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CITY TOURS in brussels

BRUSSELS CITY TOURS (sightseeing by bus) – Hop on hop off

Tickets: 18 EUR/adult, 10 EUR/child

Schedule: Monday-Thursday 10:00-16:00, Friday-Sunday 10:00-17:00

Frequency: 30 minutes (Saturday 15 minutes)

Stops: Gare Central – Place Royal – Place Louise/Palais Justice – Place de Luxembourg – Parc Cinquantenaire – Place Schuman – Place Rogier – Atomium – Palais Royal (Laeken) – Bourse – Manneken Pis / Lombard

Language: French, Dutch, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese


OPEN TOURS (sightseeing by bus) – Hop on hop off

Tickets: 18 EUR/adult, 8 EUR/child

Schedule: May-June and September Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00, Saturday-Sunday 9:30-17:30, July-August Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday-Sunday 9:30-17:30/18:00

Frequency: 30 minutes (Saturday 15 minutes)

Stops: Gare Central – Place Royal – Sablon – Palais Justice – Parlament Europeen – Parc du Cinquantenaire – Place Schuman – Place Rogier – Atomium – Tour Japonaise-Pavillon Chinois – Gare du Nord – Bourse – Manneken Pis


BUS DES MUSÉES (museum bus) – Hop on hop off

Tickets: 3 EUR/adult, 1,5 EUR/child

Frequency: 30 minutes

Stops: download brochure



Route: Grand Place – Manneken-Pis – St. Catherine – Palais de Justice – Le Sablon – Royal Square – Les Marolles – Jeu de Balle Square – St. Michael's Cathedral – European Parliament – European Commission – Cinquantenaire Park – Royal Palace – L'Ilot Sacré – Quai aux Briques – Royal Galleries – Atomium

Price: 25 EUR/person

Schedule: February-15 April and 16 September-October 10:00, 16 April-15 September 10:00 and 15:00



You can rent city bikes with a special card in all the strategic spots of Brussels.

Rates: 0,5 EUR/30 minutes , 1 EUR/every additional hour

Registration fee: 1,5 EUR



Rates: 4 EUR/hour, 7 EUR/2 hours, 12 EUR/4 hours, 15 EUR/day, 26 EUR/weekend, 70 EUR/week



Tours: May-September, Wednesday-Sunday 11:00, 14:00, 16:00

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum age: 16

Rates: 35 EUR/person



Themes: Classic, Art, Gourmet, Fashion, European District etc.


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ATTRACTIONS in brussels


Opening hours: 10:00-18:00

Tickets: 11 EUR/adult, 4 EUR/child,
audio guide (English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian): 2 EUR

Getting there: Metro 1A – Heysel

The Atomium is a monument built for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by André Waterkeyn, it is 102-metres (335 ft) tall, with nine steel spheres connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes which connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre enclose escalators connecting the spheres which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere provides a panoramic view of Brussels. Each sphere is 18 metres in diameter.



Opening hours: 21 March-June and September 9:30-18:00, July-August 9:30-20:00,
October-December 10:00-18:00 (18 July-15 August Saturday 9:30-24:00)

Tickets: 12,9 EUR/adult, 9,7 EUR/child
Combined tickets - Mini Europe + Oceade: 23,9 EUR/adult, 17,9 EUR/child

Getting there: Metro 1A - Heysel

Mini-Europe is a park located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. Mini-Europe has the reproductions of the most attractive monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. The park contains numerous live action models (train, mills, eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Airbus, cable cars, etc.) At the end of the visit, the “Spirit of Europe” exhibition gives an interactive overview of the European Union in the form of multimedia games.



Opening hours: April-June, Tuesday-Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-21:00, July-August 10:00-21:00, September-March, Wednesday-Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-21:00, Monday closed

Tickets: 16 EUR/adult, 13 EUR/child
Combined tickets - Mini Europe + Oceade: 23,9 EUR/adult, 17,9 EUR/child

Getting there: Metro 1A - Heysel

The family water attraction park in Brussels with the biggest choice of slides in Belgium!



Opening hours: May, Wednesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00, June-August 10:00-18:00,
September-October Sunday 10:00-18:00

Tickets: 31 EUR/adult, 27 EUR/child

Getting there: Train from Bruxelles-Central station to Walibi-Bierges (changes train at Ottignies), then walk (150 m) - 1 hour - 8,6 EUR/return

Walibi Belgium is a theme park and an aquatic park for all the family, a place for the fans of big thrills and those who have no fear.



