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Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Brussels with a flexible one or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to jump on and off when you desire. See sites such as the Charles Rogier Square, Grote Markt, the Grand Place, and many more.  Choose a 1 or 2-day ticket to suit your schedule and start your sightseeing journey. Use your ticket on the blue and red routes and hop off wherever you like. See the sites you want to and spend as much time as you want there at your leisure. Pick a seat in the open-top for panoramic views or in the covered cabin to stay warm. Listen to the recorded commentary about the highlights, sit back, relax, and enjoy unlimited travel for 24 or 48 hours. Follow the blue bus route to see the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, and Botanical Garden. This route also passes the Charles Rogier Square, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, the Royal Castle of Laeken, and Royal Greenhouses. Don't forget to stop off and take pictures at the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sainte-Catherine Square, the Manneken-Pis, and the market square to see the Grand Place. As well, explore the outstanding City Hall and the Art Nouveau major townhouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jump on the red route to stop at the Place Royale to see the best viewpoint over Brussels, Mont des Arts. Hop off at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sablons quarter, and the European Parliament, if you like. On this route, you can also see the Coudenberg Palace, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum, or the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Brussels 3-Hour Guided Art Nouveau Tour

2. Brussels 3-Hour Guided Art Nouveau Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour guided tour on Art Nouveau architecture and Victor Horta. The tour will be led by a local Brussels guide. Discover the most beautiful and impressive Art Nouveau projects by architects who mastered the art of combining iron, glass, wood and stone into an infinite variety of different forms. The tour starts at the Grand-Place at 10:00. From there you’ll take the tram to the Bailli district, the famous village within the city that has the largest number of Art Nouveau buildings in Brussels. The program ends in front of the Victor Horta Museum. Detailed Itinerary: Old England House (Music Instrument Museum) Hotel Tassel, built by Victor Horta in 1893-1894 Van Rysselberghe House, built by Ocatave Van Rysselberghe in 1912 Hotel Otlet, built by Ocatave Van Rysselberghe and Henry van de Velde from 1894-1898 Hotel Goblet d’Alviella, built by Ocatave Van Rysselberghe in 1882 Hotel Ciamberlani, built by Paul Hankar in 1897 The house of painter René Janssens, built by Paul Hankar in 1898 Architect Armand Van Waesberghe The Beukman house, built by Albert Roosenboom in 1900 The private home of architect Paul Hankar Victor Horta Museum

Brussels: City Highlights Walking Tour and Food Tasting

3. Brussels: City Highlights Walking Tour and Food Tasting

I will take you for a walk and talk about the history of Brussels while at every stop we make, you will taste famous Belgian chocolates from the best chocolatier, beer tasting in a local bar, best waffles or best fries in the centre. If you want to enjoy your stay in Brussels, book it when you arrive so I can make great suggestions on what to see or where to eat. You will see Grand-Place while I will explain the background of it along with its history and how are all the buildings shaped throughout their history. You will Royal Galleries St-Hubert, one of the first shopping arcades in Europe and understand the motives and reasons behind it. You will see a beautiful musical clock, and a hill surrounded by art and street performances. The hill provides one of the best photo locations in the city. You will hear about the history of this place and what conflict was created between the king and the mayor. Famous boy of Belgium. You will see this famous peeing boy doing what he always does while listening to the stories behind his existence. Also the peeing girl and the dog! Majestic stock exchange building of 19th century. Now on renovation to become a beer museum! A beautiful place surrounded by bars and some dinner locations

Brussels: Walking Tour with Belgian Lunch, Chocolate, & Beer

4. Brussels: Walking Tour with Belgian Lunch, Chocolate, & Beer

Meet your guide on Grand Place to start this food tour of Brussels, and sample traditional Belgian sweet treats as you learn why the city is so famous for its mouth watering chocolates, often filled with real cream or alcohol. Then, discover the city’s astonishing range of quality beers and artisan brews. Sample some of the most traditional in one of the oldest taverns in Brussels. Listen as your guide helps you to unravel some of the mysteries of Belgian beer. Next, get a taste of the local cuisine with tastings of mussels, served with fresh herbs and flavorful vegetables in a stock of butter and white wine. Try some frites served in paper cones with mayonnaise on the side.  Try other Belgian dishes, such as beef stew, waterzooi, and salmon. Complete your foodie experience with some delicious waffles, topped with whipped cream and strawberries.

Brussels: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

5. Brussels: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel if centrally located or at a centrally located meeting point in Brussels. On foot, discover the historical city center of Brussels including a visit of the famous Grand Place with its beautiful guild houses and surroundings such as the St Hubertus galleries, and the notoriously statue of Manneken Pis. Discover the Place de la Bourse Square with its imposing 19th-century stock market, the Place de la Monnaie Square with its opera house, and the Saint Goedele cathedral. Continue and take a stroll in the Warande Park until you reach the Royal Palace. Walk towards the Sablon Square before descending back to the Grand Place. 

