After I’ve visited this beautiful belgian city twice, I can write down a list of things to see in Brussels with prices and how to travel around. Talking about the accommodation, I would suggest an hotel close to the Grand Place or tram stops (they link everything you’ll need to see). I stayed at the Neufchatel, a modern and small 3* hotel with breakfast included (yay!). To take advantage of your days in the city you might want to follow my suggestions here: one day take a stroll around Grand Place, see the Menneken Pis, the small Jardin du Mont des Arts and the Magritte museum. The other day go for the Mini Europe and the Atomium, plus the Park De Laeken. No doubts it all depends on how much time you want to spend walking and sightseeing.
It’s a UNESCO World Eritage Site and let me tell you: it’s marvellous. It’s the heart of Brussels and you’ll be surrounded by the Town Hall, the Maison Du Roi and the guildhall. Every two years in August, the pavement is covered by flowers (500.000 begonias). Yes, a real flower carpet will brighten up the square for a few days. Tip: stay away from the restaurants in this area: the view is amazing, prices not at all.
2. MENNEKEN PIS
This minute bronze statue is one of the symbols of the city and it’s worth a visit just because it’s an easy walk from Grand Place. In 5 minutes, you’ll find yourself in front of this peeing baby and… that’s it. Don’t panic if the unruly kid is dressed – he has more than 800 clothes he wears to pay homage to professions. Once you’re done with the conventional photo, eat a waffle nearby. Tip: chocolate and strawberries.
3. MAGRITTE MUSEUM
When talking about museums, it all depends on how much you love art (or one particular kind of art) or if you prefer to spend more time outside. Opened in 2009, this museum gathers more than 200 paintings and sculptures of René Magritte. If you dig surrealism, go for it. Tickets for adults: 8€. Only 2€ for under 26. How to arrive to the Magritte museum with bus: 27, 29, 38, 71, 95. Or jump on a tram instead: 92, 94.
4. MINI EUROPE AND SURROUNDINGS
The Mini Europe is just 2 minutes away from the Atomium and it is found within the Brupark, an area filled with restaurants and cafes. What about the Atomium? Entrance is 11€ (19+ years old) and if you’re traveling with kids it’s a nice and informative museum of science. If you’re not, keep the money in the wallet and take a picture of the modern and futuristic construction, then have a walk in the park. How to arrive to the Mini Europe from Midi Station: line 6 (Roi Baudoin), get off at Heysel Station. Ticket for 15€.