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  • 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

  • 2. Grand'Place


    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

  • 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

  • 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

    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


    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

    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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  • 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

  • 14. Coudenberg

    Upper Town | Castle/Palace

    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

    City Park

    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


    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


    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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