Opening hours: 25 July-7 September Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00, Monday closed

Free admission.

Getting there: Metro 1A, 1B - Bruxelles-Central

The Royal Palace of Belgium is one of the most beautiful official buildings in the capital, Brussels. Standing opposite the Parliament building on the other side of the Royal Park, the Royal Palace symbolises our system of government, that is to say, a constitutional monarchy. The Palace is the place where His Majesty the King exercises his prerogatives as Head of State. It is at the Palace that the King grants audiences and deals with affairs of state.



Opening hours: Cathedral Monday-Friday 7:00-18:00, Saturday 8:30-15:30, Sunday 14:00-18:00, Crypt only on request, Treasury Monday-Friday 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:00, Saturday 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:00, Sunday 14:00-17:00

Tickets: Cathedral free entrance, Crypt: 2,5 EUR/person, Treasury: 1 EUR/person

Getting there: Metro 1A, 1B - Bruxelles-Central

The St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is located at the Treurenberg hill in Brussels, Belgium. In French, it is called Cathédrale Saints-Michel-et-Gudule and in Dutch Sint-Michiels-en-Sint-Goedelekathedraal, usually shortened to "Sint-Goedele". The cathedral is a vibrant cultural place. The arts often contribute to the liturgy. Various concerts and exhibitions take place.



Guided tours: April-September, Tuesday, Wednesday 15:15, Sunday 10:45,
October-March, Tuesday, Wednesday 15:15

Tickets: 3 EUR/adult, 2 EUR/child

Getting there: Metro 1A, 1B - Bruxelles-Central

The Town Hall currently comprises a large collection of works of art and, in particular, tapestries made in Brussels. But, in fact, it is not in any way a museum because the building still houses today some of the local council departments (the offices of the deputy burgomasters, the local council secretariat, the protocol department, etc.). All the rooms on the first floor are still used on a daily basis, whether for meetings, functions or weddings.



Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 14:00-17:30, Monday closed

Tickets: 7 EUR/adult, 3,5 EUR/child

Getting there: Bus Nr. 54 - Horta

The Horta Museum (French: Musée Horta, Dutch: Hortamuseum) is a museum dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta and his time. The museum is housed in Horta's former house and atelier (1898) in the Brussels municipality of Saint-Gilles. In the splendid Art Nouveau interiors there is a permanent display of furniture, utensils and art objects designed by Horta and his contemporaries as well as documents related to his life and time. The museum also organises temporary exhibitions on topics related to Horta and his art. The building is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.



Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:30-17:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-17:00
(last admission 45 minutes before closing)

Tickets: 5 EUR/adult, children free up to 12 years

Free audio guide (music only)

Getting there: Metro 1A, 1B - Bruxelles-Central or Parc

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is a music museum in central Brussels, Belgium. It is part of the Royal Museums for Art and History and internationally renowned for its collection of over 1,500 instruments.



Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00, Monday closed

Tickets: 8 EUR/adult, children free up to 12 years

Combined tickets (Royal Museums of Fine Art + Magritte Museum): 13 EUR/adult

Free admission first Wednesday afternoon (from 13:00) of every month.

Getting there: Metro 1A, 1B - Bruxelles-Central

Founded two centuries ago, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium hold some twenty thousand paintings, sculptures and drawings. Located in Brussels, they consist of the Ancient Art Museum (XV - XVII century), the Modern Art Museum (XIX - XX century), the Wiertz Museum and the Meunier Museum.



Show: 16:00

Duration: 2 hours

Tickets: 10 EUR/adult, 7 EUR/child
Audio guide (English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Russian): 2 EUR

Getting there: Metro 2 - Trone

One of the favourite places of Brussels citizens. The Maison de Toone is simultaneously a typical estaminet with its Spanish pink brick walls, blackened beams and tiled floor, and a puppet theatre in the attic with its wooden benches, festooned, multicoloured cushions nailed into the raw wood planks, a workshop that manufactures puppets, a library and finally a puppet museum.


