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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

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