The coexistence of Flemish and French culture has given Brussels its unique character, contributing to its cosmopolitanism and emphasizing its rich cultural heritage. Seen as a mixture of old and new, the city has the reputation of the top tourist destination in Europe, attracting huge crowds of visitors each year. It goes without saying that short breaks to Brussels offer you a relatively limited list of attractions as compared to that during a regular vacation. However, following the list of Top Ten Things to Do and See during Brussels short breaks, you'll make you stay in the city a memorable experience of a lifetime.
Possibly the most popular city's attraction and the first place to visit during Brussels short breaks, Grand Place is recognized as one of the most beautiful, as well as oldest squares in Europe, whose origins can be traced back to the 12th century. Among the spectacular sites on the square are the neo-gothic Maison du Roi and the Gothic Hotel de Ville in addition to the 17th century guild houses and sculptures, capturing the Baroque ideals of complexity and exuberance.
Grand Place is home to cozy cafes and restaurants, offering great Belgian dining experience. What can be better than enjoying a cup of coffee and taking a break from city sightseeing. Located at the Grand Place is one of the top cultural attractions, Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles, housed in the neo gothic King's House. Exhibits on display chronicle the history of Brussels, including amazing paintings dedicated to the reconstructions of the historic city center. Included into the collection are also exhibits on traditional arts and crafts, like lace and tapestry.
Nestled in Bruparck, Heysel, Mini Europe is a great destination for families on Brussels short breaks. Here you'll enjoy the view of the miniature versions of all most popular attractions of European Union member states, such as Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, London's Big Ben, the Montmartre in Paris an the Bull Ring in Serville. Also available are modern emblems of the European achievements.
As a great alternative, families with children are welcome to enjoy the wonderful exhibitions at Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art, designed by Victor Horta. Some of the permanent exhibits include Asterix, Tintin, Charlie Brown, Suske and Wiske, the Green Lantern, Thorgal and more.
For many people Brussels short breaks are associated with the city's beautiful cathedrals and churches, notably Cathedrale de St Michel, rating with the Europe's most magnificent cathedrals. Started in 1215, it was consecrated as a cathedral in 1961.
If bars, clubs and exciting nightlife is something you are interested in, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Fuse, considered by many as the most popular dance club in the county. Throughout its history the Fuse played host to a great number of Europe's top performers, including Daft Punk, the Orb, Carl Cox and more. The club features three floors of jungle, techno and hip hop, in addition to visual effects and chill rooms. It is here that you'll be able to see some of the top DJs, spinning the hottest dance music.
Short breaks to Brussels - once you get there, you'll never want to leave!