I was fortunate enough to live in Brussels when they had famous Brussels Flower Carpet. Every two years, almost all of the Grand Place of flowers is covered, so that it makes a colorful and spectacular sight. The Belgians and tourists enjoy the flower show in midsummer for a few days in August. If you climb to the top of a building you can see the whole picture. I think next year is the next time so sign up!!! I was fortunate to be living there, rather working in Brussels the last time the famous Flower Carpet was installed. As I have understood, this party-show is held every two years in summer. Nearly all of the Grand Place of flowers is covered, so that it makes a colorful and spectacular sight. The owner of this idea has been commisioned by other cities and I think similar drawings were done of petals in Barcelona. However, I do not know if it is patriotism or because I get along so well with the Belgians, that I think that there isn't anywhere that the carpet of flowers is displayed that is as majestic as in Brussels. And I believe it, because if anything is beautiful in Brussels, its the magnificent Heritage Square. Something called the Grand Place isn't a goodframework for a canvas of flowers. The Belgians and tourists can enjoy the flower show in midsummer for a few days in August . If you climb to the top of a building you can see the whole picture. I think the next flower canvas is next year so be there!
I shared this place on minube because I think there aren't a lot of people ve have have come in after it reopened and to take advantage and say that unless you're big fans, it's not really worth it, especially for the 9 euros they charge. It's a thousand times better outside.
I had the luck since I was there on erasmus, it just so happened that they opened it that year and for me it was free, but it was a big disappointment. The best are the views and going up the escalators because it's like you're going up in a space ship. Even so, it's curious to see the spaces they've created, they're not much and not very big, in fact the cafeteria only has four kid-sized tables, believe me, I'm not exaggerating.
To highlight a room they have created for the children to spend the night if they want, where they have hammocks hung from the ceiling with chains so that the child does not fall they seem odd. Anyway, if you see my pictures, not much more inside because it's smaller than it seems. Still if you want to see the price is 9 euros, or 6 for students or children and the hours are from 10 to 18.
Sometimes it is surprising that in monumental cities like Brussels the most well-known landmark, as in this case, is a small statue 50 cm high of a boy urinating, which everyone would pass without even looking if it weren't for the multitude of people crowding around taking photos. It personally does not do anything for me. I do not think there's anything exceptional about it or that it has any great quality, but now that I think about it, the same goes for the bear with the strawberry tree in Puerta del Sol in Madrid, where the main interest is knowing where he will be relocated whenever there is construction in Puerta del Sol
This is a typical brewery and it is curious to see as it has more than 500 types of beer glasses that you can ask for around 3-4 €, prices can also ranges between 8-13 € for 2 L depending on the type of beer you ask for. Inside it is all decorated with many posters advertising brands, often it is full so finding a free seat is a bit difficult. It's right opposite the Jeanneken Pis.
Stores like this are very unusual to find in Spain, though in Belgium there are plenty of them. In Brussels you'll find quite a few. To me, they are beautiful and charming!! The Passage du Nord is a gallery covered with windows, and adorned with beautiful sculptures. Among its facilities we can find anything ranging from craft shops to fashion boutiques.
The chair of Brussels is close to Central Station in the city and is a spectacular Gothic building built at the bottom of a staircase in uptown Brussels. It is there to show that his majesty is still great. They began constructing it in 1226 and did not complete it until 1500. The stained glass inside the cathedral is from the XVI, XVII and XIX. centuries and is wonderful. On a sunny day it gives the building a beautiful light and it was a shame that my last visit was at night. The interior of the ship is impressive. It has sixteen side chapels, a choir on three levels, the ambulatory where the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is, the Treasury, and the chapels of Our Lady of Deliverance and Maes. It is a gothic masterpiece.
It is joined to Cafe Delirium, behind the Grand Place and has bars across it but is nicer and less crowded than the Manneken Pis. It was built in 1985 and opened in 1987. All the money that is thrown into the fountain goes to cancer research.
The same thing happens to me with books as with movies. I put myself in the plot so much that when I'm finished it's like I invented another character. I am one of them. I'm on stage. But then the magic fades away. However, in Brussels there is a place that makes me get that feeling every time I step in front of Notre Dame de Sablon Church. Why? Because it was in one of the scenes of the movie The Pillars of the Earth. So I walk slowly to relive what Ken Follet said happened in this XV century gothic Church of XV century. It's a beauty that demands our attention.
To visit the European Parliament, an institution shared between Brussels and Strasbourg, you first need to approach the farthest building from Luxembourg Square, next to the state of the euro. They offer two free visits a day, at 10 and 3, and it's recommended to arrive 10 minutes early. You'll get an MP4 videoguide, and your group will be under the supervision of a guide.
