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Brussels

Belgium’s capital mixes craft beer, bespoke chocolate, and waffles with a melting pot of European culture.

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  • Brussels Atomium Admission Ticket

    1. Brussels Atomium Admission Ticket

    The Atomium symbolizes an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times, referring to the power of nuclear energy that in 1958 was intended for peaceful use. Today it carries on the debate of 1958: What kind of future do we want for tomorrow? It was not intended that the Atomium survive beyond the 1958 World Fair but its popularity soon made it a key landmark, first in Brussels, and then internationally. It has become one of the icons of Brussels, and since its inspired restoration in 2006, it is referred to as the most Belgian of monuments. The panorama alone is worth a trip to the Atomium. Thanks to its location on a naturally elevated plateau on the outskirts of town, the Atomium offers the only true 360-degree panoramic view of the 19 municipalities of Brussels. Themes such as Science, Progress, and the Future, still as relevant today as they were a half century ago, are covered by a ...

    The Atomium was an amazing experience! Great view of the city, and the staff is also really great. They speak French, English, and Dutch, so anyone can go there and feel comfortable with the service.

  • Brussels Mini-Europe Admission Ticket

    2. Brussels Mini-Europe Admission Ticket

    Discover Europe's most popular attractions in miniature. Encounter monuments from across the continent recreated down to the smallest detail. See a 4-meter high Big Ben, and 13-meter tall Eiffel tower, with all attractions recreated at a scale of 1 to 25. Be amazed at the eruption of Vesuvius and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Watch the launch of Ariane V and marvel at many other working models. Both young and old will enjoy spending a couple of hours exploring Mini-Europe. Experience also a fascinating and interactive Spirit of Europe exhibit that takes you through the history of the European Union, its place in the world. A catalog brimming with interesting anecdotes is included with the purchase of an adult ticket.

    It was easy to get in, get around and get out. We went on a week day and it was hot. Bring water! Everything was cute and worth the price. Fun for the whole family.

  • Brussels: 1-Hour Belgian Chocolate Workshop

    3. Brussels: 1-Hour Belgian Chocolate Workshop

    The experience begins with a warm welcome from your guides and a delicious cup of hot chocolate. While you drink, listen to a short but fascinating introduction into the world of Belgian chocolate and learn an array of chocolate making secrets. After the intro, the real fun begins with a demonstration of chocolate tempering on a marble table. It’s then time to have a go yourself and make your own chocolate treats with the help of expert chocolatiers. Spend the hour making your very own personalized and tasty mendiants, truffles, lollipops and more. You’ll also get to work with ruby chocolate, a newly discovered cocoa bean that is 100% natural but which creates incredibly pink chocolate treats! At the end of the experience, package up your chocolates and take them home with you to share with friends, or enjoy alone!

    Very good experience. We were about 15 people and it was in two languages (English and French). Our children were very happy to do this workshop. It was a pleasure for all of us. We enjoyed this time it was very interesting, funny and of course delicious :) Thank you.

  • Choco-Story Brussels Museum Entrance

    4. Choco-Story Brussels Museum Entrance

    Journey through the story of chocolate at Choco-Story Brussels, and learn the origins of the precious commodity and its transformation to the finished product. Delve deep in the history of the Aztecs, and discover how cocoa arrived in Europe.  Admire the exhibits of the museum, including illustrations, informative panels and videos that explain the culture of cocoa and how it is turned into chocolate. Watch a demonstration by a master chocolatier on how to make artisanal pralines.  Enjoy several tastings throughout your visit, and benefit from the chance to purchase some chocolates in the gift shop.

    It was great for our kiddos. They got to taste chocolate and see where it comes from. We had a good time.

  • Brussels: Train World Museum Entrance Ticket

    5. Brussels: Train World Museum Entrance Ticket

    Access one of the most enchanting museums in Brussels with an entrance ticket to Train World. Located in the old Schaerbeek rail station building, the museum opened in September 2015 and boasts over 8,000 square meters of space. Benefit from a free downloadable Train World app to help you make the most of your visit. Audio guides are also available for rent, or you can book a live guide in your chosen language for an additional fee. Once inside the museum, explore independently and see highlights such as the 19th-century "Pays de Waes" locomotive, the oldest preserved locomotive in continental Europe. Head to the on-site restaurant when you need a break or to enjoy lunch before or after your visit. Experience the warm hospitality of the restaurant and brewery "RN Express" and dine in a unique environment. Included in your admission ticket is access to the temporary exhibitions as foll...

    Un voyage dans le temps comme si on y était. Superbes machines et une restauration remarquable. Une atmosphère de belle époque. A faire sans hésiter.

