FROM THE AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
Brussels has two airports, Brussels Airport and Brussels Charleroi Airport. Brussels Airport is closer to the city, but we travelled to Brussels Charleroi Airport. There is a bus from the airport to the city of Brussels, which drives every half an hour and costs 14€ in one way if you book it online. On the bus it was slightly more expensive, 17€ one way. Book your ticket here. When returning to the airport I recommend you to arrive soon enough to the station, we had a tiny problem since when we arrived the bus we wanted to take was already full and we had to wait for another one. Bus stops at South station and from there you have any connection you want – bus, train and metro. If you prefer to walk it takes around half an hour to get to the main square. There are other options too, but this one is the cheapest.
Most of the must-sees in Brussels are accessible by foot, actually I recommend walking to most of the attractions, all are in a walking distance and if you plan your walking right there is a lot of really pretty parks to walk in. There are a few attraction that are a bit far from the center of the city, you’d have to travel with metro. One ticket costs 2,10€ and it is valid for one hour. Important, to buy the ticket you need change, the machines don’t accept the bills!
One of the Brussel’s most known attraction. It is worth seeing from the outside as well as from the inside. There is a permanent exhibiton and a temporary one. I suggest you check which one is temporary HERE
Next to Atomium lies the village of Mini Europe – miniatures of most known European attractions, with sound effects and everything. It is really great for big and small children. You can get tickets for the Mini Europe and Atomium online, however combined tickets that are cheaper can be bought only at the sight itself.
Another one of the main Brussel’s attractions. This one is in the city center and easy to find. Few minutes away from the Grand Place, the boy who pisses. Nobody knows exactly why he’s there and everybody wants to see him. If you are lucky you’ll also see him dressed in some or other costume. We were lucky enough to see this.
The Brussel’s main square, a magnificent view and really something to see. I suggest that you wake up a little early since around 8ish or 9ish in the morning there are only few people there and you can really see the beauty of it.
A must see indeed! There are a lot of chocolate shops around the main square and there is really a lot to see – chocolate in every shape and form. I would also suggest you to try and find one of many chocolate museums ( one of them – Chocolate village is really close to the Basilica of sacred heart ), to get to know a little more about the Belgian chocolate and some tasting.
BASILICA OF THE SACRED HEARTS
Really impressive building but what makes it worth the visit is the park in front of the Basilica. It makes for a really nice walk from the metro to the basilica.
I recommend you get to see the outside of the palace, it is really something. And then you can get lost in the streets behind it – if you’re lucky you’ll find the flee market like we did and the elevator 😉 If you’re not interested in that the park in front of the palace is really nice too.
Well, this is a must see if you ask me. A great place to learn more about the European Union the easy and fun way with the help of an audio guide.
Another pretty park with a bunch of stuff – The museums of Art and History (Cinquantenaire Museum), Aviation, the Army and Military History and Autoworld.
NOTRE DAME DU SABLON
Impressive church near the city center, worth seeing inside and ouside!
EATING & DRINKING
Belgian’s are really proud of their beers and they have really a lot of them. Be warned, their beers are a lot stronger than what we are used to, so drink carefully!
You can get waffles at practically every corner. There’s a bunch of stuff to put on them, from chocolate, fruits, whipped cream, you name it, it’s there. I tried waffles with only strawberries and I was not dissapointed. The waffle itself is very sweet and together with strawberries it was very good.
I liked Belgian fries, the secret is they are fried twice and that’s why it is a bit more crispy. A must try also.
There is a big shopping street, called Reu Neuve and there you have it all:
ICY PARIS WITH URBAN DECAY
and MAC, LUSH, YVES ROCHER and many more which I forgot to take a picture of.
Have you ever been to Brussels? What would you like to experience the most?