The Grand Place is a Unesco World Heritae site. Construction on it began in the 15th Century. First of all, some market halls and trade guild houses, then a town hall to establish the authority of this trading center. Bombarded for 3 days by the French army in 1695, it was almost completely destroyed but, like a phoenix, it went on to rise from the ashes in 3 years. That's why four styles stand alongside each other or sometimes even overlap: it's a wonderful hotch-potch of Gothic, opulent baroque, neoclassical and neogotic.
In the Rue des Sables 20, you have the Belgian Comic Strip Center. It is a former Waucquez store built in 1906 by Victor Horta, the CBBD benefits from volumes and light characteristic of Art Nouveau. Looking back at the 60 years of history of the 9th Art in Belgium, the collection gives pride of place to Hergé, the father of Tintin. Ther is even a reading room for devouring them on the spot.
The Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula in a Brabant Gothic-style cathedral that takes us back to the 13th century into the atmosphere of the great builders. Its two towers give it the French look of the period. It is the most important church in Brussels. Our Royal Family still holds its marriages in this church.
The MOOF or Museum of Original Figurines shows the 9th art transposed into figurins along a themed trail for (re)discovering the great herous and myths of Comic Strips.
From Rogier you can go to Botanique, City 2 shoppingmall and the Rue Neuve with lots of shops. All the big chain stores are herel: little shops, shop-in-shop brands and labels. It is the perfect place for everyday shopping.
The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken were King Leopold II's idea for this extraordinary set of greenhouses to be built by the architect Alphonse Balat, assisted by his pupil Victor Horta, in the park adjacent to the royal castle. They are open for visitors from mid-April to early May.
The Church of Notre-Dame de Laeken was erected in the 19th century in Early English Gothic style and was dedicated to Marie-Louise, first queen of Belgium. It houses the Royal Crypt where the members of teh dynasty are buried.
The Laeken Cemetary ornamented with monuments, each more amazing that the last, is nicknamed the 'Père-Lachaise belge', comparing it with the famous cemetery in Paris. The works of art include a copy of 'The Thinker' of Rodin.
Three buildings with a strange architecture are since hundred years part of the image of Brussels: the Japanese Tower, Chinese Pavilion and the little Museum for Japanese Art. They were realized in the beginning of the XX st century on demand of king Leopold II. The architect, Alexandre Marcel, called French artisans and Belgian laborers, but he also brought decorative pieces of China and Japan. The oriental aspect makes from the 3 buildings a well known touristic attraction, but they host also masterpieces from the Chinese and Japanese collections of the Royal Musea of Art and History.
The Atomium, inaugurated on the occasioin of the 1958 World Fair and fully renovated in 2005, it is built on the model of an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. It offers the most spectacular views of Brussels and Brabant from the top sphere, where there is also a restaurant. Each sphere refers to a Belgian personality.
Mini-Europa gives you the opportunity to travel in a few minutes from the Big Ben in London to the gondolas in Venice. With it's 350 high quality scale models, it shows Europe's leading cities at the foot of the Atomium. With your ticket you have a reduction at the entrance or you can buy a combi-ticket online.
Océade is a tropical waterpark. Try the Anaconda, the greatest family waterslide, the mini-waterslides for the kids, the giant waterslides for all kinds of thrills and spills. And enjoy the many activities, Saunaland and the warmest beach in the country.
The Planetarium gives you a fascinating and entertaining time gazing the stars. The sky will hold no more secrets for you.
The King Baudoin Stadium is the place for sports- or other manifestations.
The Magrittes rented the apartment on the ground floor which was carefully reconstructed
with the original furniture. At this address Magritte created almost half of his
production. On the upper floors 30 gouaches and drawings are exhibited. A collection
of about 400 documents, photos, letters and objects illustrates the career of the artist.
The National Basilica or the Basilica of Koekelberg is the fifth largest church in the world and the largest Art Deco edifice ever built. It houses the Musée des Soeurs Noires (Museum of Black Sisters) and the Musée d'Art religieux moderne (Museum of Modern Religious Art).
Brussels Aquarium is a permanent exhibition of 47 aquariums from 5 continents, illustrating the kingdom of fish, amphibians and other invertebrates.
The magnificent Tour & Taxis buildings are formerly royal warehouses and transhipment storage depots. When the European Union was founded, with the elimination of customs barriers, Brussels had to find a new use for them, and now they are home to great cultural exhibitions, professional salons, a large number of businesses, restaurants and a genuine 800 m² Turkish bath.
During summerperiod, at the other side of the canal you have 'Bruxelles-les-bains' it is the 'plage' of Brussels. Sand and other festive activities are brought to bring summer in the city.
The Rue Dansaert is the place where the designers are well established. Here you will find vintage, on-trend, minimalist, baroque and more.
The Marché aux Poissons is the place with may welcoming restaurants and outside terraces where you can enjoy fresh fish and other seafood. Everything here is a reminder that Brussels was formerly a very busy trading port, which was refilled in several stages. The streets bear the names of quays.
Saint Géry is one of the most popular designdistricts with Dansaert. The perfect spot for creating a trendy wardroe for yourself and an original interior.
The Halles Saint-Géry marked the origin of Brussels in the 10th Century.
“The Marolles” is a popular, historic and touristic neighborhood
of Brussels. It is the place of Brussels where people speak in
“brusseleer”, of the “zwanze” and of authenticity. Today, many
artists, art galleries and craftsmen create a unique spirit in the
hood.The daily antiques market at the Place du Jeu de Ball is a
must-see. * Brusseleer: name of the Brussels dialect, language
*Zwanze: way of living with a typical Brussels sense of humor
*Brol: a Brussels dialect word for stuff, disorder.
Planète Chocolat is a chocolate shop combining tradition and design. Guided tour of the workshop and sampling with explanations and demonstrations. With your ticket you can enjoy free demonstration during the weekend and have a reduction of 10% when you buy chocolate in the shop.
At The Waffle Factory fresh home made Liège waffles are made, which you can eat nature or with strawberries, banana, ice cream or whipped cream and/or chocolate sauce. With your ticket you have 1€ reduction on one of these typical waffles . Manneken Pis is the bronze statuette created in the 17th century by J. Duquesnoy, embodies teh irreverent spirit of Brussels. It was one of the many fountains serving the city. From being a public fountain, the little fellow has now become a legendary figure. It has a wardrobe of over more than 846 pieces which are displayed in an amusing exhibition at the Maison du Roi.