3 Days in Brussels: Suggested Itineraries
Written by Viator, August 2010
The city of choice for Eurocrats, Brussels is sumptuous, historic and luxuriously cozy. With artistry richer than chocolate, architecture as graceful as its cuisine and diversity frothier than the beer, Brussels is an heirloom of northern culture at its best.
Day 1: Museums, Sightseeing and Culture
Discover the heart of medieval Brussels in the magnificent Grand Place, with its world-famous Market Square, and learn the history of the quaint Guild Houses. The City Hall is a masterpiece of Gothic civil architecture, and the Museum of the City of Brussels is registered along with the Grand-Place as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts features Bruegel, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Reubens & Hieronymus Bosch. Designed by Victor Horta, the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) contemporary art museum & concert venue features graceful curves and a wonderful art and design shop.
Take a Surrealist journey through Brussels with the new Magritte Museum. Cinematek Film Museum screens several classic films daily. Victor Horta house was home to Belgium’s leading Art Nouveau architect, and in another Horta building, the Musical Instrument Museum has fabulous views from the sixth floor café terrace.
See beautiful St. Michael's Cathedral, the Royal Residence, the Palace of Justice, the Royal Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the centre of the European Union with the imposing EU buildings of the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
Day 2: Shopping, Parks and Attractions
Dansaert is the design center of downtown Brussels and Boulevard de Waterloo & Louise are the high-end for serious luxury shopping. Buy the coolest Belgian and international designers along Rue Antoine Dansaert, along with great vintage finds. Drop by superbly renovated Beursschouwburg cultural center and drink in style on the Bourse. Place du Sablon, the antiques district has a fantastic market on weekends, alongside the spectacularly decadent stores of chocolate makers Pierre Marcolini, Wittamer and Neuhaus.
Discover the Botanical Gardens with magnificent greenhouses and a fabulous terrace cafe, or take a stroll through the Parc de Bruxelles, the green lung in the heart of the city.
The Atomium is a cult monument, built for the 1958 International Exhibition – make sure you go inside the atom. Also visit the Planetarium, experience the kitsch wonder of the Mini-Europe theme park, the Chinese Pavilion, and the Japanese Tower built in 1905 and featuring marvelous porcelain collections.
Day 3: Day Trips from Brussels
Discover two of Flanders' special gems on a full day trip to Ghent and Bruges. Spend an afternoon in Antwerp, Belgium's second largest city and Europe's largest harbor. Discover the world of Sir Peter Paul Rubens and see the sparkling stones in the world's diamond center.
Holland is only a stone's throw away, so don't miss the chance to visit Amsterdam on a comprehensive day trip from Brussels.
See two countries in one day, with a journey through the the picturesque rolling hills of the Ardennes to explore Luxembourg and the picturesque Meuse Valley.
Tours & Tickets
Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour, Antwerp Half-Day Trip, Day Trip to Ghent and Bruges
This Brussels Super Saver combines three popular tours at one discounted price for you to enjoy over two full days! Spend the first day on a half-day city ... Read more
Duration: 2 days (approx.)