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Things to do in Brussels

City Of Brussels – Home Of Delicious Belgian Beer and Waffles

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium. Many associate Belgium with the delicious waffles sold on the streets but there’s more things to do in Brussels the snacking on waffles. This amazing city is also a place for anyone that loves getting involved in recreational activities.

 

Things to do in Brussels

Brussels is a city of diversity and there is a lot of things to do in Brussels when on vacation in the city.

 

Brussels Expo

Drop by the largest expo in Belgium where there are plenty of exhibitions. Find out when your favorite exhibition takes place before visiting at the official website where all the events, congresses and exhibitions are listed.

 

Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra

While in Brussels take the chance to listen to the famous Brussels Philharmonic. You read more at the orchestra’s webpage and you can book online to get a chance to enjoy the melodious philharmonic orchestra.

 

Brussels Nightlife

After a long day, enjoy the nightlife at Delirium where a massive choice of beer brands are available. Anyone who enjoys the nightlife should never miss visiting downtown Brussels which is full of mini bars.

 

Brussels Marathon

You can also take part in the annual Brussels Marathon, an event that attracts runner from many parts of the world. To be able to participate register well in advice.

 

Brussels Christmas Market

If you visit the city during winter make sure to visit the Brussels Christmas Market. Here you’ll find  tons of gifts to choose from and bring back as souvenirs.

 

When to go to Brussels

A nice time to go to Brussels is during the winter. Although it might be slightly chilly and damp, it rarely has snowfall but this is the time where the Christmas market is open. If you are looking forward to joining the annual marathon, come over in October, but be aware that the costs of accommodation and other things tend to go up during these periods.

You can also take full advantage of the sight-seeing and indulging in the local lifestyle during the summer. Temperatures are at an average of 22 degrees Celsius (72 ℉) whereby it is warm and sunny. This would also be a great time to visit the Brussels Expo for the different exhibitions.

 

 

 

Things to do in Brussels

Brussels Facts

Population1 138 854
CountryBelgium
LanguageFrench, Dutch
CurrencyEuro
Longitude4.35
Latitude50.85
AirportBrussels Natl, Belgium (BRU)

Brussels average temperatures

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3~6 °C 5~6 °C 10 °C 14 °C 16~18 °C 18~22 °C 21~22 °C 21~22 °C 18~20 °C 13~15 °C 8~9 °C 4~7 °C

OPERA

Brussels Opera House

Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie

Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie or simply la Monnaie as it is often called, is located near De Brouckere metro station in the central parts of Brussels. Residing here is the National Opera of Belgium and they perform traditional as well new innovative opera works from all over the world. La Monnaie is the main venue for opera and ballet in Belgium and is the best place to go to in Brussels if you are a culturally inclined visitor.

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CHOCOLATE-MUSEUM

Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, Brussels

If you're a fan of Belgian chocolate the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, located a stone throw from Brussel's main market square, La Grand-Place. The museum provides an opportunity to discover the world of chocolate, ranging from its origins in the Aztec and Maya cultures who used cocoa thousands of years ago, to the production process as well as how it ended up in Europe. The highlight of the visit to this museum is a demonstration given by a master chocolate maker showing how pralines are made in a traditional way. Go here to read more bout Brussels.

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UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Brussels- Flemish Béguinages

If you are in the Flanders Region in Belgium, check for any nearby Flemish Béguinages, communities formed by religious women who had decided to devote their lives to God without retiring from the world, usually called Béguines. In comparison to a common convent, their miniature towns would have their gates open to the world during the day. UNESCO has listed these communities as World Heritage Sites since 1998 because of their traditional Flemish style combined with the unique religious lifestyle of the Béguines.

La Grand-Place

La Grand-Place is more than just a square. For starters, it is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List because of the great historical importance of the architecture surrounding it, like the Brussels Town Hall. In addition, the square itself is famous for its Flower Carpet, created once every two years, consisting of 1,800 m2 of flowers, so check the dates for the next one! If you want to get the most out of it, visit la Grand-Place both during the day and during the night to be amazed by the lighting and the sights of the buildings. Lastly, if you have had enough of the square, look for the free city tour that starts there. It lasts around two hours and a half and covers all the main attractions of Brussels!

Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta

Spread around the city of Brussels you will find the four Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta, one of the initiators of the Art Nouveau style, inspired by natural forms such as plants or simply curves, as you will appreciate in the buildings. These houses –Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel van Eetvelde and Maison & Atelier Horta– have, for this reason, been recognised as World Heritage by UNESCO since 2000. The warm light, the spaciousness and the round forms of the buildings and the decoration inside will make you feel as if you were dreaming.

Stoclet House

Considered one of the most luxurious private houses of the 20th century, the Stoclet House in Brussels is part of the World Heritage List according to UNESCO. Designed by the Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann, the house has a futuristic and modern look attributable to the Art Déco movement that was about to start gaining force. As we said before, unfortunately, the Stoclet House is still inhabited by the Stoclet family and the inside cannot be visited. However, the views from the outside are definitely worth a visit!

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MARATHON

Brussels Marathon

The Brussels Marathon is an annual October marathon event that was established in 2010. The course will take you around the city of Brussels, starting in Parc du Cinquantenaire at the centerpiece triumphal arch the race will take you through the beautiful Parc de Woluwe towards the village of Tervuren and back again to the city center of Brussels. The event also features a half-marathon and a kids mini-marathon to make sure that every running enthusiast has the opportunity to take part in this great event. Make your way to their website to register for the upcoming marathon!

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GOLF

Golf in Brussels

There are quite a few great choices if you are looking for 18 hole courses near Brussels. One of the hardest courses is the Royal Amicale Anderlecht Golf Club, a course made for experienced golfers looking for a challenge. Another challenging course is Royal Golf Club de Belgique - Ravenstein. If you are looking for a more relaxed golfing experience, Brabantse Golf and Golf de 7 Fontaines offers a milder difficulty.

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WATER-PARK

Water Parks in Brussels - Summer all year long at Aqualibi

If you are in Brussels searching for a water park you’ll probably be pleased to hear that the most famous water park in Belgium is nearby! Aqualibi is the name of it and as a part of Walibi Park it offers you awesome water slides, pools and much more water attractions. With its 29 degrees all year long there is always swimming weather at Aqualibi! Another water park in Brussels is Océade, which has both indoor and outdoor areas where you’re offered a great variety of water slides and other attractions. A day at Océade will be a day well spent!

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THEME-PARKS

Theme Parks in Brussels - Classic rides at Walibi Park

The number one amusement park to visit if you are in Brussels is Walibi Park. Here you will find something for everyone, whether you are going with your family or a thrill seeking group of friends. Other than loads of roller coasters and attractions this park also offers a water park and a 4D theatre to explore. If you want to see what else Brussels has to offer when it comes to amusement parks you can visit one, or all, of the PlopsaLands that are spread out over three corners of the city. If none of the above feels right for you maybe a visit to the classic amusement park Bobbejaanland will work better. There is no doubt that Brussels is home to a great amount of fun!

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