Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Brussels to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.


The original palace of Brussels was built on this site, Coudenberg Hill, beside the current Royal Palace in the late 11th century. Having been rebuilt and extended several times, it was occupied by the Dukes of Brabant, then the Dukes of...  Read More

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts

Together, the Museum of Historical Art and the Museum of Modern Art comprise the world-class Royal Museum of Art. To orient yourself to its collections, pick up a color-coded, English-language map that's included with admissions. The "ancien"...  Read More

Surrealist painter René Magritte was one of Belgium's most famous artists. He and his wife Georgette lived in this suburban house for 24 years, during which time he produced his most famous art. Most people think "bowler hat" when they hear his...  Read More

Musée des Instruments de Musique (MIM)

More than 1500 instruments from around the world are featured at this museum, which occupies one of the city's most beautiful and historic Art Nouveau buildings. Highlights include an entire 17th-century orchestra, a spinet-harpsichord from 1619...  Read More

Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles

This museum, which chronicles the economic, social and political history of the city, first opened in 1887. Located in the "King's House" on the Grand-Place, it tells Brussels' story through old paintings, historic documents, rich tapestries,...  Read More

Le Cinquantenaire

For Belgium's golden jubilee in 1880, Leopold II built this park to showcase the country's finest arts and crafts. Today, its massive buildings house three city museums: Autoworld, the Royal Museum of the Army and Military History, and the Royal...  Read More


The most immediately recognizable symbol of all Brussels, the Atomium finally reopened after a much-needed facelift. The once grubby, sad interior of this "giant silver atom," built for the 1958 Expo, has been spruced up, and it's worth heading...  Read More

This square, one of Europe's most ornate, is the spiritual heart of Brussels. Even today, most of the city's free concerts, fairs, parades and pageants make use of the Baroque masterpiece. In the 17th century, a bombardment devastated the area,...  Read More

Palais Royal

The traditional palace of independent Belgium now houses the king's office, the crown prince's residence, and a small museum with artifacts from the royal dynasty. The palace overlooks Parc du Bruxelles and the parliament building. If the...  Read More

Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée

Often considered laughter-provoking, comic strips in Belgium are serious business, to the point of being referred to as the "ninth art." Belgium's best-known comic export is Tintin, the boy and his dog created by Herge in 1929. Along with...  Read More