Brussels is the capital of Belgium. It has has a population of 1,019,022, making it the largest city in all of Brussels.

History

Brussels was formally founded in 979. It was first a castle built close to the Senne River by Lambert II. The name Brussels is based from Bruocsella, or Broekzele, which in Old Dutch means ‘marshland’.

Brussels photoPhoto by Nicola since 1972

Best Time to Go

The ideal time to visit Brussels is between March and May and September and October. Room prices are more affordable and the crowds are thinner. Rain is pretty common in the country. During summer, the temperatures settle to an average 70 degrees. During winter, it usually settles at 40 degrees.

Top Experiences in Brussels

The Atomium

The Atomium is one of the iconic sites in Brussels. It was created by André Waterkeyn to represent a unit of an iron crystal that’s been magnified several billion times. It has 9 spheres, which are supposed to be atoms, connected by tubes, escalators, and lifts. Each sphere is about 18 meters in diameter, which is about the size of a large apartment.

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Nemo 33

Nemo 33 is the most peculiar indoor swimming pool in the world, with a maximum depth of 34.5 meters (113 ft). Underwater windows enable visitors to look into the pools in various depths. The pool contains 660,500 gallons of non-chlorinated exceptionally filtered spring water.

Designed and built by John Beernaerts, the pool has been enjoyed by divers and swimmers for almost 40 years.

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Délirium Café

The Delirium Café’s basement has walls crammed with ad-panels, posters and neon signs accumulated through the years. Beer trays from all over the world are nailed to the ceiling, and the room is encircled by glass display cases of special edition beer glasses. The art is pretty much dedicated to beer, as the ceilings and walls are covered in beer slogans, glasses, trays, classic advertising plaques – making it the ideal setting for a beer-filled evening.

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Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

The most notable of Leopold’s creations in Brussels, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken on the grounds of the Palace of Laeken constructed between 1884 and 1886. It is an extravagant invention, with twelve pavilions connected to the decoration the Winter Gardens.

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The Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art

The Belgian Comic Strip Center has honored heroes and the artists for more than 25 years. The Belgian Comic Strip Center (BCSC) is a veritable shrine devoted to commemorating the founders and heroes of the ninth art.

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Grand-Place

Brussels’ magnificent Grand Place is one of the world’s most unforgettable ensembles. It is famous for its architecture and prosperity.

The square is surrounded by guildhalls, beautiful buildings from the 14th to 17th century, and Brussels’ Town Hall. The 110 x 68 meter Grand Place features the Flower Carpet, an event that showcases the creation of colorful carpets using 700,000 begonias.

The Grand Place is an outstanding mix of artistic and architectural styles that characterize the diverse society and culture of the region.

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Musical Instruments Museum

The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) is a music museum in central Brussels, Belgium. Affectionately shortened to MIM, the museum features a solid lab where people can experiment with instruments. A beautiful glass lift and a patio café can be visited at the beginning or the end of your trip.

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Mini-Europe

Brussels Mini Europe has been a team effort commissioned by the Belgian government and opened by Prince Philip in 1989. Mini-Europe is a theme park featuring miniature 1 is to 25 scaled models of monuments found all over the European Union.

People agree that this is a fantastic place to bring children. If you don’t have little ones in tow, you can still be impressed with the depth of these smaller structures.

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Manneken Pis

The statue of a boy peeing to the water fountain would be to Brussels how the Statue of Liberty is to New York or how Big Ben is to London . However, do not expect anything big. The statue is very small, at 61cm (2ft) in height. The statue is dressed in several tiny costumes multiple times per week. So far, it has hundreds of costumes. The Friends of Manneken Pis society keeps and cares for the costumes.

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Chez Moeder Lambic

Behind windows adorned with beer decals, this quirky brown cafe is the ideal beer spot in Brussels. Sample a few of its brews while browsing its collection of dog-eared comics.

Chez Moeder Lambic promises to have over 800 unique beers in stock. Judging from the beer menu, the real number is most likely closer 200. But it’s still pretty impressive.

The pub serves food that will adequately complement your beer. At any point of the afternoon, the place is full of beer aficionados wanting to taste and craft beer. Many of them have traveled from other breweries just to visit Chez Moeder Lambic.

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Museum of Radiology

The Belgian Museum of Radiology in Brussels (Military Hospital Queen Astrid, Bruynstreet 2) was established in 1990 with a lot of volunteers headed by Prof. René Van Tiggelen. The Professor has been its managing director ever since.

The memorial includes separate rooms which recreate, with the help of life-sized dummies, scenes of health discoveries. In one room, all the mannequins are dressed in 19th-century garb. There’s a spectacle of Professor Rontgen (the person who discovered x-ray imaging) revealing to his spouse an x-ray he took of her hand.

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Le Cercueil (The Coffin)

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Le Cercueil was presented to the world last 1974 after the release of “The Exorcist.” This place is special because of its ambiance and decoration. From the dim lighting, black walls, and the little red lamps, you can see skulls and coffin lids. You won’t believe it’s a pub. The interior is well designed, built around the “Grave” motif. You can have your drink in a skull or a coffin.

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Autoworld

Autoworld displays the most significant ensembles of Europe of 20th-century and classic cars. Among the cars, you can also view the Harley Davidson the king gifted to the Belgian police when he decided his biker days were done.

The is hailed as a “400 vehicle per time travel experience.” Built inside one of those ‘palaces’ Autoworld is a wonderland for auto enthusiasts who can admire the displays for hours.

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