Brussels' must-sees

Modern and rooted in its century, Brussels has nothing to envy from other major cities. European centre, seat of the largest institutions such as the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers... Brussels has other charms, much more traditional and epicurean, that seduce visitors for a day or inhabitants for ever. As a comic strip centre, you can enjoy its beers such as la Gueuze, its breweries, its chocolates, its love of science and its parks as far as the eye can see. Why not get your Christmas tickets right away? Where the Grand-Place is bustling under the "Winter Pleasures", and where the little boy who pees (the famous Manneken-Pis, emblem of the Brussels people) wears his Santa Claus outfit

The craft brewery of Cantillon - the secrets of Belgian beer

With more than 200 to 300 varieties and 1,000 different labels, one thing is certain: beer in Belgium is sacred! To preserve this national heritage, Brussels has, in its luggage, the Brussels Museum of the Gueuze. Born in 1978 in the Cantillon brewery, gueuze is the traditional beer! Obtained by blending lambic beers, it is now only produced in the century-old and family brewery Cantillon. Concerned about preserving the reputation of Lambic and its beers, it decided to become, from 1978, the Brussels Museum of the Gueuze. Objective: to bring its infrastructures to light. Brewing room, cooking tank room, granaries, cooling tanks, blending, bottling... the public follows the beer's path

The Cathedral of Saints Michel-et-Gudule - the 2 infernal towers

The Cathedral of Saints Michel-et-Gudule was originally a church, built on one of the hills of Brussels, and can be seen from afar thanks to its Gothic towers. Replaced in the 11th century by a Romanesque church, it housed the relics of Saint Gudule, moved from the Saint-Géry church. Renamed Saint-Michel-et-Gudule, the cathedral in Romanesque and primary Gothic style is an architectural jewel. The two 15th century towers run towards the sky, perfectly symmetrical. Inside, there are many treasures, starting with the columns decorated with capitals in the shape of kale, typical of Brabant Gothic style. All dressed in statues of the 12 apostles, made in the 17th century. Identity of the cathedral: the stained glass window in the bright colours of the Last Judgment

The Historical Richness of the Cinquantenaire Park

It is a bit of Central Park and the natural lung of Brussels. With its 30 hectares, the Parc du Cinquantenaire is a set of gardens, with museums and monuments. In 1880, the Parc du Cinquantenaire was a long time in Belgium. He hosts the exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Belgian State. In 1888, the first trees such as marronniers, maple trees and liners were planted in the park. A long-time host of the largest exhibitions, it has since 1935 been a park where Brussels and visitors like to stroll. Relaxing in the middle of the park is also to discover historic buildings like the Great Mosque of Brussels, the Allegory of the Four Seasons and the Busta of Robert Schuman.

The Saint-Hubert galleries - luxury and delicacies

These are the first covered galleries inEurope! Built in 1847, this building was an inspiration to other major cities such as Paris and London. Just a stone's throw from the Grand Place, there are 3 royal galleries: The Queen's Gallery, the King's Gallery and the Prince's Gallery. Lined with shops, the Galeries Saint-Hubert are presented on 2 floors, all in the Renaissance style, inspired by the Uffizi of Florence . They owe their charm to the glass roof and the countless shops that adorn its walls. Every year, more than 6 million visitors stroll through the galleries, stopping in front of the luxury boutiques, watchmakers and chocolate makers

The Magritte Museum - behind the scenes of the artist

Located on Place Royale, the Magritte Museum presents the artist's most important collection! In total, more than 200 works by the Belgian surrealist painter are on display. Built in a former neoclassical building, this 2,500 m² museum, spread over 3 floors, traces the life of René Magritte. The chronological and thematic itinerary highlights the artist's work in all its forms. In addition to the 200 paintings, the museum has a wealth of archives such as paintings, gouaches, drawings, photographs and even objects by the artist. Beyond his artistic ambition, it is his whole life that is highlighted

The Laeken estate - Brussels lung

Located north of the Pentagon, the Royal Domain of Laeken covers more than 70 hectares. An immensity of green with water points, all dominated by the Royal Castle of Laeken. It is in this area that King Philip and Queen Mathilde live. Built in the 18th century, this immense park has, in addition to the Castle, another jewel: the royal greenhouses. An architectural marvel, made of glass and iron, the greenhouses were built near the palace by Alphonse Balat, Victor Horta's master. Eternal wildlife lovers and botanists on the banks, the sovereigns of Belgium, over time, dress the parks of Brussels. The greenhouses but also the whole estate are planted with rare, often unique species, brought back from all over the world

The Comic Strip Centre - bubble paradise

In the former Waucquez stores, built in 1906 by Victor Horta, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre is one of the city's most valuable museums. For more than 25 years, this attraction in the centre of Brussels has honoured authors and heroes of the 9th art. Under this atypical architecture, the entire life of the comic strip is on display, from its beginnings in New York to the present day. All this emphasizes the history of Belgian comics. The stars of the museum and exhibitions are none other than Hergé and his Tintin with the reconstruction of some key elements such as the red and white rocket. Smurfs also invite visitors to enter their country. To finish the visit, head for the Centre's gold mine: a huge library of more than 30,000 books.

The Atomium - science for all

A true emblem of Brussels and Belgium, the Atomium is a unique monument. Built for the 1958 Universal Exhibition, the Atomium is the coat of arms of this exhibition. At the time, science and the use of the atom were at the heart of scientists' thinking. The engineer André Waterkeyn therefore decided to make an elementary mesh of 9 iron atoms. In total, therefore: 9 spheres connected to each other by 20 tubes. The whole thing culminates at 102 metres high. If it had to remain standing for only 6 months, this 2,400-tonne structure was able to seduce scientists and visitors. Located next to Mini Europe, the Atomium is today the most popular attraction in Brussels

The Manneken-Pis - the only one allowed to pee in public

Make way for the oldest citizen of Brussels! This small statue sees hundreds of people admire it every day. The original, created by Jérôme Duquesnoy, a great 17th century sculptor, was so stolen that the copies can no longer be counted. Located, since the beginning, at the corner of rue de l'Etuve, Manneken-Pis played an essential role in the distribution of drinking water in Brussels in the 15th century. Survived the bombardment of Brussels in 1695, the small bronze statue is now world famous. If the Manneken-Pis lost its function in the Brussels water supply network in the 17th century, it became the symbol of the inhabitants. Associated with major events, the statuette is often dressed in all kinds of outfits

The Grand Place - the heart of Brussels

This is where every visit to Brussels begins! Its isolation from major traffic routes made it initially impossible to find it. A well-established universal value, the Grand-Place de Bruxelles gathers around a square made of cobblestones, emblematic buildings of Brussels' powers. Bordered by the Corporations Houses, the King's House and the Town Hall, there are 7 streets that run from this centre to the rest of the city. These last ones used to lead to the 7 gates of the first enclosure. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grand-Place is a testimony to Brussels' success as a major European trading city. A jewel of architecture, it is a perfect example of the mix of architectural and artistic styles of Western culture

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