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  • 1 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 prehistorical times to the present day. The section on Antiquity is devoted to the civilisations of Ancient Asia (Palestine, Cyprus, Mesopotamia), Greece, Rome and Egypt..

  • 2 Museum of Natural Sciences Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Vautier 29 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This museum has a lovely collection of iguanodon skeletons (dinosaur-like reptiles) which were discovered in a mine in Bernissart, western Belgium, in 1878. The museum also has a spider cage, and fine collections of minerals, shells, insects and an i..

  • 3 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. The 15C and 16C sections include so..

  • 4 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..

  • 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 bubbling, and attracts a crowd of..

  • 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 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..

  • 9 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 that is sure to please. Inside, the Brabançon nave is im..

  • 10 Autoworld Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc du Cinquantenaire 11 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    The glasshouse of the southern hall of the palace houses hundreds of vehicles, including many luxury makes. While the exhibition contains cars from members of the Royal Veteran Car Club, most of the vehicles here come from the prestigious Ghislain Ma..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Museum of Musical Instruments Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

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

    This museum contains 6,000 instruments from the Bronze Age to the present day. Only a part of the collection is on display - there are wind instruments on the ground floor, including saxophones (invented by Dinantais Sax), keyboard instruments on the..

  • 13 Galeries Royales St-Hubert Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

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

    At the top of Rue de la Montagne, the architect Cluysenaar built an elegant Classical façade with pilasters in 1846. 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..

  • 14 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 shops. Here, you will now find everything about making a comic book. We recommend this museum to even young children but also adul..

  • 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 Musee Belvue Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Palais 7 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    The Bellevue mansion was built in 1777 in the neo-Classical style. Formerly a luxury hotel, this was made part of the Royal Palace and served as a residence for Princess Clémentine, daughter of Léopold II. Today, it houses two museums - the Museum of..

  • 19 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.

  • 20 Royal Army and Military History Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Parc du Cinquantenaire 3 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Its collection of uniforms, decorations, arms and illustrations shows military history from 1789 to the present day in Belgium. You will discover Belgian armoured vehicles and foreign models. The Air and Space section includes around 100 aeroplanes. ..

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