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The Royal Museum for Central Africa, more popularly known as the AfricaMuseum Brussels, is an ethnography and natural history museum in Tervuren. The heritage building features halls of rearranged artifacts, and holds items collected by missionaries and scientists.
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You don’t get a fancier location than Brussels’ Hard Rock Cafe. Housed in a 16th-century patrician mansion, there’s lounge bars, a two-floor restaurant, and plenty of classic and modern music memorabilia to admire between courses.
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The Muziekinstrumentenmuseum (The mim) is a museum of musical instruments in Brussels. Visitors can learn about the history of music across four different floors, and even play some of them. It famously houses over 1,000 instruments!
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The World of Banksy is an immersive experience, allowing art and culture lovers the opportunity to get up close to recreations of the artist's iconic creations. Visitors are able to admire replicated studio work and animated visual elements at this enlightening Brussels exhibition. Located in the heart of the city, the venue for this special Brussels Banksy exhibition is La Tentation, a former fabric house that's now a center dedicated to cultural diversity. Its main mission is to promote and develop interactive music & dance projects. Recently, it also added a social side to its profile. All artists are welcome to share their art and their philosophy.
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Brussels's design Museum is dedicated to all things designer, with an expansive Plasticarium permanent exhibition, and regular temporary displays.
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KBR Museum

KBR Museum – Library of the Dukes of Burgundy – showcases a collection of medieval-era texts. The collection began with Philip the Bold of Burgundy in the 14th century, and continues to grow to this day. The museum is housed inside the Nassau Chapel within the Palace of Charles of Lorraine, Brussels.
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The Art and History Museum was built at the end of the 19th century at the request of King Leopold II and is located in Brussels. It's easy to reach by car or with public transport.
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Halle Gate

The Halle Gate, also Hallepoort or Porte de Hal is the only remaining tower from walls that protected Brussels in the Middle Ages. It was later used as a granary, prison, hospital, and even a church. Neogothic architect Henri Beyeart refurbished the tower in the 19th century.
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The BELvue Museum is a museum in central Brussels that tells the history of Belgium in 200 objects.
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Plantentuin Meise, or the Botanic Garden Meise, is a beautiful botanical garden located in the grounds of Bouchout Castle in Meise, just north of Brussels. It is one of the biggest botanical gardens on Earth, and is also home to a herbarium starring over three million specimens!
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Planning your Brussels visit

Language

French and Flemish

Currency

Euro (€)

Dialing code

+32

Time zone

Central European Time (CET)

Getting Around

In typically European fashion, Brussels’ public transport is expansive and reliable, with bus, tram and metro lines connecting everywhere from the center to the suburbs. A day pass will set you back just €7.50 and allow unlimited access to all services. If you’d prefer to travel under your own steam (or burn off those Trappist beers and frites and mayo) the Villo! bicycle-sharing scheme is great value, and as eco-friendly as you can get.

Seriously, Try the Fries

You haven’t eaten proper fries til you’ve had the Belgian variety! Searingly hot and perfectly crisp, yet still fluffy on the inside – they may be Earth’s greatest foodstuff. Usually doused in mayonnaise, they’re admittedly not the best option for calorie-counters. But in a country whose cuisine is dominated by waffles, chocolate, and beer, sometimes it’s best to tune out the sound of arteries clogging and just savor every greasy mouthful.

Flemish Fun

Brussels has livened up the country’s slightly dowdy reputation by establishing a thriving nightlife scene. There’s something for everyone: pub-goers will enjoy sampling some of the hundreds of local beers in the countless ‘brown’ cafes, while the young and young-at-heart can seek out the city’s clubs, with famous venues like Fuse and Bloody Lewis playing enough deep house and techno to keep you grinding your teeth way into the early hours.

What to do in Brussels for 3 days

Get Political

Whether you’re left, right, or apathetic, don’t miss out on an exclusive tour of the European Parliament's plenary chamber – the sacred space where EU policies get decided and Nigel Farage regularly embarrasses himself. The free audio guide (available in all 23 EU languages) will get you up to speed on the who’s, what’s and how’s, and you can ‘visit’ every member state in the adjoining exhibition. Best of all, it’s completely free!

Choo-Choo

Railways played a vital role in the development of modern Europe, whisking goods and people up and down the continent during the Industrial Revolution and beyond. Brussels’ charming ‘Train World’ celebrates all things steam-powered, with vehicles and carriages from almost two hundred years of locomotive history. Did you know Belgium has the oldest railway network on the European mainland? You do now – all aboooooaaaard!

Take a Hike

If all those heavy Belgian beers and mayo-laden fries are taking a toll on your wallet and waistline, the city’s numerous free walking tours should be just the antidote. Just grab a map from one of the multiple tourist offices and get your stride on. The tours are all themed, so you can take your pick from routes that cover the city’s comic book-themed murals, its turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau architecture and so much more.

EU-Inception

See European Unions within European Unions at the family-friendly Mini-Europe. Famed for its Lilliputian landscapes and unimaginative naming, Mini-Europe lets you tower over intricately detailed models of Europe’s architectural highlights, lovingly recreated in teeny-tiny 1:25 scale. Many of the cityscapes have interactive elements, so you can operate the lochs on the Panama Canal, or try your hand at knocking down the Berlin Wall.

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