Number 1 on my list of things to do in Brussels is to take a walking tour. Now I know these aren’t for everybody, but personally I cannot see a new city without learning a little bit about it’s history. I could well read a book, but I find it far easier and much more entertaining to be guided around a city. My visit to Brussels was no different, and a lovely lady by the name of Dee guided myself, the girlfriend and around 25 others through the streets of the Belgian capital on a sunny (but cold) Saturday afternoon.
The photos below should give you a rough idea of some of the sights you might be treated to. You may well find the Grand-Place of your own accord, but the history lesson that comes with the walking tour is well worth a listen. Taking in the stunning architecture of St Catherines Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Brussels also make a walking tour one of my top things to do when in Brussels. You can also utilize devices like a walking stick seat in order to rest while also admiring the gorgeous view.
Now when I say Comics, I’m not talking Comic Con, Marvel vs DC or anything like that (although I did see a cool Iron Man piece), think more along the lines of Tin Tin or the Moomins.
Brussels is famous for its comic murals (I’ll go into more detail on these in a future post) and so walking around its city streets is effectively like walking around an open air gallery. It’s so awesome!
The location of the different mural isn’t a secret, you can either pick up a map from the tourist office for a nominal fee, look up the locations on the internet, or simply find one mural and then look at the engraved map on the wall below it.
Easy, loads of fun and most definitely on my list of things to do in Brussels.
When in Belgium … Beer!
Things to do in Brussel? … Belgian beer!
Now visiting Brussels during January, when I was supposed to be on something of a detox might not have been the smartest idea, but there’s no denying that the beer was worth it. Dark, light, pale, blonde … they’re all there, and with varying degrees of alcohol. Watch out for those 10% numbers, too many of them and you’ll almost certainly have a sore head the next morning.
A more than worthy inclusion on my list of things to do in Brussels … but just be careful not to do it too much.
How the population of Brussels aren’t huge I do not know. Red meat, sugar and twice fried chips (or Frites) were all I consumed whilst in Brussels, and I loved it, all of it! In fact it’s a good thing I’d had a fairly healthy start to the year before visiting the Belgian capital.
Waffles and Frites are readily available and one thing to do in Brussels would be to sample both whilst on a wander around the city streets. Come evening time however, a restaurant the girlfriend and I really enjoyed was Kom Bij Ma, near St Catherines Cathedral.
Now Brussels is cool, one of my favourite European cities I’ve visited in recent times, but with Ghent and Bruges so close, it might be worth thinking about allowing an extra day when visiting Belgian, just to hop on a train and explore.
So there you go, 5 amazing things to do in Brussels … well, 4 things and and 1 other that would originate from Brussels.
As I said in my opening paragraph, I really enjoyed Brussels and thought it was an amazing destination to kick off 2016. Taking into consideration that it’s only 3.5 hours from my front door and that a return ticket on the Eurostar only set me back £70, I will certainly be looking to visit again.