BRUXELLES EN SCENE (history of Brussels with sound and light)

Opening hours: 10:00-17:00

Tickets: 6 EUR/adult, children free up to 6 years

Getting there: Metro 1A, 1B - Bruxelles-Central

An imaginary world where everything has been designed to appeal to your emotions and to your desire to see, hear and know. Brussels on stage is an exhibition and a show that invites you to discover or to rediscover a capital city many times over. Under the Galleries Saint-Hubert in a surprising subterranean passage, you will develop a taste for Brussels' myths before experiencing them in the city itself.



Opening hours: October-March 10:00-17:00, April-September 10:00-18:00

Tickets: 6 EUR/adult, children free up to 6 years

Getting there: Metro 1A, 1B - Merode

AutoWorld is a vintage car museum in the centre of Brussels, Belgium, located in the southern hall of the Parc du Cinquantenaire. It holds a large and varied collection of 350 old timers, European and American automobiles from the late 19th century until the seventies. Including Minervas, such models as the Bentley 1928, the Bugatti 1930 and the Cord 1930, and several limousines which belonged to the Belgian royal family.


BRASSERIE CANTILLON (Museum and Brewery)

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday and Holidays closed

Tickets (with beer tasting): 5 EUR/adult

Getting there: Metro 2 - Bruxelles-Midi/Zuid

That's the time machine. You'll leave the modern civilisation, good-bye to the noise, good-bye to the world. Cantillon is a family brewery where LAMBIC, GUEUZE, FARO and KRIEK are made and where nothing has changed since 1900 when it was founded. The Van Roy-Cantillon family welcomes you and invites you to discover a fabulous world. Beers, tools and brewing process are still the same as in the beginning.



Tours: Monday-Thursday 10:00 and 15:00, Friday 10:00

Free of charge (children under 14 not admitted)

Audioguide in 23 languages.

Keen to offer the general public the opportunity to come and see what it is and what it does, the European Parliament welcomes visitors, both individual and in organised groups, to its premises in its three places of work: Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. Why not come and visit the European Parliament or sit in on a plenary sitting or other significant event open to the public?



Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00, Monday closed

Tickets: 8 EUR/adult, children free up to 12 years

Combined tickets (Royal Museums of Fine Art + Magritte Museum): 13 EUR/adult

Free admission first Wednesday afternoon (from 13:00) of every month.

Getting there: Metro 1A, 1B - Bruxelles-Central or Parc

The Museum has the world’s largest collection of works by René Magritte. Both from the viewpoint of its continuty – all the artist’s periods are widely represented – and its diversity – paintings, drawings, gouaches, posters, advertising work, letters, photographs, sculptures, films and other documents. The collection has a history.


LA MAISON DES MAITRES CHOCOLATIERS (House of the Belgian Master Chocolatiers)

Opening hours: 10:00-22:00

Free admission.

The “Maison des Maîtres Chocolatiers Belges” is the showcase of 10 artisans of excellence who work Belgian chocolate in the purest of traditions. This unique concept by the non-profit organisation “Best Belgian Chocolate of the Word” opens its doors. Whether you want to taste or purchase their creations, enjoy a creamy hot chocolate, participate to a discovery workshop or a training, or for the simple pleasure of the senses, don’t hesitate to push the door and to plunge into the marvellous world of Belgian chocolate.


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Getting there:

Bus "W" from Bruxelles-Midi/Zuid station to Waterloo – 50 minutes, 2,6 EUR/return

Train and taxi: from Bruxelles-Midi/Zuid station to Waterloo – 10 km, 20-30 minutes – 7,6 EUR/return, then taxi



1. Waterloo Visitor Centre (audiovisual show)
2. Spectacular film (step back in time of battle)
3. Butte du Lion (Lion Mound view of the battlefield - 226 steps)
4. Panorama of the Battle (110 m x 12 m fresco)
5. Wax Museum (Napoleon, Wellington, Blucher etc.)
+ Every weekend in July and August: Historical animations

Opening hours: April-October 9:30-18:30, November-March 10:00-17:00

Tickets: Battlefield tour (45 minutes): 5,5 EUR/adult, 4,5 EUR/child

Combined Tickets:

Butte du Lion + Panorama: 6 EUR/adult, 4,7 EUR/child
Lion Pass (entrance to all 5 attractions): 8,7 EUR/adult, 5,5 EUR/child
Battlefield pass (entrance to all 5 attractions + Battlefield tour): 12 EUR/adult, 7,5 EUR/child


The Waterloo Battlefield has been preserved almost as it was in 1815. Come and find out about the course of this great battle from European history which pitted Napoleon’s troops against those of Wellington and Blücher. Take your place on the “Battlefield Tour” with sound effects and relive the great moments of the battle on site. Discover the Panorama: a huge 360° fresco of the battle. On 18 June each year, there is a grand historical reconstruction and every weekend in the summer, military events are held in period costume. Climb up to the Lion Mound and discover the best preserved battlefield in Europe, where 300 000 men from 7 nations faced one another. The audiovisual show, the film, the panorama and the wax museum bring one of the greatest battles in European history to life.


