Place Royale, Brussels

Place Royale, Brussels: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Brussels with a flexible one or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to jump on and off when you desire. See sites such as the Charles Rogier Square, Grote Markt, the Grand Place, and many more.  Choose a 1 or 2-day ticket to suit your schedule and start your sightseeing journey. Use your ticket on the blue and red routes and hop off wherever you like. See the sites you want to and spend as much time as you want there at your leisure. Pick a seat in the open-top for panoramic views or in the covered cabin to stay warm. Listen to the recorded commentary about the highlights, sit back, relax, and enjoy unlimited travel for 24 or 48 hours. Follow the blue bus route to see the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, and Botanical Garden. This route also passes the Charles Rogier Square, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, the Royal Castle of Laeken, and Royal Greenhouses. Don't forget to stop off and take pictures at the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sainte-Catherine Square, the Manneken-Pis, and the market square to see the Grand Place. As well, explore the outstanding City Hall and the Art Nouveau major townhouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jump on the red route to stop at the Place Royale to see the best viewpoint over Brussels, Mont des Arts. Hop off at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sablons quarter, and the European Parliament, if you like. On this route, you can also see the Coudenberg Palace, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum, or the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Combination Tour: Experience Brussels and Antwerp

2. Combination Tour: Experience Brussels and Antwerp

On this comprehensive combination tour, visit the highlights of two cities, Brussels and Antwerp, in just one day. Your multilingual guide is your host, who will be more than happy to give you suggestions of what else to see and do in these cities, and will answer any questions you may have.  In Brussels, start out with a short walk to the majestic Grand Place, which was the cradle of medieval Brussels. Here, board your coach and take off to see all the must-see highlights of the city center, as well as the Atomium, Royal Residence Palace, and the EU district in the outskirts of the city. This comprehensive tour of Brussels will have plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures. In the afternoon, visit the city of Antwerp: the city that has it all. Starting at the impressive 13th-century castle, carry on to Our Lady's Cathedral, which houses countless paintings by world-class artists of the 17th century. The absolute masterpieces are the Rubens paintings — seeing these is a truly unforgettable experience.  Then, visit the Gothic guilt houses at Market Square, followed by Antwerp Railway Station, the most beautiful railway station in the world. Nearby, there is the diamond district (Antwerp is the global capital of the diamond trade) and the Jewish quarter.

Brussels: The Sheroes' Walking Tour

3. Brussels: The Sheroes' Walking Tour

Discover why Belgium has been marked by the presence of women who triumphed in history despite all the inconveniences and obstacles they encountered along the way. Brussels tells of the advancement of female protagonists and their role in the development of the country. Meet in one of the most coveted locations in the European capital from the 12th to the 18th century: the Royal Court Quarter. During the walk, admire the power of the queens to the masses of the Protestant shepherdesses and the Guardians of the Holy Sepulcher. Go down towards the historical center from the Mont des Arts (Mount of Arts). This is a privileged spot in the city for photography and attracts everyone's attention. Learn the relationship of women workers with the famous Expo 58 Atomium sculpture, a signature of Brussels. Discover the history of the little girl statue, Jeanneke Pis, half-hidden in the privacy of a small alley, who is pissing in full view of prying eyes. Go to the Théâtre La Monnaie, the home of an explosion of revolutionary revolts in the 19th century. Learn about the role of women in conflicts such as Belgian independence and the world wars. Lastly, see Rue Neuve where some girls from Karl Marx family lived in exile.

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What people are saying about Place Royale, Brussels

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 119 reviews

Serdar is a very pleasant and humorous tour guide who knows how to show you the sights of Brussels without feeling overwhelmed by information. The tour's mix of sightseeing and tastings is designed to make it a relaxing, informative, and social experience. Highly recommended and worth every penny!

An incredible tour. Our guide was a history teacher who had the perfect voice and knowledge of the area. The food and drink were lovely. Definitely a tour you should take.

The tour was amazing. Our guide Tim was quite interactive and knowledgeable. I enjoyed beer tasting the most in the entire trip.

I loved it. Brussels is fantastic and full of life. The bus service was very good and with a very adequate frequency.

A great way to get a good overview of the city. We appreciated the headphones and general overview of city history.