Arguably the most convenient way to discover Brussels is by purchasing a “Brussels Card”. In addition to unlimited complimentary access to all the city’s 37 museums and the hop-on-hop-off bus, the card offers discounts for shops, restaurants and tours.
During your trip, don’t miss La Grand-Place, Brussels’ main square and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by centuries-old buildings, the square is a site to behold at night, when it is tastefully illuminated.
If you’re looking for the best views of Brussels, visit the Arc de Triomphe-Triomfboog in Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark. Other hotspots are the futuristic Atomium, which hosts regular exhibitions, and the Royal Palace, which opens its doors to the public every summer. Built in the neoclassical style, the palace is the official residence of the Belgian monarchy, and overlooks Brussels Park.
A trip to Brussels should also include a tour of museums. The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has Europe’s most extensive displays of dinosaur specimens, while the Horta Museum has a significant Art Nouveau collection.