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Top 5 Things to Do in Brussels

Comics in Brussels
Photo taken by Warren Talbot | Flickr.  Comics in Brussels

The Belgian capital Brussels is also known as the capital of the European Union. This is an extremely cosmopolitan city – here you’ll meet people of various ethnicities, and can be almost certain to hear your own language (no matter what it is) being spoken in the city’s narrow streets. Visiting this multicultural city is relatively inexpensive, as many cheap airlines offer direct flights to the nearby town Charleroi. All you have to do is come up with things to do here, to help you with which, we’ve come up with a list of some useful tips.

1. Eat Belgian Waffles for Breakfast

Waffles in Brussels
Photo taken by Kristaps Bergfelds | Flickr.  Waffles in Brussels

This is one of the most traditional Belgian delicacies. Even if you’re on a strict diet, saying no to waffles covered in strawberry or banana jam, lots of whipped cream and chocolate shavings is simply impossible. It’s also one of the cheapest local dishes – a large, filling portion of Belgian waffles is only about 5 EUR.

According to some local tour guides, the best Belgian waffles can be found near the city’s famous “Peeing Boy” sculpture. Although you’re not likely to find any tables around, if the weather is good, you can enjoy these excellent waffles on the steps of some ancient building.

2. Visit Europe’s Most Famous Objects All in One Place

Mini Europe in Brussels
Photo taken by CMFRIESE | Flickr.  Mini Europe in Brussels

In Brussels this is actually possible, thanks to the Mini-Europe Park, located right in the city centre. This park depicts 80 cities and 350 of the continent’s most famous structures. It is known for its high-class structures, the most expensive of which cost over 350,000 EUR to build. All of these famous structures are at a scale of 1:25. So don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy the miniature Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis, Big Ben and other European masterpieces. Here you can also see things like Mount Vesuvius erupting, or a Finnish girl jumping into icy waters.

3. Eat Until You Burst!

Brussels restaurants
Photo taken by Nathan Kavumbura | Flickr.  Brussels restaurants

The local cuisine consists not only of the previously extolled waffles, but also of the best French, German and Flemish culinary traditions. The city’s main gourmand’s corner is the L’Ilot Sacre quarter, also known as the “Womb of Brussels”. Here, in a few narrow streets, you’ll find dozens – if not hundreds – of highest-class restaurants.

The competition between these is fierce: almost every establishment has its own “ambassadors” – attractive, charismatic young men, inviting people to sit down in their restaurant. The prices here, however, are very high. For this reason, budget travellers should probably look for dinner in neighbourhoods a little further away, where you can still find some excellent and varied food.

4. Dive into the World of Comic Booksbriusel

Comics in Brussels
Photo taken by Lin Mei | Flickr.  Comics in Brussels

Comic book enthusiasts and those longing for the superheroes of their childhood are bound to find the Belgian Comic Strip Centre a true godsend. Here you can not only get reunited with the favourite characters of your youth, but also learn about the country’s own rich comic book traditions.

Furthermore, Brussels is the birthplace of such famous comic book characters as Tintin and the Smurfs. During post-war years, Belgium even had two separate comic book schools – the French and the Flemish.

We also advise comic book enthusiasts to take a look around the city centre, where you’ll see many unexpected spaces and building façades bearing their original paintwork.

5. Visit the European Parliament

European Parliament office buildings. Brussels
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  European Parliament office buildings. Brussels

Brussels is home to all of the most important institutions of the EU, so pay for an audio tour and head straight to the European Parliament. That way you can even take part in some of its sessions. The dates of these can be found on the parliament’s website.

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