Written By: Monique Lapointe
Hey lovelies! Last week I was lucky enough to be able to visit Brussels, Belgium. Even though I only spent 24 hours in the city, it instantly became one of my favourite places that I have ever visited. This city is relatively small and you can see almost everything within a day. So, I am going to tell you all how to spend 24 hours in Brussels, Belgium!
Trying the waffles :
I swear this city feels like a giant waffle house! Everywhere you turn you will find a waffle stand. I urge you to stop and try one. Not only are they extremely delicious but they are also super cheap! I paid only three euros for a nutella and ice cream waffle. If I lived in this city, I think my whole diet would just consist of waffles.
Buy some chocolate :
In case you didn’t know, Belgium chocolate is some of the best chocolate in the world. After tasting it, I don’t think you will ever look at any other chocolate the same. All around the city they have Godiva and Cote D’Or shops. You will feel like you are in a chocolate heaven!
Drink some beer :
France has wine, Mexico has tequila and Belgium has beer! Seriously, I saw tons of men downing a cold one at a restaurant at 10 A.m. Everywhere you go in Brussels you will find beer shops where they sell all the different types of Belgium beer. You must go in one and buy a bottle to try. My personal favourites are Chimay and Leffe.
Now that you’ve indulged in some of the best food and beer Belgium has to offer, It’s time to do some site seeing.
Grand Place :
The Grand Place is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is the central square of Brussels. Each building looks a little different, but somehow it all ties together perfectly. The Grand Place is surrounded by the City Hall, the Guild Houses and the Maison Du Roi.
Mannekin Pis :
If you speak french, you must have noticed that Mannekin Pis means “The peeing mannequin” in English. Now before you ask yourself “why is Monique telling us to go see a peeing mannequin?” listen to this :
In 1618, Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder designed this small bronze sculpture of a naked little boy urinating into a fountain. One of the legends behind the sculpture is that in 1142, the troops of a two-year-old lord (Duke Godfrey 111 of Leuven) were battling against the troops of the Berthouts. The troops put the child in a basket and hung it on a tree to encourage them during the battle. The boy urinated on the troops of Berthouts causing them to loose the battle.
That’s a pretty interesting history for a bronzed sculpture of a little boy peeing if you ask me!
Comic Book Route :
Brussels seems to be the city of Comics. Ever heard of “The Adventures of Tintin”? Well, that is actually a very famous Belgian comic! The Comic Book Route is a path leading you to different comic strip murals painted on the side of several buildings. I have never seen such beautiful and interesting wall paintings in my life! Below I have listed a link of the path.
The Royal Palace :
Fun fact, The Royal Palace is bigger than the Buckingham Palace! This is the official palace of the King and the Queen of the Belgians. Even though they do not actually live in the palace, it is used for the countries state affairs.
Unlike most palaces, this one you can actually go inside of! For free you can tour the inside of The Royal Palace where you will find breathtaking paintings, furniture and chandeliers.
The Atomium :
Sadly, I did not visit the Atomium because it was heavily raining when I visited Brussels. It is a landmark I deeply regret not seeing! If you have extra time in your day take the tram just outside of the city centre to see the Atomium.
This building was originally constructed for the 1958 Expo 58 Brussels World Fair. It is about 335 feet tall and has giant spheres that connect to one another. Since the 50’s, it has been turned into a museum. In 2013 it was named Europe’s most bizarre building. It is hands down one of the most creative buildings that exist.
Now that you know what to do in 24 hours in Brussels, Belgium, I wish you all a wonderful trip to this amazing city!