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Historical Tours in Brussels

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

If you are planning a vacation to the city of Brussels, you definitely want to consider taking a few of their many historical tours that the city has to over.  The city is revered as being the European Union’s de facto capital as well as being Belgium’s largest urban area.  Originally designed as a fortress town in the 10th century, it has evolved into a metropolis of over one million residents.  It is also the site of NATO’s headquarters as well as being the host city of numerous EU institutions.

Brussels Grand Palace Photo by Mishkabear

For all practical purposes, one of the best ways to see as much of the city as possible while you are vacationing there is by participating in a few of the numerous sightseeing tours that are available.  The more popular ones are the bus tours but there are a number of walking tours that you might want to include on your vacation agenda.  Here are our top picks for the historical tours in Brussels:


Brussels City Hop On Hop Off Tours hop-on-hop-off tours on open-top buses are the norm here and the most popular continues to be this one.  You’ll be able to enjoy the best of Brussels when you hire this tour to venture out into the city.  The views are spectacular when you ride on the top level of these open-top tour buses.  When you explore Brussels on this tour, you will be able to see such sites as the world-famous Grande Place, Louise Square, Royal Square, the Royal Palace, and the Zavel district.

Brussels Half-Day City Tour – you have the option of morning or afternoon half-day tours with these venues.  These guided bus tours enable you to get better acquainted with the city as you see such historical sights as the spectacular Brussels City Hall and Brussels’ Market Square which is renowned worldwide.  It also includes a brief walking tour of through the heart of the Brussels’ Medieval District.

Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour (private) – without a doubt, this is the best walking tour you can sign up for.  If you’re a “chocoholic”, you already know that some of the most exquisite chocolates originate in Brussels.  The highlights of this tour include:

  • Antique Area
  • Brussels Grand Place
  • the Fashion District
  • Ilot Sacre
  • Manneken Pis
  • Royal Galleries
  • other chocolate related facts and monuments

The tour also enables the visitor to enjoy other activities during the course of the tour such as the following:

  • a Chocolate making demonstration
  • 45 minute Chocolate workshop
  • a History of Belgian pralines and chocolates
  • Walking tour through the city center of Brussels

There are a few things that are excluded such as your drinks and meals as well as gratuities and tips, and other personal activities.

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  1. B Kel says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 05:55

    i stumbled across your blog in Technorati and they were right in ranking your authority way up there. Am going through your blog and u definitely have a wide variety of info on places to visit.. cool!

    Will comment again after i’ve gone through more of your articles..

    Love seeing the world and going to start doing Europe and Africa fr 2012 onwards!! woohoo!!

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