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Best of Brussels

Hayley at Holiday Hamster has been researching the ‘Best of Brussels’, giving you top travel tips of what to see, do and eat in this beautiful city.

Best Things To See

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place

Surrounded by nearly forty guildhalls and other stunning buildings from between the 14th to the 17th century. Grand Place is an iconic square in the centre of Brussels that attracts thousands of visitors every year. This makes it one of the most important landmarks in Belgium. The Grand Place is also home to the Flower Carpet an event that takes place every two years.

Atomium

Originally built for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussel’s World’d Fair is the building Atomium. This building is nowadays known as the most popular tourist attraction and the symbol of Europe’s capital. There are 8 levels over 5 spheres which are open to the public. One of which includes a restaurant offering a gourmet menu. In the evening there is a special show with 2970 LED lights that light up 9 spheres.

Atomium, Brussels

Atomium, Brussels

Mannekin Pis, Brussels

Mannekin Pis, Brussels

Mannekin Pis

The Mannekin Pis is a landmark in Brussels of a small bronze sculpture showing a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. Since the 15th Century the statue played an important role of distributing drinking water. This system was well known throughout Europe. This statue has over 900 outfits and 100 of them are presented in The Museum of The City of Brussels.

Best Things To Do

City Sightseeing 

Hop on an open top red double decker bus where you can enjoy the sights of Brussels. You can hop on and off at any of the stops on the red or blue lines. Depending on what time you have you can purchase either a 24 or 48 hour ticket. The tour takes approximately 75 minutes. This is ideal for those only staying in Brussels for a short time.

Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing Tour, Brussels

Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing Tour, Brussels

Chocolate Walking Tour, Brussels

Chocolate Walking Tour, Brussels

Chocolate Walking Tour

Head deep into the heart of Brussels where you can appreciate the quality and flavours of the local chocolate. On this 4 hour tour you will taste the local chocolate. And find out what the top ones are and where to buy them in the city. You will also learn the art of making chocolate and will become the chocolate master.  Making your own shapes and decorating them different ingredients.

Christmas Markets

If you visit Brussels during the Christmas Season then it is recommended that you visit the Christmas Markets. On the 2km trail of stalls you will be able to stock up on plenty of gifts for friends and family. You can enjoy the Magical Son & Lumiere illuminations on the Grand Palace, or enjoy a ride on the merry-go-round. Or even the big wheel. And to get you more in the festive spirit you can take to the ice rink and enjoy skating with others.

Christmas Markets, Brussels

Christmas Markets, Brussels

Best Things to Taste

Asparagus Flemish Style

Asparagus Flemish Style

Asparagus Flemish Style

A dish that most Belgians have eaten is the Asparagus Flemish Style which consists of four ingredients: Asparagus, Butter, Eggs and Parsley. The asparagus is mostly boiled or steamed and the other ingredients are used to make a sauce that the asparagus is served in to make this delicious Belgian dish.

Filet Americain

Filet Americain is a very popular traditional dish in Brussels, and should be served with a large portion off Belgian fries, not forgetting a pint of fresh Belgian beer. Only then will you have experienced an authentic Brussels experience.

Filet Americain

Filet Americain

Flemish Carbonnade

Flemish Carbonnade

Flemish Carbonnade

This is a popular Belgian beef and beer stew and is quite similar to the French Beef Bourguignon but not cooked with red wine. This dish is seasoned with thyme, bay leaves and mustard, and is usually served with fries or bread and accompanied by a Belgian beer.  A perfect hearty meal during those colder months.

If you would like to visit Brussels, then call our team at Holiday Hamster on 08000 988 955. ‘Wheel Run Around For You’ in order to plan your perfect holiday to this beautiful city.

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