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Things to do and See in Belgium


Bruxelles in French, Brussel in Flemish is home to the European Union and NATO, amongst many other institutions. Language is a complex and serious issue in bilingual (French and Flemish) Brussels, as well as being a focus of communal tensions. Some 85% of native Bruxellois speak French as their first language. Ironically, Brussels is also capital of Flemish-speaking Flanders.

Brussels, which is the capital of country and Europe has been overshadowed by its more famous neighbors (Holland, France) and visited only as a quick stop between Paris and Amsterdam. There are plenty of things to do in Brussels and we recommend getting the "Brussels Card" which costs about £30 and gives access to over 30 museums and access to public transport for 72 hours. This should give you enough time to cover most of what the city has to offer. If you have time don't miss the national delicacies the capital has to offer. Among the favorites are waffles, chocolate and beer. This city has numerous bars and pubs which, along with the 1000 types of Belgian beer should not be missed. For more information on the city go to
Royal Palace

Some of Brussels’ most opulent buildings and key attractions are clustered around the centrally located Parc de Bruxelles, a formal 1870s park with poker-straight tree-lined avenues and a central fountain. This has been the former residence of many of Belgium’s Royal Family and past leaders of the country. The royal family now resides in Laeken, in northern Brussels. However, the palace is still used as royal office and for state functions. Admission is free to get into the Royal Place and if you require more information go to
EU and NATO Headquarters

Brussels is home to the EU, NATO and many other international institutions and many toursits like to take a peek at the EU’s headquarters even though it looks like a very expensively decorated office building.

The Grand Palace

The Grand-Place is in Brussels historic square is considered one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe. The ornate Grand Place is the center of Brussels, where many historic buildings dating from the 17th century are located. One in particularly is the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), a Gothic masterpiece which the French tried to destroy in the bombardment of 1695. Although the area was devastated and many houses and churches were razed, this government building was left almost untouched. Today, it's surrounded by ornate, 17th-century guild houses. This is a must see attraction if you go to Brussels. The admission price is €2.48, but that can always change.

Statue of the Mannekin Pis

Nicknamed "Brussels’s Oldest Citizen," This famous fountain is of a boy peeing, is a huge tourist attraction and has become a symbol of the city. This famous fountain is of a boy peeing, is a huge tourist attraction in the city. Sometimes known as ‘Little Julian’, the statue is, in its own way, a typically Belgian symbol of cultural self-mockery. Since its creation by J Duquesnoy in the 17th century, the Manneken-Pis have attracted a great deal of attention, having been stolen (by the English in 1745 and the French in 1747). For more information go to

Visitors can see Big Ben, the fall of the Berlin Wall, a Spanish bull fight and more, at Mini Europe, a unique amusement park filled with models of famous EU landmarks.

Central Square

This has been the heart of Brussels’ life since the 11th century and it was almost totally destroyed by the French bombardment ordered by Louis XIV in 1695, it was later rebuilt in its original architectural style. The main attractions are the Brussels Town Hall, City of Brussels Museum, Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, and the Museum of Brewing. All these places cost about EUR3 each to get into, but they are very interesting. For more information go to
The Atomium

This is one of Brussels' most well-known landmarks and it stands at 103m high. The Atomium was designed by engineer André Waterkeyn as a celebration of scientific progress for the 1958 World Fair. It’s located in Heysel Park and it’s modeled after a crystal molecule. The structure consists of eight steel spheres surrounding a center sphere, connected by twelve escalator tubes. Admission is EUR6, but these prices can change. For more information go to

Chocolate Tours

Belgian chocolate has an excellent reputation. Some chocolate factories are open to the public, though it is often necessary to book in advance. The Chocolate and Cocoa Museum on the Grand-Place in Brussels is open from Tuesday to Sunday. The Chocolaterie Jacques in Eupen near Liège is open to the public from Monday to Saturday.


This city was a powerful trading city for over 500 years and is one of Europe’s most impressive medieval cities. The city has often been referred to as  the ‘Venice of the North’.


This is Bruges large and lively Main Square is an excellent place with many pubs and restaurants. Many shops around this area sell those world-famous Belgium chocolates and truffles.


An octagonal 88m belfry and a useful landmark and from the 13th century, but the top storey was added in the 15th century.  If you are feeling ambitious there are 366 steps to the top.

Church of Our Lady

This church features a 122m spire and what is claimed to be the only Michelangelo statue that left Italy when he was alive

Basilica of the Holy Blood

This 12th century stone chapel contains a phial that reputedly contains Christ's blood brought back from the Crusades.

Gruuthuse Museum

This restored 15th-century palace contains a large collection of Bruges tapestries and furnishings from the 13th-19th centuries.

The Rest of the Country



Europe’s second largest port Antwerp is a city of high fashion with hundreds of exclusive boutiques and outlets spread throughout the city. This city is also known for its nightlife and boasts an array of trendy bars and night clubs. Such historic landmarks include the Royal Museum of fine arts, the National Maritime Museum and the 17th century house which was home to famous Belgian painter Ruben. If you are into fashion and love to shop you should definatley go to Antwerp.

Cathedral of Our Lady

Onze Lieve Vrouwe-Kathedraal is the largest Gothic church in the Low Countries and rises to a height of 123m (404ft), piercing the skyline of Antwerp. Although construction began on the cathedral in 1352, it was not completed until 1521; the roof and Gothic furniture were then destroyed by fire in 1533. The interior of the cathedral is Baroque in style, the original Gothic features having been destroyed by religious idealists in the late 16th century. The admission to get in is EUR3, but this price can change. For more information go to


This city is a lively city when university and it has strong Flemish roots.Ghent was formerly a centre for the cloth trade and at one point was the second largest medieval city in Europe after Paris. Key attractions include the foreboding Castle of the Counts surrounded by the Lieve canal and St Bavo’s Cathedral where Charles V was baptised.

Flanders Fields

For anyone who is onto history and wants to see the site of around half a million people in the trenches of World War I. There are numerous military cemeteries and ‘Missing Memorials’ in the region commemorating those of all nationalities who fell in battle, as well as the playing of the ‘Last Post’ every evening at 2000, under the arch of the Menin Gate. At the “In Flanders Fields” museum at nearby Ypres, visitors can discover what it was like to be a soldier in the trenches and learn about major events and aspects of the war such as the first gas attack, the Christmas Truces of 1914, and No Man’s Land. Admission is EUR10 to get into the museum, but that can always change. For more information go to

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