"A grand place" Brussels by toonsarah

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Grand Place at night

Staying right in the heart of the city, in a small no-frills hotel right on the Grand Place, we had only to step outside the front door to experience the best of what Brussels has to offer; that amazing square with its wonderfully ornamented guild houses has to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, and even more so I felt when illuminated at night.

We spent just a night and a day here, en route home from one of our football-watching trips, this time to Gent, so unfortunately we only had time to see a little of what the city has to offer

Still we managed to pack quite a bit into that one day!

Apart from the Grand Place we enjoyed a city tour, saw the Mannekin Pis, visited the Atomium and managed to fit in several good meals and more than a few beers!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Stunning centre piece to a city
  • Cons:Maybe less to do than some other destinations
  • Last visit to Brussels: Feb 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Brussels certainly look lovely at night especially the Grand Place. The Atomium, Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower indeed attract us the most. It has been a long time since we last visited Brussels. Your pages certainly bring back fond memories of our several trips to that city. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Oct 7, 2012 at 2:54 AM

      Hi Ho & Pang - how nice to hear from you! I'm glad my page brought back good memories for you :-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    It's a nice legend about the peeing boy statue.... I would visit too. Brussels is a splendid destination....

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    Good, honest review on Brussels. The palace lit at night is beautiful, my favorite photo! Like the tips on the reasonably priced meals and Hotel, always handy to know about!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Isabella was quite right. Brussels is underrated. Another place to meet. There are some AMAZING beer bars here and despite all my sampling I do have notes to remind me what I liked! lol Just imagine trying to find that little mannequin after 14 beers! ;)

  • Mar 15, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Valuable info, Sarah!! And I might just get a chance to see the greenhouses - Cheers, Marina ;-)

  • Dec 8, 2008 at 3:28 AM

    Great photos and tips!

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2008 at 2:36 AM

    Isn't that Place a stunner! We were there at Christmas time and Mozart arias were being sung from the ramparts!Wow!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2008 at 5:00 AM

    Excellent tour around Brussels. Beautiful architecture. Great tips.

  • alucas's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Yet again you've managed to pack a lot into a brief visit. Another excellent page !

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2007 at 2:28 AM

    i missed the royal park when i was there - pity


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