The capital of Belgium, Brussels is a place that is surely worth a visit. It may not be popular among tourists as some other cities in Belgium, but still it has so much to offer. If you are looking for a real Belgian experience away from the crowded cities with lots of tourist, then Brussels is the best choice. Here you can enjoy a visit to a number of museum, art galleries and coffee shops. We have put up a list of the most interesting places to visit in this city.
1. Mannekin Pis
The most photographed statue in Brussels, local like to call this piece of sculpture. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy. It is a small fountain of a boy and there is water emerging from his metal penis. Usually the boy has no clothes on, but sometimes on different occasions the boy is dressed up. The statue was made in 1619 and throughout the history it was even stolen a couple of times, but always somehow retrieved. Not much is known about the origin of the Mannekin Pis statue, thou there are legends about it.
2. Belgian Comic Strip Center
If you are into comics then this place will be a real treasure for you. This amazing building that was designed by Victor Horta has become a home for the famous Belgian Comic Strip Center. Here you can find a huge collection of comic strip drawings that were done by Belgian and French artists. There are many manuscripts, draft sketches and people from all over the world come to see this remarkable center.
3. Grote Markt
The Unesco world heritage site, the Grand Palace is surely the most visited tourist attraction in Brussels. Unique and elegant architecture is what makes this place so special. The past of this place was not glamorous at all. It the medieval ages this area was swampy, after that the wooden houses were built by the rich and soon it became the main commercial administrative center of the country. In the 15th century this site was still used for public executions. Today Grote Market is a beautiful site with a flower market and sometimes with outdoors concerts as well.
One of the best known Brussels landmarks is the Atomium. It is kind of a weird structure, 102 meters long and was designed by the known architect Andre Waterkeyn. This structure presents a molecule of iron and tourists can enter the spheres even. The only bad news is that it is not in the center of the city, so you will probably need to use some public transport. Right next to the Atomium is the Heysel Park, which is dedicated to leisure and recreation. This is a perfect place to relax with your friends and have a picnic outside the city center.
5. Saint Michael Cathedral
This cathedral is dedicated to St. Michael and St. Gudula. The church was founded in 1225, thou it was not competed until the 15th century. The interior of the place is simply amazing. It has 69 meter high towers that were designed by the famous Jan VAN Ruybroeck. Surely the Saint Michel Cathedral is one of the most amazing cathedrals in whole of Belgium.
Brussels is a lovely city and the center of economical and administrative power of Belgium. After the sightseeing of comic strips, cathedrals, sculptures and other historical monuments, don’t miss out to try the local Belgian food and visit some of the beautiful coffee shops in these narrow streets.