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Royal Palace, Brussels

Royal Palace, Brussels: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brussels: City Highlights Walking Tour and Food Tasting

1. Brussels: City Highlights Walking Tour and Food Tasting

I will take you for a walk and talk about the history of Brussels while at every stop we make, you will taste famous Belgian chocolates from the best chocolatier, beer tasting in a local bar, best waffles or best fries in the centre. If you want to enjoy your stay in Brussels, book it when you arrive so I can make great suggestions on what to see or where to eat. You will see Grand-Place while I will explain the background of it along with its history and how are all the buildings shaped throughout their history. You will Royal Galleries St-Hubert, one of the first shopping arcades in Europe and understand the motives and reasons behind it. You will see a beautiful musical clock, and a hill surrounded by art and street performances. The hill provides one of the best photo locations in the city. You will hear about the history of this place and what conflict was created between the king and the mayor. Famous boy of Belgium. You will see this famous peeing boy doing what he always does while listening to the stories behind his existence. Also the peeing girl and the dog! Majestic stock exchange building of 19th century. Now on renovation to become a beer museum! A beautiful place surrounded by bars and some dinner locations

Brussels Guided Bike Tour: Highlights and Hidden Gems

2. Brussels Guided Bike Tour: Highlights and Hidden Gems

Head out on a bike to discover Brussels' famous landmarks and hidden gems with the help of your local guide. Explore different neighborhoods of the city and see how they are all distinct and unique. Make a stop along the way to sit down and enjoy a drink at one of the cozy terraces in the city.  Hop on your bike for a great introduction to Brussels and its widely diverse neighborhoods. Pedal past the Marolles, the Fish Market, and the Courthouse, but also some less obvious spots that will offer you a surprising view of the city. Make stop around half-way of the tour and put aside your bicycle to have a short break in a cozy bar or terrace with the group. After, continue to discover more of what Brussels has to offer. 

Brussels: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

3. Brussels: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

Explore the beautiful city of Brussels on a self-guided walking tour. You will receive the instructions on your voucher after booking. See the iconic Parlamentarium, Royal Palace, and many more highlights of Brussels at your own pace. After downloading the app, start your tour at Parc du Cinquantenaire a well-kept 19th-century urban park featuring flower gardens and fountains. Visit the Parlamentarium and learn all about the European Parliament and the Royal Palace, one of the characteristic symbols of Brussels. Next, you will move towards the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Roman Catholic Chapel Church, and the Carillon of Mont des Arts with its unique architecture. Your next step will be the iconic Manneken-Pis, La Grand-Place, surrounded by elegant historic buildings dating back to the 14th century and the Saint Nicholas Church. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula where you will end the journey. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time seeing the sights. Learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments of the city. Enjoy the tour with your friends and family and learn about the city as you wander around.

Brussels Old Town: Capital of Beer City Exploration Game

4. 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: City Highlights Exploration Game

5. Brussels: City Highlights Exploration Game

Explore Brussels and see its top sights in this exploration game. Solve challenges on your phone and be led to popular locations like the European Parliament, the Royal Gallery, and more. Travel to the Parc du Cinquantenaire and start the game at the statues in the middle. You’ll take on the role of a Dutch sailor who has found himself in Brussels after following a map. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and directions on your phone will take you to the next location and puzzle. 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. You can 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, Grand Palace.

Brussels: Private Guided Tour

6. Brussels: Private Guided Tour

Explore Brussels and see the highlights on a guided tour. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in downtown Brussels in a luxurious and air-conditioned car. Learn about the Belgian capital’s history as you spot signature sights such as the Mannekin Pis peeing boy statue and St Michael’s Cathedral. Admire the Grand Place, note the flamboyant buildings of the art nouveau quarter, absorb the views from the dome of the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and more. Enjoy a flexible itinerary with the option to tailor the sightseeing to your interests.

Brussels: Mysteries and Legends Half-Day Walking Tour

7. Brussels: Mysteries and Legends Half-Day Walking Tour

Take a tour of Brussels that gets deep under its skin, exploring its secret societies and hidden symbols. Your private 4-hour walking tour starts at the luxurious Godiva chocolate store before diving into the city’s lesser known attractions and peeking at its famous sights from a new perspective. You will explore the Grand Place, considered by many as the most beautiful square in the world. Discover why it was built the way it was and the significance of the figure seven. Keep a lookout for the Zodiac sign on one of the buildings and learn the history of the city’s Freemasons. You will visit a Freemason’s grave in the Cathedral of St. Michael and search for a legend in its colorful church windows. The tour will take you uptown to the park opposite the Royal Palace to learn the meaning of hidden inscriptions. Hear about the concealed city below the Palace and get to know the founder of the Templars, Godfried of Bouillon. Walk a stretch of the trail of the pilgrims' route to Santiago de Compostela.

Brussels: Famous City Residents Exploration Game

8. Brussels: Famous City Residents Exploration Game

The city game starts at Maison Du Roi. It will take you between 1 to 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Marie Curie Sculpture. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Up for a fun challenge? After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

Brussels: The Sheroes' Walking Tour

9. 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.

Brussels: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

10. Brussels: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Brussels at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Grand Place, the Royal Palace, St Nicholas Church and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Brussels

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4.5 / 5

based on 80 reviews

There were many highlights in terms of content and culinary delights. Serdar was also able to recommend a lot for the following days. It's a pity that so much is being built at the moment, but our guide couldn't do anything about that. ☺️

Had an amazing experience with Tim. Very informative tour and got to know the history of Belgium kings, architecture. Waffel and beer tastings were amazing

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

Excellent tour! The guide, the explanations, the route, the tasting, all excellent! 100% recommended

Very well paced and very knowledgeable tour guide.