Getting there: Train from Bruxelles-Midi/Zuid station to Bruges – 100 km, 1 hour – 24-26 EUR/return



Tickets: 12 EUR/adult, 6 EUR/child

Schedule: December-February 10:00-16:00, March-April 10:00-17:00, May-June 9:00-19:00,
July-September 9:00-20.00, October-November 10:00-18:00

Frequency: hourly

Meeting point: Bruges Markt

Languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Japanese



Fare: 24 EUR/person

Schedule: March-October 10:00 (2,5 hours)


BELFRY (83 m high bell tower, panorama for Bruges)

Opening hours: 9:30-17:00

Tickets: 5 EUR/person

The belfry of Bruges, or Belfort, is a medieval bell tower in the historical centre of Bruges, Belgium. One of the city's most prominent symbols, the belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives, and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger. A narrow, steep staircase of 366 steps, accessible by the public for an entry fee, leads to the top of the 83-meter-high building, which leans about a meter to the east.



Opening hours: 9:30-17:00

Tickets: 8 EUR/adult, children free

In the luxurious city mansion of the Lords of Gruuthuse (15th century - complete renovation, partially in neo-gothic style, in 1883 to 1898) you will be welcomed like a medieval nobleman. The mansion contains a wide variety of objects, ranging from old weapons and a guillotine, right through to antique furniture and kitchen utensils. Some of the items are commonplace and some are uniquely bizarre, but they all shed light on life in Bruges between the 13th and 19th centuries. The 500 years old kitchen is packed with the most diverse types of eating, drinking, cooking and serving equipment: from the great copper cauldron and the cast-iron baking trays, through to all kinds of jugs, jars and bottles.



Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:30-17:00, Monday closed

Tickets: 8 EUR/adult, children free

It houses a comprehensive survey of six centuries of Flemish and Belgian painting, from Jan van Eyck to Marcel Broodthaers. The museum's many highlights include its collection of "Flemish Primitive" art, works by a wide range of Renaissance and Baroque masters, as well as a selection of paintings from the 18th and 19th century neo-classical and realist periods, milestones of Belgian symbolism and modernism, masterpieces of Flemish expressionism and many items from the city's collection of post-war modern art.



Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:30-17:00, Monday closed

Tickets: 3 EUR/adult, children free

Getting there: Bus Nr. 6 - Kruispoort

The museum of Folklore is formed by the former almshouses of the shoemaker trade. Eight 17th century almshouses - with modern architectural expansion - accommodate a collection of old objects in different old decor: a classroom, a shoemaker, a hattery, a coppery, a Flemish living room, a bakery, an apothecary, a hostelry, a dressmaker, traditional textile and an authentic bedroom interior. Every Thursday afternoon candy is made according to traditional methods. Every first Saturday of September you can join the festivities of Aristide in the museum of Folklore and every Sunday before christmas the midwinter festivities.


CHOCO-STORY (Chocolate Museum)

Opening hours: 10:00-17:00

Tickets (with chocolate tasting): 6 EUR/adult, 4 EUR/child

The museum mission is to make known the story of the transformation of cocoa into chocolate and to promote the health and quality aspects of Belgian chocolate.


DE HALVE MAAN (Museum and Brewery)

Opening hours: April-October, Monday-Friday and Sunday 11:00-16:00, Saturday 11:00-17:00,

November-March, Monday-Friday 11:00-15:00, Saturday-Sunday 11:00-16:00

Tickets (with beer tasting): 5,5 EUR/person

The home brewery "De Halve Maan" is the only family brewery in the centre of Bruges that is still active. The museum presents the unique opportunity to discover the old traditional brewing methods. The experienced guides will teach you everything about malt and hops. During the visit you will also enjoy an amazing panoramic view over Bruges.


