My wife and I had the vacation of a lifetime when we visited her native country Belgium. We’ve always wanted to trace her family history back so we ventured to Brussels – capital of the European Union (economic and political union of 28 member states).
Brussels had many amenities to offer. There are so many things to see in Brussels and I will highlight some of them here. First of all, how do you get around the city? And secondly, which sights do you see?
My wife and I purchased the 72-hour Discover Brussels card. We stayed for six days so we opted for the 3-day card. There are also 24-hour and 48-hour cards available.
The Brussels Card, hands down, is the best way to see the city. Not only does the card offer free entry to more than 30 museums, but it also gets you free public transportation and deals in boutiques, shops, restaurants and attractions such as Atomium (which I will highlight below).
Once you get to Brussels, there is a free walking tour called Sandemans New Europe Brussels Walking Tour. The tour meets in the square, which was voted the Most Beautiful square in Europe in 2010 by stedentripper.com, every day at 11 AM. It is 3+ hours long and covers the history of the city, the architecture, and even makes a stop at the famous Manneken-Pis. Although the tour is free, the guides do accept tips.
This bar holds the record for most selection of beers standing at 2,004 different brands and is recorded in the The Guinness Book of Records. The drink menu is bound together and is thick as a small phone book. There are so many different brands to try you’ll have to return to Brussels hundreds of times in order to drink them all.
The Atomium is to Brussels what the Sears Tower, now Willis Tower, is to Chicago. It was constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and stands 335-feet tall. The Atomium has nine spheres that visitors can admire and observe which give a remarkable panoramic view of the city.
The most famous peeing statue with a variety of legends behind it can be seen during the Sandemans walking tour. Manneken-Pis is a small bronze sculpture of a little boy urinating in a basin. The most famous story surrounding the statue revolves around the two-year-old lord whose troops were fighting Berthout troops. Mannekin-Pis urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, which led to victory.
To be perfectly honest, I do not remember exact details about the square because the architecture was so beautiful that I was mesmerized by the ornateness and astonishment of the buildings. All I remember was the tour started in the square and from that point on I knew Brussels would be my favorite city to visit.
I highly recommend visiting Brussels if you’re a lover of history, architecture, food, chocolate, and beer. The days were long because there was so much to see so don’t forget your tennis shoes.