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  • 1. Atomium

    Laeken

    Like a giant, shiny child's toy rising up out of a forest, the Atomium was created in 1958 as part of the World's Fair of...Read More

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  • 2. Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée

    Lower Town

    It fell to the land of Tintin to create the world's first museum dedicated to the ninth art—comic strips. While comics have often struggled for...Read More

  • 3. Coudenberg/Musée BELvue

    Upper Town

    Under the place Royale lie the remains of the palace of Charles V. Known as Coudenberg, it was first constructed in the 11th century and...Read More

  • 4. Grand Place

    Lower Town

    This jewelry box of a square is arguably Europe's most ornate and theatrical. It's also a vital part of the city—everyone passes through at some...Read More

  • 5. Kasteel van Beersel

    Beersel Castle floats on the waters of its moat like some medieval bath toy. It's a wonderful sight, and one of the country's best-preserved châteaux....Read More

  • 6. Kasteel van Gaasbeek

    Originally built in 1240, Gaasbeek has had numerous makeovers, though its current Romantic look hails from its last remodeling by the Marchioness Arconati Visconti in...Read More

  • 7. Les Marolles

    Lower Town

    If the Grand Place stands for old money, the Marolles neighborhood stands for old—and current—poverty. Times are changing, but the area still has some raffish...Read More

  • 8. Manneken Pis

    Lower Town

    Despite drawing sightseers for centuries, the minuscule statue of the peeing boy may leave you underwhelmed. The first mention of the Manneken dates from 1377,...Read More

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  • 9. Musée des Instruments de Musique (MIM)

    Upper Town

    This four-story building is almost as impressive as the museum it houses. Built in 1899, architect Paul Saintenoy didn't hold back. Its elaborate facade twists...Read More

  • 10. Musée Fin-de-Siècle

    Upper Town

    The collection focuses on an era (1868–1914) when European art stopped gazing all moist-eyed at history and instead turned its attention to the world around...Read More

  • 11. Musée Horta

    The house where Victor Horta (1861–1947), one of the major forces in Art Nouveau design, lived and worked until 1919 is the best place to...Read More

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  • 12. Musée Magritte

    Upper Town

    After years of sharing display space in the neighboring museum complex on rue de la Régence, Surrealist genius René Magritte (1898–1967) finally got his own,...Read More

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  • 13. Musée Royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire

    The history of Belgium is one of invasion, and Cinquantenaire Park itself has even played its role. In the dying days of World War II,...Read More

  • 14. Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale

    Any visit to Brussels should include a visit here, if only to understand Belgium's difficult relationship with its own past. While much of its collection...Read More

  • 15. Palais Royal

    Upper Town

    The Belgium Royal Family vacations in the Chateau de Laeken, so it's become a tradition during the summer months (late July--early September) to open up...Read More

  • 16. Palais Royale

    Laeken

    The Belgium Royal Family lives in the Château de Laeken these days, and it's become a tradition to open up their inner-city residence to visitors...Read More

  • 17. Parc du Cinquantenaire

    Cinquantenaire

    The most picturesque park in the city is a joy in summer when its shaded grassy lawns and paths fill with joggers, picnickers, dance troupes,...Read More

  • 18. Plantentuin Meise

    Belgium's national botanic garden is a sprawling site that takes up most of the southern fringes of Meise. It wraps the old estate of Kasteel...Read More

  • 19. Sint-Pieterskerk

    This magnificent Gothic church was originally built in AD 986, though the current version dates to the 15th century. It has survived countless wars, most...Read More

  • 20. Stadhuis

    There is no grander Town Hall in Belgium than Leuven's 15th-century folly. Built to dazzle, the profits from its cloth trade were sunk into letting...Read More

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