Région de Bruxelles-Capitale Things to Do

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Région de Bruxelles-Capitale Things to Do

  • Manneken Pis

    3 out of 5 stars

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    I still wonder from were came the idea of building a fountain with the water streaming out a pipi, zizi or as used in Brussels and Brabant dialect a "pisellewiet" or "tichke". What we know is that according to documents from 15th c. there was at the same place already a stone statue called " Juliaenekensborre " or " ‘t Menneken Pist " supplying...

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  • Atomium

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    If there's one symbol that stands for Brussels, a structure that can be recognised the world over, it's the Atomium. This is quite an achievement for something that was never built to last. Without the three support columns under the spheres, it would simply blow over in the first storm to pass over Belgium. It's crazy design was the brainchild of...

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  • Grand Place - Grote Markt

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    I would like to talk to you about Brussels city. You have to go there at least once in your life. I will explain to you why. Firstly, it's the capital of Belgium. And you should see the reason why Walloons and Flemish fight. Secondly, it's the capital of Europe. You should see the heart of Europe. Thirdly, we have such beautiful songs about our...

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  • Cathédrale St Michel & Gudule

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    In Brussels we use to call the Cathédrale St-Michel by the name of Sainte Gudule whose statue stands above an entry. During the 50 years I lived in Brussel, I always saw the cathedral with dirty dark grey stones, it's only when I left that they started cleaning and restoring the church outside and inside to make appear the colors of the Gobertange...

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  • Mini Europe

    4 out of 5 stars

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    The Mini-Europe exhibition attempts to boil down the essence of Europe into a 24,000 meter square park filled with 350 scaled down buildings. It's detailed, accurate and big: with a 25:1 scale Big Ben is four meters tall, and the Eiffel tower as high as a three story building. There's a lot of little details, quite a bit of dynamic scenery,...

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  • Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

    4 out of 5 stars

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    It's a great honor and pleasure for a Brusseleir like me to read on VT that our Galeries Royales St Hubert are much appreciated (4 stars and 50 tips) by tourists. Personally I appreciated them because it is not raining inside but I fancied for the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan when I discovered the central octagonal space topped with a...

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  • Palais Royal

    4 out of 5 stars

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    The first King of the Belgians was actually a German, at least he was born in Coburg in what is now Germany. Back then it was a little king factory, a duchy that sent family members to be married into the royal houses all over Europe - including England. Prince Albert, the grandfather of the current Queen of England, is also from Coburg. The...

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  • Chinese & Japanese Towers

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    Facing the Chinese pavilion, this Japanese complex, was built to show two different structures - a high red tower and an adjacent wooden pavilion. Housing temporary collections of Japan, it is surrounded by a garden with many Japanese plants. The Chinese and Japanese pavilions were built in the beginning of the 20Th century, as a result of the...

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  • Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon

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    Notre-Dame du Sablon is a real gem, probably the lovliest Gothic church in Brussels. It was built in the 14 and 15th centuries. Inside you can see 14 metres high stained-glass windows. Open M-F 9-18, Sa-Su 10-18. The admission is

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  • Musical Instrument Museum - Musée des...

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    As I walked up the Mont des Arts near the top on the left was an attractive building, adorned with music notes and a MIM. I wasn't too sure about wanting to spend a short time looking at musical instruments, but since I love music of all kinds I purchased a ticket and went in. Three floors and several hours later I left. It was awesome. Not only is...

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  • Hotel de Ville - Town Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The iconic Town Hall, presiding over the main square in Brussels, is probably the city's most recognisable building. Its most striking feature is the soaring near hundred metre Gothic tower, capped with an ornate pinnacle and a golden St Michael, the patron saint of Brussels. A less obvious feature is that this tower is offset from the centre of...

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  • Parc du Cinquantenaire

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Around 1850 the area of the Jubilee Park was a training ground for the Civil Guard. In 1875, architect Gédéon Bordiau drew the first plans of exhibition halls to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Belgian Kingdom (1830 -1880). The project was completed in 1910 and the Jubilee site received its present form: two wings, consisting of large...

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  • Palais de Justice

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    The Palace of Justice or Supreme Court of Belgium is located in the upper area of ​​the city, Saint Gilles, on the way to the Avenue Louise, in an area formerly known as Gallows Hill. This location gives a panoramic view of the city. The building was designed by architect Joseph Poelaert, who died 4 years before its completion in 1883....

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  • Jeanneken Pis

    3 out of 5 stars

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    I was born in Brussels from parents born in Brussels, lived 50 years in Brussels, speak the Brussels dialect and discovered Jeanneke Pis (not Jeanneken; she is a girl) here on this tourist website. Jeanneke Pis is a touristic production with no historical-folkloric background like our Manneken Pis. Please note that I have nothing against...

