Brussels may not be the top tourist destination that some travellers may think it is. In fact, Belgium’s capital is bustling with excitement. There are tons of things to see and do when you are in Brussels. Well it may not able to match up with other major European cities like London, Paris, Madrid or Berlin; but surely there are things that you as a traveller in Brussels that will make your vacation memorable.
Brussels is a city that is a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities. It has its own charm and character that is quite different from what you expect in a major European city. Its Walloon and Flemish culture fusion gives the city its character while its large immigrant population gives it the flavor. Let us find out what are the things you should do while you visit the Belgian capital.
Drink lots beer!
Beer is perhaps the most famous drink that Brussels is known for. Breweries abound the city from the Trappist monks brewing to the different Abbey in the city that concocts their own style of the brew. Sample the Lambics and the Saisons that the city has to offer to your delight. There are surely enough bars in Brussels that are able to satisfy your thirst for that excellent brew that you have been looking for.
Eat lotsa chocolate!
Belgian chocolate is one of the food items in Belgium that needs no introduction. If you want to have a piece of the best chocolate in the world; Brussels always come to mind. There are a lot of shops in the city that can fill your craving for that bittersweet confectionary. Take a bite of that Belgian chocolate that you are dying to taste and the flavor and the aroma will forever be etched in your memory for the rest of your life.
You gotta piss
You haven’t been to Brussels if you have never seen the MannekenPis. The statue that is actually a symbol of a father’s frantic search for his lost son has become a symbol of cultural and historical beauty of the city. The story about the statue tells about how a father erected a statue to depict how the father found his son after he went missing. The sculptor father wanted to do a statue showing how what was the son doing when he was finally found.
Brussels is home to art movements that flourished in Europe in the late nineteenth century. It is evident in the artistic renderings of its buildings. You can sample some of Brussels Art Nouveau edifices when you stroll along downtown or you can marvel at some cafes with Art Nouveau architecture as you enjoy some chocolate or a cup of coffee while spending the afternoon away.
Take a sampling of Brussels’ Art Deco basilicas like the Basilique du Sacre Coeur or the Basiliek van het Heilig Hart, which is the fifth largest church in the world. You can get a pretty picture of Brussels from this neighborhood.
Brussels has a very good train system. You can have a fun-filled time seeing the Belgian countryside. You can have a glimpse of castles from medieval times and rustic villages that depict the rural image of Belgium.
There are a lot of things to see in Brussels. Head off to Belgium and sample the colorful and magical culture and history of Brussels for that unforgettable vacation that you have been dreaming of.