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Basic information

  • Area: 161.4 km² (62.2 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +32
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 1,080,790
  • Official language: Dutch, French, German
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Brussels – Places to Visit

Grand Place

Grand PlaceThis world heritage site is the perfect place to sit with a Belgian beer at one of the cafes and soak up the bustling atmosphere. Opposite the ornate Town Hall is the City of Brussels Museum, which as well as giving a thorough account of the city's history, houses the many costumes of Manneken Pis. For visitors who want to learn the secret of the excellence of Belgian beer, The Museum of Brewing is located in the former guild house of the Corporation of Brewers. Discover the secret of another of Belgium's delights at The Cocoa and Chocolate Museum. Don't forget to visit Manneken Pis, Brussels' cheeky mascot on the corner of Eikstraat/Stoofstraat.

Atomium

AtomiumDesigned to last only 6 months, the Atomium is, nearly 50 years on, one of the most recognised symbols of the city, not to mention one of the most original architectural creations in the world. The Atomium has recently been completely renovated and besides enjoying the supreme view, exhibitions, film screenings and a panoramic restaurant in the top sphere will add to the pleasure of visiting this extraordinary monument.

Royal Museum of Fine Arts

A haven for art lovers, the museum consists of two sections each exhibiting ancient and modern art, from Memling, Breughel, Rubens and Rodin to Delvaux, Magritte and more contemporary work.

Comic Strip Centre

Kids, big and small, will love this colourful museum. Housed in former warehouses designed by famous Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta, the centre takes visitors on an entertaining journey through the history of the comic strip.

Musical Instruments Museum

This museum houses the only collection of this kind in the world, four levels of exhibition space show nearly 1200 instruments all set out in an admirable building, the former Art Nouveau 'Old England' stores. Organised activities and interactive terminals plunge you into the mysterious world of sound.

Chinese Pavilion - Japanese Tower

Chinese Pavilion - Japanese TowerBuilt on the edge of the Royal Estate in Laken, these oriental monuments house a stunning collection of Chinese ceramics and Japanese Art. King Leopold II had the two rather unusual buildings constructed for the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris.

The Munt Theatre (La Monnaie)

The 300 year old Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie/Koninklijke Muntschouwburg is one of Europe's greatest opera houses. As an exceptional example of theatrical architecture, it represents a rich cultural heritage that is both historic and contemporary. Looking for an exquisite night out? Besides opera productions, the theatre hosts dance performances, classical concerts and recitals of the highest calibre. From September to June, La Monnaie invites you to visit the theatre and explore it from all angles. Tours can be arranged individually or in groups in six languages, including English.

Mini-Europe

In Mini-Europe, located near the Atomium, visitors can explore Europe in the space of a few hours. The collection of over 300 scale models of Europe's most impressive buildings, including the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London, are reproduced with amazing detail.