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Does just the term "tourist attraction". cause feelings of anxiety? While there certainly are some attractions that you are better off driving on by, there are plenty of good ones too. Our Brussels 10Best list can help you sort the worthwhile from the worthless, ensuring only good memories are created this trip.


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Lower Town
Manneken Pis

This statue attracts more tourists and invites more speculation than almost any other site in Brussels. In the 1600s, a bronze statue of a little imp peeing was cast to replace a similar but aging stone statue. No one is sure of its original...  Read More


9
Heysel


Spend a day with typical Belgian families at Brussels' Bruparck. Bring your swimsuit, and take a dip at the Oceadium. The Kinepolis is a movie lover's paradise; with 24 screens and an IMAX theater, it's one of Europe's largest cinemas. Merry...  Read More


Serres Royales


Designed by Victor Horta in the 1870s, these grand forests of glass manage to pull off the trick of being both imposing and delicate at the same time. Among the most impressive greenhouses you will find anywhere. Unfortunately they are only open...  Read More


Musées d'Extrême-Orient


Three attractions in one, the Museums of the Far East comprise the Japanese Tower (actually a pagoda), the Chinese Pavilion, and the Japanese Museum of Art. The pagoda is particuarly attractive as it is surrounded by elegantly formal Japanese gardens.


6
Lower Town
Janneken Pis

Everyone who comes to Brussels knows about the Mannekin Pis, but few people realise that the little peeing boy now has a little sister. Created in 1985, and somewhat hard to find down an alleyway (but very close to the Delirium Café), the...  Read More


Construction of this church began in 1905, commemorating Belgium's 75th year of independence. As a result of world wars and irregular funding, completion of "Belgium's Basilica" took more than 75 years to accomplish. It's recognized as the...  Read More


Palais de Justice


This mammoth edifice was built at the behest of King Leopold II, who wanted to underscore the importance of law and justice in the independent state. Built between 1866 and 1883, it's larger than St. Peter's in Rome and was the largest structure...  Read More


Quartier Européen (EU)

Brussels, the "Capital of Europe," has more than 12 million square feet of office space dedicated to the 20,000 "Eurocrats" who work in the city. Their large complex includes a number of buildings, including the commission's first headquarters,...  Read More




This spectacular cathedral was called the "purest flowering of the Gothic style" by none other than Victor Hugo. Begun in 1226, the church was consecrated as a cathedral only in 1961. Through the years, additions and embellishments have been...  Read More


1
Koekelberg
Mini-Europe


Knock down the Berlin Wall. Make Mount Vesuvius erupt. Perform in a Seville bull ring. You can experience these activities and more at Mini Europe. The most famous monuments and scenes from EU member states are depicted at 1/25th their actual...  Read More


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