At the end of November decided to go and visit my friend that lives in Brussels as a way of escape from my city and work as I really needed a mini holiday.
During my mini stay, I visited Brussels and Bruges. I can say it was magical as the Christmas atmosphere was there and walking around on the cobalt streets full of lights and Christmas decorations was incredible, as the Christmas market was on and you can find stalls on all the streets from the city centre.
Also do not leave Belgium without eating waffle (I prefer them simple) and try their famous beers with cheery, apricot and other fruits. My favourite is the cheery one.
In the 1st 2 days, I decided to visit some museums and walk around the city. If you wanna go there or you plan a trip this is what I recommend you to visit. But before that, I need to mention that everything is written in French and Flemish, even in the museums, but you can ask for English maps or audio, but some of them might not have it any more, unfortunately.
Royal Museums of Fine Arts – Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts
This is, in fact, two museums. This prestigious museum incorporates the Musée d’Art Ancien (ancient art); the Musée d’Art Moderne (modern art), with works by surrealist Paul Delvaux and fauvist Rik Wouters; and the purpose-built Musée Magritte, one of the world’s most famous artist.
City Museum – Maison du Roi (French) – Broodhuis (Flemish)
This museum is dedicated to the history of Brussels, and if you have already seen the Manneken-Pis, in here you can take a look at his costumes. The history of Brussels is told over three floors from the Middle Ages to date.
Manneken-Pis – ‘Pissing Boy’ aka Petit Julien
The cheeky, chubby-cheeked Manneken-Pis is a major character in the folklore of Brussels. He is usually stark-naked but sometimes he gets dressed. He has an impressive wardrobe of 600 outfits displayed in the Maison du Roi.
Grote Markt (Dutch) / Grand-Place (French) during Christmas
Brussels’ magnificent Grand Place is one of the world’s most unforgettable urban ensembles. During Christmas period this area is magical and I will let the photos to speak and also there is a mini show with lights and music during the evening, and this year the music was Sia and her latest Christmas album. The atmosphere was magical and perfect! And guess what, I had to see it 3 times ☺.
One of the highlights of the park is the Atomium. This is a glistening 102 metre (335 ft) high model of an atom made out of chrome and steel designed by André Waterkeyn. To really appreciate this structure, take time to gaze up and enjoy the sheer enormity.
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
I find these galleries the kingdom of chocolate. I also must confess that I’m not a fan of chocolate, but here I have tasted the best one at Neuhaus. This indoor arcade has an exclusive collection of luxurious delights including a few chocolatier gems. Here stands the world-renowned home for praline chocolate. You can also find here shops from Godiva, Léonidas, La Belgique Gourmande, Corné Port Royal, Mary. During Christmas is decorated and looks amazing and is a must see place for me in Brussels.
MIM – Musical Instruments Museum
If you love music or play an instrument, I really think you must visit this museum. The collection presents more than 1,100 historical and modern musical instruments, one of the richest in the world. But you must be aware that they can provide only a map of the museum in English, as the audio program is not available anymore unfortunately and you must know French or Flemish.
Parc du Cinquantenaire Brussels Belgium
The Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark is not only a park but a national landmark in Brussels. The name means ‘Park of the fiftieth anniversary’ and it was built during the reign of Leopold II to commemorate fifty years of Belgian independence.
Symbolically, the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels is built in the shape of a pentagon, like the inner and outer rings of the city. Cinquantenaire sits just outside the inner circle and is close to the European Quarter.
Palais de Justice
The Palace of Justice or Law Courts of Brussels is the most important court building in Belgium and was built on a colossal scale, on a high plateau overlooking the historic centre of Brussels. Unfortunately for a couple of years is under constructions and you cannot see the details of the architecture.
If you were here and let me know what you liked the most or if you plan a trip and have questions I’m here for you.
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PS: I will be back in the summer to visit the rest and soon a post about Bruges! xoxo