Belgium for me was all about waffles, Belgian chocolates and Bruges (trust me I didn’t even know about Manneken Pis or the Grand Place back then). I was new to Europe and it was a last minute plan to visit Belgium. As expected I passed in front of the statue Manneken Pis and Grand Place where a lot of people were taking pictures but my reaction was: ”It’s just a building and it is absolutely normal to take pictures of anything and everything when you are a tourist”. Such a shame! But hey, this is how travelling and blogging change you and your perspectives.
This is how I spent less than 24 hours in Brussels and Bruges:
Brussels, the Belgian Capital
Our first stop was the Atomium which is a major tourist attraction. This building now turned into a museum was constructed for an Expo.
It offers a magnificent view of the city.
The highlight of the day was our visit to Mini Europe. If you are a travel enthusiast, this is a miniature park just next to the Atomium where 80 cities and 350 buildings have been recreated to represent the European Union (you will have fun there, I highly reckon this place). Note that there is an entry fee (around Eur 20) to both the Atomium and Mini-Europe.
We then headed to Gallery Royales St Hubert for a quick stroll around. You will find some luxury boutiques and elegant cafes in the arcade (chocolate shop too).
There are also some souvenir shops around and the Manneken Pis is located within walking distance (sorry for having no pictures of Manneken Pis and the Grand Place).
We came across this beautiful gothic cathedral while walking.
We ended the little walk with a waffle treat and walked around the Grand Place. The Grand Place is known to be one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It is also a world heritage site of the UNESCO.
After a little ride, we reached our final stop for the day.
Bruges (Capital of Flanders – North of Belgium) – World Heritage site of the UNESCO
We had just around an hour to spend in Bruges. This was just not enough but the little I’ve seen in that one hour made me fall in love with Bruges. It is a cute and clean little town. It almost feels like you’ve been taken back in time, lazily strolling just like in a romantic old English movie while you are there. Undoubtedly, the rivers and views are breathtaking too.
You don’t need a map to visit Bruges, just keep walking and admire everything on the way from the rivers to the cafe, horse carriages, buildings, just everything. Even though it was freezing on my visit, Bruges felt cosy and warm. There is something special about this town and it seemed like a place I know for ages.
You should also visit the Marketplace known as Markt.
Belgium has to be on your itinerary on a Europe trip 🙂
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