5 good reasons to go to Brussels
To see / do
Culture and history
A UNESCO World Heritage Site
The central square in Brussels - known as the Grand-Place - is registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. Its three major monuments - la Maison des Corporations des Brasseurs (the Brewers Corporations house), l'Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) and la Maison du Roi (King’s house) - have illustrated the city’s richness since the 15th century. Get a glimpse of the Maison du Roi fountain - the Manneken-Pis ("Lil' Piddler") is there! The bronze statue of a little boy urinating is the symbol of Brussels.
Like in a bubble
An Art Nouveau building designed by Horta is home to the Belgian Comic Strip Centre. Book your plane ticket and head to this museum now. From the creation of the first comic strip to the most well-known characters, it reveals all the art’s secrets. Tintin and The Smurfs fans will love the two special areas dedicated to these comics.
An atomic attraction
Near the planetarium and Mini-Europe, the Atomium is a surprising structure shaped like an iron crystal. First built for the 1958 World Fair, the site holds permanent exhibitions and fun temporary shows within its spheres. Cherry on the top: a clear view of the capital.
Friendly estaminet cafés
In case of bad weather, estaminet cafés are perfect for settling down in. Half-way between a café and a bar, they serve both drinks and bites to eat. Bonus: there are often board games available to customers. One of the best in Brussels is the Poechenellekelder, bursting with old items.
Relaxing in St. Catherine’s Square
Right in the centre of the city is St. Catherine’s Square. This charming square is lined with countless restaurants and bars. As soon as the sun comes out, the terraces fill with people. Sipping a cocktail or eating in front of the church is pleasant at any time of the day.
"Stoemp", a comforting dish
One of Belgium’s traditional dishes is known as "stoemp". It is quite filling and prepared with sausages (or other meats), potatoes and vegetables. Funnily enough, Brussels sprouts are not eaten much in the capital. On the other hand, the famous chicory which is included in the "stoemp" recipe.
Famous Belgian waffles
Fancy a sweet treat? Then head to the waffle shack right away. This traditional speciality is to die for. Soft and warm, they are coated with all kinds of sauces and treats. Do not get them mixed up with Flemish waffles, which are flat and filled with treacle.
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