These are the essential places of Brussels, ranked according to our tastes and criteria. This is the most comprehensive guide to Brussels, so that you do not miss anything.
ESSENTIAL POINTS OF BRUSSELS
The Grand Place of Brussels is the most emblematic place of the city. It’s considered to be the most beautiful square in the world. You can get to know its history and its buildings with our guide.
The Manneken Pis (Little Man Pee) is the symbol of Brussels for many of its inhabitants. A little child very much linked to the history of the Belgian capital.
It represents, since 1958, the symbol of the avant-garde in Brussels. It is 100 metres high. A must-seeplace for your trip to Brussels.
A colossal work for the year of its construction, it was the world's largest building at that time. It is one of the most famous works of Leopold II.
The best well-known palace in Brussels is located in the centre of the capital. It is currently the seat of the Belgian monarchy. Since 1831 this palace is not the royal residence: the monarchs live in the Palace of Laeken, on the outskirts of Brussels.
There are only some ruins left from the Palace of Coudenberg, which was the main Palace of Brussels at that time. This is the place where King Philip II of Spain was crowned.
It is a large palace, the official residence of the Belgian Sovereigns, located near the Atomium.
It is the most important religious monument in Brussels. The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is an example of Brabantine Gothic. A must-seein the capital of Belgium.
It is the world's fifth largest church and the biggest Art Deco construction ever built. The dome is 90 metres high and 167 metres long.
The archers of Brussels built the first chapel in 1304. It is one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in Brussels.
The trendy neighbourhood of Sainte-Catherine in Brussels has an impressive church that mixes Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles. It is a central, non-touristicneighbourhood. Here you will find the most attractive bars and restaurants in Brussels.
Located in the European Quarter it is one of the most famous parks in Brussels.It wasbuilt to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the independence of Belgium. There are three musuemums in this park: the Army Museum, the Cinquantenarie Museum and the Autoworld.
This park is located in the centre of Brussels, next to the Royal Palace, within a few-minute walk from the Grand Place.
BRUSSELS EUROPEAN AREA
Multiculturalism is the definition of the European district. Brussels is the capital of Europe and this district represents its heart.
The Berlaymont building is the seat of the European Commission. It has a surface area of 240,000 square metres. 3,000 civil servants work in it.
The European Parliament is a symbol of Europe and its capital. A throng of business people at the heart of the European District of Brussels.
OTHER PLACES IN BRUSSELS
They are a symbol of Brussels. They were the first shopping galleries in Europe at that time. These galleries are full of luxury and elegance..
Park Mini Europe is since 1989 a very popular place. It is located near the Atomium. There are more than 350high quality miniatures.
This is the female copy of the the Manneken Pis. It has less history and more commercial purposes than the original statue. It’s located in a much visited place of Brussels.
Place Saint Gery has a unique atmosphere in Brussels. It was the very beginning of the city.
MUSEUMS OF BRUSSELS
A unique place to enjoy the two best known schools of Belgium:the Flemish Primitivesand their Renaissance together with Rubens and Van Dyck's Baroque.
Considered to be the best music museum in the world, it is a must for lovers of this art. It has over 7,000 musical instruments..
One of the most representative museums in Brussels. Its rooms offer visitors more than 200 works dedicated to René Magritte, the best known Surrealist painter from Belgium.
It is one of the key works of Art Nouveau, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. In the article we take a tour around the most important houses and restaurants in the Art Nouveau style in Brussels.
It is a museum dedicated to lovers of culture and art, an enclave that will take visitors througha different Brussels: a meeting place for various creative trends from the late 19th century and early 20th century.
It is a recommended museum for those interested in knowing more about Belgian history. A country with less than two hundred years of history but with lots of things to tell.
It is the largest chocolate museum in Belgium, ideal for lovers of this succulent delicatessen.