It can’t all be about waffles and moules frites: Brussels is also a cultural hub to be reckoned with. Steeped in Surrealism, the spiritual hometown of comic-book hero Tintin is rightly proud of its artistic heritage. From checking out the insides of a giant steel atom to getting to grips with your musical side, there really is something for everyone.
Whether a first-timer or a seasoned visitor, find your fix at these must-see sights across the capital.
As the birthplace of Hergé’s beloved Tintin, Brussels has a lot to offer the comic book fan. Make time for a leisurely stroll around the city to take in the impressive cartoon murals scattered in the streets. Then head to the Belgian Comic Strip Center for a deep dive into one of the country’s most important cultural exports.
Looking for something a little different? Try the Museum of Musical Instruments, famous for its enchanting cast-iron Art Nouveau exterior and a collection of more than 7,000 instruments to explore. End your visit on a high note with a trip to the rooftop restaurant, complete with panoramic view.
Standing tall at 102m, the Atomium is an architectural feat. The mammoth structure was designed by engineer André Waterkeyn for the 1958 World Fair to symbolise the dawn of a new scientific age. Hop in the elevator for a peek inside the nine spheres, five of which host intriguing exhibitions.
The only place you’ll find a pipe that isn’t necessarily a pipe, the Magritte Museum showcases Belgium’s most celebrated surrealist in all in his glory. It’s home to the world’s largest collection of his work with more than 200 paintings – a must-see spot for modern-art connoisseurs in the city.
Aside from its spectacular Victor Horta-designed edifice, the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts is a multidisciplinary hub for creative excellence. Its plays host to everything from the National Orchestra to the upcoming vanguard of Belgian designers – your fast-track to the coolest cultural happenings in the capital. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.
From hot waffle fries to avocado ice-cream, here’s our pick of Brussels’ top treats.
Drink, dance, and party like a local around Kolenmarkt.
Step back in time with a visit to the most famous medieval square in Brussels.
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