The Brussels Town Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. It's a Gothic building and was started in 1402 by Jacques Van Thienen. Charles the Bold in 1444 laid the foundation stone of the left wing, where the Gothic style is particularly pronounced. In 1449, the architect John Van Ruysbroeck reinforced and modified it. The current tower is about 96 meters high, and you can access its summit by climbing 420 steps. The building was partially destroyed in 1697 during the national bombing, and was later rebuilt, with a courtyard added. Nowadays, weddings are often held at this magnificent Gothic building, which is a stunning backdrop for such events.
Brussels is the capital of Europe, and has a theme park where you can see a representation of the most significant buildings and monuments of all the countries that make up the EU. It is an open-air museum, and the monuments are 1:25 scale models with all kinds of details, and often include small dolls, trains and moving cars. This place has got a super-cool look, in addition to being photogenic, since the Atomium is its backdrop.
The Brussels Stock Exchange, by architect Léon Suys, is one of the most impressive buildings in Brussels. It was constructed between the years 1867 and 1873, in the Palladian style, with bas-reliefs on the outside and 2 winged figures under the colonnade, designed by Jacques de Haen, representing both sides of good and evil. There are also figures representing the continents of Africa and Asia, which are believed to be works of sculptor Auguste Rodin. There are some zones of the building which are open to the public for viewing.
Europe's best Musical Instrument Museum, at least that's what they say. The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) in Brussels is at least generally rated the best in Europe. Located in the city center, on top of the Mont des Arts, the museum can actually be seen on a lot of postcards of the city because of its spectacular Art Deco design. Inside, you can see all kinds of instruments, including a spectacular collection of pianos, as well as a workshop demonstrating how they were built. The museum has several floors, and it's worth paying attention to the Art Deco-style stairs and railings.
The worst thing about living in a city is that you don't bother to buy a guidebook, so when it comes to Brussels' Arc de Triomphe, I can only say that I have no idea why it was built! But it's a lovely place to sit on the grass and eat sandwiches before going back to work. And at night, after enjoying some typical Belgian chips, it's a good location for a walk. For more information, you'd better find a guidebook!
The Cinquantenaire Park is undoubtedly one of the most popular parks in Brussels. Just steps from the Europea Commission and Council, it's the ideal place to go walking, jogging, or have a picnic. When the weather is good, you're sure to see plenty of young people lying in the grass. Inside the park, you can see the Arc de Triomphe and the fiftieth anniversary palace, now home to the Army, Art, and History Museums. You can see different sculptures in the park, like the monument to the Congo. Sometimes events take place here, like rave parties, or sporting events.
You may not want to spend the 6 euros it costs to get into the Belgian Comic Strip Center museum, but it's worth visiting because the building itself is free (and so is using the bathroom - something not common in Belgium, in case you are in urgent need!). The building itself is stunning, one of the few remaining examples of Art Nouveau in the city. In the main room on the ground floor, to the right, you will find a small exhibition about the history of the building and Art Nouveau, with pictures and explanations in English and French. Next, there's a small bar that will allow you to enjoy the stunning interior of the building. From the ground floor you have a view of the glass roof, and you can enter the comic book store full of famous comic icons like Tintin, the Smurfs, and Spirou.
In this square one can find the church of Santa Catarina, which is in very bad condition, almost without restoration. This church blends Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles together into one. On the left side is a fountain, and also a number of restaurants specializing in fish. During the winter, it has a big Christmas market. It was the song of Jacques Brel: "Brussels", which led me to the Place Sainte-Catherine. This place, especially on weekends, has kept all its charm and authenticity. The best to have a snack on Sunday morning in one of the bars in front of the church.
So you're going to Brussel! Beer and chocolate, although both of top quality, are not the only things to do in Brussels. The spectacular Grand Place, an explosion of Baroque and Gothic Art, the Royal Pace and the stunning stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula are just a few examples of places to visit in Brussels that no traveler should not miss.
But without doubt one of the greatest things to see in Brussels is the Manneken Pis, the famous symbol of the city. The statue's brother, the Jenneken Pis, is not nearly so well-known, but is a pleasant surprise to those who stumble upon it while strolling through the historic city center. Both statues rank among the most popular Brussels attractions.
And remember that Brussels is the administrative headquarters of the European Union, so put a visit to the parliament on your list of what to do in Brussels. Visits to the parliament include audio guide and the possibility of attending a plenary session, great Brussels activities for lovers of politics. The Botanical Garden of Brussels, one of the most important in the world, and the Ixelles ponds are other attractions in Brussels that offer a excellent opportunity to enjoy nature in the city. As you can see, there's lots of stuff to do in Brussels!