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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!
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.
What to Expect in this Guide:
Background on Belgium + Getting Acquainted with the Culture
I believe that it's important to have some 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.
Belgium is a rather small and centrally located country in Europe. Brussels is centrally located in Belgium. This means you can easily make day trips to 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
I recommend the best areas for visitors in the city center and the surrounding neighborhoods. Includes hotel and Airbnb apartment rental recommendations.
Where to Eat
This comprehensive guide has multiple pages with ideas for places to find Belgian classics and sample waffles, frites and chocolate. I’ve listed where you can enjoy Belgian beer in the sun or in a cozy bar. As a local, I've shared some of my favorite places to dine outside of city center too. Includes options for a wide range of palates.
Itineraries for 2-3 Days & 4-5 Days
I've created itineraries to help you explore Brussels in a weekend or get to know more of Belgium over a week. Includes how you can make the most of convenient day trips outside of Brussels.
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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