For those of you who have never visited Brussels, Belgium, before and are planning a vacation there in the near future, you are definitely in for a number of treats to take advantage of when you are visiting the city. For one of the largest cities in Western Europe, Brussels will surprise you with all of its hidden “treasures” as there are tons to see and do when visiting. And don’t forget about the cuisine and shopping opportunities which are two of the primary reasons that so many people visit the city.
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If you are not going to be in the city for a longer vacation, then you are probably curious as to what to be sure and see or take in while you are there. The following suggestions will give you an idea of the top 5 tips for what to see and/or do when you are vacationing in Brussels so that you get a good idea of what the entire city has to offer:
The Brussels’ flea markets – without a doubt, you’ll find the best shopping opportunities in this working class area of Brussels situated between the Zuidstation and the Palace of Justice. There is also a quaint flea market at Vossen Square in the center of the city which is open every day of the week.
De Heizel – located at the Atomium, this theme park features 4 different attractions that are sure to please you and your children including:
- -Océade swimmer’s paradise
- -Kinepolis - an enormous cinema complex
- -The Village – bars, discos, restaurants, and small shops are the theme here
Comic Strip Museum and Route – 30 different walls that have been decorated and painted with different comic book stories. The walls were originally damaged and very unattractive, but the city allowed a civic organization to develop this project.
Les Jardins de Bagatelle – there is an excellent restaurant situated in this grand garden and during the warm summer Brussels evenings, you can enjoy some of the best dining in the city. The dishes are primarily Belgian and Congolese, and feature fish or meat as well as a number of vegetarian entrées.
Ter Kameren Forest – no trip to Brussels is complete without visiting this idyllic woodland area situated in the heart of the city. Once forming part of the Zoniën forest before the city was founded and developed, Ter Kameran Forest is a must-see attraction when vacationing in the city of Brussels. There are tea rooms by the lake for enjoying an afternoon cup and then you can take in an excellent theater performance at the Théâtre de Poche which is situated in the heart of the forest and surrounded by greenery.
Hotels in Brussels
Hotel Astrid Centre
Average Price: €49
Average Rating: 7.6
Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
Average Price: €59
Average Rating: 8.2
Hotel Agenda Louise
Average Price: €55
Average Rating: 8.5