Top 5 Places to Visit in Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

1. Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
the Gothic styled cathedral was built during the 11th century but the two towers were added 2 centuries later
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Perched on the Treurenberg hill is the glorious Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. It is named after the patron saint of Brussels and considered to be the favoured Catholic church of the Belgian royal family.

Go on a sunny day

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
the stained glass windows inside the cathedral
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To see the spectacular fa├žade of the cathedral is not enough to fully grasp its wonder. You have to enter the church and be enthralled by the stunning stained-glass windows. Try going on a sunny day to see how the daylight illuminate the windows like shining jewels. 

2. Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville
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The iconic Hotel de Ville, commonly known as the Town Hall, is the most prominent building in the main square of Brussels. It is the only medieval structure in the Grote Markt dating back to the 13th century.


Try to look closely at the Town Hall and you will notice that the left and right wing of the building are not symmetrical to each other. It is because they were not built in the same era. Another distinct feature of the edifice is its famous needle-like crooked spire that is seen all over Brussels. So if ever you get lost, you can just walk towards the direction of the spire to find your way back.

Hotel De Ville Brussels Belgium
the Hotel de Ville spire is a shining beacon come nightfall
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3. Grand Place

Grand Place Brussels Belgium
The Grand Place is perfect for a romantic stroll at night
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The Grand Place, also known as the Grote Markt, is the central square in the heart of Brussels. It is surrounded by beautiful architecture exemplifying the glory and evolution of the trading history of Brussels. Make it a point to go during the day when it’s busiest and then return back at night as the buildings light up for a more romantic setting.

Flower Carpet

Flower Carpet Brussels Belgium
a tapestry of fresh flowers laid in the middle of Grand Palace is a major attraction during August
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Every two years during August, a huge flower carpet is laid on the floors of the Grand Place. The beautiful tapestry of flowers is Brussels bi-annual event that attracts tourist from all over the world.

4. Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum Brussels Belgium
The museum's current location is in the former Old England department store
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If you are a musician, a singer or a plain music lover you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Musical Instrument Museum. If you are not a music aficionado but you want to have unique learning experience then this museum will not disappoint. 

Musical Instrument Museum Brussels Belgium
the museum houses over 1500 instruments
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Housed in an art nouveau inspired building, the MIM holds a wide array of musical instruments from all over the world and different eras. At the start of your tour you will be given a headphone that plays the music of an instrument you are approaching. It brings the exhibit to life and takes your museum experience to a whole new level.

5. Atomium

It is hard to believe that the futuristic structure of Atomium was built in 1958 for an international exhibition. The unique composition of the Atomium became so popular that it was retained, improved and eventually become Brussels’ symbol to the world.

Atomium Brussels Belgium
Atomium was constructed for the Brussels World's Fair
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There a total of nine spheres accessible by multilevel stairs and an elevator. You can only go to five spheres that are open to the public. The Atomium for the greater part is an observation deck although it is also a museum and exhibition center. Cap off your tour at the restaurant on the topmost sphere and have a panoramic view of Brussels over a scrumptious Belgian meal.

Atomium Brussels Belgium
the Atomium is modeled on an Iron atom magnified 165 billion times
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