What to see in Brussels in 1, 2 and 3 days. Sightseeing
The best way to combine a trip to Brussels with a visit to neighboring Bruges and Ghent, where you can go by train for an hour and 10-15 €. You can also buy a Russian-speaking tour in Bruges and Ghent for 1 day.
How to get to Brussels
Get into Brussels on the Stib and De Lijn buses for €3 – 4,5 €, or the 8,8 € train. Tickets are sold on Omio, enter Brussels (BRU) – Brussels. Direct buses from here to the capital for 5€ to 14€, or a transfer to Charleroi for 15,5€. Tickets are sold here.
Where to stay in Brussels
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Attractions in Brussels
Here are a few links to tickets and excursions that will help you plan your vacation without wasting time on the spot.
– 25€ (30 museums + public transport pass) – 31.5€ – 12€ – 15.3€
- Sightseeing tour in Russian – € 20.
What to see in Brussels in 1 day
The best way to see Brussels on your first day is to follow a standard tourist route through the historic center. So as not to mix everything in one pile, you can divide the walk into 3 parts. For each part I wrote a separate story.
The historic center of Brussels
The first part includes the most important landmarks of Brussels and its landmarks like the Grand-Place (Market Square), the Atomium, and the Basilique du Sacré Coeur (the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus).
The Royal Palace and Park.
The second part of the itinerary is very short and is dedicated to one of the most beautiful buildings in the city: the Royal Palace. After seeing the palace it is best to go to the Brussels Park (Royal Park) and if you want to have a bite to eat there, surrounded by greenery and fountains.
If you want to know more about the monarchy and the Belgian kings, you can take a guided tour of the Kings of Belgium.
The Peeing Brussels and the Unusual Monuments
The third and last part is one of the most unusual, a route through the famous peeing sculptures of the historic center. The most famous is Pee Boy, followed by the lesser-known Pee Girl and for an appetizer you can find the Pee Dog.
But that’s not all of the fun sculptures. Not far from the center you can find a very funny sculpture called “Joke on a policeman”.
What to see in Brussels in 2 days
When the tourist route is finished, it is worth going to the outlying areas of Brussels. For this, we take the subway and go to the building, which is shown almost in all the news about the European Union.
This is the European Commission building, and you can also see the EU Parliament, the Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary and the Maelbeek metro station where the terrorist attack took place, and as a bonus, two more beautiful squares located nearby.
To get to all this, you have to get off at the already mentioned Schuman or Maelbeek subway station where the tragedy and explosion took place. We were here only 2 months after the events, but the memorial wall still existed at this station, maybe it is still there.
From Maelbeek station on the surface there is a 4-5km walk about the same as on the map below.
At the beginning is not the most interesting place, but if you come here and have time, why not visit two squares Marie Louise Square and Ambiorix Square.
Between the two squares you can notice many historic houses. If you look at a detailed tourist map of Brussels, near these squares there are a lot of marks. It seems that these houses have some historical significance for the city or even for the whole Belgium.
If to cross the road and to get to Ambiorix square you must go through Palmerstonlaan street.
From Ambiorix you walk straight through the Archimedesstraat to the European Commission building. It is only 200-300 meters away on foot and you can see modern Brussels again. Now every time you see the news about Brussels or the EU on TV, you will have a fit of nostalgia, and the news about this building is very often shown.
On the history of the development of the European Union with reference to the appointment of most buildings in this block there is a thematic tour in Russian – Political Brussels.
Park of the fiftieth anniversary
From the European Commission building we go to the Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary, founded in honor of the 50 years of independence of Belgium in 1880.
The Triumphal arch, which could be finished only in 1905. It was planned to be opened together with the park in 1880, adorns the park. It looks even more interesting and larger than the more famous Berlin Arc de Triomphe.
A big plus of the park is the almost complete absence of tourists and the opportunity to relax as on the Champ de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to grab a couple of sandwiches on your way there.
