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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 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. Palais Royale


    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

  • 8. Parc du 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Théâtre Royal de Toone

    Lower Town

    This marionette theater troupe has been going for eight generations, performing plays in the old Brusseleir dialect with hefty doses of local humor and innuendo....Read More

  • 12. Universiteitsbibliotheek

    The original Flemish-Renaissance library was set up in the old Cloth Hall on Naamsestraat in 1636. But after the university was disbanded during the French...Read More

  • 13. Autoworld


    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

  • 14. Cathédrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudula

    Upper Town

    All royal weddings take place in this fine cathedral, with its twin Gothic towers and stained-glass windows. One namesake, St-Michel, is recognized as the patron...Read More

  • 15. Charlier Museum


    This museum was originally an artist’s home. Sculptor Guillaume Charlier and his friend Henri Van Cutsem were avid art collectors and asked Victor Horta to...Read More

  • 16. Greenhouses of Laeken


    Laeken is where you'll find the Royal Greenhouses, a glorious mid-19th-century mesh of steel and glass set within the grounds of the summer palace, where...Read More

  • 17. Groot Begijnhof

    Beguinages were where unmarried women could dedicate themselves to God without taking the orders of a nun (poverty, chastity). This is one of the larger...Read More

  • 18. Grote Markt

    At the bustling center of the city is the triangular wedge of the Grote Markt, home to the magnificent St. Peter's Church and Town Hall....Read More

  • 19. La Maison Cauchie


    Art Nouveau architect Paul Cauchie built this house for himself in 1905, using the facade as a virtual shop window for his sgraffito expertise. Sgraffito...Read More

  • 20. Maison de l'Histoire Européenne


    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

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