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Sightseeing and landmarks in Brussels

Art museums

Art Museum
“The Magritte Museum presents the largest collection of the renowned Belgian artist René Magritte: 230 works and archives are showcased.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium hold the most important collection of visual arts of the country. Through paintings, sculptures and drawings, over 20.000 artworks and six museums tell our history, from the 15th to the 21st century.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Concerts, films, theatre from classic to contemporary. Check the programme. www.bozar.be/en”
  • 44 locals recommend
Art Museum
“One of the best art museums of Brussels. Expositions vary and change from time to time but include work of world's best artists. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
History Museum
“Well worth visiting. A large museum with an interesting collection of ethnic art works from round the world.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Typical "Art Deco" villa with beautifull gardens. Check opening days/hours on their website: www.museumvanbuuren.be”
  • 8 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Plasticarium - biggest collection of plastic design objects in the world + temporary expo to combine with visit of the Atomium. You won't be disappointed.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Villa Empain is a private house in the Art Deco style designed and built between 1930 and 1934 by Swiss architect Michel Polak for Baron Louis Empain”
  • 11 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“And an art nouveau masterpiece that is home to the Musical Instrument Museum of Brussels (MIM). Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 BruxellesThis museum is totally worth a visit and one of the top things to do in Brussels for music lovers . On display here are truly unique instruments that are exquisite pieces of art in their own right (my faves are the ornately decorated pianos that are adorned with beautiful etchings and paintings of all kinds). Here you can explore more than 2,000 instruments, but the best you can also listen to them! After that you may feel a little hungry. A problem that is easy to fix since the MIM restaurant is located on the tenth floor of the building. Tip: The restaurant is accessible free! From this restaurant you have a breathtaking view of Brussels. Unfortunately, it is often overcrowded - but if you are lucky you can enjoy a delicious Sunday, brunch buffet here. Should it be too crowded the Kwint could be a very good alternative.”
  • 158 locals recommend
History Museum
“impressive collection of weapons, uniforms, planes, etc... + access to the top of the arches”
  • 24 locals recommend
History Museum
“Well worth visiting. A large museum with an interesting collection of ethnic art works from round the world.”
  • 13 locals recommend
History Museum
“Less famous as Delirium Café but their beer collection is still very impressive! The bar is located in an old puppet theatre where they still play shows.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Brewery
“Brasserie Cantillon is the only brewery that you can visit in Brussels (fee: 7€, beer tasting included) and it’s the oldest one in Brussels. It’s a family brewery founded in 1900 and they make gueuze beer.”
  • 19 locals recommend
History Museum
“La visite gourmande émoustille les sens et la curiosité des amoureux du chocolat. Accompagnée par nos audioguides en 7 langues, et une version pour enfants (en 3 langues: FR, NL, UK). Ouvert : du mardi au dimanche. Jour de fermeture : le lundi (lundis fériés ouverts). Semaine : de 9h à 18h From bean to bar, an interactive expérience, accessible to everyone. Accompanied by our audioguides in 7 langages with a children’s version in 3 languages (FR, NL, EN), our gourmet tours will stimulate the senses and curiosity of all chocolate lovers. Open: Tuesday to Sunday. Closing day: Monday (public holiday Mondays open). Week: from 9h to 18h - Weekend and public holidays: 10h to 18h - Last entry: 17h”
  • 4 locals recommend
History Museum
“Nice museum in the centre of the old town. Cheap entry and enough in there to keep you in for a hour or two. Note they have lots of costumes that the Manneken Pis Sculpture wears which are interesting”
  • 7 locals recommend
History Museum
“We suggest you stop here for a drink on your way to the Grand Place, Manneke Pis and the historic center. Toone itself is a historic venue, it's a puppet theater and today a café.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Scenic Viewpoint
“One of the most beautiful views over Brussels is above the Kunstberg. Behind the gardens designed for the 1910 World's Fair, the tower of the gothic town hall on Grand Place towers in the distance. At the weekend street musicians play old classics, ice cream trucks sell the typical Belgian waffles. A few meters further on Place Royale lies the Brussels Museum Mile.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Church
“Eglise monumentale art déco début du 20° siècle. Possibilité de prendre un ascenseur pour les toits. Vue panoramique de Bruxelles exceptionnelle!! Church monumental Art Deco early 20th century. Opportunity to take an elevator to the roof. panoramic view of Brussels outstanding !!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Brussels has been built on hills which creates some stunning views. On Art Mount you will find a bunch of musea such as the Magritte museum (surrealist art), the Bellevue Museum (historical) and of course the MIM (Musical Instruments Museum). You can take the elevator to the upper floor without having to visit the actual museum, and enjoy the stunning view of Brussels! Besides that it is also one of the most imprtant art nouveau buildings in town. While walking down towards the city center you will still be able to have some last views over the stunning center ...”
  • 34 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Take the elevator from down to up, turn your back towards the door and enjoy a magnificent view over Brussels.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The garden of the Mont des Arts has a great view on the Grand-Place and the historic centre of Brussels.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Among the main monuments of the 19th century in Belgium. The greenhouses house a sizeable collection of plants and flowers, particularly exotic ones - Où l'architecture rivalise avec la nature”
  • 4 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Chaque année, au printemps, les Serres de Laeken sont ouvertes au public durant environ trois semaines. Cette tradition, vieille d'un siècle, est toujours respectée.Elle contient encore certaines plantes appartenant aux plantations originelles du Roi Léopold II.”
  • 1 local recommends
Church
“Prettiest church in Washington, DC. Take a tour or eat a decent meal in the cafeteria.”
  • 1 local recommends

