Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Brussels

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 Brussels

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 Brussels

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 Brussels

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 Brussels

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 Notable Building in Brussels

De Ultieme Hallucinatie

This café is a classic town house refitted with art-nouveau interiors in 1904. The front salon is truly marvellous, with original lamps, brass radiator covers and stained glass. The brasserie area (behind) that’s pu…
Top Choice Historic Building in Brussels

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 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 Brussels

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 Brussels

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 …