Brussels : The Charming City of Belgium Filled with Wonders

The city of Brussels is the de jure capital of Belgium. Also known as Ville de Bruxelles or Bruxelles-Ville, Brussels is regarded as the largest municipality and historical center of the Brussels Capital Region. Due to such characteristics, Brussels is home to various sightseeing destinations. We are going to be covering ten of the best attractions in Brussels which are worth sightseeing.

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1. Grand Place

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The first sightseeing attraction that could be found in Brussels is the Grand Place. It serves as the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices - the King's House and the Town Hall of the city. The King's House contains the Museum of the City of Brussels. The Grand Place is the most memorable landmark and a significant sightseeing destination for tourists. Additionally, it has been considered as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It has been regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Atomium

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The Atomium is a landmark building that could be found in Brussels. Originally built for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, the Atomium could be found on the Heysel Plateau where the expo took place. Designed by Andre Waterkeyn and Andre and Jean Polak, the Atomium has a height of 102 meters long. It is characterized by its nine stainless steel clad spheres that are connected with each other so the that the whole structure forms like the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal that has been magnified 165 billion times.

3. Manneken Pis

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Another interesting attraction that is worth sightseeing when you are in Brussels is the Manneken Pis. This landmark is a small bronze sculpture that depicts a naked little boy that is urinating into a basin of a fountain. Designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder, the original version of this sculpture was finished in 1619. The statue that could be seen now is only a replica of the original one which dates from 1965. The original could be found in the Museum of the City of Brussels. Manneken Pis embodies the sense of humor and the independence of mind of Brussels.

4. Het Zinneke

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The Het Zinneke is another interesting landmark that could be found in Brussels. Erected in 1998, this sculpture represents a dog that is urinating on a sidewalk. It is a distinct and remarkable attraction that goes with other urinating structures around Brussels including the Manneken Pis and the Jeanneke Pis. This sculpture was created by Tom Frantzen, a prominent sculptor who is born and raised in Brussels. The Het Zinneke is really a great attraction to go to if you are looking for unique places to go while sightseeing in Brussels.

5. Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

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The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is Roman Catholic church that could be found at the heart of Brussels. The church was built around the11th to the 15th century while its faced and towers were completed in 1485. The whole cathedral was completed in 1519. The church follows a gothic and Brabantine Gothic style, and these could be observed on its facade and its interior. When sightseeing inside the cathedral, you will be able to see sculptures which date from the 17th century and were constructed by Jerome Duquesnoy the Younger, Lucas Faydherbe, and Johannes van Mildert, among others.

6. Place Royale

The Place Royale, also known as the Koningsplein (which means King's Square in Dutch), is a historical square with a neoclassical architecture that could be found near the center of Brussels. This sightseeing attraction was built on the previous area of the Baliënplein, the main market square which was found beside the former palace of Coudenberg. After the palace burned down, this square has been constructed. It was finished in 1780 with architect Barnabe Guimard as the designer. The Place Royale is a great place for sightseeing various prominent structures in Brussels such as the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the BELvue Museum.

7. Musical Instruments Museum

The Musical Instruments Museum, known in French as Musée des instruments de musique and in Dutch as Muziekinstrumentenmuseum, is a music museum that could be found at the heart of Brussels. It is making waves internationally due to its impressive collection of over 8,000 musical instruments. The museum exhibits the musical history of Brussels, the musical traditions of Europe, and some non-European instruments. When sightseeing around the museum, you will also see several distinct musical instruments such as the Adolphe Sax. The Musical Instruments Museum is a part of the Royal Museums for Art and History.

8. Coudenberg Palace Archaeological Site

The Coudenberg Palace Archaeological Site is an archeological area that could be found in Coudenberg, a small hill in Brussels, Belgium where the Palace of Coudenberg was constructed. The archeological site comprises the remains of the ancient palace which have been excavated below the present ground level. It provides an exceptional exhibition of historical artifacts. When sightseeing around the Coudenberg Palace Archaeological Site, you will be able to see the warehouse space, the rooms, the Aula Magna, and others. Be sure to stop by this sightseeing destination when you are in Brussels.

9. Mont des Arts

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The Mont des Arts, also known as the Kunstberg, is a historical site and an urban complex that could be found at the heart of Brussels. It consists of the National Archives of Belgium, the Royal Library of Belgium, and the Square - Brussels Meeting Center, plus a public garden. At present, the Mont des Arts offers impressive views of Brussels. From an elevated vantage point, you will be able to see various sightseeing destinations in the city including the Grand Place and the Atomium.

10. Parc du Cinquantenaire

The Parc du Cinquantenaire which stands for Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary in French is a large urban park that could be found at the easternmost part of Brussels. Also known as Jubelpark, this park commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of Belgium. Created in 1880, the park was commissioned by the Belgian government. When sightseeing around the park, you will be able to see various attractions such as the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, the Art and History Museum, and the AutoWorld, among others.

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By identifying and describing each of the destinations that could be found in Brussels, tourists would be given an insight on what to find and expected when going to these attractions. For a worthwhile experience in Brussels, it is necessary to visit these attractions.