Belgium is famed for its beer, waffles, chocolates, moules and frites, but there is much more to this tiny country that recently celebrated its 175th anniversary. Its capital, Brussels is known for its fine food, cafe culture and excellent museums and is a great location for a relaxed weekend break. The city offers fabulous shopping, a great pub scene in which to enjoy the country’s famous beers and of course, many chocolate shops, making it a chocoholics dream. The city also has a renowned music scene and the famous Belgian surrealist, René Magritte studied in Brussels and visitors interested in his art should definitely take some time to explore the Magritte Museum, located in Belgium’s Royal Museums of Fine Art.
Discover Belgian beer on a Brussels beer tasting tour
Visit the Atomium, built in 1958 for the World Exhibition. It is a unique feat in the history of architecture that offers visitors a surreal walk through tubes and spheres, as well as many temporary exhibitions
Wander around one of the many city centre markets, such as the Grand Sablon which is great for lovers of antiques with its many ancient books, crockery and cutlery, jewels and engravings on offer
Visit the Basilica of Koekelberg the fifth largest church in the world and the largest Art Deco edifice ever built. It houses two museums, including one showing religious modern art
Go window shopping at the Galeries Royales St-Hubert, Europe’s first covered shopping gallery opened in 1847 and today houses 54 upmarket stores underneath a vaulted glass ceiling
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