I’ve wanted to visit Brussels for over twenty years! Imagine that! Ever since l discovered the Muscles from Brussels, also known as Jean Claude Van Damme :-). Who can forget him in classics like Lionheart and Bloodsport, among others. I appreciate all my golden oldies B action movie stars. Anyhow, I’m not sure why it took me so long to get there.
We spent time visiting Brussels, Ghent and Bruges. This post will reveal what we consider Brussels top highlights that should be considered on your visit. In my opinion, Brussels, and in fact Belgium, really is the melting pot of Europe. From what l saw, everybody coexisted well. You saw people of all colors, age, etc. all just going about their business..together. It was refreshing to see kids, Christians, and devout Muslims giggling together on the Metro, which by the way runs like clockwork.
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I booked our tickets to Belgium shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris and the foiled terrorist attack in Belgium. I choose not to live my life in fear. Seeing Brussels made me understand why the E.U council and NATO are headquartered there. It’s a true representation of the diversity in the world. I like it.
BRUSSELS TOP HIGHLIGHTS:
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We stayed at an airbnb flat close to the Central Station, and it was quite convenient for getting around the city. It was a quick 20 minute ride from the airport, and was a nice walk to the Cathedral and the Grand Palace. We loved it and have no problems recommending it to others as a great place to stay in Brussels if you prefer private lodging.
We went to visit the Atomium. We didn’t do the tour, I did not want to shell out €11 per person to ride up for 3 reasons,
– The tubes connecting the spheres look really, really claustrophobic, l don’t think l would have enjoyed it.
– The price had been upped from the €9 stated on the website to €11 – so not worth it
– It was about a 25 minute ride on the Metro and you went through the really crappy areas of Brussels, which is what your “view from the top” would have been. No, thank you :-)
It was worth going to, and l liked the Be.Welcome sign at the bottom. Added bonus was that Federico was happy to see the Heysel Stadium. It was the site of a tragedy in 1985 during a European Cup final between Liverpool and Italy’s Juventus teams, which resulted in 39 deaths and over 600 injuries. A grim day in the world of football.
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We really enjoyed our Brussels visit. I do believe 2-3 days in Brussels is perfect for visiting this beautiful city. It’s just enough time to check out the sights, eat and drink a wide variety of food and beer. Some say Brussels is boring. I don’t agree. Bruges and Ghent may be more exciting maybe, but it certainly does not make this city boring. If you get a chance to go, l definitely would.
To wrap things up, some of the top highlights of Brussels (things to do in Brussels) include:
- Manneken-Pis visit
- Grand Palace and Market Square
- Belgian beer tasting
- Street Art hunting and appreciation
- A visit to Cinquantenaire park (which l wrote about) and museum
- Food in all forms, be it gorging at restaurants around the Grand Palace or taking a food tour.
- Day trip from Brussels to Ghent or a day trip from Brussels to Bruges
- Belgian Waffles
- Belgian Chocolate
- Visit the Royal Palace
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Have you ever been on a Brussels holiday? If yes, did you enjoy it or are you one of those who couldn’t wait to leave?