What is Brussels known for? Europe, politics, politics, politics…boring!!!
But: Appearances are deceptive. We wanted to do a city trip on Jan’s birthday. It’s a pity, in November there are not too many opportunities – it’s cold, warm cities were too far away and we also had not too much time.
Sightseeing in Brussels
Facts are: Brussels is a great city. Sometimes you feel like in Paris, and Gueuze and Moules Frites are delicious. Luckily weather was great, so we could do a lot outdoors.
All roads lead to Grand Place. That’s right, but on the way from our hotel, we saw even more.
The Monument of the Unknown Soldier, which is dedicated to all fallen soldiers.
By the way: Brussels is the city of comic. You often see things like this:
Brussel’s main church, the Cathédral de Saint Michel. The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert from 19th century.
„Brussel’s Grand Place ist the world’s most beautiful theatre!“ (Jean Cocteau)
As it’s getting more and more crowded, you’re approaching Grand Place (Grote Markt). Although filled with tourists, it’s really impressive. The Colonial Era filled the monarch’s wallets, for many it is the most beautiful square in Europe. The town hall and the Maison du Roi are here. Also very picturesque: craft’s and guild’s baroque houses.
Brussels is also famous for chocolate. And for waffles. And for Manneken Pis. Those three combined look like this:
Being on diet, you would have to leave Brussels.
‚Manneken Pis‘, the small ever-urinating boy is the city’s sight. As the original from 17th century was stolen several times, today a copy is standing outside. Depending on the season, the statue is being costumed.
Brussel’s Stock Exchange was built in 19th century and is one of the most ornate buildings in the city.
As already mentionend: You won’t starve to death in Brussels. Moules Frites…Why isn’t there a love song on this meal?
You should definitely take the subway to visit Atomium. Takes roughly 20 minutes from city centre. We went there in the morning and again by night.
It was built for ‘Expo 58’. It’s a iron atom, enhanced 165 billion times. There’s a expensive restaurant in the highest bowl. Sometimes there are exhibitions in the other ones, but with such a great weather, nobody needs museums.
If you ask yourself, why the pictures are censored: It’s not allowed to show them due to copyright rules: More information here.
Who needs sun in November? Pha!
As Belgium also has it’s Royal Family, of course there is also a Royal Palace. I would be satisfied, living in such a house.
The Palais de Justice de Bruxelles is very impressing, but was restaurated when we were there. In 19th century, it was Europe’s largest building.
Beautiful view point in front of the Justice Palace.
Even better: the view from Mont des Arts, which combines upper and lower city.
Many restaurants are located around the Fish Market. Delicious meals for decent prices. Christmas was not too far away.
Eating in Brussels!
There’s not much to say about this. Bon Appétit!