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  • G/J
    United Kingdom139 contributions
    Fantastic free xmas music and light show. The area had the massive tree on display as well as a mangier. People from all nationalities visiting and taking photos.
    Written December 7, 2022
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  • Lainie L
    New York City, NY156 contributions
    Beautiful arcade right in the center of Brussels. It was smaller than I expected. I imagined something bigger, sort of like the shopping outlets we have in NY. It wasn't very crowded when I visited, which was great. There are plenty of chocolatiers, each of them touting they're the best, and plenty of restaurants and coffee shops to choose from to get something to eat or drink.
    Written November 28, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,921 contributions
    If you have time to visit only one historic church in Brussels, the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is where you want to invest your time. Situated at Place Sainte-Gudule, this is the National Church of Belgium and is a masterpiece of Brabantine Gothic architecture. Opening hours during my last visit (Nov 2022) were 8am to 6pm (Mon to Fri) and 8am to 6pm (Sat & Sun).

    Historically, the St. Micheal Chapel was built here in the 9th-century. A Romanesque style building was constructed in the 11th-century when the relics of St. Gudula were brought to the church. The Gothic appearance you see today date to the 13th to 16th centuries, providing the remarkable church exterior and interior. Within the church, you will find numerous examples of impressive altars, paintings, stain-glassed windows, pulpit, sculptures, other items of religious worship as well as delightful architecture.

    Note: Entry into St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is free. However, if you want to visit the Treasury (€2 per adult) which is open from 10am to 12.30pm (morning) and 2pm to 5pm (afternoon) daily with more limited hours on weekends. You may also want to visit the old Romanesque Crypt (€3 per adult) which is open from 10am to 5.30pm (weekdays), 10am to 3.30pm (Sat) and 2pm to 5pm (Sun).
    Written November 29, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,921 contributions
    Situated opposite of Maison Du Roi on the south side of Grand Place is the historic Town Hall. This is an important historic building built between 1401-1455 and the last remaining building on the square that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1998) and is a masterpiece of Brabantine Gothic architecture.

    Significant renovations occurred during the 19th-century, particularly to the interior of the Town Hall, giving it a Neo-Gothic makeover based on en vogue style of that time period. However, the exterior of the building is mostly intact from what was originally constructed in the 15th-century.

    Visitors can arrange guided tours of the Town Hall and there is an impressive Virtual Tour you can see on the Town Hall website, detailing highlight architectural features of the interior and exterior of the building. Otherwise, just enjoy the building exterior as it sits beautifully on the square while sightseeing in the area. It is easily one of the most photogenic buildings at Grand Palace.
    Written November 29, 2022
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  • Herbert C
    819 contributions
    The most conspicuous feature of this large urban park is undoubtedly the spectacular memorial arch, extended on both sides by 3 world-class museums. French-translated to mean “50th Anniversary Park”, this park was commissioned by King Leopold II to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Belgian Revolution. Located just a short walk from the European Commission, this is a lovely park to relax, meditate, or just dream the day away.
    Written November 11, 2022
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  • Miguel C
    Pamplona, Spain35 contributions
    Always a sight to see, these days (Nov-Dec 2022) they're running a particularly spectacular light show. Also, it's part of the Grand Place, so it's simply surrounded by memorable sights.
    Written December 1, 2022
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  • RjessMMM
    Vancouver, WA494 contributions
    Spectacular gothic church with amazing stained glass. Relaxing atmosphere with an amazing interior. It was a nice respite from the cold weather. Just a wonderful place to visit and look back at fondly when you get back home.
    Written November 20, 2022
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  • RIchard035
    Northwood, UK1,103 contributions
    The Parlamentarium is not the European Parliament itself but is a museum about the parliament that is located nearby. When we arrived it was quite busy and we had to book a slot to visit the museum later in the day. As with all of the attractions in the area, you first need to go through security. The museum provides a lot of information about the history and workings of the parliament. You do feel like you are being subject to quite a lot of political propaganda promoting the ideals of the European Union.
    Written November 20, 2022
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  • Lainie L
    New York City, NY156 contributions
    An iconic and funny statue to check out when you're in Brussels. It's easy to get to from the Grand Place or anywhere else from Brussels. A lot smaller than I expected, the statue is sealed off from tourists and gawkers by a gate. It's funny to look at and take photos of. I'm glad I stopped by!
    Written November 28, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,921 contributions
    Mont des Arts is an urban leisure area that includes a very nice garden area as well as the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), Square Brussels and the National Archives of Belgium. It extends from Place de l'Albertine to Coudenberg.

    Most visitors likely visit here to see the hillside garden which is nicely landscaped with shrubs, trees and numerous monuments, fountain as well as a delightful Carillon. Unfortunately, the grounds can be quite trashy first thing in the morning but when clean, this is a nice public garden with good views and monument viewing.

    From the southeast, there is an elevated platform with very nice views towards the Grand Place. This is a neat spot early in the morning when the sun rises and begin to put light on the town hall in the distance.
    Written November 23, 2022
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  • Samantha
    Weybridge, UK70 contributions
    Only got to see it from the outside but nice to see still. Had great manicured gardens in the front.
    Written December 2, 2022
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  • Antonio E
    146 contributions
    The area is very nice both for the nature and for the Abbey. Some areas can be crowded in the weekends especially on June and July
    Written July 12, 2022
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  • MariaS0raya
    Greece463 contributions
    The Petit Sablon Jardin is certainly one of the most loved gardens in the city.
    A peaceful oasis and very elegant place.
    While it’s not enormous, there’s plenty to see .....48 statues representing the medieval guilds.
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,921 contributions
    This is a fairly small, triangular shaped square in the Upper Town of Brussels. It is an elegant area lined with high-end chocolatiers, retail shops, brasseries and the NH Collection hotel. You'll find a fountain monument of Minerva in the centre, near a dedicated carpark section. At the southeast end of the square is the masterpiece 15th-century Gothic church of the Blessed Lady of the Sablon - one of the finest examples of flamboyant Gothic architecture in all of Belgium.

    We have stayed at the NH Collection here a couple times during visits to Brussels, finding it a wonderful square and neighbourhood to explore on foot. Some very good brasseries on this square as well including Lola, Au Vieux Saint Martin and the friendly people at La Pizza e Bella who bake up delicious Neapolitan-style. Early morning breakfast at the Le Pain Quotidian is a good way to start your day at Place du Grand Sablon as well.
    Written November 16, 2022
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  • ChristianH7
    Berlin, Germany306 contributions
    Wonderful environment just outside the skirts of Brussels. Hiking routes free available in the internet. Nice points to refuel the inner person.
    Written May 17, 2022
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