Last Updated: 24th Feb 2014
by – Matt Vernick, Tour Manager, Europe
Brussels is not only the capital of the Kingdom of Belgium, but is also the co-capital of the European Union (EU) and is home to the King of Belgium.
The symbol of the city and most visited sight in the whole country is the Mannekin Pis, a small statue off the edge of the old town square. The historic center of the city is simply stunning with it’s mix of Baroque and art neavou architecture, food, shopping…and of course – Chocolate!
Just wandering around Brussels is a great way to get a feel of this beautiful European capital. There are however a few ‘must sees’.
The statue of the little boy urinating is so popular he even has his own official site. The Belgians love to dress him up in costumes on special occasions and for visiting dignitaries. There are a myriad of different stories and legends that surround the statue and why he is so important, either way, no trip to Brussels is complete with sneaking a peak.
This is easily one of the finest and most beautiful town squares anywhere in the world. Surrounded by the colourful baroque style buildings of what were once the guild houses of the city’s tradesmen, the square is filled with cafes, people and performers that combine with the buildings to create an almost fairly tale atmosphere.
On the edge of the Old Town Square is an interactive museum dedicated to one of Belgium’s finest exports – Chocolate!
Another great interactive museum is right next door to the Chocolate Museum – dedicated to Belgium’s other famous culinary export – their beer.