The 10 best places to visit in Brussels

 

Built in 1998 at the junction of Rue des Chartreux/Kartuizersstraat and Rue du Vieux-Marché-aux-Grains/Oude Graanmarkt is the Het Zinneke, often wrongly called the Zinneke Pis. In tandem with the Jeanneke Pis and the world famous Mannekin Pis, the urinating dog is part of the cities well known set of urinating statues.

10. Het Zinneke

 

Another of the urinating statues of the capital is the Jeanneke Pis, the urinating girl. Completed in 1987 this modern fountain and statue was created to be the sister monument to the more well known Manneken Pis.

9. Jeanneke Pis

 

Created in 1880 AD for the national exhibition commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence is the Parc Du Cinquantenaire, which translates as The Park Of The Fiftieth Anniversary. This 74 acre urban park of landscaped gardens also houses some fine architectural buildings that include the Royal Military Museum and the Art & History Museum that are joined in the middle by the parks centre piece, the Triumphal Arch.

8. Parc Du Cinquantenaire

 

Completed in 1519 AD is the Cathedral Of St. Michael & St. Gudula, an impressive Gothic church that took over 300 years to complete. Standing at a huge 64 metres (210 ft) high, visitors will find exquisite carvings, paintings and stained glass windows dating back hundreds of years, though the main draw of this church is undoubtedly the famous Brussels Cross and the 17th century Baroque pulpit.

7. Cathédrale Des St. Michel Et Gudula

 

In the Sablon district in the historic centre of the city is the 15th century Church Of Our Blessed Lady Of The Sablon. Set in beautiful garden surrounds this Gothic church with incredibly detailed exterior and rich historical interior is one of the most picturesque pieces of architecture in all of Belgium.

6. Notre-Dame Du Sablon

 

Created around 1958 is the large landscape garden known as the Mont Des Arts, or Mount of The Arts. Located on a hill in the centre of the city its vantage point offers one of the finest views in the capital.

5. Mont Des Arts

 

Slightly to the north west of the city centre is the National Basilica Of The Sacred Heart, completed in 1969 it was inspired by the church of the same name in Paris. Notable for being the largest Art Deco building in the world, it is also one of the ten largest churches on Earth. Its cupola platform at 89 metres (292 ft) high offers one of the finest panoramic views in Brussels.

4. Basilique Nationale Du Sacré-Cœur

 

Built in 1958 for the Brussels World Fair, the Atomium is one of Belgium's most famous landmarks and today operates as a museum. North of the city centre this incredible unique building stands at a huge 102 metres (335 ft) high with nine 18 metre (60ft) diameter stainless steel clad spheres in the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billions times. The top sphere is a restaurant with a lovely panoramic view of the city.

3. The Atomium

 

Built and installed in 1619 AD is one of Europe's most famous monuments, the Manneken Pis, meaning 'Little Man Pee'. Standing a mere 61cm tall the statue depicts a naked boy peeing into a fountain. Despite its relatively small size, with a 400 year history it has become the symbol of Brussels and one of the most iconic statues on the planet.

2. Manneken Pis

 

In the heart of the city is the central square of Brussels, the Grand Place, one of the most important locations in the country. Surrounded by opulent guildhalls, the museum of the city and the enormous towered town hall it is one of the most striking images from any European capital. One of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe, this beautiful grand city square has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

1. Grand Place

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