Here are the top 11 tourist attractions to see in Brussels:

1. Abbaye de la Cambre

41 km
from city center
1 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

Founded by a local noble-woman in 1196 called Gisele, the Abbaye de la Cambre was entrusted to the Cistercian nuns of Brussels. Once the residence of several great abbesses such Régine, Lady of Beauffort and Marie, Lady of Egmont, the Abbaye de la Cambre was an important institution for young noble-women at one point.

2. City Museum, Brussels

0 km
from city center
2 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

An ode to the rich cultural history and folklore of the city, the Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles, is a central attraction within Brussels. Located smack in the middle of Grand Place, the busiest intersection of the city, the City Museum is a sight to behold. Right from the medieval sculptures to the new age works of art, the museum traces how Brussels developed as a city of its own.

3. Belgian Comic Strip Center

1 km
from city center
3 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

The Centre Belge de la Bande dessinée or the Belgian Comic Strip Center is one of the most popular attractions in Brussels. A tribute to the zwanzei or sense of humour of the people of Brussels, the Comic Museum houses not just the famous Tintin and Smurfs comics but even lesser-known Belgian comics.

4. Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Brussels

38 km
from city center
4 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

The Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Cœur is dedicated to the Sacred Heart, inspired by its counterpart in Paris. Constructed as a homage to the Belgian independence movement, the first stone of the Basilica were laid on the 75th anniversary of Belgian independence by King Leopold II in 1905. Popularly known as the Koekelberg Basilica, the structure is spread over Parc Elisabeth, atop the Koekelberg Hill.

5. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

1 km
from city center
5 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium is a group of museums in Belgium which house some of the most important pieces of visual arts. A national commission was set up by Royal Decree to select which sections would be featured in the museums. The chain of museums includes the Old Masters, Magritte, Fin-de-Siècle and Modern (selection) Museum as well as the studios of artists Antoine Wiertz and Constantin Meunier situated in the downtown Royal District.

6. Manneken Pis

1 km
from city center
6 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

A part of Brussel’s history since 1619, the Manneken Pis is one of the first attractions tourists hear about and see in the capital city. Staying true to its name, which translates to ‘peeing little man’, this landmark is essentially a fountain situated about five minutes from the Grand Place square. Named as Manneken Pis after the bronze statue of a little naked boy urinating into the fountain’s basin, this attraction has essentially become the mascot of the city.

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7. Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

1 km
from city center
7 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is an 11th Century Gothic-style church in Brussels, Belgium named after the patron saints Michael and Gudula. This magnificent church took centuries of transformation to look like what it is today and is now recognised as a historic monument of the city.

8. Grand Place, Brussels

0 km
from city center
8 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

Most widely known as a social and grand square in Brussels, the Grand Place existed from the late 17th century. Today the site is home to buildings, markets, restaurants and many leisure activities. The square is regarded as one of the most beautiful squares of Europe and was also listed as one UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.

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9. Coudenberg Palace

1 km
from city center
9 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

Coudenberg is a small hill that is home to one of the most palaces that rests on this planet. The beauty of Coudenberg Palace astounds every eye that meets the view of this magnificent monument and invites several historians and architecture lovers from across the world. Charles V and other rulers resided in this prestigious castle, each modifying the palace until it was caught on fire in 1731 that burnt the whole place down. However, the ruins continue to attract tourists to this fascinating archaeological site.

10. Notre Dame du Sablon

1 km
from city center
10 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

The Church of Our Blessed Lady of The Sablon, or as in French Notre Dame Du Sablon is a prominent Roman Catholic Church aging from the 15th century in the capital city of Brussels. Located in the area of high historic importance, this magnificent structure is one of the most exceptional and finest illustrations of Brabant Gothic Architecture in the country.

11. Parc du Cinquantenaire

3 km
from city center
11 out of 11
places to visit in Brussels

Parc du Cinquantenaire is not just the most breathtaking park in Brussels - Belgium but also a popular site of historical and cultural importance. The park houses various museums, shops, monuments and art galleries - all at one place, hence it takes the whole day to visit the whole park. Also called Julileepark, the name represents ‘Park of the fiftieth century’, symbolizing the work of King Leopold II who built this magnificence in the celebration of the golden jubilee of Belgium Independence. With an area of 30 hectares, the multi purpose place serves as a great place to relax, go for a jog or a picnic with family, take a tour of the museums and enjoy the views that the buildings offer. The arch shaped monument makes place for various open theatre performances to take place.

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What are the top hotels in Brussels?

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What are the top sightseeing places in Brussels?

The top sightseeing places in Brussels are Abbaye de la Cambre, City Museum, Brussels, Belgian Comic Strip Center, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Manneken Pis.
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