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  • 1 Pairi Daiza Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Domaine de Cambron

    This place located on the former Cambron Abbey estate defies classification and has a suitably strange name. In old Persian, Pairi Daiza means "closed garden" - the oldest name for Paradise... and these stunning grounds bear quite a resembl..

  • 2 Le Sablon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 3 Notre Dame de la Cambre Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    av. Emile Duray

    Founded in the 13C, this ancient Cistercian abbey is situated to the south of the lakes of Ixelles. The fine courtyard with its abbatial and monastic lodgings is a harmonious 18C creation. The 14C church has an impressive Mocking of Christ by Albrech..

  • 4 Horta Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Américaine 25

    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..

  • 5 David and Alice Van Buuren Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    av. Léo-Errera 41

    Built in 1928, the house of banker and patron David Van Buuren has an exterior typical of the Amsterdam School. The interior is an Art Deco masterpiece created by Belgian, French and Dutch designers. Furniture, rugs, stained glass, sculpture and pict..

  • 6 House of Erasmus Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. du Chapitre 31

    Built in 1468 and enlarged in 1515, the "Swan" belonged to the Anderlecht Chapter, whose members and illustrious guests lodged here. In 1521, its most famous visitor gave it its current name: Erasmus. Behind its brick walls, the interior ev..

  • 7 Fashion Museum (MoMU) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Nationalestraat 18

    At the heart of this trendy district of young Belgian designers, this museum is housed in a late-19C building, pleasantly remodelled by architect Marie-Josée Van Hee. The permanent collections are presented thematically and regularly revised, allowin..

  • 8 Mariemont Royal Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    chaussée de Mariemont 15

    The museum has rich archaeological and art collections: the first floor focuses on great civilisations with Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities and arts of the Far East (enamel, lacquer, jade). Downstairs are Gallo-Roman and Merovingian objects exc..

  • 9 St-Michel Foundry Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    This foundry lies among wooded hills in the verdant Masblette Valley. A Benedictine community was previously resident here; in the 18C, the last abbot of St Hubert, Nicolas Spirlet, established a metalworks here. In 1966 it was acquired by the local ..

  • 10 Collegiate Church of St Gertrude Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Grand'Place

    Consecrated in 1046, the abbey church has two transepts and two opposing choirs. The late-Romanesque west end or "Westbau" is laid out over five levels. Inside, the church is striking for its dimensions and simplicity; note the gracious 15C..

  • 11 River Ourthe Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The River Ourthe is born of the confluence near Nisramont of two tributaries: a western one which rises near Ourthe in Luxembourg, and an eastern one which begins at Ourt to the south of St-Hubert. Upstream from La Roche-en-Ardenne, it is fast-flowin..

  • 12 Le Hérou Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Pleasant marked footpaths, notably GR 57, cross this 1 400m shale ridge, its rocky soil covered by abundant vegetation, which falls away abruptly, its steep slope plunging down towards the river to the east. At its foot, the river flows through an un..

  • 13 Hotton Caves Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    So far only the cave of 1 001 nights is fully open to the public. The sequence of narrow chambers has a variety of geological formations of remarkable delicacy and very striking colours: calcite white, red, orange, delicate pink with iron traces. In ..

  • 14 Collegiate Church of St Vincent Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Built in the 13C, this sandstone church is decorated with sober Lombard arcading. The nave is striking for its alternating round and trefoil columns, huge galleries and beams. In addition to the rood-screen, note the large marble bas-relief depicting..

  • 15 Bokrijk Open Air Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Around 100 buildings spread over 90ha, illustrating bygone life in the Flemish provinces. Three sections focus on rural life, a fourth is urban. Each rural section corresponds to a region: Kempen, Limburg, and Flanders. The urban section features rec..

  • 16 Magritte Museum, Brussels Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Royale 1

    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..

  • Sint Pieterskerk houses this museum stacked with masterpieces, including the Last Supper altarpiece by Dirk Bouts (1467), a small copy of the Descent from the Cross by Van der Weyden (1440) and an outstanding 13C wooden Head of Christ called "of..

  • 18 Royal Museum for Central Africa Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parking Leuvensesteenweg

    Organised by King Leopold II in 1897, the Congo Exhibition presented the fauna, flora, art and culture of the region so successfully that it became a permanent museum, housed in this building with a Louis XVI-style façade constructed by Girault betwe..

  • 19 Castle and Park Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kasteelstraat 40

    The castle, extensively restored in the late-19C, stands on the edge of a hilly park. It was bequeathed by its owner in 1921 and has belonged to the Flemish community since 1981. The Count of Egmont spent the last three years of his life here. It now..

  • 20 Domaine de Bouchout Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Nieuwenlaan 38

    This park is laid out with woodland areas alternating with lawns, lakes and lone-standing trees. Depending on the season, strollers will see clumps of hydrangeas, magnolias, rhododendrons, oak and maple trees. The Plant Palace has a signposted route ..

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