Brussels Landmarks & monuments

Our most recommended Brussels Landmarks & monuments

Brussels Atomium Entry Ticket with Free Design Museum Ticket

1. Brussels Atomium Entry Ticket with Free Design Museum Ticket

Discover stunning panoramic views of Brussels and explore exhibitions about Belgium and digital art with this entry ticket to the Atomium. Take a walk through design works from the 20th and 21st centuries with a ticket to the Design Museum. Enter the iconic Atomium which symbolizes an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. Step into this relic of the past which was created for the 1958 World Fair. Marvel at 360-degree panoramic views of the 19 municipalities of Brussels. Stroll through the permanent Atomium exhibition which tells the history of this pavilion. Visit two temporary exhibitions, including 'ID#2021', an immersive sound and light show and 'View from My Window' which tells the a Belgian success story through a multimedia display. Have the option to purchase Belgian specialties or seasonal dishes at the Atomium Restaurant which offers exceptional views from 95 meters above ground. Visit the Design Museum Brussels to learn about Belgian design and its history. Make your way through permanent and temporary exhibits and see the Plastics Design Collection of around 2000 plastic objects.

Brussels: Land of Comics Exploration Game

2. Brussels: Land of Comics Exploration Game

See highlights of Brussels by following clues and solving puzzles on your phone in the exploration game, Unexpected Brussels: Land of Comics. Uncover how Brussels became the comic capital of Europe and visit hotspots like the Royal Theatre, Manneken Pis, and more. The city game starts at The Royal Theatre of the Galleries. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. It will take you between 1-1.5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. Take the opportunity to visit Brussel’s many exciting shops and sights. Play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Zinneke Pis. You'll have fun and feel a sense of accomplishment while discovering city highlights in a unique way.

Brussels: Grand City Bus Tour

3. Brussels: Grand City Bus Tour

Who hasn’t dreamt of seeing Brussels? A tour of Brussels is a good introduction to Belgium. Discover the ancient buildings of the city and its splendid modern part on board the bus. Your tour will begin at the majestic Grand Place from where the coach will take you to Saint-Michael’s cathedral.  Visit the widely known Atomium and pass by the Chinese pavilion and Japanese Tower. From the Royal Residence you will return to the city center to visit the Sablon area, with its numerous antique shops, while passing the Palace of Justice and Royal Palace. The next part of your tour covers the district in which you will see the headquarters of the European Parliament and Commission. Choose between a private and a shared option.

Brussels: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

4. Brussels: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel if centrally located or at a centrally located meeting point in Brussels. On foot, discover the historical city center of Brussels including a visit of the famous Grand Place with its beautiful guild houses and surroundings such as the St Hubertus galleries, and the notoriously statue of Manneken Pis. Discover the Place de la Bourse Square with its imposing 19th-century stock market, the Place de la Monnaie Square with its opera house, and the Saint Goedele cathedral. Continue and take a stroll in the Warande Park until you reach the Royal Palace. Walk towards the Sablon Square before descending back to the Grand Place. 

Brussels Old Town: Capital of Beer City Exploration Game

5. Brussels Old Town: Capital of Beer City Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Brussels’ Old Town where you play the role of a brewer on a quest to discover the best beer recipe in town. See the most famous drinking places in Brussels and learn about Belgium's rich beer culture. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you to fascinating drinking places and attractions around the Old Town. Unlock secret stories of the places you visit on your beer-themed journey. See the Bourse Fountain, Belgian Brewers Museum, Carillon of the Mont des Arts, the Statue of Peter the Great, and many more. Walkthrough the most beautiful city square in Belgium - the magnificent Grand Place. Explore the favorite bars of the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte and French poet Charles Baudelaire.   Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace.  Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Brussels: Bruges & Flanders Fields Remembrance Full-Day Trip

6. Brussels: Bruges & Flanders Fields Remembrance Full-Day Trip

Discover Flanders, the inspiration for the poem, "In Flander's Feilds" and learn about the history of World War I and the soldiers that fought in it. Learn how the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and US soldiers sacrificed themselves, and witness the moving of the Last Post in Ypres. In Bruges, enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Your guide will explain the stories and secrets behind the city’s history from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages. Then, make a point to admire all the major highlights of the city, such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood of Jesus, the Belfry tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital, and many more. After lunch, arrive at the scene of the first gas attacks and learn the details of Passchendaele, considered one of the bloodiest battles in the entire first World War. Find yourself in Tynecot, the world’s largest Commonwealth cemetery, and visit the advanced dressing station where John McCrae wrote the poem “In Flanders’ Fields.” The focus of this visit is on the sacrifice of the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and US soldiers. The highlight of the day is the moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres.

