Make the most of your stay in Brussels

Whether you’re on a romantic get-away, a family holiday or a city break with friends, let yourself be swept off your feet by this multifaceted capital. The area around the Atomium is crammed with things to see and do. Here is a list of our partners – everything you need to plan your stay.

 

 

 

 

Tourist Information offices in Brussels

 

 

The Brussels Card?

 

The Brussels Card, the key to discovering the city of Brussels.
 
It comprises:
  • free access to 31 museums of Brussels, including all highlights,
  • discounts to tourist attractions and tours,
  • discounts in museum restaurants, bars and clubs,
  • discounts in several Brussels shops,
  • free rides on Hop on Hop off buses (only with “Brussels Card + Hop on Hop off”)

 

 

Fees

  • Brussels Card 24h: €22
  • Brussels Card 48h: €30
  • Brussels Card 72h: €38
  • Brussels Card 24h + Hop on Hop off bus: €34
  • Brussels Card 48h + Hop on Hop off bus: €46
  • Brussels Card 72h + Hop on Hop off bus: €58

 

 

 

 

 

The Must of Brussels

 

Discover Europe’s nicest places! Located at the foot of the Atomium, Mini-Europe is the only park where you can have a tour around Europe in a few short hours. A truly unique voyage !
As from March 20, 2010: you can visit the two attractions at an advantageous price.

>>> info : www.mustofbrussels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tourist information & welcome in Brussels

 

Visit Brussels (Brussels-Capital Region Tourist Information Office)

Visit Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels Tourist Information Office)

Toerisme Vlaanderen (Tourist Information Office for the Flemish Community in Belgium)


 

 

 

Online diary

 

Agenda.be : the official cultural diary for the Brussels-Capital region

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tourist Attractions and Museums in Belgium

 

An attraction for everyday of the year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belgium is overflowing with ideas for excursions for the whole family, there is an incredible choice, and an exceptional variety. There are almost 365 tourist attractions and museums in our 10 provinces where you can enjoy yourselves throughout the year.
There is something for every taste: children will have a great time in our amusement parks, animal reserves and zoos. And why not take a boat trip ? The more sport orientated will enjoy the numerous recreational centres and aquatic attractions. And those who enjoy cultural activities will be delighted with our museums, the curiosities of our towns of artistic interest and also our historic sites and ancient monuments

>>> info : 365.be

Transport

 



To travel around in Brussels, why not try the STIB (metro - tram - bus)? It’s the best way to get around town and look after the environment.
>>> info : www.stib.be

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want to see the capital’s most beautiful areas, from North to South and from East to West without worrying about getting lost? Nothing could be simpler than the Open-Tours tourist buses. Hop on and hop off wherever you want and explore a particular district in your own time before getting back on the bus to get to your next destination.
Discounts at the Atomium on presentation of an Open-Tours ticket.

>>> info : www.citysightseeingbrussel.be

 


At the Atomium and Mini-Europe with B-Excursions from the SNCB (train).
The SNCB offers a number of great all-inclusive packages with which you can visit the Atomium and Mini-Europe: B-Excursions for individuals and B-Excursions for groups, plus an all-inclusive option for school groups.
>>> info : www.b-excursions.be

 


If you‘re travelling from France, Germany or the Netherlands, why not travel with Thalys? Go to  www.thalys.com
>>> info onboard in the Thalyscope magazine or at www.thalys.com


Thalys Day: Brussels in just one day!
>>> terms and booking : www.thalys.com

 

 

 

 

Set off on three family treasure hunts through Brussels. It’s a chance to learn while having fun and rediscovering the capital of Europe.Set off on a family adventure, collect clues and find the treasure. Make the most of advantages to visit numerous tourist activities.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Museums & attractions

 

 

Mini-Europe

Bruparck • 1020 BRUSSELS (Metro: line 6 / Heysel station)
T (0)2 478 05 50
www.minieurope.be

Located at the foot of the Atomium, Mini-Europe is the only park where you can have a tour around Europe in just a few hours. A truly unique voyage.

Soak up the typical atmosphere of some of the most beautiful cities of Europe. The unmistakable chimes of Big Ben welcome you to the heart of London. Gondolas and mandolins accompany you on your journey through Venice. Travel with the T.G.V. from Paris to the other end of France. Experience historical events for yourself: the eruption of Vesuvius, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the corrida in Seville, and much, much more…
There are 300 models and sites in all, all of an excellent quality. You can also visit our European area, filled with interactive multimedia games.


