Located in western Europe, Belgium is a popular destination with tourists who have gotten to know it though it can get overshadowed. While other countries and cities tend to steal focus, Brussels certainly offers visitors a lot to do, see, and eat when they’re around.
While it’s an old cliche, there’s something in Brussels for everyone. History buffs will be wildly entertained as will anyone who loves to experience the arts and culture scene. And that doesn’t even get into the cuisine to be found here.
Head for the Grand-Place
This is not a bold suggestion by any estimation but it is a key one. Any trip to Brussels has to include a stop by the Grand-Place. This is the city’s central square which offers an impressive array of opportunities to visitors.
The architecture in the immediate area is absolutely sublime. Both City Hall and the Maison du Roi are stunning. Plus, it’s home to numerous major events throughout the year, including the lighting of the city’s Christmas Tree and a variety of concerts.
Check out the Comics Art Museum
Comic strips are important to the cultural identity of Belgium. They are an expression of their humor, their wit, and their wisdom. And frankly, Belgian comic strips are just a lot of fun. That can all be observed at the Comics Art Museum in Brussels.
This is a complete tour through the history of the art form, not just from Brussels but the entire world. There are various permanent exhibits, touring shows, and an impressive comic strip library. Even if you’re not a fan of comic strips, this is still a worthy destination.
Go on a Brussels beer and/or chocolate tour
If there’s one thing that’s a big deal in Brussels, it’s beer. And if there’s a second thing, it’s chocolate. As such, getting to know both beer and chocolate better while in town is a great way to understand it on a deeper level.
There are multiple ways to do this via beer tours around the city as well as through tours of specific breweries. The same is true of chocolate. On top of that, there are also combination tours that let you enjoy both beer and chocolate. Sounds like a rough day.
Swing by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Art in Belgium is a cyclical experience. It is simultaneously an expression of life and culture in the country as well as influencing life and culture. The best way to enjoy all of that as a visitor is through the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1801, it’s made up of six museums in the downtown Royal District of Brussels. Each one has its own focus and collection. As an example, the Magritte Museum reputedly has a brilliant collection of paintings by Belgian surrealist René Magritte.
Experience the exquisite Cinquantenaire Park
Originally commissioned for the 1880 National Exhibition, Cinquantenaire Park has become one of the most visited spots in the city on an annual basis. That’s no surprise considering how much there is to do there, for locals and tourists alike.
The landscaping is incredible as is the Cinquantenaire Arch, the centerpiece of the park. There are also three museums and the Great Mosque of Brussels to check out. It is a place unlike any other in all of Brussels.