Places to visit in Belgium

When you travel to Belgium, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Belgium, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Belgium to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Belgium things to do can include exploring Belgium attractions and visiting the places of interest. If Belgium is in your mind now, you might want to explore Thomas Cook for a Belgium Visa Application. 

The Grand Palace is a monument of historic importance. Also colloquially referred to as the Grote Markt, the place is Brussels’ central square and one of the most happening places in the city. With a blend of both tourists and locals alike, you will find the place surrounded by gigantic monuments from the Renaissance and the medieval periods, guildhalls, edifices, Town Hall and the Museum of Brussels all in one central place. Thanks to its vast stretch covering an area of 68X110 meters and the range of monuments it houses, the place makes it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

Location

Brussels

Known for 

Guildhalls and edifices from the 15th century, its buzzing cafes and for being a majestic grand central square

How to Reach

It is one of the most centrally located attractions in Brussels and you can reach the place easily by trains. If you are taking the train, you can alight at the Gare De Bruxelles Central (the central station) and walk to your north to reach the avenue. You can even take a taxi from your place of accommodation and get down at the central station. The place is best explored on foot. Having a Brussels Card will be of help in traveling for free in public transports too.

Approximate Approximate Cost

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Opening Hours

Early morning to late at night

Any precautions/Must Carry Items

There are no requirements or factors you should consider before visiting the place. The camera is mandatory and when you are here, look out for pubs and coffee shops that offer the best of beers and local cuisine. There are also several events from rock concerts to flower markets happening on a daily or frequent basis. Visit the place more than once to come across new stores and shops and come back once during the night to see the place completely illuminated. 

Type

Historic Site

 

It was the year 1958 when this gigantic monument was created as part of the Brussels’ World Fair. What was created for a convention stood post the event and gradually went on to become a world famous tourist attraction. It’s unusual structure and architecture has more to what meets the eye. Designed by Andre Waterkeyn, the structure resembles a solitary unity of an iron crystal when magnified over 165 billion times. The monument is made up of 9 spheres, all connected by tubes. The entire structure looks like a cube when you tilt your head a little and you can also notice another sphere at the structure’s center. Atomium is one of the most famous tourist attractions and finds a mentioning in all the Belgium tourist guides. Apart from its structure, the place is also known to host several events.

 

Location

Square de l'Atomium, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

Known for

Its unique architecture, design and conceptualization

How to Reach

Located in Heysel, you can reach the place by a metro or a tram. If you are taking a metro, reach the last stop of the line 6 and walk for a few minutes. You can see the gigantic structure welcoming you. If you are taking the tram, it is the last stop on the line 7. Having a Brussels card helps.

Approximate Cost

The entry ticket costs approximately 900 INR for adults, 700 INR for seniors, 600 INR for teens and 450 INR for children. The structure is open for a free entry for people with disabilities.

Operating Hours

10:00 Am to 6:00 PM

Any Precautions

Not all the spheres of Atomium are accessible for tourists. The place tends to be less crowded in the afternoons and early evenings.

Type

Landmark

One of the pioneers in brewing beers in Belgium, the De Konick have been famous for their tap selections for decades. Their famous Bolleke beers have been a fan favorite among the masses and tourists in Belgium. Thanks to their successful patronage by people in the country, the brewery decided to open its doors for visitors to come and have a personal experience of what goes on inside the brewery to catch a glimpse of their favorite beverage getting fermented right in front of their eyes. An offbeat attraction in Belgium, the place is home to several specialty eateries handpicked by the management to offer the best of food and beer to its visitors. A must-visit attraction in Belgium.

 

Known for

Offering an inside-look of the brewery, food selections and being an experience tour

How to Reach

You can easily reach the brewery by both buses and trains from Antwerp’s Central and Berchem train stations. From the Central station, taking the tram 2 or 6 will take you to Harmonie from where the brewery is a few meters away. From the Berchem station, walking from the exit 10 for a few minutes will directly take you to the brewery. Having an Antwerp Card can help you travel for free in public transports.

Approximate Cost

Approximately 900 INR for adults and 750 INR for seniors

Operating Hours

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on all days

Any Precautions

Being a brewery, the minimum age required to enter for the tour is 18.

Type

Landmark

Why you should visit this event

Tomorrowland is not a festival or an event but an emotion for most fans out there. Flocked by millions of tourists from around the world, this festival is a celebration of electronic dance music or popularly known as the EDM. Hundreds of artists from around the world participate in this event and play their tracks which is listened and danced by millions in front of them. It was first conducted in the year 2005 after which it became a cult of sorts for fans globally. It is now one of the largest music festivals in the world. 

 

Who should attend this event?

If you love music, happening crowd and an electrifying environment, you should attend Tomorrowland. Just Google the festival and check out the videos and you will know the scale of grandeur we are talking about. 

One of the most riveting and unique experiences in Belgium is having an aerial bird’s eye view of the cities from a slow-paced gas balloon. As much fun as it sounds, a ride in one is equally exciting and is sure to give you an adrenaline rush. Unlike a dive or a fall, where you have only a few seconds to catch a glimpse of the city from above, a ride on the gas balloon will allow you to completely soak in the moment and have a great time. When you are done exploring the skies, be prepared to be welcomed with a certificate and a glass of champagne to celebrate the feat!

