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Brussels Travel Guide

  • Trip Ideas (5)
  • Walking tours (6)
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  • Travelers' Picks (48)

Best of Brussels

3 days in Brussels
3 days in Brussels

Unlike Paris, Brussels doesn't set out to make you fall in love. In just three days, this capital of Flanders, Belgium and Europe, will allow you to soak in its uniquely muddled characterics -- from its cobbled medieval square, the Grand-Place, to the enticing scents of Belgian waffles and beer to the even more addicting shopping-- and then suddenly Brussels has gotten in your skin.

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Family-friendly Brussels

Brussels for young kids
Brussels for young kids

Brussels is the capital of cartoons, and kids of all ages can celebrate the cartoon characters that made Belgium famous. Mix in a day at Atomium and Mini-Europe to keep active kids happy.

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Brussels on a budget

Brussels for free
Brussels for free

Brussels is easily navigated via the affordable train system, and with parks, museums and major landmarks free or very affordable, and travelers can keep to their budget and enjoy the city. Be sure to splurge on Belgian fries at a frite stand or Belgian waffles dipped in chocolate.

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Insiders' Brussels

Brussels off the beaten path
Brussels off the beaten path

You can get lost in Brussels' twisting alleyways,

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Getaways from Brussels

Daytrips from Brussels
Daytrips from Brussels

Brussels is in the heart of Belgium, just an hour train ride from the vibrant night life of Liege; shopping lover's paradise in Namur; Durbury, the smallest city in the world; Mons, the 2015 European Capital of Culture; and Tournai, the Roman city known for its production of Europe's finest tapestries.

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EveryTrail
Highlights of  Brussels
Highlights of Brussels

This under-appreciated city has much to offer visitors: a spellbinding array of great museums, architecture that's a feast for the eyes, and a human-scale, concentrated layout that invites walking....

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Brussels for Families With Young Children
Brussels for Families With Young Children

Can there be any place more inviting to youngsters than the city that gave birth to the Smurfs and Tintin? And chocolate. Let's not forget the chocolate. Brussels welcomes children with open arms and...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Brussels Antiquing
Brussels Antiquing

Brussels, the 1,000-year-old city of a million-plus, can be more radical in fashion, more adventuresome in cuisine, and much more fun to plunder for antiques. To go antiquing in Brussels is to bask in...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Brussels: A Tour of  Marolles and  Sablon
Brussels: A Tour of Marolles and Sablon

Marolles and Sablon are actually two fantastic areas in their own right, as the residents would be sure to tell you! However, as they abut one another, it's impossible to resist the chance to take a...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
A walk in Ixelles
A walk in Ixelles

Starting with a nice walk in some of the buzzling streets and squares of Ixelles' neighborhood. The tour continues to the relaxing Ixelles' lakes and its abbey. You can enjoy the views of the lake...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Brussels: A Culture and Arts Tour
Brussels: A Culture and Arts Tour

Often overshadowed by European capitals with seemingly more star power, this under-appreciated city has got a decidedly eclectic cultural and artistic heritage. From sublime city squares, to...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members

Perfect Day

Bruxelles (boots545, Jun 12, 2006)
4.0 of 5 stars 4 Votes
My perfect day in Brussels (pikwik, Mar 26, 2006)
4.0 of 5 stars 29 Votes
Staying longer and affording it. (Forested, Jun 2, 2006)
3.5 of 5 stars 19 Votes

Best Of

Complete Unesco World Heritage Sites (nataliegoes, Mar 26, 2008)
3.5 of 5 stars 13 Votes
Dining out in Brussels (rileyontour, Jun 28, 2006)
3.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
My list of great European Capitals (talendon, Jul 20, 2007)
3.0 of 5 stars 4 Votes

Recent Trip

Brussels in October (mrosewhite, Oct 20, 2012)
4.5 of 5 stars 2 Votes
Traveler List 2000-2009 (PeterCoox, Jun 16, 2010)
4.5 of 5 stars 4 Votes
3 Capitals Tour (eurocityhopper, Aug 1, 2006)
4.0 of 5 stars 4 Votes