Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but of Europe as well, as it is home to some of its most important institutions, including the European Parliament. A two-part sightseeing tour and a lovely walk takes us to discover this multifaceted multicultural city with a rich history and in step with the times, able to surprise and stir strong emotions.
What we will see
- Sightseeing tour of Brussels
- King Baudouin Stadium and Grand Palais du Centenaire
- Stop for photos at the Atomium
- Chinese Pavilion, Japanese Tower, Royal Palace of Laeken
- Walking tour of the centre
- Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert, rue des Bouchers
- Grand Place
- Manneken Pis
- Free time for shopping
- Sightseeing tour to bid farewell to Brussels
- Royal Palace, European Parliament, Parc du Cinquantenaire, Basilica of the Sacred Heart
What we will do
- From Bruges, our coach takes us to Brussels, the cosmopolitan capital of Belgium and city of interesting juxtapositions combining modern buildings and Flemish architecture, temple of gastronomy and administrative centre for Europe. During our sightseeing coach tour, we can admire some of the city's gems: the King Baudouin Stadium, a historic multi-purpose sports centre built in the late 1920s, and Grand Palais du Centenaire, a magnificent Art Deco style building built to celebrate the first centenary of Belgian independence.
- We then stop at the Atomium to take photos of the incredible steel monument depicting the atomic structure of an enormous iron molecule, which stands 102 metres tall and was built for the Universal Exhibition held in Brussels in 1958.We get back on our coach directed towards the city centre. On our way there, we see the Chinese Pavilion, which houses an interesting collection of Chinese porcelain, the Japanese Tower with its permanent exhibitions dedicated to Japan, and the Royal Palace of Laeken*, residence of the King of Belgium.
- We leave the coach near the central station and continue on foot to discover the old city, starting with the historic Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert, a shopping destination par excellence and one of the most beautiful covered galleries in Europe, and the famous rue des Bouchers (lit. butcher’s street) with its assortment of bars and restaurants.
- A few blocks away, we find the marvellous Grand Place, the city's central and historic square, which is breath-taking with its Baroque residences and beautiful City Hall. It is no surprise that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The tour then takes us to the Manneken Pis, the most famous child in Brussels! This bronze statue is a symbol of the freedom of spirit of the city's inhabitants. We have some free time to go searching for Belgian souvenirs (chocolates, lace, fabrics) or to relax in a bar and enjoy one of the numerous beers produced in Belgium.
- Finally, we return to the coach and head towards the Royal Palace, the official residence of the King of Belgium, the European Parliament, Parc du Cinquantenaire with a triumphal arch celebrating the 50th anniversary of Belgian independence, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Koekelberg, the largest Art Deco building in the world, before returning to Bruges by motorway.
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