Full Day Private Excursion to Bruges as from Brussels

7. Full Day Private Excursion to Bruges as from Brussels

Bruges is often called the Venice of the North, and today on your full-day tour, you'll discover why. You'll begin your day with an early-morning transfer from Brussels, where you'll step out into beautiful Medieval streets. The day begins with a 30-minute cruise on the famous canals, during which your guide will point out iconic bridges and buildings, giving you a great overview of this lovely city. After your boat ride, it's time to head to the Groeninge Museum, where you can discover Belgian painters from the 15th century until today, boasting plenty of Flemish Primitives like van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hugo van der Goes, Hans Memlling and Pieter Breughel. In the modern art section we find Paul Delvaux, René Magritte, Constant Permeke and Gustave van de Woestyne. Once you've had your fill of the art gallery, it's time to head up the Dijver. Here you can uncover a wonderful college of Europe, where graduates and post-graduates debate the future of the European Union. It's time for lunch, and we'll dine on a fabulous Belgian 3-course meal. After lunch, you'll head to the Burg Square, with its prestigious Gothic Chamber of the Town Hall. Your guide will point out interesting facts and relics of this ancient chamber, before leading you on to Market Square. Here, you can listen to the spectacular 47-bell carillon, one of the best in the world. Along the way, you'll also have a chance to stop at Zand Square and St. Saviour Cathedral. At 17:00 we'll transfer back to Brussels.

Brussels: Waterloo Private Battlegrounds Tour with Lion Hill

8. Brussels: Waterloo Private Battlegrounds Tour with Lion Hill

Learn about one of the most significant battles in European history on this private 4-hour tour of Waterloo on this guided tour. See the historical location that would change the map of Europe. Be transported through time to the days of Napolean Bonaparte's attempt to establish an Empire. Immerse yourself in many fascinating events of this time. The visitors center offers an enthralling audio-visual presentation that brings you right into the midst of the action on the fateful day of June 18, 1815. Along your private guided tour of Waterloo, see the magnificent Panorama, which is a fascinating fresco of the battle with exciting sound effects. Climb the Butte de Leon, (Lion's Mount), the hill that marks the battlefield where over 300,000 soldiers clashed in a momentous confrontation. Visit the inn that became the headquarters for the Duke of Wellington, and the old farm, Le Caillou, that was Napolean's headquarters.

From Brussels: Leuven Day Trip by Train

9. From Brussels: Leuven Day Trip by Train

The university town of Leuven is known for its youthful atmosphere. Although it's smaller and not as well known as cities like Bruges and Ghent, it's definitely worth exploring this beautiful Flemish city and seeing what it has to offer.  At 10 AM leave Brussels and head towards Leuven, a 30-minute journey away by train. Visit Leuven's Grote Markt and Plaza where you'll find the imposing Church of San Pedro and the famous Town Hall, a masterpiece of Gothic Brabantino. Be amazed by what is perhaps the longest bar in the world in the Oude Markt. See a major school and impressive library, rebuilt after World War II. At the end of the visit, enjoy some free time to eat and see the city at your leisure. Make some purchases or try a Stella Artois, the headquarters being located in Leuven. Your guide will provide you a return train ticket back to Brussels and you can return when you wish.

From Brussels: Medieval Leuven Walking Tour

10. From Brussels: Medieval Leuven Walking Tour

Let your guide take you on a breathtaking walk through the ancient heart of Leuven. You can't miss the most beautiful city hall of Belgium, the largest beguinage in Flanders, the ancient cloth hall, the impressive university library, and so much more. You'll also stop by the tomb of Father Damien, the patron of lepers who was recently beatified. You'll see quite a lot with your guide, but you'll also get free time to experience the city your way. Don't forget that paying a visit to the unique "Old Market" area is like pulling up a chair at the longest bar in Europe. The area's many catering establishments have always been Leuven's meeting place par excellence, especially in warm weather.

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What people are saying about Brussels

this was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it. Learning a bit more about what the atomium means, how pioneering the engineering was and all the other bits that came with it was great.

It’s good to explore the inside of Atomium and get a panoramic view from the top. The staffs in Atomium are very helpful and friendly especially the young lady at the entrance.

It was an amazing experience, we entry without any problem. There are 6 sections that you can see in the Atomium. Everything was so good and it worth it:)

A good way to spend 1-3 hours. Good for the family. Take some snacks as there is very little at the atomium.

Excellent service. Very nice people. Good food good view!