> Combined tickets for the Atomium & Mini-Europe from 20.03.2010. Discover here the price for a combined ticket Atomium & Mini-Europe.

 

 

Museum of Natural Science

rue Vautier 29 • 1000 BRUXELLES
T (0)2 627 42 38 (24h/24) / (0)2 627 42 11
www.naturalsciences.be

If you visit this museum, you must see its masterpieces:  the Bernissart lizards. You’ll find them in a new room which has been fully renovated and stunningly designed, where they are more resplendent than ever! The same can be said of the “men and mammoth” room, where there’s an exhibition exploring the evolution of mankind, and the world that we live in now during the last ice age.
> The mammal room presents living mammals, as well as species which are now extinct, and will tell you everything you need to know about what makes these animals so special. Then take a walk down the North and South Pole corridor, and find out all about the two ends of the earth.
> Next, it’s time for the sea mammals in the whale room. Alongside the majestic whales you’ll see dolphins, walruses, manatees, seals… A section of the room is dedicated to the place of whales in the economy, and the sacrifices that have been made in this area. In the shellfish room, there’s not only a magnificent collection of shellfish, but also a tropical aquarium and a comprehensive introduction to the least evolved species of invertebrates.
> A bit further along, there’s the North Sea room, where you can find out about the aquatic and shore life of the Belgian coast interactively.
> Around 80% of known animal species are insects. It’s no surprise then that they take up a whole room in the museum all to themselves! The insect room tells you all about the fascinating life of insects and other arthropods like spiders and crustaceans. After spending some time in here, you’ll known all about the little creatures that you’re going to come face-to-face with when you go into the vivarium: mygalomorphae, grasshoppers, centipedes and cockroaches in all shapes and sizes await you!
> The mineral room shimmers with crystals, precious stones, meteorites and priceless moonstones. Find out what makes each mineral so unique.
Want to find more about city living?
> The “hidden friends” exhibition introduces you to all the animals that live alongside you in towns and cities. A safari that the kids aren’t likely to forget!

 

Museums of the Far East – Japanese Tower, Chinese Pavilion and the Museum of Japanese art

av. Van Praet 44 • 1020 BRUSSELS
T (0)2 268 16 08
http://www.kmkg-mrah.be

 

Just a stone’s throw away from the Atomium, the Chinese Pavilion was built on the outskirts of the royal estate at Laeken, at the request of King Léopold II. It contains a large collection of Chinese ceramics, manufactured to be exported to our shores. On the occasion of the World Fair in 1900, King Léopold II decided to build a Japanese tower right opposite the pavilion.

 

Magritte museum

place Royale • 1000 BRUSSELS
T (0)2 508 32 11
www.musee-magritte-museum.be

In the Fine Arts Museum in Belgium, visitors can enjoy 2,500 m2 of the Magritte museum, located right in the heart of Brussels in the Place Royale.

 

Museum of Ancient Art – Royal Museums of Fine Arts

rue de la Régence 3 • 1000 BRUSSELS
T (0)2 508 32 11
www.fine-arts-museum.be
 
The Museum of Ancient Art holds a huge collection of paintings, sculptures and sketches from the 15th to the 18th centuries. The heart of the museum is made up of works of art confiscated from the revolutionary period or donated by the French government. This collection is constantly being added to by new purchases as well as donations and bequests from numerous patrons.

 

The Museum for Modern Art – Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

place Royale 1-2 • 1000 BRUSSELS
T (0)2 508 32 11
www.fine-arts-museum.be

 

This department contains masterpieces from the end of the 18th century till nowadays: paintings, sculptures and sketches. It is positioned in the logical continuation of the artistic evolution which begins in the Museum for Ancient Art.

 

Royal Museums of Art and History 

 

parc du Cinquantenaire 10 • 1000 BRUSSELS
T (0)2 741 72 11
www.kmkg-mrah.be

The Museums of Art and History bring together pieces from all great civilisations apart from sub-Saharan Africa. It is divided into four main areas: national archaeology, antiquity, non-European civilisations and European decorative arts.

 

Musical Instruments Museum - MIM

rue Montagne de la Cour 2 • 1000 BRUXELLES
T (0)2 545 01 30
www.mim.fgov.be

This stunning museum is based in the former Art Nouveau buildings of the Old England shops, and has one of the largest collections of musical instruments in the world. The four levels of the exhibition include nearly 1,200 instruments, both ancient and modern, in a layout combining a stunning look and excellent acoustics, incorporating technological features such as interactive reference points and sound areas.

 

 

 

 

 
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