Brussels is important in European politics and economics but doesn't take itself too seriously, exemplified by its eccentric statue of the Manneken-Pis and a museum dedicated to comic books. With most attractions within walking distance of each other, there will be plenty of time on city breaks in Brussels to enjoy a craft beer or a lunch of moules-frites.
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The focal point for any Brussels city break is the gilded glory of Grand Place. This is the place for enjoying a spot of people watching while drinking an indulgent hot chocolate in the grand surroundings of an Art Nouveau cafe. Then head off to other attractions including these five favourites.
1. The Old England Building
Built as a department store in the19th century, the stunning facade of this building hides a musical museum. Admire over 2,000 instruments before enjoying panoramic views from the rooftop cafe.
2. The Atomium
This awesome model is an accurate depiction of an atom but165 billion times larger! It was created in 1958 to welcome the modern age to Belgium. Today, a lift whisks you to the top in just 20 seconds.
3. Brussels Beer
The population of Brussels is proud of its beer heritage and across the city are dozens of breweries and micro-breweries as well as pubs and bars selling dozens of varieties. Book a beer tour to really appreciate this legacy.
4. Le Botanique
This is the city's green lung with an impressive greenhouse dating back to the 19th century. Not only are the greenhouse and garden full of wonderful flora, but they also play host to regular live performances.
5. Palais Royal
No longer the home of the Royal Family, the Palais Royal is still used for state occasions but is open to visitors in the summer months. Look out for one ceiling that is covered in a mosaic of beetle wings.