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Best Things to do in Brussels in One Day

Brussels Credit: Flickr/Luc Mercelis

Immerse yourself in the popular Gothic and Baroque splendour of Brussels, the fascinating capital of Belgium. There is always something new to discover in Brussels, and you will enjoy the restaurant and cafe culture and its iconic attractions. Here is a selection of some of the best things to do in Brussels in One Day.

Manneken Pis (time to spend: An hour or less)

Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis Credit: Public Domain/waldomiguez

The Manneken Pis is the best-known landmark in Brussels which attracts plenty of tourists. The Manneken has many legends associated with the figure, like the one which talks about a little boy relieving himself at the doorstep of a witch. The statue dating back to 1619 was made by Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder and has been the recipient of 800 different costumes.

Grand Place [Grote Markt] (time to spend: 1-2 hours) 
The Grand Place marks the heart of the city's main plaza and is featured with magnificent Gothic and Baroque-style buildings with Flemish influences. Travellers should look out for the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) built in 1402, and the Escalier d'Honneur featured with murals portraying the history of Brussels.

Atomium (time to spend: 1-2 hours)

Atomium Credit: Public Domain/Pexels

The iconic molecule-shaped 102-metre stainless steel structure was built for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. The unique structure represents a molecule of iron which is magnified 165 million times and attracts many tourists. Visitors are allowed to enter the interior parts of the structure.

Mini-Europe (time to spend: Half day)
This theme park is a comprehensive collection of the diverse models of Europe's best landmarks and includes the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur, the bullfighting ring of Seville, and the Big Ben of London. This park makes a perfect trip for the whole family and is ideal for children.  

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