Brussels is the heart and the beauty of Belgium. It is lively, busy, modern, and at the same time - relaxed, charming and aristocratic. How you want to see it - depends on you. But we want to offer you a unique guide and list of of 5 places you must see in Brussels! Places that represent its culture, its lifestyle and connection between the past, present and future. Welcome to the capital of Europe and one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
1. The Grand Place / Grote Markt
There is a proverb saying that all roads lead to Rome. In Brussels, all roads lead to the Grand Place (or Grote Markt), the central square of the city, where the Town Hall and the Breadhouse with the Museum of the City of Brussels are located. The square belongs to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Traditionally, once in two years, in August, the square is getting covered with the huge "flower carpet" with the millions of colorful begonias set up in patterns. Of course, during these few days, Brussels is getting overcrowded with visitors, but it is beautiful, indeed.
Atomium is actually a building that was originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. It is 102 m tall, and its 18 m diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Nowadays this is museum, and from the top sphere you can enjoy a breathtaking, beautiful panoramic view on the city. Another interesting fact is that few years ago BBC named Atomium "the most bizarre building in Europe". Definitely worth visiting!
3. Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum is located in the heart of the Brussels. If you pass it, even without any knowledge about this museum, this building for sure will gain your attention by its creative architecture and interesting forms. The museum is part of the Royal Museums for Art and History and has a collection of more than 8,000 of music instruments! Its collections represent Belgian musical history, European musical traditions, and non-European instruments. Moreover, during the tour you will get earphones, so you will be able to hear how they actually sound! Isn't it just amazing?
4. The Manneken Pis
This is a real symbol of the city. Manneken Pis literally means "Little Man Pee". This small statue (only 61 cm tall) of a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin was placed here in 1618 and has a lot of legends around saying who was this boy and why the sculptor was created. The statue is dressed in costume several times each week, according to a published schedule around the fountain, and his wardrobe consists of several hundred of costumes! Not everyone knows, but there is also Jaenneke Pis (Little Girl Pee) which was intended to form a counterpoint to the Manneken Pis, and Zinneke Pis (Dog Pee) that was erected in 1998.
5. Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a Roman Catholic church in Brussels, one of the most impressive buildings in the city and probably, one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture in the world. If you get there, you may be starring for its greatness, looking at its details, wondering its external and internal beauty for hours! Nowadays it is mostly used only for Catholic ceremonies of national interest, for example, royal marriages or state funerals. So planning your trip, don't forget to include it in your "must see" list.
There is a proverb saying that the best way to learn to city is to get lost. So, sometimes lists are not even needed. That's why when you will be done with these places, just forget about everything and enjoy the vibe of the city. In Brussels you have all the chances to experience one of the most remarkable trips of your life, so use this it!