Brussels: Suggested Itinerary

The Smallest World-City

Day 1: Start with the heart of the city, the Grand Place, often regarded as one the world's most beautiful squares. Opposite the town hall you will find the House of the King, one of the square's many guildhalls which is today used as the Brussels City Museum. You can learn more about the history of this city which is over 1,000 years old. There are two other museums on Brussels' central square. One is dedicated to beer and the other to chocolate, two of the Belgian capital's more famed exports.

There are lots of other interesting guildhalls here including Maison des Boulangers (Bakers House) and Le Brouette (The Wheelbarrow). Also take the time to seet Manneken Pis at the bottom of Rue Charles Buls which eventually becomes Rue de l'Etuve. This strange monument of a young boy relieving himself of his bodily fluids is one of the city's best known. In the evening, you should find lots of vibrant bars and eateries to keep you going.

Day 2: Parc de Bruxelles, south of the Grand Place is the city centre's largest and the place to go when you want to get away from the crowds for a while - its long avenues are perfect for walking through. Many of the city's lavish buildings are around the park, notably the Palais Royale, where the Belgian royal family used to reside. They have since moved and today the building is open to the public between July and September. South of the palace is also Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon, one of Brussels' most beautiful churches. It is also located on a pretty square of the same name. Not far from here is Eglise Notre Dame de la Chapelle, also on another of the city's numerous squares and another fine venue for the evening’s entertainment.

Day 3: This is the day to explore some of the sights in Brussels outside of the city centre for your final hurrah. This city is where the European Union has its headquarters and its worth hopping on a metro out to Maelbeek or Schuman, bringing you to Rue de la Loi. From here, stroll down to Parc de Cinquantenaire. Here you’ll find numerous museums, dedicated to everything from cars to the army. The other side of the 1A line is the Atomium, Brussels' answer to the Eiffel Tower, one of the city's most instantly recognisable attractions and there is an observation deck there which offers good views of the city. Nearby St. Gery is one of the best places in the city to go to sample this city's nightlife and also where you will find Rue Antoine Dansaert, peppered with restaurants.

Day 4: If you head back to the Grand Place, you will find numerous opportunities to fix up those last-minute gifts and there are also many places here that you may not had time to fit in, so now’s your chance before heading back.