10 Things to Do in Brussels for First Time Visitors

It’s not uncommon to daydream about taking the trip of a lifetime. Obviously, every individual has a different idea of what that trip would look like. As a matter of fact, there are some people that would much rather stay at home and relax than go anywhere. If that’s what makes you happy, that’s fine and you should be able to do it without feeling forced to travel. However, other people love the idea of traveling around the world and seeing different things. They like to experience different cultures and see historical sites for themselves. If you happen to be one of these individuals, you might have thought about traveling to Brussels in the past. If you’re wondering if this trip would be a good fit for you or not, read on about 10 different things that you can do while you’re there.

1. Take a day trip

This area is full of historic sites. If you’re a history buff, you’ll absolutely love having the opportunity to visit one of the World War I historical sites that are peppered throughout Brussels. Not only would it give you the opportunity to see something that played a dramatic role in history up close and personal, you can practically feel the energy just by being there. If you’re going to Brussels, this is definitely something that you should see for yourself.

2. Grand Place

If you like the idea of exploring something that’s completely outside the realm of what you’re likely accustomed to, this is the place to do it. It’s all about seeing what other cultures are like and what’s important to them. This is one of the most amazing places in Brussels, ornately designed in such a way that it’s absolutely breathtaking. When you look at it, it’s hard to believe that anyone could create such a thing.

3. Train World

If you’re interested in trains or and rail travel, this is an ideal place to visit. Even if you’re not really all that interested in anything that travels by rail, you can’t help but be taken aback by the superior architecture of the buildings. Either way, it’s worth your time.

4. Atomium

You might love this if you enjoy different types of visual art. It amounts to a giant sculpture of a jack, just like the set of jacks you probably played with as a child. At first, you might be scratching your head wondering why someone would design such a thing but when you look at it, you can’t help but be amazed by this extremely large geometric shape. Just thinking about what actually went into making it is enough to keep you busy for quite some time.

5. Take a tour

If you don’t necessarily like the idea of traveling on your own, there are various chores that you can take throughout the area where you can travel as part of a group. In fact, there are several different varieties of beer tours that are extremely popular in the area. One of them even involves conducting a treasure hunt while on the tour, a fun twist that you don’t get to do everyday.

6. Explorer legends in the area

Brussels is a unique area that has a lot of different legends and myths surrounding it. If this is the type of thing that interests you, you can find certain tours that will take you to specific areas of interest. It’s a great way to highlight your trip and get off the beaten path at the same time.

7. Check out the food

You can’t go to any unique location around the globe without trying the cuisine. Brussels is well-known for its food, so you would be doing yourself a disservice not to check it out. Who knows, you might find a new dish that becomes your all-time favorite.

8. Visit a museum

Like most countries, there are several different museums that you can take advantage of in Brussels. Pick one that aligns with your interests and enjoy it for several hours or choose something that is completely foreign to you so you have an opportunity to learn about something new. Either way, it’s time well spent.

9. Take a class

There are many locations in Brussels that offer cooking classes for the afternoon. What better way to learn about the culture than to shop for specific items and then prepare a dish based on popular cuisine? It’s really a fun way to take everything you’ve learned about the area to the next level.

10. Relax in a park

Brussels is famous for its beautiful parks. It has several of them so it shouldn’t be difficult for you to find one that’s to your liking. If you’re exhausted from a day of seeing all the sights, take some time to relax and reflect in a park and recharge your batteries.


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