Brussels: Belgian Beer Tasting Tour

6. Brussels: Belgian Beer Tasting Tour

Learn the history of the best beer in the world on a tasting tour through the historic heart of Brussels. Experience first-hand why UNESCO included Belgian beer on its intangible cultural heritage of humanity list in 2016 as you sample a selection of 6 beers. Wander down the atmospheric alleys to find characteristic venues such as L’Imaige Nostre-Dame, said to be almost as old as the city itself. Hear about different brews, including the famous beers made at Trappist monasteries, and learn the secrets about how they are all made. Join the locals in popular venues, such as the family-owned A La Mort Subite and the traditional A la Bécasse beer hall. Marvel at the wide selection of beers on offer at the Delirium Cafe, and enjoy a drink inside the iconic Le Cirio bar and brasserie on Grand-Place.   

Brussels: Grand City Bus Tour

7. Brussels: Grand City Bus Tour

Who hasn’t dreamt of seeing Brussels? A tour of Brussels is a good introduction to Belgium. Discover the ancient buildings of the city and its splendid modern part on board the bus. Your tour will begin at the majestic Grand Place from where the coach will take you to Saint-Michael’s cathedral.  Visit the widely known Atomium and pass by the Chinese pavilion and Japanese Tower. From the Royal Residence you will return to the city center to visit the Sablon area, with its numerous antique shops, while passing the Palace of Justice and Royal Palace. The next part of your tour covers the district in which you will see the headquarters of the European Parliament and Commission. Choose between a private and a shared option.

Brussels: Hard Rock Cafe with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner

8. Brussels: Hard Rock Cafe with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner

Get ready to rock in Brussels at the Hard Rock Cafe in the city’s historic Grand Place. See priceless pieces from legends such as John Lennon, The Who, Sex Pistols, and Elvis Presley, as well as more contemporary curiosities, such as a stage costume worn by Madonna. The dining areas include upscale design features and innovative technology, including the interactive Rock Wall Solo, enabling fans to explore the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, and tour all of the Hard Rock's 174 global venues virtually. Pick from a menu of classic American fare and signature cocktails, with the choice of 3 options as follows: Gold Menu (2-course): Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Grilled chicken sandwich • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Grilled chicken caesar salad • Tupelo chicken tenders Dessert - • Brownie Choice of beverage - • One soft drink, coffee, or tea Diamond Menu (3-course):  Starter - • Fresh salad Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Smoked BBQ combo • Grilled salmon • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Steak salad • BBQ chicken Dessert - • Chocolate cake Choice of one beverage -  • One soft drink, coffee, or tea

Brussels: Chocolate Workshop and Guided Walking Tour

9. Brussels: Chocolate Workshop and Guided Walking Tour

On this guided walking tour indulge your sweetest tooth and get to taste Belgian chocolates like never before. Stroll the pavements of the chocolate capital as you visit the top chocolate shops with a local guide. See major sights as you stroll and learn more about the history of how the city. Your walk will take you through the historic Grand Place, known to some as the most beautiful square in the world. Also see the Manneken Pis, pass the antique stores of the Sablon, and visit the oldest chocolate shop in the city. Get free samples and taste the chocolate goodness as you explore. Learn how to make real Belgian pralines for yourself in a fun and informative workshop. As they are made with real cream or alcoholic fillings they will need to be eaten straight away; but then how could you resist? This delicious walking adventure will let you discover an authentic side of Brussels like no other tour.

Brussels: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

10. Brussels: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

Join an enthusiastic local guide on an off-the-beaten-track experience of Brussels with a personalized tour of the city center. Marvel at the city’s history, culture, and impressive architecture as you’re led down its most exciting streets. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your guide in the heart of Brussels to see iconic attractions like the Grand Place, the Royal Palace of Brussels, and the opulent guildhalls that make this square one of the most beautiful in Europe.  Explore the city’s urban art scene as you’re led down streets lined with mind-bending murals and quirky comic stores.  Once you’ve sifted through piles of vintage comics, make your way to the famous Tintin Comic Mural, a larger-than-life mural of the iconic character decorating the side of an unassuming gift shop. Head to your next landmark in the city center, Mannekin Pis, a bronze fountain sculpture of a urinating boy designed by Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder in the early 1600s. Grab some on-the-go Belgian Frites (twice-cooked, thick-cut fries) on your way to the European Quarter, home to the headquarters of one of the most powerful political institutions in the world – the European Union. Back in the city center, stroll through the stunning 19th-century shopping arcade, Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries, and window-shop to your heart’s content, and wind down with a Belgian beer and a light bite at a favorite local cafe.  End your day sampling creative chocolate treats at the city’s chocolatiers and quirky chocolate boutiques and then exploring the African Quarter’s unique bars, Congolese restaurants, and cool jazz clubs.

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What people are saying about Grand-Place

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based on 2,747 reviews

The tour was wonderful!! Despite the cold & rainy weather, we enjoyed our evening immensely. The history of Brussels came with stories to make it even more interesting. The food choices were delicious & the company couldn’t have been better. A must do!!

Our family went in November and really enjoyed the tour. It was perfect since we were only in Brussels for a day and it was a quick summary in less than 3 hours. The fries were awesome and we really enjoyed the beer sampling.

Delicious legendary burger in a cozy atmosphere, the delicious brownie dessert :)

You get familiar with the city You decide what to see and where you get off

Very good tour. The whole city is known at the pace that one chooses.