Getting there: Train from Bruxelles-Midi/Zuid station to Antwerp - 50 km, 40 minutes -

14 EUR/return


ANTWERP DIAMOND BUS (sightseeing by bus) - Hop on hop off

Tickets: 11 EUR/adult, 6 EUR/child

Schedule: April-October 10:30-16:30, November-March 10:30-15:30

Frequency: hourly

Stops: Central Station (Keyserlei) - Loosplaats (Municipal Park) - Groenplaats -
Royal Museum of Fine Arts - St. Jansvliet, Steenplein/Suikerrui - Londenstraat

Language: French, Dutch, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese


TOURISTRAM (sightseeing by tram) - Hop on hop off

Tickets: 5 EUR/adult, 3,5 EUR/child

Schedule: 15 February-March, Saturday-Sunday 11:00-16:00, April-September 11:00-17:00,
October 11:00-16:00, November-15 December 12:00-16:00

Frequency: hourly

Stops: Central Station (Keyserlei) - Loosplaats (Municipal Park) - Groenplaats -
Royal Museum of Fine Arts - St. Jansvliet, Steenplein/Suikerrui - Londenstraat

Language: French, Dutch, English, German


RUBENSHUIS (House of Rubens)

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00, Monday closed

(last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Tickets: 6 EUR/adult, children free

Free audioguide.

Getting there: Tram Nr. 2, 3, 5, 15 - Meir

The Rubenshuis ("Rubens House") is the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) in Antwerp. Antwerp and Rubens: the high point of this rich past appeals to the imagination in the Rubens House. It is the place where you get closest to the world in which the great Baroque artist lived. Discover his many-sided talents: you will meet the painter, architect and diplomat, the collector and scholar, the husband and father.



Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 10:00-18:00, Monday closed
(last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Tickets: 6 EUR/adult, children free
Free admission last Wednesday of every month.

Getting there: Tram Nr. 12, 24 or Bus Nr. 1, 23 - Verbondstraat

The collections of the Royal Museum comprise unique paintings by Flemish Primitives such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling as well as the work of Quinten Metsijs, the founder of the Antwerp Art School. The finest paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens are major players in this intriguing story that doesn't end with the Old Masters, but continues into the nineteenth century with Salon artists and modernists like James Ensor and Rik Wouters. National art is exhibited next to and in confrontation with work by artists from abroad such as Jean Fouquet, Titian, Frans Hals, Auguste Rodin and Amedeo Modigliani.



Opening hours: 10:00-18:00

(last admission 1 hour before closing)

Tickets: 14 EUR/adult, 9,5 EUR/child

Getting there: walking from Central Station

Aquatopia immerses you in the wealth of the underwater world and offers you a fascinating journey of the secrets of the seas, oceans, lakes and rivers. More than 250 species of animals live here, among them more than 10,000 fish, in 1 million litres of water. Sail along with a submarine. Climb among mangrove roots. Let yourself be ravished by the most colourful coral reefs and go looking for the most exotic fishes and frogs in the rain forest!


STADHUIS (City Hall with frescos)

Guided tours: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00, 14:00, 15:00

Tickets: 1 EUR//adult, children free

The City Hall (Dutch: Stadhuis) of Antwerp, Belgium, stands on the western side of Antwerp's Grote Markt (Great Market Square). Erected between 1561 and 1565 to the design of Cornelis Floris de Vriendt and several other architects and artists, this Renaissance building incorporates both Flemish and Italian influences.


MUSEUM PLANTIN-MORETUS (Museum of Print with book collection)

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00, Monday closed

Tickets: 6 EUR/adult, children free

Getting there: Tram Nr. 2, 3, 4, 8, 15 or bus Nr. 22, 25, 26 - Groenplaats

The museum guides you through 300 years of printing activity. The atmosphere of a real printing business, where the smell of paper and ink blends with the sound of the platen, fiercely pushed on the press, cannot be conveyed in this virtual visit.



Opening hours: Thursday-Tuesday 10:00-17:30, Wednesday closed

Tickets: 6 EUR/adult, children free

Getting there: Tram Nr. 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 15, 24 - Diamant

Antwerp Diamond Museum is the largest diamond museum in the world. Interactive displays showcase mining and cutting processes, and polishing demonstrations take place Saturday afternoons. You can view items dating from the 16th century to the present.


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