Brussels is the centre of European culture and institutions and it has way more to offer than most people imagine. Apart from its famous chocolates and beers, there are almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, architecture, bars and much more.
Brussels is known for its cuisine and gastronomy, as well as its historical and architectural landmarks. Some of them are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Main attractions in Brussels include the historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie/De Munt and the Museums of Art and History. Because of its long tradition of Belgian comics, Brussels is also hailed as a capital of the comic strip.
Despite its name, the Brussels-Capital Region is not the capital of Belgium. Article 194 of the Belgian Constitution establishes that the capital of Belgium is the City of Brussels, the municipality in the region that is the city’s core.
As the seat of the EU, this city in Belgium is a hub of political decision-making—but there are so many more things to do in Brussels. We picked our favourites for the by TimeOut and by LonelyPlanet.
Musee des Sciences Naturelles: The Museum of Natural Sciences of Belgium is a museum dedicated to natural history, located in Brussels, Belgium. The museum is a part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Its most important pieces are 30 fossilised Iguanodon skeletons, which were discovered in 1878 in Bernissart, Belgium.
Bozar: The Centre for Fine Arts is a cultural venue in Brussels, Belgium. Often referred to as BOZAR or PSK, the building was completed in 1929 at the instigation of Henry Le Bœuf and includes exhibition and conference rooms, a cinema and a concert hall, which serves as home to the National Orchestra of Belgium.
Atomium: The Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Expo. It is located on the Heysel Plateau, where the exhibition took place. It is now a museum. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m tall.
Grand Place: Bustling Brussels Grand-Place centres on its namesake square, towered over by the Gothic City Hall and ringed by opulent guild houses with cafes and the Choco-Story chocolate museum. Centuries-old beer bars lie hidden down alleys, and restaurants serving steamed mussels line narrow Rue des Bouchers. The stately 19th-century Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert arcade houses luxury boutiques, clockmakers and chocolate shops.
Museum of Old Techniques: The museum has an extensive collection of hand tools, technical manuals and trade catalogues. The MOT studies the history of techniques, more specifically natural power. The subject is limited to what is driven by muscle, water or wind power. The MOT aims to encourage an understanding of the past and present of mankind, here and elsewhere, by giving a realistic picture of the origin and evolution of techniques and their impact of everyday life and the environment.
Brussels is a great city with a lot to offer. Join us at the International Conference Renewable Energy Systems Environment Engineering, and experience Brussels in Summer.