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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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Autoworld

    Cinquantenaire

    A vast collection of vintage automobiles sits in what was originally planned (in the early 1900s) to be a grand exhibition hall. As time rolled...Read More

  • 10. Hallerbos Forest

    About 8 km (5 miles) south of Beersel, you'll encounter the wilderness area of Hallerbos. It's known locally as "the blue forest" for good reason:...Read More

  • 11. Maison de l'Histoire Européenne

    Schuman

    Set within Parc Léopold, this modern museum tackles the political upheavals that shaped Europe. It's essentially a conscience in museum form, lest anyone forget the...Read More

  • 12. Mini-Europe

    Laeken

    Just a short stroll from the Atomium lies this kids' favorite, which is essentially a park full of scale models of important European monuments. The...Read More

  • 13. Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles

    Lower Town

    No ruler ever lived in the 16th-century Maison du Roi (House of the King); instead, it housed Charles V’s administrative offices, built on the site...Read More

  • 14. Musée des Sciences Naturelles

    Upper Town

    The highlights here are the skeletons of some of the 30 iguanodons found in 1878 in the coal mines of Bernissart, which are believed to...Read More

  • 15. Parc Josephat

    Schaerbeek

    One of the prettiest stretches of parkland in Brussels made all the more welcome for being deep among the residential mélange of Schaerbeek. Its archways...Read More

  • 16. Park van Tervuren

    Tervuren Park, once the hunting grounds of the Dukes of Brabant, was the venue for King Leopold II's 1897 Exposition. His aim was to showcase...Read More

  • 17. Pixel Museum

    Laeken

    Set in the Tour & Taxis building on the riverfront, the city's first computer-game museum only opened in 2020. Its collection charts the history of...Read More

  • 18. The MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines)

    Lower Town

    Another museum that delves into Belgium's comic-book past, though it does so via the figurines and toys they inspired, displayed in various dioramas. Mostly, it's...Read More

  • 19. Train World

    Schaerbeek

    In 1835, Belgium established the first steam passenger railway on mainland Europe—it connected Brussels and Mechelen—and it was one of the first to establish a...Read More

  • 20. Océade

    Laeken

    A big, loud, splashy water park with 14 slides, a tropical area, Jacuzzis, geysers, Turkish baths, and an ice bath....Read More

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