There are plenty of things to do in Brussels that can keep you busy for as long as you want to stay.
Grand Place Taking a Brussels walking tour around the historic Grand Place is one of the top things to do in Brussels — one of the best places to visit in Brussels and in Europe. You won’t miss it.
Guildhouses are scattered around Grand Place. These jaw-dropping houses are beautiful and covered in gold that shine under the sun and in the night lights of Grand Square.
Train World is a railway museum in Brussels and is considered one of the best things to do in Brussels. If trains and locomotives are your cup of tea, this is not to be missed.
Atomium was constructed in 1958 when Brussels hosted the World’s Fair. It is located at Heysel Plateau and you will notice by the amount of tourists surrounding it that it is one of the top things to do in Brussels.
Bois de la Cambre is an urban public park on the outskirts of Brussels. It is a nice escape from the rush in the city and you will see many locals there which is why I consider it one of the top things to do in Brussels.
Town Hall (Hotel de Ville) is a Gothic Building from the Medieval Ages in Brussels across from the city’s museum in Grand Place. It sees thousands of people take pictures of it per day. The entire area, of course, is one of the most beautiful things to do in Brussels.
Van Burren Museum is not in the center like most of the things to do in Brussels, however, the tram ride is worth the trip. The garden maze can entertain the kids while anyone else can take amazement in the awe-inspiring decor and artifacts throughout the property.
St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is a Roman-Catholic church given cathedral status in 1962. It was completed all the way back in 1519 and is still very much the same today.
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium holds one of the finest collections of art in Belgium and is included in the Brussels Card discounts. Check out more on that deal below!
Notre Dame du Sablon towers over Sablon Square in the center of Brussels. Transformed from a chapel into a dominating Gothic Church, this centuries-old church is worth seeing! Plus, it’s not too far from other great sights around the city.
Take a day trip to Brugge which is a smaller, more packed version of Ghent. The medieval is still very much alive in this small town. It’s quaint, historical, and only a thirty-minute train ride from Brussels.
Take a day trip to Antwerp which is a larger port city also only thirty minutes from Brussels by train. Here, they have some of the most delicious Belgian chocolate that has become world famous.
Belgian beer tasting in the capital of European beer. Learn what has made Belgium’s beer world renown as you taste at least four different beers with extremely different flavors. It’s a must while in Belgium.
Take a day trip to Luxembourg and see the best of two countries in one day! It’s a full day-long trip so make sure you bring the necessities. Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe but it packs a punch!
What to eat in Brussels
If you want a taste of the local cuisine further than taking a Brussels beer tour, try these traditional foods:
Mussels or Moules-frites, in French, Mosselen-Friet, in Flemish, or mussels with fries, is a classic Belgian dish you can find at just about any café or brasserie in Brussels.
Fries although are normally known as French fries, aren’t actually French at all. That’s right, the home of potatoes as fries is right in Belgium!
Meatballs often served with tomato sauce or in beef stock (depending on what part of the country you’re in) are the rage in Belgium and there are no shortages in Brussels.
Belgian waffles are a specialty all over the country. In fact, there are two types of waffles that originated in this small country of Belgium. The square-shaped flakier (less sweet) kind are the Brussels specialty. The other circular, more dense and sweet waffles come from Liege.