There are many places to visit in Brussels, the political capital of the European Union. Quiet city, full of museums, parks, historic buildings and famous for chocolate, waffles, craft beer and one of the most beautiful squares in the world, the Grand Place, is one of those destinations that never disappoints.
While we could say that a weekend is enough to visit its main places, it is advisable to have more days and thus be able to visit other beautiful Belgian cities, which are a perfect complement to Brussels.
We have made a list of 10 places to see in Brussels, based on our two trips to the Belgian capital. The first trip is combined with Bruges and the second with Ghent, Leuven and Antwerp, fairytale cities that fall in love. We start!
1. Grand Place
The entire historical center and the city of Brussels revolve around the Grand Place, one of the most essential places to see in Belgium. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it stands out for the buildings that surround it, including the guild houses, the Maison du Roi, the Maison des Ducs de Brabant, Le Piegeon and especially the town hall or Hotel de Ville.
Being able to sit on one of the terraces of the square for a craft beer or some typical mussels and chips is one of the best things to do in Brussels.
As an extra we will tell you that every two years in August the square is covered with flowers forming a beautiful floral carpet, so this month becomes a good time to travel to Brussels.
A good option to learn more about the history of the city is to book this free tour of Brussels with a guide in Spanish. Free!
2. Saint Hubert Galleries
The Saint Hubert galleries are very close to the Grand Place and is another essential place to visit in Brussels. Completed in 1948, they became the first commercial galleries in Europe and a meeting point for artists of the time. Its magnificent glass vaults mixed with the cast iron that support them give a special charm to its more than 200 meters of travel and are a place of interest, which you can not miss in the city.
The Saint Hubert galleries are made up of 3 galleries: the King's Gallery, the Queen's Gallery and the Prince's Gallery, and they can be accessed by 3 different streets. Inside there are several luxury stores, famous chocolatiers, some jewelry and terraces where tourists savor an expensive coffee.
10. Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Located a little away from the center in the Koekelberg district, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is another of the places to visit in Brussels. This jewel of Art Deco is the fifth largest church in the world with its 167 meters in length and 89 meters in height. Built in 1905 by order of King Leopold II, it stands out for the large green dome and the two circular towers. Inside they impress its stained glass windows and you can go up to the terrace to enjoy one of the best views of Brussels.
Visiting hours: every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Map of the places to see in Brussels essential
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