5 things to do in Brussels

Old City Square

This magnificent city square is home to some of the most impressive buildings in Brussels, including the majestic Grand Palace. The old city square is lined with ancient guild houses and is considered to be one of the finest squats in the whole of Europe in terms of architectural styles and decorative façades. Most of the buildings that can be found here date back to 17th century and some of the main highlights include the former guild houses of Le Sac, Le Cornet, Le Renard, Le Roy d’Espagne and Le Cygne. Live theatrical and music performances are often held in the old city square in the evenings and taking in one of these performances is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.

Place Ste Catherine 

Wandering around this enchanting square and the narrow lanes that branch off it is an experience that should not be missed while exploring Brussels. This district boasts traditional markets and is a great place for people-watching from one of the street cafés. The area also includes several ponds and a number of excellent seafood restaurants.

Quartier de l’IlotSacre

This vibrant district features a winding network of lanes that are filled with all kinds of shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and street entertainment. Most of the action here takes place outdoors and the mood at the Quartier de l’IlotSacre is always extremely festive, which makes this a great place to hang out in the evening.

Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudule

This magnificent cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in Brussels and many parts of this striking building date back to the 13th century. The cathedral’s soaring twin Gothic towers immediately capture the attention and imagination of visitors, while the cathedral’s stained glass windows are also extremely impressive. The cathedral is dedicated to St Michael, who is the patron saint of Brussels, as well as St Gudule, daughter. Visitors who climb to the top of the cathedral’s tall tower will be treated to stunning views right the way across the city of Brussels.

Parc de Bruxelles

This large and lovely park is a great place to unwind while exploring the city of Brussels. Visitors can relax under the shade of one of the park’s tall trees and enjoy a picnic before taking a stroll to take in the mysterious Masonic designs and interesting buildings such as the magnificent Palais du Roi, which was once the palace of Leopold II. The palace can be found in the very heart of the Parc de Bruxelles and is open to the public during the summer months.

The vibrant city of Brussels in Belgium can easily be reached through your favourite ferry crossing operator. The journey is sure to be smooth and simple, which makes Brussels the perfect place to take a weekend break. Brussels also boasts a vibrant nightlife scene as well as plenty of exciting shopping opportunities. Culture vultures will want to spend an evening taking in a performance at one of Brussels’ excellent theatres, while people who time their trip to coincide with one of the major festivals such as the Animation and Cartoon Festival in February or the ArsMusica festival in March will find the city at its most vibrant. People who are travelling with children will also want to check out exciting theme parks such as Oceade and Mini Europe.