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You’re taking your time to explore Brussels thoroughly? That’s wonderful! You’ve already explored the main sights during your first two days in Brussels. For the third one I’d suggest you explore area around Parc du Cinquantenaire, Botanique and maybe visit a few museums. If you’re not that much into museums, you can also browse through our overview of places to visit in Brussels and find some inspiration there.
Area around Parc du Cinquantenaire
You could start your day with a walk through the European district and a free visit to the Parlamentarium to learn about the European institutions. Whenever you need a break, Parc du Cinquantenaire is nearby for a picnic or a nap. Make sure you walk to the center of the park to see the monumental triumphal arch. Via the Art and History Museum, you can climb up the triple arch for an interesting view over Brussels. And while you’re there, might just as well explore the large collection of armors, weapons, planes…
Before leaving the area, hop over to Park Leopold, which is a beautiful park with a pond located on a hill and one of the best picnic spots in Brussels. It also features the former Solvay library, which is a fine example of art nouveau architecture.
A quick 20-minute metro ride will take you to Botanique, a former botanical garden with gorgeous greenhouses. Today the greenhouses have been transformed into a unique culture and concert venue, whereas the botanical garden has become a beautiful public park. While strolling through the park surrounded by large skyscrapers, you’ll notice some similarities with New York’s Central Park. Except we have small turtles instead of squirrels…
Learn about the culture or history of Brussels by visiting some of its museums. Personally, I would definitely recommend the Coudenberg Museum where you can take an underground tour of the remains of Charles V’s palace. Art lovers will appreciate the large collection of artworks at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, which covers the Old Masters, Fin-de-Siècle, Modern and Magritte museum. An unusual, yet surprising place to visit is the Sewer Museum where you can explore the underground sewer network and walk next to the underground Senne river.
- Take a Beerwalk and explore some of Brussels’ authentic bars while tasting Belgian beer
- Go off the beaten path and explore the pretty streets of historical Anderlecht. You could also include a visit to the open-air graffiti gallery and the last active windmill of Brussels.
- Have a look at our list of free things to do in Brussels
- Take a cartoon walk through Brussels by drawing up an itinerary between the many cartoon walls scattered all over Brussels
- If you plan on visiting several museums, consider buying a Brussels Card, which grants you free access to 41 Brussels museums during 24, 48 or 72 hours (depending on what you chose). There is also a formula of the Brussels Card that includes free public transportation.
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