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Arguably Europe’s most beautiful square, Brussels’ Grand Place—in the heart of the historic and hip city—is surrounded by nearly 40 baroque and gothic guildhalls and the stunning Brussels Town Hall. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the large cobblestone square, also known as Grote Markt, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belgium.

The Basics
The central square of Brussels, Grand Place stands out for its unique blend of architectural styles from various eras. It is full of people at almost any hour and is surrounded by some of Brussels’ top attractions, including the Brussels Town Hall (Hotel de Ville) and the King’s House (Maison du Roi), which is now home to the Brussels City Museum. The famous Manneken Pis statue is also nearby. Visit the square as part of a half-day walking tour or full-day city tour, or make it a stop on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Joining a small-group bicycle tour of Brussels is another great way to experience the spectacular square.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Grand Place is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, although access may be limited during special events. Admission is free.
  • The best initial view of the Grand Place may be from the Rue des Harengs, one of six narrow side streets leading to the square.
  • The cobblestone-covered square may be challenging for those in wheelchairs or with strollers.

How to Get There
The Grand Place is easily accessible by public transportation, bike, or car. The closest Metro stops are Centrale, Bourse, and De Brouckere. Public parking is available on the Rue du Marche aux Herbes.

When to Get There
The Grand Place is worth visiting whenever you are in Brussels—and more than once, as the atmosphere varies. Visit on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings for a regular flower market. And watch the calendar for special events that take place throughout the year, including the Winter Wonders event and Christmas market, from late November to New Year’s Day.

Brussels Flower Carpet
Every other year in mid-August, the Grand Place is literally carpeted in more than half a million begonias. One hundred volunteers artfully set up the flowers in colorful patterns covering 19,000 square feet (1,765 square meters) in a remarkably fast four hours. The Flower Carpet, perhaps best viewed from the balcony of the Town Hall, lasts for just one weekend, which includes concerts and sound-and-light shows each evening. A tradition since 1971, the next Flower Carpet will take place in August 2018.
Address: Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Brussels Chocolate Tasting Tour

Enjoy a delicious introduction to Belgium’s chocolate-making traditions on this tasting tour of Brussels. Meet your group directly at the city’s famous Grand Place, and venture to an array of Brussels’ beloved chocolate shops. Learn about local delicacies, discover how chocolate is made, and do plenty of sampling. As you go, you’ll also visit popular Brussels highlights like the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, will tour the lively Sainte Catherine neighborhood, and more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Brussels Chocolate Beer Waffle & Belgian Whiskey (ALL-IN-ONE) tour

Experience Brussels through your taste buds with this tour of the city’s culinary offerings. You'll sample famous Belgian chocolates, delicious speculoos cookies, and all sorts of Belgian beers, from lambics to Trappist ales (Including the exclusive Holy Grail of beers - Westvleteren XII). You'll then get to try Belgian whiskey (yes, it exists). At the end of your trip, you'll enjoy a Belgian waffle topped with chocolate and fruit.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Chocolate Tour : Visit Brussels while you are eating chocolates

You don’t have a lot of time but you want to visit Brussels and know more about Belgian chocolate(and above all eat it!) at the same time?After your private guide and your driver will pick you up at your hotel (or elsewhere in Brussels),discover a real Belgian “pralines” human sized factory and taste some chocolates from differentbrands! You will be also visiting the EU district, the Main Square, the statue of Manneken Pis, theSablon area, the amazing Royal Galeries and all their chocolate shops. Your guide will explain you thestory of the “chocolatiers” of Brussels. You will also see the Sainte Catherine area, the Atomium… Atthe end of the tour, your guide and your driver will drop you off at your hotel or elsewhere inBrussels. Please note that all our tours might be adapted to you and to your preferences. Don’thesitate to ask if you want to visit a museum for example.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Brussels Pub Crawl

Make the most of Brussels nightlife! Join our pub crawl and meet international new friends, save money thanks to our great drink discounts and explore local bars, pubs & clubs of the city in style. We try to keep the price low so it fits everyone's budget.We will all meet on Brussels Grand Place then from there explore 4 different venues, we usually start with a quiet bar to get to know each other, before pumping up the volume and going to places with DJ's cocktails, cheap Belgian beers and more! We reach the last venue at 12:45AM and its open till 6AM :-)You get in for free at all the venues, bring an ID if you look (too) young!
  • Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
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Fun beer tasting experience in Brussels

