There are many things to do and explore Brussels, Belgium in 24 hours, just make sure you have tons of energy to explore and experience the city. Mostly travellers have time on weekend when they’re free from work or studies. When I arrived in Europe from Philippines, Belgium was the first country I visited.
Brussels is the center region of Belgium and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the region of Flanders (in which it forms an enclave) or Wallonia. It has been a major centre for international politics and has become the home of numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. The headquarter of European Union is also in this city.
17:10 On a Saturday afternoon, I arrived at Brussels airport with Scandinavian Airlines from Copenhagen. My friend picked me up at airport and straight away he brought me to Brussel’s famous attractions.
Our first stop. It’s a building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. It is now a museum.
18:30 Jeanneke Pis
We drove to the city center for 15 minutes and headed to our our second stop. It’s a modern fountain and statue in Brussels, which intended to form a counterpoint to the city’s Manneken Pis.
18:40 Rue de Bouchers
In Dutch called Beenhouwersstraat, is a tourist street in Brussels, Belgium, located in the center of Brussels’ Grand Place. If you are going to Delirium Cafe or Jeanneke Pis, you can always pass to this street where many waiters offer you to dine at their restaurants. It intersects the Galeries royales Saint-Hubert before reaching the Rue de la Montagne. Rue des Bouchers is a very touristic pedestrian street in the center of Brussels: it concentrates a large number of restaurants.
18:45 Grand Palace
It is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse (French: Maison du Roi, Dutch: Broodhuis) building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels. The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. The building measures 68 by 110 metres (223 by 361 ft), and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
19:05 Belgian Waffles
After few hours of exploring the beautiful city of Brussels, we stopped for a quick snack and a must-try sweet in Belgium and that’s the famous Belgian waffles. Waffle is a cake made out of dough or batter than is cooked in a waffle iron, to give it a distinctive check-patterned impressions. The waffle was introduced by Maurice Vermersch of Brussels, Belgium and was named the Bel-Gem Waffle.
19:15 Manneken Pis
This is the famous attraction in Brussels. Meaning “Little man Pee” in Dutch is a Landmark small bronze sculpture (61 cm) in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. It was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619. Along the street of chocolatier and waffles shops, you will find this little boy peeing.
19:27 Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon
From the city center, we walked to the hilly side of Sablon district nearly 10-15 minutes walk. It’s a Catholic church from 15th century.
19:33 Petit Sablon Square
To the southeast side of the church, you will find the beautiful rectangular garden with fountain, trees, flowers, hedges and surrounded by ten statues of political figures, intellectuals and artists from the 16th century.
19:48 Belgian Parliament House
The top floor of the building, with the roof being of modern zinc and glass design. There is also a cafeteria and reading room for deputies. The four rear wings have administrative functions, including housing the Presidents offices. There is also 400 square metres of hanging gardens extending to heights of up to 27 metres.
19:56 Mont des Arts
Not far from Parliament House, the famous site to take panorama photos of Brussels. Meaning “hill/mount of the arts”, is a historic site in the center of Brussels, Belgium. It’s one of Brussels’ finest views. From the elevated vantage point, the famous tower of the Brussels Town Hall in the Grand Place is clearly visible.
20:00 Whimsical Clock at Mont Des Arts
Around 8:00 in the evening, we heard the clock chimes. On the east side of the Mont Des Arts, you will find the unique design of the clock.
20:10 Les Galeries Royales de St. Hubert
It’s a glazed shopping arcade in Brussels where you will find chocolate shops, fashions botiques and outside are restaurants and bars.
20:20 Delirium Café
It’s a bar in Brussels, Belgium, popular for its long beer list. Standing at 2,004 different brands in January 2004, as recorded in the The Guinness Book of Records. On offer are beers from over 60 countries, including many Belgian beers. The bar’s name came from the beer Delirium Tremens, whose pink elephant symbol. Delirium Café has been expanding internationally, opening franchises in Rio de Janeiro (2010), in Japan (2011), São Paulo and Warsaw (2014) and Lisbon (2017).
21:30 Dinner at De Ster Restaurant
A Flemish restaurant, where owned by Dimitri Fernandez. My friend Julien brought me there after we drove more or less 25 minutes from the city center of Brussels. I ordered beef stew and Julien had pork marinated with beer for hours. Great service and the foods are deliciously good.
01:30 Spirito Club Brussels
The temple of the night, located in Brussels, in an old Anglican Church. In an innovative decor made of crystals and gold, Spirito Brussels offers a huge dance floor in an incredible ambience. Highly recommended for tourist looking for a great nightlife and for those interior design fanatic.
Around 4:30am, went back to hotel and had my early breakfast. I catch up some sleep and woke up 11:30am.
Sunday noontime, I checked out from hotel and we drove 15 minutes to the Cinquantenaire.
It’s a large public, urban park (30 hectares) in the easternmost part of the European Quarter in Brussels, Belgium. The U-shaped complex was commissioned by Belgian government under the patronage of King Leopold II for the 1880 National Exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of Belgian Independence.
12:55 Berlaymont Building
An office building in Brussels, Belgium, that houses the headquarters of the European Commission, which is the executive of the European Union (EU).
13:30 Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
A Roman Catholic church in Brussels, Belgium. I went inside to attend the French mass.
Your visit in Brussels is not complete without tasting the Belgian chocolate. Belgium is popular for their chocolates and a good present to bring for your family and friends.
Where to Stay?
Check Ibis Hotel. The hotel is close to Brussels airport and has lower rates compared to other hotel groups of comparable size. I didn’t stay for long in the hotel, I was out the whole day and night.
Around 15:00, we drove to South Brussels Charleroi airport, located at Walloon Region. It’s more than an hour drive from the city center. My stay in Brussels wasn’t enjoyable and fun without my friend. The flight, hotel, food and tour, arranged by my Belgian friend (Julien). I am really thankful for his wonderful hospitality.
Source: Wikipedia, Belgianwaffle.org