Brussels might not be your first choice when it comes to visiting a European city but we think it’s a great choice if you have a couple of days to spare or if you’ve already been to France and want to practice your French in another Francophone country. Even though Belgium used to be completely Dutch-speaking, the majority of people in Brussels speak French as well as Dutch so it is the perfect time for you to use your new language skills. From lush parks to gorgeous medieval architecture, there’s something for everyone in this small European city. Here are 12 things you should absolutely see and do during your next weekend in Brussels, Belgium’s capital!
1Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts
This museum is actually a group of six art museums all clustered together. It is located in the downtown area of the city on the Coudenberg. There are more than 20, 000 art pieces from drawings to paintings and sculptures. There are many paintings by Flemish painters like Bruegel and Rogier van der Weyden, Anthony van Dyck and Peter Paul Rubens. If you enjoy spending lazy afternoons in museums on rainy days then this is the perfect place for you. Get lost in the six museums and enjoy the beautiful art.
2Musée Magritte Annexe
René Magritte is one of the most famous Belgian artists. His surrealist paintings are thought-provoking and very witty. Even though this museum is part of the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, we added it to the list so you won’t forget about going there. The museum has only been opened since 2009 but it boasts 200 works from Magritte like drawings, sculptures and paintings. If you are interested in knowing more about this celebrated artist, this is the place to learn everything about him.
Grand Place (also known as Grote Markt) is in the center of the city. It’s a must-see during a weekend in Brussels… This large square in the middle of Brussels is surrounded by tall buildings like the city’s Town Hall and the Museum of the City of Brussels. The architecture of the surrounding buildings is quite remarkable with medieval and Gothic Revival style. The square has gone through a fire, wars, revolutions, etc. You’ll undoubtedly see this square at some point in your visit since it is so central but do take the time to look around.