As you’re reading this, I’m up in the air and on my way to Brussels (that is, if it’s before 9 AM CET; if it’s after, I’m most definitely pounding the pavement and trying to find the nearest coffee shops – I’ve been awake since 4 AM, it’s going to be a multi-coffee day). My trip to the Belgian capital is very short—I have less than 48 hours to see the city, experience the sights and eat as much food as possible, so I knew I needed to be prepared. Naturally, I made a list.
TOP TEN THINGS I’M EXCITED TO SEE, DO AND EAT:
See the Grote Markt / Gran-Place
The Grand Place or Grote Markt is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels (source). My hotel is not too far from Grote Markt so I have a feeling I will be seeing a lot of this beautiful, iconic Belgian square.
Informative caption not necessary. These look amazing and I will sample as many varieties as possible.
Parc du Cinquantenaire
Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark is a large public, urban park in the easternmost part of the European Quarter in Brussels, Belgium. It features this monumental triple arch in the centre, and it’s definitely something I hope to see. (source)
Or, more specifically, I want to eat frites out of a cone.
The Atomium was built for Expo 58 and has since been turned into one of the cities most popular attractions. It stands at 102 m tall and the top sphere is home to a restaurant which offers panoramic views of Brussels (source). Even though it’s supposed to rain both days I’m there, I hope I’m able to see a bit of the view when I make my way up the building that CNN once named “Europe’s most bizarre”.
The Comic Art Scene & Comic Strip WallS
I think I knew Tintin was from Belgium–we read The Adventures of Tintin a lot in elementary school–but I had no clue that comic art was so popular in Brussels. Not only is there a museum dedicated to the comic art scene, but many of the buildings are adorned with comic murals. From what I’ve read, it sounds like they are scattered throughout the city, so I doubt I’ll be able to see them all, but I’d really like to see a few.
Again, like waffles, this needs no informative caption. When in Brussels!
Manneken Pis is one of Brussels’ most iconic statues, so it won’t be missed. He also has a sister, who is a less popular statue, she’s located somewhere else in the city, so hopefully i can find both siblings on my wanderings.
Eat Belgian chocolates
But of course, one must eat the chocolates in Belgian.
From what I’ve read, Place Poelaertplein offers some of the best views of the city, so I plan to climb it to find out!
Have I missed anything? There’s still time for me to add things my list (either for this visit, or the next!)
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