Historic sites

Monument / Landmark
“The famous Manneken-Pis remains the emblem of the rebellious spirit of the City of Brussels. His wardrobe counts more than 900 suits.”
  • 161 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Looking for alcohol and people to meet, this is the place! Lots of bars around and a good vibe.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Stunning 19th-century glazed shopping arcade with, among other things, some fine chocolatiers. Other places to bring the credit card include the Avenue Louise and Avenue du Toison D'Or. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Event Space
“Expositions, fairs, Couleur Café festival, restaurant. The newly landscaped park opened recently to the public.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The most disappointing attraction of the world. But hey, it is around the corner, so go there and have a picture taken in front of it.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Event Space
“Tour & Taxis is a large formerly industrial site. The site is composed of large warehouses and offices surrounding a former train station and its spacious central hall. The buildings on the site are made of brick, glass and wrought iron, examples of the quality of 19th-century architecture. Though it was long disused following its loss of importance as a shipping and customs hub, the site has now been partially restored, and is now used for large cultural events.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Potemkine bar, very nice place with funky music and not overly young publique”
  • 14 locals recommend
History Museum
“Underground remnants of the emperor Charlequint’s palace. A view into Brussels’ glorious past under Spanish rule.”
  • 12 locals recommend

Libraries

Museum
“Belgium is all about comics. So if you want to know about it's history, this is the place to be.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Library
“A park with a nice trail to walk through.. close to wield. You can walk through the park on your way to/ from. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Belgian Restaurant
“another must see and eat places in Brussels. Beautiful furnishing, good contemporary dishes”
  • 22 locals recommend
Library
“The place "the Parlementarium" to be visited -free of charge-to know more about the institution”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“That’s a warm little pub in front of the best park of Schaerbeek so the panoramic is beautiful and you have a good selection of beer. The owners is friendly and you can have some games to plays with your friends.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Library
“Basically unknown to the public, this library houses the largest and most important collection for coins and medallions in the world.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Café associatif pas cher, avec un accueil chaleureux et une chouette bibliothèque sur place. Ouvert du mardi au samedi de 10h à 18h30 - vendredi et samedi jusqu'à 23h.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Library
“- behind the Flemish Library and next to the Opera house, Classy and modern. - Chill environment and outlets and plugs to do work daytime - The best free jazz weekend venue friday nights as jazz students and musicians go there to jam.”
  • 3 locals recommend