I really wish I had spent a few more days in Belgium… because as soon as I got there, I just fell in love with the country. Everything is so beautiful and everyone is so friendly and nice.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to spend more than a few days here because I was on a tight time crunch for the rest of my Europe journey. But nonetheless, I still had an amazing time in Belgium!
If you’re short on time as well… I have made a list of things that are MUST Do’s.
Note: I stayed in the City Center area… which was close to shopping, many restaurants, bars, the train station… etc.
The hotel I stayed at: Hygge Hotel ( hyggehotel.be )- I highly recommend this hotel! It wasn’t cheap but definitely was on the lower price range of hotels in Europe… (hotels in Europe can be very expensive) It is also bigger than most hotels as well. I’ve stayed in a bunch of hotels in Europe that were the size of closets and were $100+ a night. This hotel had large private bathrooms, spacious rooms with large beds and beautiful windows all around to view the city. I LOVED this hotel. It was one of my favorites on my European trip last year.
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Walk around Avenue Louise – This is a lively neighborhood close to the city center. There are tons of bars and restaurants that line the streets. It’s about 10 minutes from the main train station.
Check out the Ferris Wheel at Place Poelaert – Take a stroll around here and the streets at Place Poelaert.
Go to the Place Royale – I woke up super early one morning… and headed out in hopes of capturing some beautiful photos without anyone in them. Success. I got so many amazing photos of the Grand Palace with no one in them! It was also so beautiful to the see sun rising and the early morning fog around the beautiful buildings. Located in the Main Square, it is very easy to find.
Mannekin Pis – It will be crowded with other tourists… but I believe it is a must when visiting Brussels. They change the statues’ clothes every so often… it’s so cute!
Atomium – Years ago I was watching The Amazing Race and they went here… Right then and there… I mentally put it in my list of places to go to. I never forgot. I just HAD to come here on my trip to Brussels. It was pretty cool! It gets crowded, so getting a photo without anyone in it might be a bit difficult.
Day trip to Ghent – This is a MUST. It’s a short train ride from Brussels to Ghent… and totally worth it. Ghent is so beautiful! It’s one of the cutest little towns I have ever seen. I wanted to stay there all day but… I had to get back to Belgium. But it definitely is at least a half day trip. You must visit the castle that is there. It is called Gravensteen Castle and is about a 30 minute walk from the train station. The castle dates back to 1180 and was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353. It was re-purposed as a court, prison, mint, and even as a cotton factory. It was restored over 1893-1903 and is now a museum and a major landmark in the city. I walked there to see all of the other beautiful building around the town… but you can take a bus/tram to get there as well.
Sant Nicholas’ Church – A beautiful, beautiful building that looked straight out of a movie. It sort of reminded me of Harry Potter World. Ha.
Eat mussels, frites and have an ice cold beer – After exploring the city for a whole day in the drizzling rain… sitting down to a big bowl of mussels and some delicious Belgian beer was a great way to end the day… any day! ~ Where to find great mussels: Le Marmiton / Beer suggestion: Grimbergen … YUM.
Musee d’Art Modern – The views here are amazing… go early so you can get some awesome photos with no one in them!
I hope you will enjoy Belgium as much as I did!