Brussels was a stop over between western and eastern Europe. I was making my way to Hungary and the cheapest flight to Budapest was from Brussels. I jumped on a train from Rotterdam to Brussels to check out the European capital. Chocolate, waffles, frites et moules, beer – Brussels is a real foodie destination! I tried to see and do as much as I could over two days.
Grand Place or Grote Markt
The central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by elaborately decorated buildings. One of the two larger buildings is the city’s Town Hall. The second large building is the Breadhouse building with the Museum of the City of Brussels. The square is a popular tourist destination. I would recommend visiting early in the morning and watching the bakers deliver fresh bread to the restaurants.
If you are looking to snap a photo of the Mannequin Pis, you can do so on your way to the Grand Place. It’s only a few blocks away. This, too, I would recommend getting to early in the morning as a crowd tends to surround this little guy all day.
The street art is Brussels is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Many murals are inspired by famous Belgian artists such as Hergé, author of TinTin. Local artists pay homage by replicating the original artist’s style. Walk around central Brussels and have fun spotting elaborate and beautiful murals.
Parc du Cinquantenaire
A large public park in the eastern part of the city. The park and the original buildings were commissioned by the Belgian government under the King Leopold II for the 1880 commemoration the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence. The triumphal arch was erected in 1905 replacing a previous version of the arch. It is a beautiful green space in a quiet area of the city. It’s perfect for reading, resting or doing some yoga.
If you do one activity in Brussels make sure you join Titch’s Waffle Workshop. Learn the techniques to perfect the waffle and leave with the coveted waffle recipe. Read all about it here: Waffle Workshop.
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