Brussels is known as one of the most famous city in Belgium with a lot of wonderful destinations and free activities for enjoying. Therefore, the post will introduce feature free activities in Brussels.
1 Visit Grand Palace (Grote Markt)
This is the central square of Brussels and the most beautiful square in Europe. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and voted Europe’s most beautiful square in 2010. The most striking architecture here is the 100-meter-tall Town Hall, built in the Middle Ages with a Gothic cathedral. The opposite is the Brussels City Museum.
Every two years in August, the square is covered with a large flower carpet for several days. Near this square, you will find the Statue of Everard ‘t Serclaes. Furthermore, local people think that rubbing or touching the statue, especially in the arms, will help bring good luck and help turn your wishes into reality.
2 Admire Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis is a 61cm tall bronze sculpture depicting a naked boy urinating into a fountain. Located near Grand Place, this is one of the most famous landmarks in Belgium.There are many legends about the origins of the statue. If you ask local people, you will probably get many different answers. In fact, there are some people told that young general was urinating into a crowd of soldiers trying to take over Brussels in 1142. This shows the Belgian attitude towards the oppressors. Meanwhile, another explanation suggests that in the 14th century when a city was attacked, a boy named Julianske saw the enemy launch a bomb. Therefore, he quickly urinated on it to put out the fire. Although there are not exactly answers, these interesting myths help explain why the Manneken Pis statue attracted so many visitors.
In addition, the Manneken Pis was stolen many times. The original recovery version was stored at the Breadhouse in the Grand Place. Every week, people change clothes for the boy several times and replace urine. In addition to filtered water, it can be wine or beer. Moreover, although Manneken Pis is very famous in Brussel, there are a number of similar statues in some Belgian towns such as Geraardsbergen, Koksijde, Hasselt, Ghent, Bruges and etc. There is even a Manneken Pis in Tokushima, Japan given by the Belgian Embassy. You also can try to find the statue of the female version named Jeanneke Pis located in Impasse de la Fidélité. Built in 1987, the statue is surrounded by iron fences to prevent damage. There is also a Zinneke Pis dog, which was built in 1998 at Rue des Chartreux and Rue du Vieux-Marché.
3 Visit Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
It is considered as “must-see” destination in Brussels. The architecture in the shopping mall that integrates this gallery, especially the glass ceiling, will make you fascinated at first glance. Built in 1847, this place surpasses all the other famous 19th-century shopping centers like the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan and The Passage in St Petersburg. One trick for you when visiting there is not to spend money on food here. You will cost very big. Save money to buy in other places with better quality and cheaper price.
4 Visiting the comic path
Do you know that home of famous comics such as The Adventures of Tintin, Smurfs, Spirou and Fantasia, Lucky Lucke, the Daltons and etc in Brussels? There are many mural paintings illustrating the famous cartoon. You do not need to visit all but just look at the list of the stories on this street and find the way to the series you love. Moreover, comic culture is also something you should learn if you want to know about Brussels.
Hope that after the post, tourists will have an overview of Brussels and free activities in there for enjoying. If you need more information or tour for traveling, you can visit Asia Travel Agency for getting more.