In August 2014 I decided to visit Brussels, the capital and largest city in Belgium and the main administrative headquarters of the European Union. It is a city that can be visited in two days.
The city can be visited walking perfectly, although for certain visits you can use the metro on occasion to see more remote areas.
The best time to visit is in the summer months, when temperatures are highest, the rains are very regular throughout the year.
These are the main places to visit in Brussels:
The Grand Place is undoubtedly the most beautiful place in Brussels and one of the most beautiful squares in the world.
In August of each even year, the center of the square is dressed with a spectacular carpet of flowers.
Highlight the buildings Hotel de Ville, Maison du Roi, Le Pigeon and Le Roy d'Espagne.
One of the most representative symbols of the city, this small figure located between the streets L'Etuve and Lombard is one of the main tourist attractions.
There are several legends about the Manneken Pis without getting to know exactly where it came from.
Designed in 1958 for the Brussels EXPO and located in the Heysel Park it is the best-known symbol of Brussels.
You can visit the interior for € 14 and see the exhibitions it houses in each of the spheres.
Palace of Justice
This imposing stone building was built in 1883 and at the time was the largest in the world, being today one of the most imposing.
With the end of World War II the building was burned down by the Nazis and the dome collapsed and was rebuilt in 1947.
Located in the upper part of the city, in the park of Brussels, the Royal Palace is the seat of the monarchy of Belgium but it is not the residence of the kings.
It can be visited from July 21 to the beginning of September.
One of the most impressive buildings in the city, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Belgium in 1880.
Inside it houses 3 museums: the Military History Museum, the Cinquantenaire Museum and the Autoworld.
The Parliament located in the European Quarter is an essential visit to get to know most of the institutions of the European Union.
You can visit the hemicycle and the Parlamentarium which is the visitor center for free.
Saint Hubert Gallery
They are the oldest commercial galleries in Europe built in 1847.
In its 200 meters long you can find luxury fashion stores, jewelers, restaurants and the famous chocolatiers of Brussels that you have to try before leaving.
They are perfectly preserved and are covered by a huge glass dome.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Its construction began in 1905 and ended in 1969 and is built in Art Deco style, being the fifth largest church in the world.
You can go up to the dome for € 4 and get one of the best views of the city. The entrance to the Basilica is free.
The national sport in Belgium is soccer, highlighting in Brussels the Anderlecht as the most important club in the country.
King Badouin Stadium (Old Heysel)
It is the main stadium of the Belgium national team.
He is known for the tragedy of Heysel, in which 39 fans died in the prolegomena of the final of the 1985 Champions League.