If you can pull yourself away from all of the delicious chocolate and beer, there are endless choices for things to do and see in Brussels. An urban playground, Brussels buzzes with life, language, culture and class.
Enjoy the views
Perhaps one of the most famous sights is the Atomium – the observation tower and information center that’s shaped like an atom of iron, enlarged to 165 billion times its normal size. Inside, you’ll find information and history of the building’s construction, rotating displays of other exhibits, and an unparalleled 360º view of Brussels. In fact, on a clear day, you can see Antwerp, more than 35 miles (56 km) away.
Soak in the culture
Brussels boast more than 105 museums and botanical gardens. If it has a group of interested followers, Brussels has a museum dedicated to it. Through every subject imaginable, from toys to the police force to, of course, beer. Not to be missed: The Magritte Museum of Fine Arts, the playful Comic Strip Center, the BELvue Museum of Belgian History, and the side-by-side Horta Museum and Museum of Fantastic Art.
Shop, sip and step out
Belgian fashion designers have emerged as a force to be reckoned with. It will be easy for you to surrender an entire day to the shops in Brussels. Try the trendy streets Rue du Marché au Charbon or Rue Antoine Dansaert for some of the hottest looks this season. And, when you’re through, you can show off your new threads while sipping beers at one of the many night restaurants or nightclubs that stay open late.