After wining and dining in Paris or weeding a few too many gardens in Amsterdam, many students only visit Brussels for a couple of nights as an obligatory stepping stone on the way to the next best thing. Yes, Brussels is a small city, but it’s not the effective capital of Europe for nothing. Nowhere else in the world is it perfectly acceptable (and sometimes expected) to include chocolate-and ice cream-covered waffles, french fries with mayonnaise, rum-and champagne-flavored chocolates, and no less than one cherry-flavored beer in your daily diet. If that’s not enough, throw in some stoemp—a heart attack on a plate of mashed potatoes, cream, bacon, and usually a hunk of meat—between visiting three different publicly displayed (and revered) statues that involve public urination (it must be all that beer).
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The Brussels Top 5
Sure, it's continually swamped with giggling tourists, but it's an icon.
Make sure to return once the sun goes down, when the famous Guildhall buildings are dramatically illuminated.
Saint Michel et Gudule
Blabbermouths have no fear: when you hear the grand organ mysteriously playing from the lofty stretches above, you’ll have no problem shutting up.
For some, a horrific eyesore in the Brussels skyline; for others, a stroke of architectural genius.
The Surrealist master's paintings question the relationship between words, images, and reality.