Brussels is an ideal destination for British tourists. With its location at the crossroads of different cultures, and as the headquarters of many European institutions, fits the archetype of a melting pot city, yet manages to maintain its own flavor. Known for its monuments, chocolate, waffles and beer, just a short ride on the Eurostar, perfect for relaxing and fulfilling weekend.
Brussels has enough to keep anyone fascinated, entertained and well fed. What follows are suggestions for what could be done in a weekend covering a wide range of activities.
Museums, Sightseeing and Culture
Discover the heart of Brussels, the beautiful medieval Grand Place, Market Square with its world famous, and learn the history of the Guild Houses picturesque. The City is a masterpiece of Gothic civil architecture, and the Museum of the City of Brussels has been recorded along the Grand Place as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts has Bruegel, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch. Designed by Victor Horta, the Palace of Fine Arts (BOZAR) contemporary art museum and concert place features graceful curves and a wonderful art and design shop.
See the beautiful Cathedral of St. Michael, the Royal Residence, the Palace of Justice, the Royal Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the center of the European Union and the imposing buildings of the EU to the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
Shopping, Parks and Attractions
Dansaert design center is the center of Brussels and the Boulevard de Waterloo and Louise are the high-end luxury shopping severe. Buy the freshest Belgian and International designers along Rue Antoine Dansaert, along with great vintage finds. Pass through the renovated center of Cultural Beursschouwburg, and drink in style on the Bourse. Place du Sablon, has a fantastic antiques market on weekends, with a stores spectacularly decadent chocolate, manufactured by Pierre Marcolini, Neuhaus and Wittamer.
Discover the Botanical Garden with magnificent Greenhouses and a fabulous Terrace Café, or stroll through the Parc de Bruxelles, the green lung in the heart of the city.
The Atomium is a monument of worship built for the International Exhibition of 1958 – that you should go. You can also visit the Planetarium, experience the kitsch wonder of the Park of Mini-Europe theme, Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower built in 1905 that has wonderful collections of China.
Day Trips from Brussels
Discover the two of the jewels of Flanders especially in a full day trip to Ghent and Bruges. Spend an afternoon in Antwerp, the second largest city of Belgium and the largest port in Europe. Discover the world of Sir Peter Paul Rubens and see the shiny stones in the world diamond center.