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  • Belgian Chocolate

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    IT IS NOW 100 YEARS AGO THAT JEAN (II) NEUHAUS INVENTED THE PRALINE IN BRUSSELS. The major production units of chocolates-pralines happen to be in or near Brussels. I was told that people who work there are allowed to eat as many pralines as they want on the workplace but are not allowed to take them out. It seems that new workers stop eating...

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  • Place du Petit Sablon

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    The little park Place du Petit Sablon was opened in 1890. It is situated opposite the road from church Notre Dame du Sablon. In the middle of the park is a statue showing t

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  • Maison Horta & Art Nouveau

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    Built for the chemistry magnate Armand Solvay (1865-1930), this large townhouse is considered Victor Horta’s masterpiece. Solvay granted Horta unlimited creative freedom and an unrestricted budget to complete the project as a home for his new bride. It has been perfectly maintained since it was built between 1894 and 1898. Located on fashionable...

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  • The King's House - La Maison du Roi -...

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    The Maison du Roi was the original Maison du Duc de Brabant - actually, when the first building was erected here in the 12th century, it was a bakery (hence its Dutch name, broodhuis). This was a wooden structure that was replaced by a stone one for the Duke in the 1400s. When the Duke of Brabant's role was replaced by Charles V of Spain, it become...

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  • Eglise de Saint Catherine

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    In the 19Th century the old church from the 14Th century was replaced by this one, only leaving from the original the Baroque bell tower that standing apart from the church, confused me with the black tower. The church, inspired by the parisian St. Eustache, is being cleaned and we didn't enter. In front of the church, the old docks filled by...

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  • Botanical Garden - Jardin Botanique

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    It was rather strange but very comforting to find such a beautiful and calming place within the giant skyscrapers of the financial part of the city. The entrance is free and there are plenty of benches to sit on.

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  • Basilique de Koekelberg

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    The National Basilica of the Sacred Heart is rather new Roman Catholic church in Brussels. The first stone was laid by King Leopold II in 1905, but construction was delayed by World Wars and wasn't finished before 1969. It is inspired by the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Paris, and is a huge Art Deco style church; accommodates 3,500 people, 165...

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  • Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

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    The MUSEUM of ANCIENT ART - OLD MASTERS MUSEUM (part of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts) is one of the finest European paint museums. Concerning this Ancient Art department - 15th century, there is sometimes confusion between Flemish and Dutch painters which I would like to clarify. There are indeed museums who mention "Early Netherlandish",...

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  • Everard 't Serclaes Monument

    3 out of 5 stars

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    From my souvenirs the monument to Everard 't Serclaes was more appreciated from the "Brusseleirs" than the touristic Manneken Pis. Serclaes was considered not only as a Brussels' hero but as a martyr because he was assassinated by the lord of Gaasbeek (15 Km south-west of Brussels centre) and mutilated by cutting his tongue and a feet. This...

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  • Army Museum

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    Room 1914 - 18 is now open again 26/02/2014 for a special exhibition: EXPO 14 - 18 C'est Notre Histoire! 14 - 18 It's Our History! till 26/04/2015. The Royal Army Museum in Brussels is considered as the most important in the world regarding the number, originality and diversity of objects from WWI. Although the space is important a selection had...

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  • Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinee -...

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    The name of this museum is Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinèe. It is housed in a Art Nouveaux building designed by Victor Horta. This museum is dedicated to cartoons. Here you can learn about the process of creating a comic strip album. There are several three dimensional recreations of strip scenes and other things relevant to the strip art.

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  • Bourse - Stock Exchange

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    The building that houses the Brussels Stock Exchange was constructed as part of an immense construction scheme to cover the river Senne in the centre of the city. It was built to form the centre of a growing business community in Brussels, and is now part of the world's first global stock exchange.

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  • Guild Houses

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    The fame and beauty of the Market Place ( Grand Place) do not lie only in the Town Hall and the King's House, but perhaps first of all in the presence of a remarkably beautiful set of elaborately decorated guild houses. The name "guild houses" is most commonly used for the entire set of houses, although in reality they did not all belong to the...

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  • Museum of Ancient Art

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    The Museum Of Ancient Art (Old Masters Museum) is part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (MRBAB) and is one of the best European ancient paintings museums. The circuit starts with the precious panels of Primitive Flemish artists of the 15th century. I have often observed outside Belgium that there is confusion between Flemish and Dutch...

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  • Beer Festival

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    This is a smallist museum but very nice welcome and friendly chat with a glass of cold nice belgium beer blonde to boot for five euros. You see a movie on how the beers is made, the classification, the types, etc, and then you see some fermentation tank, tools of the trade, draft beer handlers etc all in a basement of the brewers guild...

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  • Arc de Triomphe

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    Designed by French architect Charles Girault in is a bronze sculpture by hoisting the flag of Belgium. On both sides of the arch are two large exhibition spaces, which are connected to the bow by a colonnade decorated with colorful mosaics. Diseñado por el arquitecto francés Charles Girault, en el se encuentra una escultura de bronce izando la...

