brussels is not only the epicenter of european politics and therefore the capital of the european union, it is an amazing city that has an interesting cultural background and some famous "products" that are known worldwide.
flying into brussels is the easiest and cheapest way to get there. unfortunately the main airport "zaventem" was closed so i had to fly to the airport "charleroi", which is still ok, but you will need to catch a bus that takes almost 1 hour to the central trainstation without stopping somewhere else.
and if you didn't already knew before, the people in brussels speak french and dutch. which could be sometimes confusing because everything is in both languages and people even start talking to you in both. but i actually love that they preserve that.
my top 5 must-sees
it is one of brussels best-known landmark and one of the reasons why many people come to visit. and although it is a bit of a journey to get out there, it is totally worth it. the best is to get there by metro taking the number 6 and stopping at heysel/heizel. and if you feel like taking a look inside you will have to pay an entrance fee of around 12€ but it is worth it. check out their website for more information.
#2 mannekin pis
and well of course: mannekin pis.it is not that easy to find but normally you just have to follow the tourists and you will end up right infront of it. but don't be disappointed of its size. it is really not that big.
#3 grand place (grote markt)
in like 5 minutes walking distance of the mannekin pis you will find the grand place which is right in the heart of brussels and one of the best preserved main plaza's in europe. it is a very magical place because of the architecture. even a 360° picture doesn't show all of the beauty.
#4 parc du cinquantenaire
if you have ever been to berlin or if you know the brandenburg gate you might have a déjà-vu when you see the triumphal arch. the architecture of both monuments are so similar but still impressive. the two wings houses two great museums: "the royal art and history museum" and "the belgian army museum and museum of military history".
#5 basilique nationale du sacré coeur
this chruch belongs to the fifth larges churches in the world. i walked through the parc/alley to get there and it was so fascinating getting closer and closer to it. and if you stand right infront of it you also have a nice few.
and what would brussels be without the famous fries. i can really recommend maison antoine. i took the basic ones but just check out their menu. the variety of sauces is just insane.
but brussels is also know for their waffles and of course their beer. so definitely check out the nightlife. i am not a big fan of beer but since i really wanted to try one over their i went to delirium café and was really amazed by the huge selection of beer you have there.