• Brussels, Belgium
    Grote Markt


Six hundred years ago, Brussels was just a nice place to stop and buy a waffle on the way to Bruges. Today it's a city of two million people, the capital of Belgium, the headquarters of NATO, and the seat of the European Union. The Bruxellois are cultured and genteel — yet you may notice an impish sparkle and joie de vivre, as evidenced by their love of comic strips and their civic symbol: a statue of a little boy peeing.

At a Glance

▲▲▲ Grand Place Main square and spirited heart of the Lower Town, surrounded by mediocre museums and delectable chocolate shops.

▲▲▲ Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Museums displaying Old Masters, turn-of-the-century art, and works by Belgian Surrealist René Magritte.

▲▲ Manneken-Pis World-famous statue of a leaky little boy.

▲▲ BELvue Museum Interesting Belgian history museum with a focus on the popular royal family.

▲ European Parliament Soaring home of Europe's governing body.

▲▲ Mémorial 1815 State-of-the-art museum at the site of the Battle of Waterloo.

▲ City Museum Costumes worn by the Manneken-Pis statue and models of Brussels' history.

▲ Fashion and Lace Museum World-famous Brussels lace and embroidery.

▲ St. Michael and Ste. Gudula Cathedral White-stone Gothic church where Belgian royals are married and buried.

▲ Musical Instruments Museum Exhibits with more than 1,500 instruments, complete with audio.

▲ Autoworld Hundreds of historic vehicles.

▲ Royal Army and Military History Museum Vast collection of weaponry and uniforms.

AfricaMuseum Ethnography and natural history of Central Africa, and an examination of Belgium's colonial past.

Belgian Comic Strip Center Homage to hometown heroes including the Smurfs, Tintin, and Lucky Luke.