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  • 1. Coudenberg/Musée BELvue

    Upper Town

    Under the place Royale lie the remains of the palace of Charles V. Known as Coudenberg, it was first constructed in the 11th century and...Read More

  • 2. Musée des Instruments de Musique (MIM)

    Upper Town

    This four-story building is almost as impressive as the museum it houses. Built in 1899, architect Paul Saintenoy didn't hold back. Its elaborate facade twists...Read More

  • 3. Musée Fin-de-Siècle

    Upper Town

    The collection focuses on an era (1868–1914) when European art stopped gazing all moist-eyed at history and instead turned its attention to the world around...Read More

  • 4. Musée Magritte

    Upper Town

    After years of sharing display space in the neighboring museum complex on rue de la Régence, Surrealist genius René Magritte (1898–1967) finally got his own,...Read More

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  • 5. Palais Royal

    Upper Town

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

  • 6. Palais Royale

    Laeken

    The Belgium Royal Family lives in the Château de Laeken these days, and it's become a tradition to open up their inner-city residence to visitors...Read More

  • 7. Sint-Pieterskerk

    This magnificent Gothic church was originally built in AD 986, though the current version dates to the 15th century. It has survived countless wars, most...Read More

  • 8. Stadhuis

    There is no grander Town Hall in Belgium than Leuven's 15th-century folly. Built to dazzle, the profits from its cloth trade were sunk into letting...Read More

  • 9. Universiteitsbibliotheek

    The original Flemish-Renaissance library was set up in the old Cloth Hall on Naamsestraat in 1636. But after the university was disbanded during the French...Read More

  • 10. Cathédrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudula

    Upper Town

    All royal weddings take place in this fine cathedral, with its twin Gothic towers and stained-glass windows. One namesake, St-Michel, is recognized as the patron...Read More

  • 11. Groot Begijnhof

    Beguinages were where unmarried women could dedicate themselves to God without taking the orders of a nun (poverty, chastity). This is one of the larger...Read More

  • 12. Grote Markt

    At the bustling center of the city is the triangular wedge of the Grote Markt, home to the magnificent St. Peter's Church and Town Hall....Read More

  • 13. M Leuven

    An art gallery that focuses on Leuven and Flemish Brabant artists from the Middle Ages until the 19th century. Its permanent collection includes the work...Read More

  • 14. Musée Juif de Belgique

    Upper Town

    This museum traces the history of the Jewish faith and the fate of its followers in Belgium. The extensive collection includes religious objects dating from...Read More

  • 15. Musée Oldmasters

    Upper Town

    The Oldmasters Museum pays special attention to the so-called Flemish Primitives of the 15th century, who revolutionized the art of painting with oil. The Spanish...Read More

  • 16. Place du Grand Sablon

    Upper Town

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

  • 17. Place Royale

    Upper Town

    There's a strong dash of Vienna in this white, symmetrical square, built in the neoclassical style by Brussels's then Austrian overlords. Elegantly proportioned, it is...Read More

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  • 18. Stella Artois Brewery

    Few realize "Stella," the pilsner of choice among European soccer fans, is even Belgian, but it traces its Leuven roots back to 1726. These days,...Read More

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