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Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Brussels with a flexible one or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to jump on and off when you desire. See sites such as the Charles Rogier Square, Grote Markt, the Grand Place, and many more.  Choose a 1 or 2-day ticket to suit your schedule and start your sightseeing journey. Use your ticket on the blue and red routes and hop off wherever you like. See the sites you want to and spend as much time as you want there at your leisure. Pick a seat in the open-top for panoramic views or in the covered cabin to stay warm. Listen to the recorded commentary about the highlights, sit back, relax, and enjoy unlimited travel for 24 or 48 hours. Follow the blue bus route to see the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, and Botanical Garden. This route also passes the Charles Rogier Square, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, the Royal Castle of Laeken, and Royal Greenhouses. Don't forget to stop off and take pictures at the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sainte-Catherine Square, the Manneken-Pis, and the market square to see the Grand Place. As well, explore the outstanding City Hall and the Art Nouveau major townhouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jump on the red route to stop at the Place Royale to see the best viewpoint over Brussels, Mont des Arts. Hop off at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sablons quarter, and the European Parliament, if you like. On this route, you can also see the Coudenberg Palace, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum, or the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Brussels: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

2. Brussels: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

Do you want to learn interesting information about 10 of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends (not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Brussels? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Brussels in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour at the Parc du Cinquantenaire a well-kept 19th-century urban park featuring flower gardens and fountains, a military museum and an art museum. Enter the Parlamentarium and learn all about the European Parliament. The Royal Palace will amaze you, it is one of the characteristic symbols of Brussels. Then the Royal Museums of Fine Arts await you, don't forget to take pictures of the unique exhibits! The Roman Catholic Chapel Church will leave you speechless with its peaceful beauty. Admire the Carillon of Mont des Arts with its unique architecture. The iconic Manneken-Pis is worth your time to learn its symbolism. La Grand-Place, a huge city square surrounded by elegant historic buildings dating back to the 14th century will leave no memory on your mobile phone. Saint Nicholas Church will soothe you with its simplicity while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula (where the tour ends) with incredible architecture. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. You will receive a serial key via SMS , What’s app and email in order to login. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Brussels: City Highlights Exploration Game

3. Brussels: City Highlights Exploration Game

Explore Brussels and see its top sights in this exploration game. Solve challenges on your phone and be led to popular locations like the European Parliament, the Royal Gallery, and more. Travel to the Parc du Cinquantenaire and start the game at the statues in the middle. You’ll take on the role of a Dutch sailor who has found himself in Brussels after following a map. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and directions on your phone will take you to the next location and puzzle. It will take you between 1-1.5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Grand Palace.

Brussels: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

4. Brussels: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

Join an enthusiastic local guide on an off-the-beaten-track experience of Brussels with a personalized tour of the city center. Marvel at the city’s history, culture, and impressive architecture as you’re led down its most exciting streets. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your guide in the heart of Brussels to see iconic attractions like the Grand Place, the Royal Palace of Brussels, and the opulent guildhalls that make this square one of the most beautiful in Europe.  Explore the city’s urban art scene as you’re led down streets lined with mind-bending murals and quirky comic stores.  Once you’ve sifted through piles of vintage comics, make your way to the famous Tintin Comic Mural, a larger-than-life mural of the iconic character decorating the side of an unassuming gift shop. Head to your next landmark in the city center, Mannekin Pis, a bronze fountain sculpture of a urinating boy designed by Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder in the early 1600s. Grab some on-the-go Belgian Frites (twice-cooked, thick-cut fries) on your way to the European Quarter, home to the headquarters of one of the most powerful political institutions in the world – the European Union. Back in the city center, stroll through the stunning 19th-century shopping arcade, Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries, and window-shop to your heart’s content, and wind down with a Belgian beer and a light bite at a favorite local cafe.  End your day sampling creative chocolate treats at the city’s chocolatiers and quirky chocolate boutiques and then exploring the African Quarter’s unique bars, Congolese restaurants, and cool jazz clubs.

Brussels: Private Tour of the European Quarter

5. Brussels: Private Tour of the European Quarter

Discover the history of the European Quarter of Brussels on a private walking tour, exploring the urban and governmental landscapes that shape this important area.  Join a local guide to get an authentic and private experience of the European Quarter in Brussels, home to several iconic European Union institutions. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Marvel at the city’s impressive architecture, from Art Nouveau to Art Deco, as you’re led down streets lined with impressive buildings and ultra-modern highrises. Stroll through the picturesque Cinquantenaire Park, admiring its grand triumphal arch, and explore Montgomery Square, one of the city’s most luxurious areas. Brush up on your EU knowledge at the Parliamentarian while your guide shares the rich history of this world symbol of governmental unity.  Finally, head to Matonge, the district next to the European Quarter.  Experience the contrasting urban feel with its colorful batik shops flanked by no-frills Congolese restaurants and vibrant bars.

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What people are saying about European Parliament - Parlamentarium

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 182 reviews

Great ! Not the basic tourist bus at all. The audio guide is super modern, it feels good. We had a great time on the blue circuit. We didn't even see the 2 hours pass, it was so good!

The excellent route and the explanations of the self-guide as well. The only but is that they take a long time between one bus and the other

On our tour, the buses ran regularly and the commentary suited the place. We were very satisfied!

Best way to travel around the city. You will see lots of attractions by bus

Good way to get around a capital and stop to visit monuments