Visit Brussels: 5 Reasons to Plan a Visit

We were excited to check Belgium off our travel list and recently took an ‘Emptynestcation’ to visit Brussels and Brugge. Brussels is bursting with culture, history, food, and architecture and we were ready to soak it ALL in (especially the chocolate, beer and waffles!)

5 things to do in Brussels Belgium

When you visit Brussels there are lots of famous landmarks to explore, and the city is built for pedestrians, so it’s easy to get around. As the capital city of the European Union, Brussels is an important hub for international business, politics, and cultural exchange, so it’s bustling with activity.

gothis architecture in Belgium

If you’re looking for an exciting and unique travel experience, Brussels, Belgium is definitely worth considering!

Here are 5 things you cannot miss when you visit Brussels, Belgium:

1. Grand Place

Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium

This UNESCO World Heritage building is the central square of Brussels, and is overflowing with history, cafes and stunning architecture.

Grand Place in Belgium has stunning architecture

2. Sample Delicious Cuisine when you Visit Brussels

fresh seafood in Brussels
Fish soup is a local delicacy and was PERFECT to warm us up since we visited in February!

Brussels is famous for its cuisine, including Belgian chocolate, waffles, and beer. You’ll find many opportunities to indulge in local specialties while exploring the city, and since Belgian chocolate is world-famous you have to try it!

3. Manneken Pis statue

Mannequin de Pis 1Temporarily Lost

This little bronze fountain statue of a boy peeing is a quirky and beloved landmark and is located in the historic city center, just a short walk from the Grand Place. It’s worth walking by for a giggle and to see what all the fuss is about.

4. Enjoy the Parks when you Visit Brussels

Parc du Cinquantenaire | Brussels | DK Eyewitness Travel

Take a wander through the parks and gardens of Brussels for a peaceful escape from the noise of the city. The Parc du Cinquantenaire and the Bois de la Cambre are located in the heart of Brussels and are the perfect place to rest, have a picnic or simply sit on the benches and enjoy the scenery.

5. Climb the Atomium

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The Atomium building is an iconic landmark in Brussels and it features nine interconnected spheres, which are designed to resemble an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Visitors are allowed to climb to the top of the Atomium to soak in panoramic bird’s-eye views of the city!

The Atomium building is an iconic landmark in Brussels

Brussels offers a unique blend of history, culture, food, and architecture. It’s easy to reach and quite central, making it the perfect location to start your European travels.

Have you planned to visit Brussels?

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Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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