Places of Interest in Brussels

Information about the main tourist attractions and must-see sights in the Brussels region...

There are a wide range of activities available for tourists in Brussels. Below is a list of some suggestions.

Grand Place/Grote Markt

The Grand Place/Grote Markt is one of Belgium’s landmarks and one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It joined the Unesco World Heritage List in 1998. The square was built as a merchants’ market in the 13th century. It is now the hub of the city and is an ideal meeting place, with many terrace cafés. It is also the venue for concerts and events throughout the year. In the summer, there is a daily flower market.

  • Information on the history of Grand Place can be found on Wikipedia: Click here

The Town Hall is the centre piece of the Grand Place. Its beautiful facade features the well-known crooked spire, which is 315 feet high and is topped by a figure of St-Michael. Guided tours are available in English.

The Royal Palace

The official residence of the Belgian king overlooks Brussels Park. The Belgian flag flies, indicating when the king is in the country. Tours of The Royal Palace are possible during the summer months and visitors have access to the Throne Room and the Small White Room, which houses many 19th century royal portraits.

Mannekin Pis

The statue of the young boy urinating into a fountain on the corner of rue de L’Etuve and Stroofstraat has been a symbol of Brussels since 1619. It has become a tradition for visiting heads of state to donate miniature versions of their national costume for the little naked boy.

  • For more information on Belgium’s national treasure: Click here

Galeries St-Hubert

This traditional shopping arcade built in the centre of Brussels in 1847 was recently renovated. The glass-roofed Galeries St-Hubert is lined with cafes, theatres and luxury shops and has the distinction of being the first shopping arcade in Europe.

European Union building

The infrastructure of the EU headquarters is divided into three big institutions: the European council, the European Commission and the European parliament. Audio guided visits are available and visitors may attend a parliamentary sitting.

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Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art

The Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée is home to the works of over 600 artists, including Tintin's creator, George Rémi (otherwise known as Hergé), Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs, Willy and Wanda's creator Willoy Vandersteen and Jean Roba, creator of Ballie and Billie. The comic strip art is housed in the Waucquez Warehouses, a building designed by the famous Art Nouveau architect, Victor Horta.

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