The 36 best sights of Brussels – descriptions and photos

The 36 best sights of Brussels – descriptions and photos

In contrast to the frivolity of the city’s main symbols, the Grand Place, in whose immediate vicinity the Pissing Boy is located, is built in a strict Gothic style.

Royal Palace in Brussels

The Royal Palace in Brussels sits on a small hill in Brussels Park. The strategic advantages of its location have made it an attraction for the monarchs for centuries.

Brussels Royal Museum

The Royal Museum in Brussels is a complex of art museums and has one of the largest collections of sculpture and painting. The replenishment of the museum collection takes place either by purchases of works or simply by gifts from private individuals, which is very common in Belgium.

Atomium Monument

One of the symbols of the Belgian capital, Brussels, is the Atomium, a monument symbolizing the limitless peaceful possibilities of atomic energy. Shiny with metal, the monument is a model of an iron molecule magnified 165 billion times.

Peeing Boy

One of the most famous and popular attractions in Brussels, Piss Boy or Manneken Pees is a small bronze sculpture of a boy peeing in a fountain. Several times a week the “Peeing Boy” is dressed in costumes, of which there are now several hundred.

City Hall in Brussels

On one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, the Grand Place, in the historic center of Brussels, stands the famous Brussels City Hall, built in the late Gothic architectural style, one of the most important symbols of the Belgian capital.

St. Michael’s Cathedral in Brussels

St. Michael and Gudule’s Cathedral rises majestically on Trorenberg Hill, between the upper and lower town, and is rightly considered the main cathedral of Brussels. In the 11th century St. Michael’s Church, built in Romanesque style, stood on the site.

Autoworld in Brussels

Under the steel structure of the Autoworld Brussels, located in the Palais Mondial, over 300 cars are on display, the basis of the collection being the personal collection of Ghislain Mai.

Waterpark in Brussels

For adults and children alike, a visit to the Brussels Aquapark Oceade in the north of the city is a lot of fun. There are water slides, covered and open-air pools with waves, baths, saunas and Jacuzzis. There are bars and restaurants, so you can find something to eat.

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Sacré Coeur Basilica in Brussels

The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which symbolizes the love of God for people, the Catholic Church celebrates on the 12th day after the Trinity. Several beautiful churches are dedicated to it, the most famous being the Basilique Sacré-Coeur in Paris.

Brussels Botanical Gardens

A flowering corner surrounded by skyscrapers and expressways – in modern Brussels the botanical garden looks like a small miracle. Yet it has been in the north of the Belgian capital for almost 200 years.

Waterloo

The city of Waterloo has the status of one of the most popular places among travelers in Belgium, because the famous battle between Wellington’s troops and Napoleon’s army took place near it in 1815. And today all the sights of the city, in one way or another, are associated with this battle.

Halle Gate

The powerful stone construction with a high tower is a monument of the Middle Ages, the only extant piece of the fortified wall surrounding Brussels in the 14th century. For 300 years the Halle Gate served as a customs post.

Charles of Lorraine Palace

The Palais de Charles de Lorraine, begun in 1757, was the Brussels residence of Charles Alexander of Lorraine, governor-general of the Austrian Netherlands from 1744 to 1780.

Palais de Justice in Brussels

“The slant-armed architect” is the most censorious nickname given by the malignant Belgians to Joseph Poulard, the author of the design for the Palais de Justice in Brussels. King Leopold II’s subjects reacted negatively to the fact that some 3,000 private homes were demolished to build it.

Haasbeck Castle

The Castle of Haasbeke Ball was built around 1236 as a defense against neighbors, and is located in the commune of Lennic, southwest of Brussels. The castle houses several valuable collections of art and everyday objects from different eras.

The Royal Galleries of St. Hubert

The Galeries Royales St-Hubert are located in Brussels and are a unique combination of cultural style and commercial spirit united under a magnificent glass roof.

The Royal Museums of Art and History

A large museum complex combines four institutions in the center of Brussels: the Museum of Art and History, the Halle Gate, the Museum of the Far East and the Museum of Musical Instruments. They were created at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and preserve thousands of objects related not only to Belgium and its capital.

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Lachen Cemetery

Back in the 13th century there was a village of the same name with a small church and a cemetery on the site of the Brussels district of Laeken. The city swallowed it up along with many other suburbs, and 500 years later it was decided to remove all the parish cemeteries outside the capital for hygienic reasons.

ADAM Museum

One of the youngest and most unusual museums in the Belgian capital opened in 2015 next to the symbol of Brussels, the Atomium. As its name suggests (Art & Design Atomium Museum), it is dedicated to art and design.

Brussels is an extremely interesting city for tourists, and it attracts travelers first of all by its rich architecture (buildings built in the Gothic style are especially impressive) and interesting monuments. Among the latter is the famous Peeing Boy, a kind of symbol of Brussels and all of Belgium.

Crowds of tourists rush to this fountain and are usually disappointed by its size – in their imagination the fountain is usually disproportionately larger than the original.

Religious architecture in Brussels is represented primarily by the old St. Michael’s Cathedral, but no less interesting is the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, which was built from 1905 to 1969, with interruptions during the two world wars. The monumental brick and concrete church with two tall towers and a greenish copper dome, which is 89 meters high, is the architectural dominant feature of northwest Brussels and the sixth largest Roman Catholic church in the world.

