Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Royal Quarter

Old England Building

This 1899 former department store is an art-nouveau showpiece with a black facade aswirl with wrought iron and arched windows. The building contains the groundbreaking music museum, a celebration of music in all its…
Top Choice Museum in EU Quarter & Etterbeek

Musée du Cinquantenaire

This astonishingly rich collection ranges from ancient Egyptian sarcophagi to Meso-American masks to icons to wooden bicycles. Decide what you want to see before coming or the sheer scope can prove overwhelming. Vis…
Top Choice Church in Royal Quarter

Église Notre-Dame du Sablon

The Sablon’s large, flamboyantly Gothic church started life as the 1304 archers’ guild chapel. A century later it had to be massively enlarged to cope with droves of pilgrims attracted by the supposed healing powers…
Top Choice Museum in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré

Musée du Costume et de la Dentelle

Lace making has been one of Flanders’ finest crafts since the 16th century. While kloskant (bobbin lace) originated in Bruges, naaldkant (needlepoint lace) was developed in Italy but was predominantly made in Brusse…
Top Choice Museum in EU Quarter & Etterbeek

Musée des Sciences Naturelles

Thought-provoking and highly interactive, this museum has far more than the usual selection of stuffed animals. But the undoubted highlight is a unique ‘family’ of iguanodons – 10m-high dinosaurs found in a Hainaut …
Top Choice Historic Building in Saint-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

St-Gilles Town Hall

One of Brussels’ overlooked architectural wonders, a splendid Napoleon III–style palace sporting a soaring brick belfry dotted with gilt statuary: try to see the wedding hall ceiling, painted by Belgian symbolist ar…
Museum in EU Quarter & Etterbeek

House of European History

From war and destruction to the biggest peace project ever endeavored, the HoEH guides you through Europe’s tumultuous path, crushing myths and unveiling some of the continent's best-kept secrets. Dutch tulips, Engl…
Museum in Brussels

MIMA

On the banks of the Brussels Canal, the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA) showcases contemporary art with a permanent collection that includes works from outsider artist Daniel Johnston, cinematographer Nic…
Gallery in Royal Quarter

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts

This prestigious museum incorporates the Musée d’Art Ancien (ancient art); the Musée d’Art Moderne (modern art), with works by surrealist Paul Delvaux and fauvist Rik Wouters; and the purpose-built Musée Magritte. T…
Historic Building in Royal Quarter

Palais de Justice

Larger than St Peter’s in Rome, this 2.6-hectare complex of law courts was the world’s biggest building when it was constructed (1866–83). While the labyrinthine complex is undoubtedly forbidding, it is not easy to …