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48 Hours in Brussels

48 Hours in Brussels

Passengers travelling to Brussels can discover the city with the Brussels Card. Easy and advantageous, the card can be used over periods of 24/48/72 hours and it offers free access to 41 museums, discounts at attractions, shops, restaurants, etc. and unlimited access to public transport or the Hop-on-Hop-off bus.

The capital of Belgium, Brussels is easy to walk around and is one of the most fun cities in Europe. It offers both a modern and historic experience to its visitors. Visitors will find a lot can be packed into 48 hours. Take a look at some of the very best attractions and things to do in Brussels.

Grand Place:
Classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, building of the Grand Place began in the 15th century. First of all halls, some houses of guilds, then a Town Hall to establish the authority of this place of commerce. Bombed for three days by the French army in 1695, it was almost completely destroyed but like a phoenix, it rose from the ashes in less than five years. That’s why four styles mix or overlap. It is a jumble of gothic, opulent baroque, neoclassical and neo-gothic. The tower of the Hôtel de Ville is 96 meters high and Grand Place is one of the most important landmarks and destinations in Brussels.

Manneken-pis:
This bronze statuette, executed in the 17th century by elder J. Duquesnoy, embodies the rebellious spirit of Brussels. Also known as ‘Little Julian’, so as to not to be confused with another fountain, het Juliaensborreke, it was one of many fountains feeding the city. From the rank of public fountain, it is now a legendary figure.

Palace of Fine Arts – OZAR
When we talk about culture in Belgium, we think of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Whether its exhibitions, concerts, theatre, cinema, or projects around literature and architecture, BOZAR always puts forward originality and innovation. Not only do they make a point of honour in the creation, quality and richness of the artistic program, but they are especially concerned to offer a total experience to its visitors.

Ghent + Bruges:
A bus trip of around ninety minutes will take you to Ghent and Bruges, two exceptional cities with impressive heritage dating back to the Middle Ages. An experienced guide takes you to the places not to be missed: the belfry, the castle of the Counts of Flanders and the historic centre with the Cathedral of Saint-Bavon in Ghent; the old beguinage, the Church of Notre-Dame, the Place du Bourg with the Hôtel de Ville in Bruges.

Mini-Europe:
At the foot of the Atomium, on the site of Bruparck, lies an exotic attraction, a miniature city that offers a trip across Europe in the space of a few hours. With 350 models, with an unequalled finish, are the exact replicas of the most beautiful monuments located in the major cities of the European Union.

 

Belgian Chocolate Village:
Near the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Belgian Chocolate Village (BCV) is one of the largest chocolate museums. The scenographic journey reveals the stages of chocolate making, its uses, its history, its benefits, its economy and its diversity. It appeals to all the senses of the visitor whereas a tropical greenhouse reproduces the cocoa growing conditions. The chocolate workshop integrated to the course allows observing artisan chocolate makers at work who will let you taste their latest creation.

 

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