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  • Rue des Bouchers

    2.5 out of 5 stars

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    The present Rue des Bouchers is called "Vicus Carificum" in a document from the archives of Saint-Gudule Cathedral, dating from 1294. In 1364, it is mentioned in Flemish as "Vleeshouwersstrate". In the Middle Ages it was inhabited by pork butchers, sausage merchants, tripe butchers and maybe a few authorised "bouchers" (originally, the "bouchers"...

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  • Mont des Arts

    4 out of 5 stars

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    As well as being responsible for the deaths of millions of Congolese, King Leopold II also the beautiful Mont des Arts, a stretch of landscaped hillside that offers some of the best views in the city. It used to be one of the most densely populated parts of the city, filled with poor Belgians crammed into crumbling old houses. King Leopold had it...

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  • EC area

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    One day, I wrote: Yes, I know that, as an European citizen, I'm ruled from Brussels. Yes, I know that it is important, but... I don't like it. I've been in Brussels twice, tried two different approaches, and... still don't like it. Maybe if I'd get one of those jobs paid by millions I would start to enjoy the city, but, meanwhile, I love my...

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  • Flea Market

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    Around the Gare du Midi every sunday stands the largest flea market in Brussels and one of the largest in Europe. It is ideal for the weekly shopping for fresh produce such as meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, clothing, leather products and leather and flowers. All of good quality at good prices. Alrededor de la Gare du Midi cada semana se levanta...

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  • Eglise Saint Nicolas

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    St. Nicholas Church is located just behind La Bourse, not far from where the old market used to take place – and the church is named after Saint Nicholas, who is the patron saint of the traders. The church is almost 1,000 years old, but not much remains of the original design. Heavily damaged during the French bombardment in 1695, but later rebuilt...

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  • Belgian Waffles

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    Ok, one of the few must try items while in Belgium are it's waffles and chocolates !!!! Well why not have them both !!!!! Shops are all over the place and they are a great treat .. prices run from about 3 euro's to 5 euro's it all depends what you get on them ... as for mine it was 3.75 euro's !!! Worth every bit of it !!!!! A must eat experience...

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  • Museum of cacao and chocolate

    3 out of 5 stars

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    It is a nice museum about the history and production process of chocolat. It is really obvious it is sponsored by some chocolat brands by the way. You get a presentation how chocolat is made in forms, and you can taste some chocolat. Admission is 5,-

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  • Walking

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    It is easy to imagine that the steep streets that lead from the cathedral to the Ville Haute (Upper Town) would now ooze with charm if the original medieval-looking buildings had been preserved. Nevertheless, this is not the case, as most of the ancient buildings were replaced at the turn of the century by imposing edificies built with the purpose...

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  • Grand Mosque

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    If you enter the Jubilee Park from the road coming from the Rond-point Schuman and turn to your left, you will go past the Pavillion of the Human Passions, one of the Victor Horta's early works. Next to it, you will see the Grand Mosque of Brussels, the largest in Belgium. There is a large islamic community in Brussels, but most of its members live...

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  • Autoworld

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    well this is my area of love, the road warrior found himself surrounded by one of the most legendary and beautiful automobiles in the world. Did I already told you must be here, YES! I have been to auto museums but this one is the best for sure. You have more than 250 cars, that includes motocycles, jeeps, fire truck, etc, you have a nice...

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  • Floralia Brussels

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    (Part 3 ) Here are some information about the castle...Tourists have long marvelled at the beauty of Belgium's ancient monuments and castles.The province of Brabant is home to several of them, testimony to a glorious past, but the castle in the pretty village of Grand Bigard, 8 km west of Brussels, is certainly one of the most beautiful. The castle...

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  • Royal Museum of History and Art

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    I invite the lover of ornamental arts, when in Brussels, to follow the remarkable circuit "Gothique-Renaissance-Baroque" (15 rooms) showing the development of the sculpture and the decorative arts, more particularly the tapestries, between the 13th and 17th century, in the regions which constitute the present Belgium. The Royal Museum of Art and...

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  • Parc de Bruxelles

    4 out of 5 stars

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    There are two green loud, squawkin parrots living here at the moment... whether they will survive the long winter is another question.. seem to be enjoying themselves at present, however. Spotted them by the high fountain.

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  • Royal Museum of the Army and Military...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The first large hall to enter is called the Salle Historique. The presentation of this gallery is typical of the years 1920 with a multitude of uniforms, flags and paintings. There are about 8.000 objects distributed in 45 crowded windows and all over the walls. They date from the begin of the Belgian independent state in 1830 till 1914....

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  • House of the Dukes of Brabant

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    The Maison des Ducs de Brabant is one of the larger structures along the Grand-Place (I should have specified that all houses along the square have specific names). It is, in fact, no larger than the other houses, as it is composed of seven separate houses with a single unified façade. It was built in 1770 and is not called the House of the Dukes...

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