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Top things to do & see in Brussels

Looking for things to do in Brussels? Here you have our top tips for an unforgettable visit in Brussels - whether you are a visitor or resident in the European capital. Brussels is culture, Brussels is gastronomy, Brussels is history but most of all, Brussels is original.


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Brussels is Art Nouveau & Art Déco

It is impossible for you to come to Brussels without visiting the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. However, there are so many more amazing spots. Villa Empain and the Cauchie House are just two more examples of what Art nouveau looks like in Brussels. If you like Art Nouveau and biking, join the 15 km biketour by Pro Velo to discover the coolest houses designed by architects not like any others. If you wish to find out more about the architect Horta, you can visit the Horta Museum: alone the building is the proof that perfection exists.


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Brussels is green

Brussels is one of the greenest cities in Europe. Brussels has beautiful gardens, big parks and even forests. You can take wonderful pictures in front of the lake of the Bois de la Cambre, the most popular recreational area for the locals of Brussels. Some ducks and swans will even come to take a picture with you. If you like biking, the Astrid Park and Cinquantenaire Park will blow your mind. If you like flowers, you should visit the van Buuren Museum and Gardens. Do not forget to take a walk in the Sonian Forest, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017 and an amazing urban forest, the perfect occasion to take plenty of fresh air.


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Brussels is surrealism

Who said that being normal was cool? Brussels is so much more than cool, it is surrealist! There are numerous surrealistic museums like the René Magritte House Museum located in the house in which the Belgian painter worked for nearly 24 years. One of our favourites is the Magritte Museum, with its outstanding art collection. If the museums are not enough to show you how surrealism is present in Brussels, you can join the Be Magritte: Surrealist walks or just visit one of the many surrealistic bars like Delirium where you can taste more than 3,000 different beers.


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Brussels is comic strip

Have you ever heard about Tintin, Spirou or those little blue characters: the Smurfs? Did you knew they were from Belgium? If you are coming to Brussels, you will see them everywhere, from restaurants to street art. Get the free application “Parcours bande-dessinée” and you will see them all. If you are interested in their story, you can visit their home at the Museum of Original Figures, at the Belgian Comic Strip Center or even at Galerie Huberty-Breyne.


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Brussels is festivals

Do you like to party? You are not the only one. Brussels is making sure that everyone is having fun. From the Brussels Summer Festival to Couleur Café Festival, it will be easy for you to find something that will make you want to dance and celebrate. If you do not want to go to festivals, no problem, there are pop-up bars and nightclubs like Spirito or Jeux d’Hiver waiting for you.


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Brussels is gastronomy

Brussels is much more than chocolate, beer or waffles. Brussels is tasting new restaurants every day. Brussels is discovering neo-cantines and food-trucks from all around the world. Do you like to eat healthy? You should try CHYL but if you prefer a gourmet dish then Comme Chez Soi is the perfect spot for you. Then if you never tasted Belgian pastries, the Maison Dandoy is your next stop. Finally, if you want to taste the most prestigious Belgian cookers you can try the Tram Experience or Dinner in the Sky: trust us, you will remember this experience.


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Brussels is Europe

Let us not forget a very important part of Brussels: the European quarter which is the heart of Europe. At the House of European History, you will discover Europe’s difficult path and also be able to discuss its future. All of this in the 24 official languages of Europe. Once you know all about Europe’s History, you should visit Parlamentarium where you will discover European Parliament in an innovative way. Good news, the visits are dynamic and interactive, even your kids will love politics. By the way, if you are staying in one of our selected Thon Hotels in Brussels, you can enjoy a walking tour during which you will visit the most popular European Institutions and sights.


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