I just returned from an epic 12-day trip around Europe. My cousin and I dubbed this trip The Johnson Progeny European Adventure! Now as every adventure has to start somewhere, ours started in Brussels, Belgium. We spent a total of about 6 hours exploring this beautiful city before we had to move on to our next destination. So, the next time you have a long layover in Brussels, try to get out of the airport and check out our list of things to do!
Belgium Waffles & Beer
Maybe don’t do these two things together, but definitely try a Belgium waffle and get a pint of beer. Aux Gaufre de Bruxelles is where I tasted my first real Belgium waffle, and it did not disappoint.
Beer is the secondary food to try when you are Brussels, because it is five o’clock somewhere. We opted for Delirium Café. Did you know Delirium Café holds a Guiness World Record for the most number of beers? That’s right in 2004, they broke the record with 2,004 different beers from more than 60 countries. It is a pretty cool pub, and definitely worth checking out no matter the time in the day.
Old Town & Grand Place
Grand Place is the town square, and it has some incredible archeticture. If you love Brabantine Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of archeticture then you definitely need to stop by. The square is surrounded by the Houses of the Guilds (or Guildhalls), the Town Hall and the King’s House. The King’s House is now home to the Brussels City Museum. We didn’t get to see much of Grand Place or explore the museum due to the USA vs Belgium game in the World Cup and the whole square being covered in grand stands.
About a 3-minute walk from Grand Place, you will find this famous little guy. It’s definitely worth stopping by to say hello and to say you saw him. In addition to being the emblem of this city, Manneken Pis also has an impressive wardrobe. Each day he is dressed in something different. He has more than 900 suits, and you can find a hundred of them in the Brussels City Museum.
Some other items you can check out, but we didn’t get the chance, is the EU headquarters, Belgium Chocolate Museum, or take a sightseeing tour of the city.