The essence of Brussels
Yes, the capital of Belgium, European Union and the permanent headquarters of the European Parliament is a city of business and, therefore, brings a reputation for boring. But no, Brussels is not just political.
The so-called "Capital of Europe" is a box of surprises tourists discover gradually. Guard the historical buildings in the heritage of art nouveau. It has plenty of culture in the 75 museums devoted to every subject of interest, including, of course, comic books, chocolate and beer.
Brussels is also a mecca of gastronomy, as new and hip restaurants serving international cuisine and location - do not forget to taste the specialties: mussels and fries. To improve, the target is even more attractive on the weekends, when executives leave, lower rates of hotels and tourists enjoy the capital calmly.
1 - Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts - Rue de la Regence, 3, Place Royale - metro Parc.
There are two museums in one location. One showcases the best of Flemish art of the ages 14 to 20. In the building next door, is the section of modern art, with collections that include works by Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró
2 - Atomium - Bd du Centenaire, Heysel - Heysel metro.
It is the symbol of the city. The tangle of giant metal spheres, built for the World Fair in 1958, represents an atomic structure magnified 165 billion times. Visitors can climb the ball. Only the view from the top floor already pays.
3 - Cathédrale des Sts-Michel-et-Gudule - Parvis Ste-Gudule - Metro Gare Centrale.
The cathedral is the oldest example of Gothic architecture in Belgium. Construction began in 1226, but the facade is 15th century. The two towers give a French touch. Note the interior with columns and arches.
4 - Hôtel de Ville - Grand-Place - Metro Gare Centrale.
Located in the main square of the city, this magnificent 1402 building is still home to the municipal government. The tour lasts 40 minutes and includes visits to the building environments, such as rooms that show of paintings and tapestries from 16 to 18 centuries and the Gothic hall, surrounded by mirrors and baroque decoration.
5 - Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale - Leuvensesteenweg, 13 - 44 Tram.
Founded to celebrate the African colony of Congo, imperialism left the museum to display exhibits on ethnography African, Asian and South American. The collection includes dioramas of animals, sculptures and weapons from the colonial era, and show panels on desertification and habitat destruction.
6 - Mini Europe - Bruparck, Heysel - Heysel metro.
The park brings together a few steps from the most famous sights of Europe, such as Big Ben (London), Tower of Pisa (Pisa), Brandenburg Gate (Berlin), and Montmartre (Paris). Here, tourists can even shout olé de Sevilla in an arena or ride a gondola through the canals of Venice. Situated next to the Atomium.
7 - Manneken-Pis - Rue du Chêne and rue de l'Etuve - Metro Gare Centrale.
It is the favorite character of the city. The small bronze sculpture, two blocks from Grand Place, is shaped like a boy peeing. On holidays, he wears special costumes.
8 - Palais Royal Park - Place des Palais - metro Parc.
The king's palace, overlooking the Park of Brussels, was begun in 1820 but was reformed in 1904 to win the grand style of Louis 16th. Today is the place for state receptions. When the national flag of scale means that the rulers are in the country.
9 - Le Quartier Européen - Place Schuman - Schuman Metro.
The "Capital of Europe" has become a neighborhood where the headquarters of important institutions like the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of Ministers. The complex consists of modern buildings, many glass and mirrored. There are guided tours in most of them.
10 - Musée des Belges Brasseurs - Grand-Place, 10 - Métro Gare Centrale.
Operated by the Confederation of Belgian Breweries, the museum has a permanent exhibition on modern methods of manufacture of the drink were combined with traditional techniques. Do not leave without tasting the final product.