The latest addition in my travel in style adventures is the magnificent, quaint city of Brussels. While it wasn’t my first time in the city of Brussels, I caught it at its most beautiful this time around. Which is what inspired me to create this travel diary with all things to do in Brussels. I’ve tried to put an emphasis on how you can make the most out of your visit to the city. After all, I’ve never stayed here for more than 5-6 hours, myself! (perks of being a Parisian, I guess.)
Brussels is known for its romantic but playful fashion choices, plus Belgian fashion, in general, has a taste of vintage to it. Giving my own twist to that, I wore a champagne rose cover-up dress from my fashion partner, Shein. I styled it minimally by just wearing a sequin belt on it! I do recommend taking a jacket to fight off the winds in Brussels (it’s still not as cold as Amsterdam).
The Capital of Belgium, Brussels is celebrated for its cuisine and gastronomy, as well as its historical and architectural landmarks, & obviously Chocolates. Several landmarks of the city shine as the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The main attractions of the city include its historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie and the Museums of Art and History. Most importantly, it is also a capital of the ‘comic strip’.
Brussels is accessible by buses, trains, flights but make for the best stop when you’re in Paris or Amsterdam. I say that with all the love for Brussels but the fact is that it simply doesn’t have enough to do to be a stand-alone vacation like Paris or London. So, club it up and 1-2 days are enough to experience this city.
The best time to visit Brussels is between March and May and September and October, the shoulder seasons; this is when room rates are cheaper and the city hosts lesser crowds. However, beware that Brussels has a volatile weather, in general with the possibility of rain all year around.
Things to do in Brussels
1. Brussels Town Hall: Grand-Place of Brussels
The last remaining medieval building of the Grand Place and considered a masterpiece of civil Gothic architecture and more particularly of Brabantine Gothic, the Brussels Town Hall is located on the famous Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium, opposite the Museum of the City of Brussels.
So, when you’re here, you get to see the entire Grand Palace and catch up with the museums, too.
Capturing the essence of the Belgian Humor, the Manneken-Pis is literally a bronze statue of a little boy taking a leak. The original one designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder is in the City Museum, of course, but there’s one on the spectacle for the tourists in the city, too.
3. Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula
In addition to the marvel of the gothic architecture of the building itself and its treasures, the cathedral offers, in the basement, an archaeological site created by the placement.
4. Royal Palace of Brussels
Housing the office of the King of the Belgians, this neoclassical building is beautiful, magnificent and a great visit for the photo lovers. The palace is literally the place to be if you happen to be in the city for annual events such as visits to Heads of State and Christmas concerts.
5. Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
For my shopping squad, this is like a mini version of the Milan shopping scene with a mix of all luxe and premium brands under a beautiful glass ceiling. Plus, it doesn’t even get in the way of your exploring because it’ll be on your way from the Cathedral to the City Palace. I’d make a stop, won’t you?
Originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, Atomium is now a museum site and an important landmark for the city. While it’s a picturesque location, it’s an easy pass in the paucity of time.
Of the many things to do in Brussels is also not missing out on the comic strips at all chinks and caverns, and even the roofs of the city. It is the Comic Strip Capital, after all.
Brussels is also famous for its small but beautiful museums. Some of them more eccentric than others like- museum of chocolate, music, etc. If museums are your thing, you can see the full list here – www.brusselsmuseums.be
So, that’s all in my list of things to do in Brussels. If you can think of some more, mention them in the comments below so I can discover them on my next visit, too. Don’t forget to get my amazing outfit and more from Shein. (shopping in India? Click here)
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