What to do in Brussels When it Rains


As I mentioned in yesterday’s post (if you missed it, you can find it here: Petite Adventures’ Guide to 36 Hours in Brussels), my recent trip to Brussels had a somewhat uninvited guest: rain.

All but a few hours of my trip were filled with rain, clouds and wind. It wasn’t the most pleasant and certainly wasn’t what I had planned for. But, it got me thinking: What do you do when your holiday is literally clouded over? Adapt, that’s what.

Instead of wallowing and letting the rain get to me, I found other ways to enjoy and experience the city, and it gave me the opportunity to visit places I would have never considered otherwise.

Here are a few of my suggestions for spending a rainy, but fabulous day in Brussels:

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

I hadn’t planned on taking a Hop On Hop Off Bus tour, nor had I budgeted for it, but when the skies over Brussels opened up upon my arrival I was left with few other choices. I handed over my money, hopped aboard, and got a wonderful introduction to the city whilst staying perfectly dry. With two routes, the City Sightseeing tour took me throughout the city, from Atomium in the north to Abbaye de la Cambre in the south, passed the Royal Residence of Laken and the Cinquantenaire, all places I probably wouldn’t have been able to reach on foot even if the weather were perfect. Buses run every 15-30 minutes (depending on the season) every day of the week. Ticket prices, stops and schedules can her found at: http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/belgium/brussels.htm.

The City Hall of Brussels

City Hall, located in Grand Place-Grote Markt is a masterpiece of Gothic civil architecture. It’s home to important pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures and tapestries, and the wealth inside makes it one of the most luxurious city halls in the country. Guided individual visits are offered on fixed dates, with tours in different languages at various times throughout the day. For times and hours, visit: https://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm/5871.


Visit the Parlamentarium and discover what the European Parliament is all about. The Parlamentarium is a free and interactive exhibit showcasing the journey of European integration and reveals the impacts the process has had on the lives of everyday Europeans. The Parlamentarium caters to all 24 official EU languages and is FREE every day of the week. For times, visit: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/visiting/en/visits/parlamentarium.html.

View of Atomium from inside the Hop On Hop Off bus

View of Atomium from inside the Hop On Hop Off bus

Brussels Palace

The Royal Palace of Brussels is the King’s administrative residence and main workplace, where he works daily with his staff. It is a stunning palace featuring majestic interiors, fantastic ballrooms, and stunning works of art. Thanks to a tradition that was established in 1965, the Brussels Palace is open to the public every summer between the National Holiday of July 21 through until September. For times and details, visit: https://www.monarchie.be/en/heritage/royal-palace-of-brussels#sthash.p0dQaAcL.dpuf.


No matter your age or interest Brussels has a museum for you! Below are a few of the museums that caught my eye:

Belgian Comic Strip Centre

If the weather is keeping you from exploring the streets and seeing the murals then a visit to the Belgian Comic Strip Centre is the next best thing! Located in Europe’s earliest Shopping Mall, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre features a permanent exhibit of the world of comics from the beginning through its development. The Centre is open from 10AM-6PM, Tuesdays to Sunday, and admission is just €7.50 adults, €6 students/seniors. For more information, visit: https://www.comicscenter.net/en/home.

Musical Instruments Museum

The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) houses an extraordinary collection of more than 7,000 musical instruments from all time periods and all over the world. But the museum is more than a collection of instruments; it’s a place to experience music. As per TripAdvisor: “An infrared headphone system allows each visitor to enjoy the sound and melodies played by the instruments presented.” Tickets are reasonable at €8 for adults, €6 for seniors over 65, and just €2 for anyone under the age of 26. For more information, visit: http://www.mim.be/en.

Natural Sciences Museum of Belgium

The Natural Sciences Museum of Belgium is famous for its well-known collection of iguanodons (dinosaurs which were discovered in a coal-mine in Belgium). Who knew there were dinosaurs in Belgium? I certainly did not! But that’s not all that the museum houses; there are also other exhibits focusing on mammals, house pets and much more. For prices and hours, visit: https://www.naturalsciences.be/.


Grab a Pint (or Two)

Délirium Café

Brussels is a city known for its love of beer, so why not join in on the fun and enjoy a brew at Délirium Café. Boasting a menu of more than 2,000 beers (!!) Délirium Café is a great place to grab a pint and spend a rainy afternoon in Brussels.

Don’t let a little water dampen your next trip

No one plans for rain on their holiday, but it’s just one of those things that we, unfortunately, have to deal with from time to time. With just a little bit of research, you’re bound to find a number of activities to help you enjoy your time – and even enhance your visit.

So, don’t let a little water dampen your next trip, take advantage of the opportunity to experience new and different activities, you never know, you might find something to add to your regular travel itinerary.

How do you cope with rain on holidays?

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7 thoughts on “What to do in Brussels When it Rains

  1. The Ravenous Nomad says:

    Great article! I was actually in this situation last year while I was in Brussels in March. We opted for a pint… or two… or really more like 4… at Delirium. Haha. If you’re into beer, it’s an awesome place to try some new ones. 🙂


  2. Lillian says:

    We had some rain in Dublin this past weekend. I just bought an umbrella and soldiered on walking around the city and taking public buses to get around. It does put a damper on it though. Have to make the most of it though right!?


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