 

Location

Bruges, Flanders and Ypres

For

Families with kids, honeymoon couples and groups of friends

Difficulty Level

Easy

Approximate Cost

Approximately starting at 11,400 INR per person

Why you should do it

This is one of the most unique experiences to indulge in Belgium. The views from the top are spellbinding and you can actually get a panoramic view of the city you are touring in. This is a great way to become a kid all over again and get excited by the simplicity of the ride despite the soaring heights you will reach.

Tips

 

Just don’t get paranoid and simply hop on. The pilots are experienced and take you to different altitudes. An average ride lasts for about one hour so you have enough time to experience the once-in-a-lifetime ride. 

If Belgium stands for beauty and tranquility, Bruges stands as an epitome of them. The picturesque town of Bruges is a visual delight for tourists, with its dreamy architectures, houses, boulevards, avenues and most importantly, canals. The canal tours in Bruges gives you a chance to explore the idyllic town in a unique way and get a newer perception of the town from its waterways. Slow paced and laidback, your visit to this place cannot be complete without you hopping on to one of the boats ad appreciating the city’s built and architecture from a whole new angle.

 

Location

Bruges 

For

Families with kids, honeymoon couples and group of friends

Difficulty Level

Easy

Approximate Cost

Approximately 600 INR per person

Why you should do it

The five-stage canal system offers charismatic views of the town and if you are not heading to Venice in your Europe tour, this is perhaps the best way to get the feel of it in Belgium. It’s such a bonding time if you are going with your family, where the town just opens up to tell you its stories through its canals and bridges. A classy and one of the best things to do in Belgium.

Tips

The boat rides start at 10:00 AM in the morning until 6:00 in the evening. Just hop on, sit back and enjoy the canal cruise.

One of the most popular restaurants in Brussels, Pane E Focaccia specializes in Italian cuisine and offers a journey into the Italic side of palates. Not just known for its amazing service, the place serves some of the best dishes of pasta, risotto, grilled vegetables and dishes from Mediterranean cuisine as well. When you are in Brussels, you need to visit this place to understand how authentic pasta and risottos taste like.

 

Must Eat

Antipasti, salads, pasta and risotto

Approximate Cost for Two

Approximately 4000 INR

Address

Chaussée de Haecht 1211, 1130 Haren, Belgium

Contact

+32 2 242 92 89

Opening Hours        

 

12:00 PM to 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

For the best steaks in town, you don’t have to look for any other place beyond the Old Wild Steak House. Get your steak cooked medium or rare, this place ensures you have the best steak serving of your life and share your dining experience with the rest of the world. The place is cozy and old school in its setting but not in food.

 

Must Eat

Steaks and fries

Approximate Cost for Two

Approximately 4500 INR

Address

Rue Henri Maus 45, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Contact

+32 2 513 63 96

Opening Hours

12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

This is one of the offbeat bars in Brussels. The place is known for its jazz concerts, where over 250 concerts happen in a year.  The sophisticated place for jazz music has renowned musicians from around the world playing frequently. It is known for its sound, acoustics, lighting, comfort and a range of food and beverage options that are at par with some of the ace arenas in New York.

 

Must Try

Finger food and cocktail selections

Opening Hours

7:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Location

 

Rue des Pierres 50, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The Pure Bar is a place that is unique in terms of its interiors and servings. The place is designed for you to sit down comfortably or even lie down over a few drinks, chat with your friends and have an amazingly laidback time. Apart from the drinks and good food, the place also serves shishas. If you are with your friends and looking for that perfect fun evening with your squad, the Pure Bar ensures you get what you wanted.

 

Must Try

Shisha and cocktail selections

Opening Hours

3:00 PM to 4:00 AM – Closed on Mondays

Location

 

Rue des Pierres 46/A, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

No matter how fancier malls pop up, there is nothing more satisfying than shopping at flea markets and in the streets. A chance to directly interact with the makers and sellers, flea market allows us to explore diverse items to think of and buy at lower prices. And one such flea market is the one called Place du Jeu-de-Balle Flea Market. In Brussels, this is a market where you can find everything from home décor and items on cutleries, crockery and utensils to exquisite things you will rarely come across in your hometown.

 

Location

Place du Jeu-de-Balle, Brussels, Belgium

Timing

6:00 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays and 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM on weekends

Known for

Home decors, textiles, apparels, cutleries and crockery sets and home needs

Bargaining

 

For best deals and prices, visit the market during the hourly hours of the midweek.

If it’s vintage themed apparels you are looking for in Belgium, you need to head straight to Gabriele in Brussels. The store sells only original garments manufactured between the 1920s and the 80s and offers the most authentic vintage clothing options. From shirts, trousers, jackets and sweaters for men to skirts, blouses, sweaters, trousers and cocktail dresses for women, the place is truly magnificent regarding its collections.

 

Location

Kartuizerstraat, Rue des Chartreux, 27, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Timing

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Mondays and Tuesdays and 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Known for

Vintage clothing options from the ‘20s and the ‘80s

Bargaining

 

The store follows a fixed price policy

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