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  • 1 Le Mont des Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Royale 3 B - Bruxelles

    Founded by Leopold II with a view to creating the world's greatest concentration of artworks, this quarter dominates the lower town. Pre-existing palaces were augmented by new buildings in the 19C which replaced the St Roch district (deemed insalubri..

  • 2 Cinquantenaire Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc du Cinquantenaire 10 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Created in 1835, this exceptional museum gives an overview of human history from the Prehistoric period to the present day. Its rich collections cover Antiquity, non-European civilisations (the Americas, Asia) and National decorative arts, such as re..

  • 3 Museum of Natural Sciences Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Vautier 29 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    The Dinosaur Gallery has more than 30 specimens laid out over an area of 3 000 m2; T Rex, Stegasaurus and Diplodocus are all represented but the stars of the show are the original fossilised Bernissart Iguanodons. Other rooms focus on human evolution..

  • 4 Ancient Art Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. de la Régence 3 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    The collection of early Flemish work, as well as masterpeices by Bruegel the Elder and Rubens make this a museum of worldwide renown. It is situated in a classical style palace from the late 19C with a modern wing. An unforgettable experience.

  • 5 Grand-Place Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grand-Place B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Victor Hugo called it a "marvel", Jean Cocteau a "rich theatre". There is nothing like the Grand-Place in the world. It is the centre of Brussels and a spectacle in its own right. It is constantly buzzing with activity, and attrac..

  • 6 Le Sablon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la Régence. 1000 B - Bruxelles

    Inextricably linked to the history of the church and guild of crossbowmen, this formerly genteel district had a populist allure in the early 20C. Over recent decades, its shops have been revamped to the benefit of its antique dealers and art gallerie..

  • 7 Horta Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Américaine 25 B - Bruxelles

    A must for Art Nouveau lovers, the museum occupies two narrow houses built by Victor Horta between 1898 and 1901 as his home and studio. This huge project is a wonder of harmony and elegance, the very essence of Art Nouveau with glass and iron taking..

  • 8 Royal Greenhouses Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. du Parc Royal B - Laeken

    North of the Laeken royal estate lies a town in glass, a group of greenhouses incorporating fine architectural décor and housing a rich botanical collection. Built in the late 19C by architect Alphonse Balat (1819-1895), they are composed of multiple..

  • 9 Magritte Museum, Brussels Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Royale 1 B - Bruxelles

    The Magritte Museum exhibits some 250 of the 1 200 works by one of the leading lights of Surrealism, or the "immediate knowledge of reality", as he himself defined the movement. Drawings, oil paintings, gouache paintings, posters and sculpt..

  • 10 Museum of Musical Instruments Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Montagne-de-la-Cour 2 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Since June 2000, the admirableOld EnglandArt Nouveau building, designed by Paul Saintenoy in 1899, has housed this internationally renowned museum of musical instruments (MIM). Some 7 000 instruments from all over the world and from every era make up..

  • 11 Galeries Royales St-Hubert Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Marché-aux-Herbes B - 1000 Bruxelles

    In 1846, the architect Cluysenaar built an elegant Classical pilastered façade at the top of rue de la Montagne. The Galerie du Roi and Galerie de la Reine are covered with a glass vault on a metal framework. The galleries are home to many luxury sho..

  • 12 Belgian Comic Strip Centre Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. des Sables 20 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This centre is housed in the magnificent Art Nouveau building designed by Victor Horta in 1903 for the Waucquez textile house. Here, visitors will now find everything about making a comic book, see original drawings by the great artists and enter the..

  • 13 Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudule Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Ste-Gudule B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Since 1962, the former collegiate of Sts Michael and Gudule has shared the title of cathedral of the archdiocese of Malines-Bruxelles with St-Rombault de Malines. This is a fine Gothic monument built from the 13C to 17C. Inside, the Brabançon nave is..

  • 14 Autoworld Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc du Cinquantenaire 11 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Since 1986, the glasshouse of the southern hall of the palace has housed around 400 vehicles including many luxury makes (Cadillac, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce etc) While the exhibition contains cars from members of the Royal Veteran Car Club, most of the ve..

  • 15 Atomium Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd du Centenaire B - 1020 Bruxelles

    The Atomium was created for the Universal Exhibit of 1958. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn, it represents a ferrous crystal molecule, enlarged 165 billion times. It is made up of 9 spheres linked by tubes; each sphere has two floors for temp..

  • 16 Les Marolles Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Blaes B - Bruxelles

    Between Notre Dame de la Chapelle and the Hal gate, this was traditionally a poor working district with its share of social problems. Here, it is said, the true Brussels inhabitants still live, but this is a rare breed; the zwanzeur spirit (cocky yet..

  • 17 Place de Brouckère Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de Brouckère B - Bruxelles

    In 1871, the mayor Jules Anspach decided to endow Brussels with a centre in keeping with its status as a capital. The French architects employed a Haussmannian model and used stone, a novelty in brick-built Brussels! If the square sung about by Brel ..

  • 18 Bois de la Cambre Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    av. de la Laiterie B - Bruxelles

    With undulating scenery surrounding a lake, this green oasis cuts into the capital as far as the southern end of avenue Louise. The English-style park (1860) is popular with joggers, and the lawns are handy for picnics. Bordered to the east by the sm..

  • 19 Musee Belvue Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Palais 7 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Bellevue, a mansion built in 1777 in the neo-Classical style, was formerly a luxury hotel, then incorporated into the Royal Palace as a residence for Princess Clémentine, daughter of Léopold II. Today, it houses two museums, where visitors can learn ..

  • 20 Petite rue des Bouchers Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Petite Rue des Bouchers B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This small street lined with touristic restaurants is also home to the famous Toone Puppet Theatre which is held very dear by the people of Brussels.

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