Get to know the history and methods behind Belgium’s famous brewery culture with a 75 minute beer-tasting workshop in central Brussels. Learn about the fermentation and brewing process, and taste five different ales, stouts, and lagers like a pro with the help of an expert beer enthusiast guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Guided Tour and Discovery of Brussels 4h MB V-CLASS 7 PAX

Book your guided tour with a Professional Chauffeur to discover the city of Brussels and its historical monuments in a pleasant and entertaining way aboard a Mercedes V class Minivan
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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The Best Of Brussels Walking Tour

Do You know why Brussels is becoming such a trendy spot? Why does it have a nickname “The European Village”? There are many surprising attractions. You can find almost 90 museums, amazing squares, parks, fascinating walks, trendy restaurants, and bars. You will hear interesting facts about Belgian mentality. How do they differ from the Dutch and the French? You will learn about Belgian cuisine: mussels, french fries, flemish carbonate, rabbit in beer, waffles, speculoos and of course the chocolate.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the city’s must-see sights and cultural delights on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this tour and disembark at your choice of 22 stops whenever an attraction captures your attention. Absorb the charming ambience and historical highlights of the city from the comfort of an open-top double-decker bus and listen to informative audio commentary in a variety of languages. Hop off the bus to explore alluring attractions like the Grand Place, the European Parliament and the iconic Atomium during this enriching excursion.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Day Trip to Bruges from Brussels

Hop a train from Brussels to Bruges with your private guide and spend 7-hours in the home of the Western Renaissance. The day trip is the perfect balance of a planned tour and independent adventure. Take a narrated walking tour through the city center visiting Saint Salvador Cathedral, Grote Markt, and more. Afterwards, you’ll have time to explore on your own and take a myriad of photos.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Brussels Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

This day trip from Amsterdam takes you on a whirlwind tour through one of Belgium’s largest cities, Brussels. Experience beer, chocolate, diamonds and art, and learn about all-things Belgian from an informative guide. Enjoy a walking tour and snap a photo of the impish Manneken Pis in Brussels, and pick up delicious Belgian chocolates before returning to Amsterdam.
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
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Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

Learn about the history of Brussels and its love affair with chocolate on a walking tour led by a guide. Walk past the Royal Palace and Art Nouveau architecture of Brussels and stop in exclusive chocolate boutiques for tastings as you go. After sampling truffles, pralines and more, attend a chocolate-making workshop where you'll learn the secrets behind the sweets.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Brussels Food and Beer Walking Tour with Mussels and Chocolate

Discover the cultural delights and delectable bites of Belgium on a 3-hour culinary tour of Brussels. Accompanied by a gastronomic guide, visit the glamorous Royal Galleries (Galeries Royales St-Hubert) and the gorgeous Grand Place while stopping intermittently at charming cafes, ambient taverns and refined restaurants for a taste of Belgium’s culinary culture. Savor the rich flavor of local delicacies like steamed mussels, crunchy frites and sublime chocolate and gain fascinating insight into the culinary and cultural traditions of the country from your expert guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour, Antwerp Half-Day Trip, Day Trip to Ghent and Bruges

See the splendid sights of three of Belgium’s most beautiful town’s with a Brussels Super Saver tour. Combine three popular tours and pay a discounted price to discover the historical and cultural highlights of Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp. Spend the first day touring the legendary landmarks of Antwerp and Brussels with an accomplished guide, then venture to the medieval myriad of Bruges and Ghent on the following day. Immerse yourself in the captivating history of the region and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation on this enriching tour.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Small-Group Highlights of Brussels Bike Tour

Experience the best of Brussels by bike on this 3.5-hour cycling tour. Learn about the city's background and culture from a guide as you pedal your way through the most charming and historic neighborhoods with a small group of no more than 14. See a dozen different landmarks including the Grand Place, Manneken Pis, the European Parliament, and Mont des Arts, stopping for delectable Belgian fries and a refreshing beer along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour and Antwerp Half-Day Trip

