Brussels & Beyond in Belgium

Group 6 Brussels, Belgium
Spring, Summer
$$, $$$

About the location

Maybe you know Belgium for its waffles, beer and sometimes dreary weather, but I bet you weren’t aware of Brussels’ plentiful green spaces or that this city has one of the oldest shopping arcades in Europe. Brussels is known for its comic strip murals and chocolate, but there is so much to see "off the beaten path" and on easy day trips just outside the city.

I live in Brussels and want to help you get acquainted with the country of Belgium and all that the city of Brussels has to offer. Whether it's the food and beer, interesting architecture or quaint medieval towns you seek, this guide will help you make the most of your visit!

Guide Highlights

See the top highlights as well as the hidden gems

Brussels has monuments, museums, and parks that are absolutely worth a visit, but I've included lesser-known sites plus seasonal highlights.

Make the most of your time with easy day trips

Brussels’ central location makes it an ideal starting point for day trips. I've included ideas for both city and rural exploration.

Guide Summary

What to Expect in this Guide:
Background on Belgium + Getting Acquainted with the Culture
It's important to have background on a place before visiting so I've included information on Belgium's history and communities, plus highlights on the arts, cuisine and sports of Belgium.
Tips & Etiquette
You'll feel well-equipped to navigate the "de facto capital of the European Union" with these helpful tips on the language(s), dining out, and getting around.
Cool Things To Do
I've organized this guide by most popular sites, museums, what to do on a beautiful day and local experiences. I've also shared hidden gems in and out of the city center, plus seasonal highlights for all times of the year so you won't miss out on anything.
Day Trips + Itineraries for 2-3 Days & 4-5 Days
Belgium is a rather small and centrally located country in Europe. Brussels is centrally located in Belgium. This means you can easily visit cities in the north like Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp. Head south to see the site of a significant WWII battle or enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Ardennes forest and Gaume region.
Where to Stay & Where to Eat
I recommend the best areas for visitors in the city center and the surrounding neighborhoods. There’s multiple pages with ideas for places to find Belgian classics and sample waffles, frites and chocolate.

Featured in this guide

Local food
Photo spots
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Group 31 Museums
Foodie favorites
Group 39 Art
Group 14 Hidden Gems
Group 38 Bike-friendly
Group 32 Historical
Group 36 Shopping
Group 33 Walkable
Group 13 Public transportation

Great for these trips

Cultural / Historical
Family with kids
Girls / Guys Trip
Family without kids
Active / Adventure
Weekend Getaway


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  • Guide Architect

    Kaitlan Devine

    Kaitlan Devine

    Originally from Wisconsin, I currently live in Brussels, Belgium. I find joy in being active in nature and connecting across cultures.

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