Brussels Things To Do

There are many fun things to do in Brussels. One of the nicest things to do in Brussels is have a picnic in a park.

Parc Cinquantenaire

Brussels has many green spaces where you will often find teens and adults alike hanging out after school or work. My favorite park is Parc Cinquantenaire. The main feature of this park is the Trimphal Arch. This Arch was supposed to be completed in 1880 in time for Belgium’s 50th aniversary of independence, but it wasn’t actually finished until 1905 where Brussels celebrated 75 years of Independence. Throughout the park there are statues, many trees with nice shade, and open, grassy areas. I would recommend stopping at a local shop and creating a picnic to enjoy by the fountain in the front area of the park.

Grand Place

The Grand Place is the main focal place of Brussels and has many things to do in the area. Probably one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. You may have seen pictures of the Grand Place when the giant flower carpet is laid out, but this only occurs every other August. All other times you might find special events going on, flower sales, and painters trying to sell their work. One time we visited there was a giant cartoon of Tin Tin taking up much of the square and another time there were hundreds of brides and grooms of Wallonia (French-speaking part of Belgium) and Flanders (the Flemish/Dutch speaking part of Belgium). The mayor was giving them a special ceremony to celebrate the coming together of both sides of the country.


The Atonium is about 30 minutes outside of the city on tram and in my opinion isn’t really worth it. Unless you want to make a day of going into the Atonium (it’s only worth it on a clear day), going to Mini Europe, and wandering around the Chinese Park than I wouldn’t suggest taking the tram ride out there. It’s not a very good thing to do.

Parc de Bruxelles + Royal Palace

By the metro stop ‘Parc’ you will find the Park of Brussels and right across from it the Royal Palace. The park has many statues and green areas to lounge around and relax in the Brussels sunshine. The Royal Palace is no longer in use by the royal family, but there are still guards and a perfectly trimmed garden in front of it. Another thing to do in this area is go to the Belvue museum which is the museum of Brussels – Belgium history.

Musuem of Musical Instruments

A very popular thing to do is go to the Museum of Musical Intruments. If you go around the corner from the Royal Palace (to the right of it), you will run into a cute square with cobblestone streets and a museum on each street. The Museum of Musical Instruments will stand out to you on one of the side streets because it is an old iron and gold building and at the top says ‘The Old England’ building. The museum is a really cool thing to do because you get headphones and when you step on certain parts of the floor, you can hear the musical instrument you are looking at.


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