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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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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  • 5. 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

  • Cathédrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule

    6. 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
  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • Place du Grand Sablon

    10. Place du Grand Sablon

    Upper Town | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Once nothing more than a sandy hill, "Sand Square" is now an elegant place, surrounded by numerous restaurants, cafés, and antiques shops, some...Read More

    Place du Grand Sablon
  • 11. Place Royale


    There's a strong dash of Vienna in this white, symmetrical square; it was built in the Neoclassical style by Austrian overlords. Elegantly...Read More

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