Places to check out when visiting Brussels

As I told you before in this  post, during my stay in Belgium I visited Brussels many times.
I really love this city, is not that big so it’s easy to have an overview of it in a day, but has many beautiful and interesting attractions.

If I would have to suggest you what to see and where to go while there this would be my plan.

Start from the Mont des Artes (not far from the train station), literally translated as a mountain of Art. Indeed, in this area, there are loads of museums and exhibitions. My personal favourite is the Museum of Magritte, both because I love the works of this author but also the structure of the museum itself is not ordinary at all: starts for the top and ends at the bottom!

Another reason why Mont des Artes is worth a walk is it’s view. In fact, since the mountain is in a higher position than the rest of the city, it is possible to see a really pretty view of the city centre.

Other attractions that you will be able to see when walking around are the Royal Palace and it’s beautiful park in front of it and Brussels Cathedral, Cathédrale des Ss- Michel et Gudule.IMG_4814

From there you can walk down the stairs, cross the street and you’ll find yourself right in the city centre, precisely in Place St.Cathrine.

From there, on your left there will be the Gran Place (Brussels main square) while on your right there’s the Galeries Royales where chocolate and jewellery stores are positioned one after another!IMG-20151213-WA0018
If you have time, I advise you to walk around the streets near the Gran Place, you’ll notice beautiful buildings and delicious waffles & fries shops! 😉

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Otherwise, go straight to the Manneken Pis, Brussels symbol:a statue of a little boy peeing. The statues is dressed up for many occasions, so if you see him dressed with weird cloths, don’t worry, it’s still him!! Near there it’s also possible to see the  recent female version of this statue the Jenneken Pis.

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From there you can easily get to the Metro station ” De Brouchere”, grab the yellow or pink line direction Weststation and get off at the Atomium. There’s a fee entrance to visit it around 10€, otherwise you can just take pictures from the outside and re-take the subway to the centre so that you won’t need to buy a new ticket 😉

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If you feel like shoppingRue Dansaert has many shops and stores which could satisfy you. While if you feel like vintage shopping (you’ll have to walk a bit for this one) Rue Haute and Rue Blaes would be perfect! From these streets you can get an elevator and reach Place Poelaert. From the terrace of this square you can have another beautiful overview of the city plus, just behind you there will be this enormous building which happens to be the Palais de Justice (Palace of Justice).

This would be a pretty intense tour if you do it in one day but if your time there is limited it’s totally feasible but it is to say that there would be many more attractions to see such as the Cinquantennaire (the Belgian version of the Arc Du Triomphe in Paris), the Comic Strip Museum… the list could go on but I believe that what I included in this post can be categorized as the main attraction 😉

What about you? Have you ever been to Brussels? Which were the areas of the city/ attractions you preferred? 

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  • Reply sileas

    Oh I’ve always wanted to visit Brussels – a city full of fries, waffles and chocolate must be paradise 😉

    10/06/2016 at 11:18
  • Reply fromdreamtoplan

    Hahaha yes it is actually!! 😋😋

    10/06/2016 at 12:05
    • Reply Valerie

      I was thinking the same as Sileas ”a city full of fries, waffles and chocolate must be paradise” . I’ve always said that if I’d go to France or Brussels I’d come back with a few extra pounds ! Who can resist pastries and anything fried?!

      Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

      10/06/2016 at 14:40
      • Reply Lisa Tiranti

        Thanks Valerie for the nice comment! Yes it is a beautiful country! 🙂

        14/06/2016 at 20:46
  • Reply Debbie

    Thank you for sharing! When I look at these photos, I get such a sense of peace. Interesting on the waffles shops, I bet they had some delicious varieties 🙂 Blessings to you, have a wonderful weekend

    10/06/2016 at 13:25
    • Reply Lisa Tiranti

      Thanks for reading and for leaving this nice comment Debbie! Sorry I had problems with my laptop and couldn’t answer earlier 😉

      14/06/2016 at 20:47
  • Reply Angie

    Despite our bad mishap there, I did enjoy the sightseeing. I totally forgot about the little peeing statue until this post. That’ll be funny to see the female version!

    10/06/2016 at 18:40
  • Reply Blue Ducklings

    Looks amazing I would love to check out that waffle place !! 🙂
    Have never been there before, but I’m would one day !
    Xx Blue Ducklings

    10/06/2016 at 21:53
    • Reply Lisa Tiranti

      Thanks! Yes it’s awesome!
      I hope you’ll manage to go there soon! XX

      14/06/2016 at 20:45
  • Reply Matea

    Ah, Brussels is awesome! I had so many different types of beers last time I went…

    11/06/2016 at 5:11
    • Reply Lisa Tiranti

      Ahh yes I can understand!! I do not like beer but it’s the ideal country for beer lovers! 🙂

      14/06/2016 at 20:45
  • Reply fromdreamtoplan

    Oh I’m sorry for your misadventure! But I’m happy you enjoyed the city 😊
    Yes, it’s definitely a curious attraction!
    Thanks for reading and commenting 😊

    11/06/2016 at 14:06
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  • Reply Nashrah

    I would love to go there one day! I’m from Australia so it’s definitely on my bucket list 🙂

    18/06/2016 at 4:01
    • Reply Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh I would love to go to Australia!!
      But Belgium it’s definitely worth a visit hope you’ll get there soon! 🙂

      18/06/2016 at 8:08
  • Reply vinneve

    I also want to visit Belgium someday! 🙂

    19/06/2016 at 12:03
  • Reply Jennifer Juneau

    Gorgeous post, I’ve always wanted to visit Belgium!! 🙂

    01/07/2016 at 22:28
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  • Reply Mehtab

    I am planning to visit brussels soon will definitely check out these places.
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    02/11/2016 at 14:59
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