Part of the time in this park can be spent visiting the Belgian Museum of the Royal Army and Military History. The entrance to the museum is behind the arch on the left side.
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00.
- Entrance fee: 26-65 years old – 5 €, 6-26 years old and after 65 years old – 4 €.
- Free: Every first Wednesday of the month from 13:00 to 17:00.
- Directions: Subway – lines 1 and 5, stop Schuman; Bus – 22, 27, 80 stop Merode; Tram – 61, 81, stop Merode.
European Union Parliament
After the museum there is only the European Union Parliament to visit. Go back from the park and walk about 2 km or take bus 27 or 80 to stop Luxemburg.
Parliament is not a single building, but the whole complex and it’s impossible to photograph all at once, so below are a couple of pictures.
And a sign on the wall of the building for those who doubt where it is, that it’s the European Parliament. The inscription is in many languages, including Russian.
What to see in Brussels in 3 days
If after two days you are still wondering “What to see in Brussels”, then move on. Today we are going to the suburbs of Brussels in Laeken/Laken. The Atomium is located in the same area, but it will not be the target this time, and it’s a long way to go for today’s Brussels attractions.
The first place to go is a piece of Asia in Brussels. This is the Japanese Tower and the Chinese Pavilion. The easiest way to get here from the center is to take the streetcar 3 which goes through the historic center and Bruxelles Nord train station. It takes about 25 minutes by streetcar to stop De Wand . If you look at the map, you can see stops much closer to these attractions, but they do not have access to them, although they are close by.
First on the way out of the stop is the Chinese Pavilion. It was built in the early 20th century. It is a complex of building, gazebo, and Chinese garden behind the building.
During our visit, most of the garden was closed for repairs and took very few pictures, and the building itself was partially enclosed by scaffolding.
Even the gazebo was padlocked due to renovations, it was surprising that one of the entrances was open. We even had a suspicion that the entrance had simply been forgotten to be locked by the workers and we were very lucky, as the front entrance was locked with a chain.
Directly from the Chinese pavilion you can see the next object – Japanese Tower . But the entrance to these buildings was tightly closed, and there is no information about how to get there, and I can’t find it on the internet either. If anyone knows how to get there, then share in the comments.
After the Japanese tower will have to walk a few kilometers, because there is practically no transport, and even if it fits to the schedule, it will not help much and take only 1 stop to the Laken Palace. To get the bus you will have to go back to the streetcar stop, so it will take even longer, so I recommend to walk.
The Laken Palace is home to the royal family and is closed to the public. The only thing left to do is to take a picture of it through the fence bars under the gaze of the guards.
Opposite the palace in the center of park Laken there is a monument dedicated to the royal dynasty, more precisely to the first king Leopold I. And this is a good reason to walk around the park, which is open to the public, unlike the palace.
After walking around the column in the park we go back to the Laken Palace, near which there is a bus stop, as the drive to the next object is very far. It is the Botanical Gardens and the Column of Congress .
The closest bus to the Botanical Gardens is bus 230 or 232, get off at the Rogier stop . From the stop to the Botanical Gardens 500m.
The church L’eglise Du Gesu is very unusual-looking and has very straight lines.
The Column of Congress
The last point of the program “What to see in Brussels” was the Column of Congress. It is located near the Botanical Gardens. It was built in honor of the Congress, which adopted the first constitution of Belgium in 1830.
Trip to Brussels for 3 days
If you are planning a budget trip to Brussels, it is best to fly to Charleroi Airport, although it is far from Brussels, but airfare here is cheap, and if you book early, the transfer will cost 5 €.
“The Schengen fee is 0,75€ per day (10 days policy for 30,000€). (Charleroi) and Vilnius-Brussels (Charleroi) from 9 €. From 5 € for a return trip. 10 € return trip.
- 24-hour public transport pass – 7,5 € plus several single tickets for 2,1 €. from 58 € for 3 nights with a coupon for 2.
TOTALLY, a 3-day holiday in Brussels with overnight accommodation and all transfers will cost from 71€ per person for a trip of two.
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