church dating back to the 15th century, also known as The Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon was the place where the city’s wealthy and famous went to worship. Two incredible Baroque chapels were also added to the church in the 17 century.

The Palace of Justice – This was the most important court in Belgium and it was the largest structure constructed in the 20th century. This enormous building, which is larger than St. Peter’s Basilica of Rome, cost approximately 45 million Belgian Francs for construction and furnishing.

Manneken Pis and Jeanneke Pis are two of the most famous statues in the area. One of the replicas dates back to the 17th century, while the other is more recent. They are both children peeing. This is what makes them fascinating (and a bit strange). They reflect the Belgian sense of humor and are very popular in the city.

Petit Sablon – This Park contains 48 statues that represent a historic profession that was prevalent in the area. Each section of the wrought iron fence has its own unique design as each pillar and statuary is different. A semicircle of 10 well-known individuals, all from the 16th century, surrounds the central fountain.

European Parliament – Book your tour to see the inside of Europe’s unofficial capital. These tours will provide a deeper understanding of the EU’s workings and how it makes changes that impact all its member countries.

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is Europe’s oldest shopping arcade. It houses cafes, restaurants, and chocolate shops. It was created to provide a safe shopping environment so that there would be no illicit or nefarious happenings.

Cantillion Brewery: This brewery was established in 1900. They offer tours to the public. You’ll see the beer being made, learn about the 20th-century brewing methods, and taste some beer.

Delirium is the place to go if you want the longest beer menu. They have over 2000 beers and won the Guinness Record. You can find beers from more than 60 countries, as well as a large selection of Belgian beers. It’s touristy and crowded, but it’s great fun to sample local beers.

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