Combine two incredible tours and save money with this Brussels Super Saver for a comprehensive cultural experience of Belgium. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, feast your senses on the architectural majesty of Brussels during a sightseeing tour; see alluring attractions like the Houses of Parliament and the Grand Place before heading to Antwerp to discover revered artworks and sparkling diamonds. Be dazzled by a diamond factory and marvel at some of Rubens’ master artworks at the Cathedral of Our Lady.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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7-Day Taste of Central Europe from Paris: Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France

Experience the heart of Europe on a 7-day tour from Paris. Get a taste for Europe's central countries, including Luxembourg, Germany, France, and Belgium as you travel by coach to some of its most spectacular cities. Watch cobblers make wooden shoes in Amsterdam, sip champagne in Reims, visit Napoleon’s tomb in Paris, and much more. Bed down in 3-star hotels on this round-trip multi-day journey, which offers a great introduction to this exciting world region.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Brussels Half-Day City Tour

Discover the legendary landmarks and impressive monuments of Brussels on a half-day tour of the beautiful Belgian capital. Set out to explore the sights with a knowledgeable guide; marvel at the medieval majesty of the Market Square; gaze at the remarkable façade of the City Hall; and uncover the secret recipes behind delectable Belgian chocolate during a tasting session included on the afternoon tour. Enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off from selected Brussels hotels.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Brussels Waffle Workshop

Roll up your sleeves, indulge your sweet tooth and prepare some of Belgium’s most famous snacks on this 1.5-hour waffle workshop experience in Brussels. With all your ingredients and cooking tools supplied, listen to instruction from your host and get whisking! Prepare your waffle dough according to age-old Belgian tradition, bake it in the oven and decorate with all the chocolate, cream, honey and fruit your heart (and taste buds) desires. This waffle workshop welcomes adults and children alike, and no previous cooking experience is needed.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Brussels Rail Day Trip from London

Get to know history-steeped Brussels on this independent London to Brussels day trip by rail. Travel to Belgium’s capital by Eurostar, and use an included hop-on hop-off bus ticket to admire the city’s famous sights and create your own sightseeing itinerary. View the splendid Royal Palace, Atomium and European Union buildings; stroll around the guildhouses and Town Hall of the magnificent, cobbled Grand Place; and use your remaining time to stroll, sightsee and relax as you wish. Your hop-on hop-off tour, return Eurostar tickets, and a city map are included.
  • Duration: 15 hours
  • Duration: 15 hours
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7 Day Taste of Central Europe Tour Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium

This week-long adventure hits several of Europe’s great cities and is an excellent choice for travelers who want to make the most of their travel time. Beginning in Amsterdam, make your way through the Dutch countryside and on to several cities across Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Germany. See the highlights of each city via a luxury coach with the added bonus of traveling with a dedicated tour guide.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Kickstart Your Trip to Brussels

Experience Brussels like a local on this half-day walking tour. Customize an itinerary to suit your interests and let a Belgian host show you the neighborhoods, markets, restaurants, bars, galleries, and landmarks that will ensure a memorable trip to Belgium’s capital city. Taste delicious Belgian beer and chocolate and discover hidden spots you won’t find in guide books.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Brussels Sightseeing Tour Including View of the City from the Basilica Dome

Discover the best of Brussels on a private 3-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. Exploring by foot and air-conditioned transport, learn about the Belgian capital’s history as you see signature sights such the Mannekin Pis peeing boy statue and St Michael’s Cathedral. Admire the Grand Place, note the flamboyant buildings of the art nouveau quarter, absorb the views from the dome of the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and more. Your itinerary is flexible, so if you wish, ask your guide to tailor your sightseeing to your interests.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Brussels Small Group Walking Tour

See the best of Brussels on a 3-hour walking tour to the area’s top landmarks. In addition to navigating the winding streets for you, your guide offers little-known anecdotes about each stop on the itinerary, from the Grand Palace to the Manneken Pis. This tour is limited to a group of 10 people, which ensures a more personal experience and plenty of time for questions.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Intro to Chocolate Workshop -- Kid's Play!

Get an insider’s introduction to one of Belgium’s most cherished products during this hands-on, chocolate-making workshop. Designed for adults and their children (up to ten years old), the intro-level class teaches step-by-step instructions in handmade chocolate art. Learn how to temper chocolate and craft tasty disc-shaped chocolate mendiants. Then, taste your designs or pack them as gifts.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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