Vibrant Brussels

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium and this vibrant city is a fascinating place with amazing history and stunning architectural buildings. The Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful squares you can find in Europe. The Grand Palace is the central square of this amazing city. It is famous around the world for its decorative and appreciation of its beauty. The Grand palace is surrounded by the City Hall, the guild houses and the Maison du Roi. Have coffee in the many cafes surrounding the square and enjoy the marvellous architecture and its breathtaking beauty.

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You can also visit Galeries Saint Hubert, a beautiful covered shopping place. And while shopping or just taking a walk, you can probably visit the Manneken Pis. The Manneken Pis was designed in 1388 and is one of the most representative and loved symbols of Brussels, originally serving as the means by which many people received water. It is a small bronze statue that is about 50 centimetres and represents a small naked boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. I would also like to add a sightseeing tour by bus where you can hop on and hop off. It will give you a good overview of what Brussels is besides the Grand Palace and Manneken Pis.

Don’t forget to buy chocolates in whatever form you would like since they are probably the best in the world. All chocolate shops allow you to select your own chocolates, as well as selling pre-packaged selections. I would recommend to visit this factory outlet – ‘chocolate lovers unite’. Taste as much chocolate as you want, they have lots and lots of different samples for you to try. They also offer you big discount on purchasing their chocolates.

For lunch, I would recommend Belga Queen on Wolvengrachtstraat (rue Fossé aux Loups). The building it is located in is beautiful with spectacular architecture. Everything about this restaurant has a touch of elegance from the atmosphere to the service to the food presentation and the food is of a high standard. They have a two course fixed lunch menu where they offer different menu each day and it is also displayed on their website, but, of course, you can also order a full meal or just a main course.

If you want to see the Atomium, you can get the metro from De Brouckère or Gare Centrale to Heysel, it will only take you about 15 minutes. The Atomium Brussels is one of the most famous structures in Belgium. It may look strange, but it’s also fascinating. Created for Expo 58, this large, modernist building stands 102 meters tall and features imposing metal spheres that are said resemble the unit cell of an iron crystal and a restaurant that offers great views of the city centre.

If you happen to be in Brussels on a Sunday, I would recommend the Sablon antiques market and the flea market at Place du Jeu de Balles. Brussels ranks as one of Europe’s best capital city for flea market shopping. And to the trained eye, its streets on flea market days are literally filled with treasures. So sharpen your haggling techniques and uncover elusive hidden treasures!