Sights of Brussels
As I mentioned in my first post regarding Brussels, most of the main sights can be seen in a day or two. Regardless of the amount of time you have in Brussels, here are the few places worth checking out:
Manneken Pis: The infamous 15th century statue of a little boy peeing into a basin is a tourist favorite. It is relatively easy to find the statue as it is a few streets away from the Grand Place. To be honest, I thought it was going to be much bigger. If you are lucky enough, it may be dressed in a costume during your visit or even better, when the statue is hooked up to a keg of beer. There is of course a sister statue, the Jeanneke Pis, near the bar Delirium.
|The Manneken Pis.|
|One of the many replicas you will see throughout town.|
|The Jeanneke Pis.|
|The gardens next to the museums.|
The Royal Palace: It is extremely impressive from the outside and it reminded me a lot of the style of architecture that you would see in Vienna. However, that is all I can say about the palace as it is only open from July to September (I think). Yet, even if it is not open, it is still worth walking by (it is right next to the Magritte Museum) and there is a nice park across the street that is perfect to relax or go for a run. (Just a quick note on the architecture; there was actually a few buildings we walked by that reminded me of something you would see in Vienna.)
|Putting our selfie stick to full use in front of the Royal Palace.|
|In the park across the street from the Royal Palace.|
|The science museum which again reminded me of Vienna.|
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula: If you have visited the city of love, this church may look familiar to you and that is because it has a stark resemblance to the Notre Dame in Paris. The big difference to me was the surrounding area, St. Michael was just kind of there while the Notre Dame strikes the skyline of Paris on it's own island. Yet, it is a beautiful church so if you are passing by, it is worth taking a look inside.
|The twin towers resembling the Notre Dame.|
|Inside the St. Michael and St. Gudula.|
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert: The 19th century shopping arcade is located right near the Grand Place. The glass paneled roof shines rays of sunshine on shoppers and eaters below. I mentioned earlier that Mofake is in the Galeries but a few of the chocolate shops are also worth a visit.
|The glass ceiling.|