Brussels in the capital of Belgium, which makes it a highly popular destination for the millions of people who visit Europe from all over the world. Everyone knows that Belgium produces some of the best chocolate in the whole world but relatively few people know about the nickname for Brussels which is ‘the European village,’ as it has a pivotal position in European culture. The city has been in existence for over a millennium because of which every nook-and-cranny of the city oozes history. Apart from history, being a modern metropolitan as well, there are many things which the people visiting Brussels can do.
Brussels offers everything to those who look forward to see it whether it is some of the finest food in the world or you decide to go on a shopping spree – everyone gets to enjoy something in Brussels. There are cafes, there are museums in fact there are Harry Potter exhibitions too every now and then. There is no doubt that Brussels is a tourist’s haven.
The Grand Place in Brussels is one of the world’s most memorable views which remains engraved upon the mind long after you’ve moved on. This famous historical square houses a number of public and private buildings built in the 17th century including the town hall and nearly forty guildhalls. This makes it worthy of being included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site program.
The Grand Place has other great historical significances such as the fact that it was destroyed by the French artillery towards the end of the 17th century but was soon repaired and a coherent structure was formed. Another less popular aspect is that the square was used for public beheadings and the likes during the medieval times but that too adds to the historical attraction of the place.
Nothing says modern like a giant replica of Iron’s atomic structure installed in the middle of the city. The Atomium consists of nine giant metallic balls which are connected together by steel pipes. The overall shape formed is a crystal lattice. Each one of these balls is the size of a small house whereas the steel tubes contain both lifts and escalators.
The steel balls shimmer during the night. There is a popular restaurant inside the Atomium which is highly popular among the tourists and reservations are required for dinner plans.
There are few establishments as popular with the tourists as the century-old Le Cirio which was established in 1886. Even though the café has maintained its standard and quality for over one and half centuries, the prices are still very reasonable. Those visitors who visit the Grand Place mentioned earlier in this article should also check Le Cirio out since it is only a block away and maintains the mood of the era of the buildings you encountered at the Grand Plaza and in its vicinity, it is not just a trip to a physical location but it is also a trip back in time. The drinks are also relatively inexpensive so if you’re tired after wandering the city of Brussels in the daytime then it is a good idea to end the day by visiting Le Cirio.
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts or The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is in a league of its own. No visit to Brussels is complete if one doesn’t familiarize himself with the hundreds of architectural wonders which are present in the city. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is a great example of an architecturally amazing building housing some of the greatest treasures in the field of fine arts. The museum has collections from both ancient and modern art. The collection has pieces from some of the most highly respected names in the world of art including the likes of Anthony van Dyck, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Frans Hals and others.
Brussels Beer Tasting Tour
Good drinks and quality chocolates are the two major exports of Brussels. If one fails to check these two on his trip to Brussels, it puts a serious question mark on the individual’s idea of fun. Going for a beer or wine tasting tour in Brussels is not a difficult task, in fact, there are many small groups which after their services for beer tasting in Brussels. For the cost of a small fee, you can have the services of a local who knows the ins and outs of the city and can take you to the best drinking places in town. This allows you to have an authentic experience and a chance to socialize with other tourists.
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This guest post is written by Frank Lee. He has been writing guest posts for various blogs and websites. He now works for Rebateszone.