Brussels travel guide
Brussels travel guide
Money saving tips
- Hotel prices are generally lower on weekends (as government people away).
- Plat du jour (dish of the day). Many of the restaurants offer a fixed price menu for the cheaper price.
- Metro day pass. A single ticket costs 2,10 EUR, but the day tickets costs 7,50 EUR. With the day tickets you can have unlimited number of journeys from the first validation until the end of service on the same day.
Thing to see and do in Brussels
Manneken Pis is the bronze fountain sculpture that depicts a naked little boy urinating into the fountain’s basin designed by Jerome Duques. The sculpture was put in place in 1618 or 1619. This is an icon of Brussels and must see.
Grand Place the central square of Brussels. The square is the most memorable landmark in Brussels and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Atomium is a museum building in Brussels originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair (Expo 58). It was designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak.
Belgium is famous for it’s chocolate. In the streets of Brussels you will find many shops that sell amazing self produced chocolate. Tip: if you wish to save, check for the 250-500 g Belgium produced chocolate packs in supermarkets like Carrefour. Costs about 2 times cheaper then in the street shops. The taste, by the way, is somewhat close to those handmade.
St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral
The impressive Gothic Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula is the national church of Belgium and and is the seat of the Archbishop of Brusels and it is here that royal weddings and funerals take place. The Cathedral was renovated a few times since it was made in the 11th century of which the Latest Design is Neo Gothic of which is closely resembles the Notre Dame of Paris.
Mini Europe Park
Mini-Europe is a miniature park located at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels. Mini-Europe has reproductions of monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. The park contains live action models such as trains, mills, an erupting Mount Vesuvius, and cable cars.
Moules Frites (mussels with french fries) is a national dish in Belgium. Usually served with white wine or beer.