For those with a more serious interest in art, however, the Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Arts will delight you immensely. It is located not far from the Royal Square and has a rich collection of paintings and sculptures. The museum is divided into two large sections: the Museum of Ancient Art, famous for its collection of old masters, such as Rubens, Bautes, Memling, Bruegel and Breughel, and the Museum of Modern Art, whose main pearl is the collection of works by René Magritte (although paintings by Paul Delvaux, Picasso, Chagall and Henry Moore are also definitely worth seeing).

Many city events are also associated with the Pee Boy, he is periodically dressed up in national costumes from around the world, and to keep the Boy company, at the end of the 20th century, a Pee Girl and a Pee Dog were added.

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The Royal Museum of the Army and Military History has a very different exhibit. Usually tourists bypass it because Belgium has never seemed to be a military power. However, the collection of uniforms, weapons and artillery is truly impressive, as is the hangar with 130 military aircraft.

Auto enthusiasts are advised to visit the Automir exhibition – it is one of Europe’s best collections of vintage cars. At the exhibition you can trace the entire history of automotive development from the horse carriage to the modern popular cars.

Attractions in Brussels

Pissing Boy Atomium Brussels Airport Museum of Fine Arts Children’s Museum Palace of Justice

The site contains Brussels sights – photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular guidebooks and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you can find answers to questions: what to see in Brussels, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places of Brussels.

Square

The tiny square is located right in the center of Brussels and attracts tourists with powerful trees, a pond with floating birds and a stunning sculpture of a girl. The first time you enter this square, a strange feeling overtakes you: mysterious Gothic and friendly birds.

Peeing Boy

Peeing boy (photo)

Manneken-Pis is a 61 cm long varmint who made famous not only in Brussels but in Belgium as a whole. He has a lot of admirers and his army of admirers tirelessly grows day by day.

By the way, the baby has a touching life story. In fact, there are many of them, but this is the most famous one. In general, this story is about a father who lost his son. After a long search, he found him peeing in the exact spot where the fountain now stands. The happy father was so moved that he built the fountain to thank fate for saving his son.

Since then, the boy has been granting wishes. You just have to touch it, and then believe.

The boy is popular all over the world. It became a tradition to give him all kinds of costumes and uniforms. The first suit “Peeing Boy” sent the Elector of Bavaria Maximilian-Emmanuel in 1698. Since then, a lot of time has passed and now the boy’s closet consists of 700 costumes.

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By the way, not far from the boy, a girl is peeing (a peeing girl is a symbol of equality). They are accompanied by a peeing dog. It is, according to the idea of its creator, sculptor Tom Franzen, a symbol of the union of different cultures in Brussels.

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Coordinates: 50.84540500,4.34994200

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Atomium

The Atomium (photo)

The Atomium is a symbolic model of an iron molecule, built for the 1958 World’s Fair, just at the time of active research into atomic energy. The Atomium consists of nine spheres with a diameter of 18 meters, connected to each other by special pipes. Six of the nine spheres are accessible to the public. The Atomium should have been dismantled after the exhibition, but since it became too popular, it was decided to keep it.

Today there is a museum here where you can learn about the exhibition and in general learn a lot about atomic energy. And when you take the elevator up to 122 meters you have a panoramic view of Brussels.

Coordinates: 50.89504800,4.34135900

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Belford

The Watch Tower of Belford is a major element of the urban landscape of the old Flemish city of Bruges. The tower is on the main square Grote Markt, just opposite the City Hall. It is very popular among tourists visiting the city.

Brussels Airport

Brussels airport (photo)

Brussels Airport is the largest airport in Belgium, located in the nearest suburb of Brussels, the city of Zaventem. More than once it was recognized as the best airport in Europe.

Today Brussels airport is able to serve up to 20 million passengers per year. In the huge passenger terminal at the same time working about 15 thousand people, serving travelers who can use the services of 209 airlines.

It is Brussels airport that is home to Jet Airways, Brussels Airlines and EVA Air, which arrange their flights to all ends of Europe, making Brussels perhaps the main airport in the region. This Belgian airport has been repeatedly awarded the title of the best airport in Europe.

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You can get to the airport by train, which comes directly under the passenger terminal. You can travel by train to both Brussels and Paris.

Coordinates: 50.89697000,4.48361100

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts (photo)

Museum of Fine Arts is located in Brussels. The exhibits of the museum began to be collected even by Austrian rulers who ruled the territory of modern-day Netherlands. At the end of the XVIII century came the invasion of French troops, which subsequently began to take various paintings to Paris. Those exhibits that were most fortunate were opened for public viewing in the exposition created by Napoleon.

Children’s Museum

Children Museum (photo)

The Brussels Children’s Museum is an exhibition and entertainment center dedicated to the all-round development of children. The museum regularly organizes exhibitions and interactive activities to help children get to know themselves and others better.

The exhibitions and games organized by the museum help children become more open, tolerant and welcoming towards others. Under the guidance of facilitators, children discuss topics such as communication, fear, self-confidence, imagination and others to gain life experiences.

Coordinates: 50.82166500,4.37870500

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Palais de Justice

Palace of Justice (photo)

The Palace of Justice in Brussels, which houses Belgium’s main judicial chamber, is one of the city’s main landmarks and an eclectic architectural monument. The building is considered the largest structure built in the 19th century.

The Palace of Justice is a huge building, measuring 150 and 160 meters on each side and 26,000 square meters, which exceeds the size of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome.

The dome, soaring to a height of 104 meters, weighs 24,000 tons. All in all, the structure has eight courtyards, 27 large and 245 small courtrooms and other rooms. The sight of the palace is impressive in size and serves as an excellent landmark in the city.

Coordinates: 50.83696400,4.35202400

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