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Highlights of Brussels

Fabulous museums, astonishing architecture, and a mischievous statue
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.4 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  This under-appreciated city has much to offer visitors: a spellbinding array of great museums, architecture that's a feast for the... more »

Tips:  Brussels is overall a safe city but there are a few precautions to be taken. Pickpockets have been known to target tourists especially... more »

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Points of Interest

This mischievous statue is located at the corner of Rue de l'Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat.

Though many find the diminutive statue of a boy peeing (which is what manneken pis means) a bit of a letdown, it is in fact, one of the city's most photographed and beloved landmarks. The statue is often dressed up (once even... More

This is the iconic landmark of Brussels--and it should be. This UNESCO World Heritage site is considered by many to be among Europe's most beautiful squares.

Originally built in the 13th century, the square was destroyed during a bombardment by the French in 1694. It was rebuilt soon after in the captivating Gothic style you see now. The Grand... More

Leave the Square via Rue de la Colline (towards the south-east end) to Rue du Marche aux Herbes to get to this marvelous shopping arcade, just a few minutes away.

Whether you are in the mood to shop or not, take a stroll through the gorgeous Galeries Saint-Hubert (also known as the Royal Galleries, which are divided into the Galerie de la Reine, ... More

This is Brussels' best known cathedral. The church was named in honor of the two patron saints of the city: the archangel St. Michael and the martyr St. Gudula. Though construction began in the 13th century, the cathedral was not actually completed until 300 years later when it was given its stunning Gothic facade. The stained glass windows and... More

The next destination is about a 10 minute walk.
This museum, which just opened in 2009, offers a fascinating chance to explore the life and history of one of the world's most lauded surrealist artists, Belgium-born Rene Magritte.

The collection includes photographs, home movies, paintings and even documents Magritte's work in the advertising... More

What better way to end a day of sightseeing than dinner on another of Brussels' most famous squares. Ringed by fashionable boutiques, chic cafes, antique stores and chocolatiers, this is a favorite place for locals and visitors alike to take a promenade, especially on the weekends when the square hosts an antique and book market. Be sure to check ... More