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

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Grand Place - Grote Markt

    Brussels Things to Do

    I spent a week close to Grand Place, and that made me identify Brussels with this beautiful square, with the other images vanishing in my mind. When many years later I took my sons to Brussels, Grand Place and Atomium were, again, almost the exclusive attractions that we saw. But I like this square, and dislike the general city. In August there's...

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  • Atomium

    Brussels Things to Do

    Built for the international exhibition of 1958, this imaginative construction is a museum, with displays in five of its nine spheres. As Eiffel tower in Paris, it became one of the symbols of the city, and the main attraction in a park with several other interesting elements.

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  • Cathédrale St Michel & Gudule

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    In Brussels we are used 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...

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  • Mini Europe

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    Located at the foot of the Atomium, Mini-Europe is the only park where you can have a whistlestop tour of Europe in a few short hours. A truly unique journey. We enjoyed a stroll taking in the typical atmosphere of the most beautiful towns of the old Continent. All in all, 350 models and sites with an unequalled level of craftsmanship. Situado a...

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  • Palais Royal

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    The Royal Palace of Brussels is the official palace of the King and Queen of Belgium, but is not used as a royal residence anymore - the King and Queen now live at the Royal Palace of Laeken, about 5 kilometers outside the city center. Instead, the Royal Palace is where the King has his offices, and holds his official receptions and ceremonies......

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  • Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Hotel de Ville - Town Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    The most impressive building on the Grand Place is the towering Hôtel de Ville. The left wing and then first part of the tower were completed in the early 15th century and the right wing and ornate spire were added in the middle of that century. The facade is covered in statues of the dukes and duchesses of Brabant. Funds ran out in 1455 before...

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  • Chinese & Japanese Towers

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Musical Instrument Museum

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Parc du Cinquantenaire

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    Next to the monumental arch of the Cinquantenaire I highly recommend to visit the monumental building of the "Musée Royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire" (Military Museum). The start for the "Musée de l'Armée/Museum van het Leger" was the 1910 World Exhibition when a large number of military objects were collected here to give the visitor an...

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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

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • EC area

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Army Museum

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Botanical Garden - Jardin Botanique

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinee -...

    Brussels Things to Do

    The Museum of Comic is called by the Belgian Cébébédé (CBBD) and pays tribute to the passion that Belgium is the comics. The museum hosts more than 6000 tables of original drawings in pencil sketch to final publication, and also hosts one of the most permanently popular reviews devoted to the most famous Belgian cartoons Smurfs and Tintin. If you...

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  • Everard 't Serclaes Monument

    3 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Basilique de Koekelberg

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Belgian Chocolate

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Bourse - Stock Exchange

    3 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    Built by the end of the 19Th century as part of a plan to embellish the city, this palace in Neo-Renaissance style mixed with Second Empire, it has many decorative motifs from several artists. Located in Boulevard Anspach, it is today a "dead" building, since the tradings start to be one by computer.

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  • Royal Museum of the Army and Military...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Eglise de Saint Catherine

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Guild Houses

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • 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

    Brussels Things to Do

    Situated between the Grand and Royal Palace the Mont des Artes is a charming traditionally designed landscaped area. Walking it is hard to imagine that the area was once one of the most heavily populated areas of Brussels. Because the area begin to decline King Leopold II bought the entire area and wanted to develop it into his Mont des Artes (hill...

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  • Eglise St Nicolas

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    Near the stock exchange and surrounded by shops is the church dedicated to St Nicholas who quite appropriately is the patron saint of merchants, although most of us know him better as Father Christmas or Santa Claus. The black grime has recently been cleaned off the stone of the gothic exterior of the church leaving a real beauty to admire. ...

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  • Chocolat Museum - Musée du Cacao et du...

    3 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Royal Museum of History and Art

    Brussels Things to Do

    At the Cinquantenaire on the east side of the arch stand the Royal Museum of Art and History. It is an important one (60.000 m²) that covers all the artistic disciplines (except painting, see museum of Fine Arts), of the five continents (except Sub-Saharan Africa, see Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren). The collections are divided into four...

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  • Museum of Ancient Art

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • City Hall

    Brussels Things to Do

    The asymmetric building of the City Hall is the oldest and tallest structure in the Grand-Place. Erected in the 15th century, it is believed that the original architect was Jacob Van Thienen. Its filigree-carved spire, reaching almost 97 metres and crowned by the omnipresent statue of Saint Michael, is a point of reference visible from different...

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  • Frites

    Brussels Things to Do

    Two weeks ago we had in Belgium the week of the Frites. A petition was launched to make the "fritkots" of "friterie" (shacks on the streets and squares where there make and sell frites) belong to the "patrimoine culturel et immatériel de l’humanité" Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Please note that this concerns the...

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  • Statue of Godfried of Bouillon

    Brussels Things to Do

    This equestrian statue of Godefroid de Bouillon stands in the centre of the Place Royale, in front of the church of St Jacques sur Coudenberg, with trams clattering past. It shows the leader of the first crusade and is on the spot where he urged the Flemish to join his mission to capture Jerusalem. The statue was erected in...

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  • House of the Dukes of Brabant

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Grand Mosque

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Parc de Bruxelles

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Theatre Royal de la Monnaie

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    The Brussels opera house is officially called Le Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, because the place of its construction was related to a coin. It has challenged Paris as one of the most popular theatres in Europe. During its life it has undergone two reconstructions since its first conception in 1700. The second design, by Louise Damesme was built in...

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  • Walking

    Brussels Things to Do

    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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  • Albert I Memorial

    Brussels Things to Do

    Albertina is a common female name in Portugal and it seemed strange to see it in Brussels, until I remembered "Albert" as a king's name. Albertine is the popular name to the royal library, the square and the garden. It's a nice wide space, that we saw superficially, but the curiosity led me to Norali's travelogue, with precious details of the...

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  • Eglise de la Chapelle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brussels Things to Do

    The oldest church in Brussels, its construction began on the church in 1210 and was completed by the end of the 13Th century. It reflects the transition between Romanesque and Gothic styles. A Baroque bell tower was added after the French artillery bombardment of 1695, and several campaigns of restoration were undertaken in the 19Th and 20Th...

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