  • Tervuren: AfricaMuseum Entry Ticket

    6. Tervuren: AfricaMuseum Entry Ticket

    Easily accessible by public transportation from Brussels, AfricaMuseum tells the story of human and natural history with a collection of artifacts from the colonial era in central Africa.  Aiming to objectively frame the art and cultural objects acquired during Belgium's rule in Rwanda and Congo, the museum has undergone extensive renovations and is now open to the public. Topics of colonial history, sustainable development and biodiversity are now addressed head-on following the museum's redesign. A curated collection of contemporary art has also been added to paint a fuller picture of Central Africa, past and present. Your entry ticket will give you access to walk the French gardens, browse collections of artifacts that bring the past to life in the remodeled, and see the contemporary African art.

    Packed with history and insightful on what it must’ve been like for the Congolese population back then. Brrrr brings scary shivers down the back of my head!! The museum and the park around it are simply beautiful

  • Brussels: Chocolate Workshop and Guided Walking Tour

    7. Brussels: Chocolate Workshop and Guided Walking Tour

    Brussels is the home of the sumptuous praline and Belgium reigns supreme as a champion chocolate nation. On this 4-hour tour indulge your sweetest tooth and get to know Belgian chocolates like never before. Pound the pavements of the chocolate capital as you visit the top chocolate shops with a knowledgeable local guide. They will point out the major sights as you stroll and explain the history of how the city became so famous for its mouth-watering treats. Your walk will take you through the historic Grand Place, known to some as the most beautiful square in the world. Also see the Manneken Pis, pass the antique stores of the Sablon and visit the oldest chocolate shop in the city. Get free samples and taste the chocolate goodness as you explore. Learn how to make real Belgian pralines for yourself in a fun and informative workshop. As they are made with real cream or...

    The guide is incredibly nice and fun. He makes the tour very personal and even got us a few beers.

  • Brussels: Waffle Making Workshop

    8. Brussels: Waffle Making Workshop

    Discover the art of the Belgian waffle at a 1.5-hour waffle-making workshop in the center of Brussels. Prepare the waffle dough, bake it, and then decorate your waffles with cream, chocolate, and seasonal fruits. You don't need any previous cooking experience to attend the workshop, and kids are welcome too. After a short introduction, follow the recipe, split into teams. Everything you need is provided: ingredients, take-home recipes, kitchenware, assistance, and demonstrations. Feel free to make crazy topping combinations; cream, chocolate, honey, fruits – the choice is yours. Take photos of your creations, then enjoy them with a complimentary drink.

    We had such a good time at our waffle making class. We were only joined by 1 other couple, and Pauline our instructor made it so fun and enjoyable. She explained everything about the process, and you get to eat and take home waffles as well! Would definitely recommend!

  • Brussels: Self-Guided Interactive Place Saint Catherine Tour

    9. Brussels: Self-Guided Interactive Place Saint Catherine Tour

    Enjoy an interactive city discovery experience across Brussels' city center and solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. Solve 11 riddles and discover the secrets of the romantic Place Saint Catherine at your own pace as you make your way from one hidden location to the next. Your challenge starts in front of Saint Catherine Church. Unlock local recommendations and fun facts as well as the history of the city. During your game, discover spots in Brussels that most locals don’t even know and see popular sights from a different angle. Take a walk around the historic streets of one of the city's most famous Flemish neighborhoods and discover the hidden gems of Belgium’s capital. From unique street art to kitsch cafés, from Belgian beer hotspots to curious statues, St Catherine has it all. Unlock the stories of the neighborhood, and recommendations to local favorite spots, all w...

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Planning Your Visit

  • Beer lovers rejoice

    Belgium is justly famous for its beers. Brussels is ideal for discovering the country's rich brewing history, which spans several centuries—hit up any of the city's many beer halls and discover beer like you've never tasted it before.

  • French fries? Belgian fries!

    As any Belgian will proudly tell you, they are the true inventors of the deep-fried potato. Try out the Belgian fries and decide for yourself whether the much-touted double-frying method is worth all the hype (best enjoyed together with a steaming bowl of clams, which restaurants customarily serve with a bottomless side of fries).

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch, German and French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +32
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall are the nicest times to visit Brussels, when the weather isn't too chilly, and the summer crowds are not present.

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What people are saying about Brussels

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8,630 reviews

Very good experience. We were about 15 people and it was in two languages (English and French). Our children were very happy to do this workshop. It was a pleasure for all of us. We enjoyed this time it was very interesting, funny and of course delicious :) Thank you.

We had a very nice and entertaining tour Adrian, he did a great job covering most of the cities history and important buildings. Definitely recommend the tour!

2-2-5 hours seeing some interesting, historic, abs beautiful places in Brussels. James was wonderful.

Great tour guide. Tried 9 beers and food/snacks included. Would definitely recommend.

Great service and guidance . Our guide was excellent