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Brussels SightseeingBrussels Tourist Attractions - It is always difficult to pick out a number of attractions from the great sightseeing opportunities in Brussels but here are the ten I'd recommend you put top of your list. On this page is just a very short comment on each of them but go to to link page and you'll find more information:

1 The famous Brussels Manneken Pis statue (of a little boy taking a ‘leak’). It’s is located 3 blocks from the Grand Place square on the corner of Rue de l’Etuve and Rue du Chêne, it is a famous symbol of Brussels and Belgians fancy dressing him up in one of his 675 costumes with a change every few days. MORE ….

2 The Grand Place Square is the most sought after attraction to see in Brussels- it is hidden downtown with little narrow side alley ways from all over leading to it. And once you stumble upon it, you come into this huge square with beautiful Gothic and Baroque architecture along the whole square where old Guild Halls, the famous Hotel De Ville, and numerous pubs,cafes and restaurants sandwiched next to each other in this fabulous downtown center of Brussels .... MORE …

3 Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles is a Brussels city museum – tapestries, old maps, architectural relics, paintings, and three dimensional models can be viewed on all three floors. On the third floor if you fancy, check out the Manneken Pis costume display. MORE ...

4 Located right off the Grand Place on Rue de la Violette 6, you’ll find the Musée du Costume et de la Dentelle – it is famous for it’s beautiful lace and costumes on display. MORE....

5 You can’t miss the Galeries St. Hubert – located one block from the Grand Place, the glass vaulted archway roof is sure to draw your attention. You’ll find several of Belgians gourmet chocolate shops, delicious French Bistros/restaurants, fashion, books, and electronic shops. MORE ....

6 Be very selective when visiting the famous (once Butcher’s Street) Rue des Bouchers – the street is lined with touristy restaurants- most offering seafood especially the famous Moule et Pomme Frittes (which is delicious!) – don’t be lured by the restaurateurs enticing you to look at their menus and come inside. I recommend Chez Leon and Aux Arms de Bruxelles (I had a hard time finding the latter – make sure to look at your Brussels street map first). MORE .....

7 Cathédrale des Sts Michel & Gudule is beautiful often-overlooked twin-towered Cathedral located ion the hillside to the north of Gare Centrale. The Cathedral was built over a 300 year period and consequently boasts a blend of architectural styles including Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance. MORE ....

8 Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée & Grand Magasin Waucquez is the famous Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art – located at Rue des Sables 20 not far from the Grand Place. The centre plays host to some beautiful, vivid, vibrant comic strip culture showpieces. MORE ...

9 The Rue Neuve Area is a well-known and visited pedestrian shopping district in Brussels – you’ll find numerous European department stores such as H & M, eating places such as Pannini Italian-style sandwich places, as well as historical sites such as Église Notre Dame du Finistère – an 18th Century church hovering over the modern mayhem in the streets below MORE ....

10 Travel to the north side of the city and you’ll find the Atomium (located on Blvd du Centenaire) – this giant molecule model that rises up into the sky was built for the Worlds Fair in 1958 but soon became a symbol of post-war success. MORE. ....

And for good measure, I suggest you take a tour of the fabulous Art Nouveau style houses and buildings in Brussels. Reflected in numerous Brussels buildings it is an architecture style characterized by sinuous lines – organic tendrils, feminine curves and floral motifs. MORE ...

And we haven’t mentioned any of the huge and magnificent European Union buildings but maybe that area is for another visit to Brussels. Nor the beautiful parks and open spaces that are all over Brussels – Parc du Cinquantenaire, Parc de Bruxelles, Domaine Royal de Lacken – do try and fit in some of these as you pass by.

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