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  • Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée

    1. Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée

    Lower Town | Museum/Gallery

    It fell to the land of Tintin to create the world's first museum dedicated to the ninth art—comic strips. While comics have often struggled...Read More

    Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée
  • Grand'Place

    2. Grand'Place

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This jewel box of a square is arguably Europe's most ornate and most theatrical. It's a vital part of the city—everyone passes through at some...Read More

    Grand'Place
  • Hôtel de Ville

    3. Hôtel de Ville

    Lower Town | Government Building

    Dating from the early 15th century, the magnificent Gothic-era Hôtel de Ville dominates the Grand'Place. It's nearly 300 years older than the...Read More

    Hôtel de Ville
  • 4. Les Marolles

    Upper Town | Neighborhood/Street

    If the Grand'Place stands for old money, the Marolles neighborhood stands for old—and current—poverty; though times are changing, the area still...Read More

  • 5. Manneken Pis

    Lower Town | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Despite drawing sightseers for centuries and launching a countless number of tchotchkes, the minuscule statue of the peeing boy may leave you...Read More

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  • 6. Musée des Instruments de Musique (MIM)

    Upper Town | Museum/Gallery

    If you've ever wanted to know what a gamelan or Tibetan temple bell sounds like, here's your chance; in addition to seeing more than 1,500...Read More

  • 7. Musée Fin-de-Siècle

    Upper Town | Museum/Gallery

    One of the big pluses of the Royal Museums' reorganizing of its collection back in 2013 has been the opening of this gallery, dedicated to the...Read More

  • 8. Musée Horta

    Museum/Gallery

    The house where Victor Horta (1861–1947), one of the major founders of Art Nouveau, lived and worked until 1919 is the best place to see his...Read More

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  • 9. Musée Magritte

    Upper Town | Museum/Gallery

    After years sharing display space with his contemporaries in the neighboring museum complex on rue de la Régence, Brussels's own surrealist...Read More

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  • 10. Palais Royal

    Upper Town | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The Belgium Royal Family vacations in the Chateau de Laeken, so it's become a tradition during the summer months (late July–early September...Read More

  • 11. Théâtre de Marionnette Toone

    Lower Town | Arts/Performance Venue

    This marionette theater troupe has been going for eight generations, performing plays in the old Bruxellois dialect with hefty doses of local...Read More

  • 12. Atomium

    Laeken | Forest

    Like a giant, shiny child's toy rising up out of a forest, the Atomium was created in 1958 as part of the World's Fair of Brussels. Unlike many...Read More

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  • Cathédrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule

    13. Cathédrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule

    Upper Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The twin Gothic towers and outstanding stained-glass windows of the city's cathedral look down over the city. One namesake, Saint Michael, is...Read More

    Cathédrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule
  • 14. Coudenberg

    Upper Town | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Under the place Royale lie the remains of the massive Palais de Charles V, first constructed in the 11th century and upgraded over hundreds...Read More

  • 15. European Union project

    Government Building

    The European Union project brought jobs and investments to the city, but in the process entire neighborhoods were razed to make room for unbendingly...Read More

  • 16. Mini Europe

    Park/Playground

    Just a short stroll from the Atomium lies this kids' favorite, which is essentially a park full of scale models of important European monuments...Read More

  • 17. Musée d'Art Moderne

    Upper Town | Museum/Gallery

    The museum (which shares a building with the Oldmasters and Fin-de-siecle museums) is rather stuck in limbo these days. Much of its exhibition...Read More

  • 18. Musée des Sciences Naturelles

    Museum/Gallery

    The highlights of the Natural Sciences Museum are the skeletons of 14 iguanodons found in 1878 in the coal mines of Bernissart—these are believed...Read More

  • 19. Musée Oldmasters

    Upper Town | Museum/Gallery

    This is one of a series of interconnected art museums, all operated under the banner of the Musées de Royaux des Beaux-arts de Belgique. The...Read More

  • 20. Musées du Cinquantenaire

    Museum/Gallery

    For a chronologically and culturally wide-ranging glimpse into the past, head to the excellent Musées du Cinquantenaire in Parc du Cinquantenaire...Read More

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