Places To See In Brussels A Quick Tourist Guide

After spending a​ wonderful time on the Grand Place, it​ is​ now time to​ start visiting the most interesting Museums of​ Brussels. Hereunder you will find a​ checklist of​ these places to​ visit.

1. Atomium.
Since its creation in​ mid-1958, the 9 bowls of​ the Atomium has become a​ Belgian symbol of​ the 20th century. The 20th century, during which the atom was fully mastered and became widely used by our society and affecting the development of​ our standard of​ living.

2. Museum of​ Costume and Lace.
The famous Brussels' Museum of​ Costume and Lace was created in​ 1978 And is​ located in​ the neighbourhood of​ the central Grand Place, not far away from the Hotel Amigo Brussels. it​ occupies a​ bourgeois house built in​ the 18th century. it​ contains rich and interesting textile and fabric collections. Most of​ the precious lace are hand-made with bobbins or​ needles in​ Belgium, France and Italy. as​ far back as​ the 17th century these masterpieces are exhibited next to​ civilian costume mainly women's clothes or​ fashion accessories. The museum displays the essential complements to​ elegance, such as​ umbrellas, pieces of​ lingerie, leather purses, all kinds of​ hats, men and women shoes, fans, etc...

3. Royal Fine Art Museum or​ the Musée des Beaux Arts.
With its clean art deco lines, Horta made his swansong a​ spacious and functional building that welcomes all international exhibitions. in​ 1997, the central hall was totally renovated. Thirteen interlinked, square and circular rooms ensure that there is​ space for even the largest masterpieces. The Musées des Beaux Arts, also hosts the regular Europalia festival. This international renewed festival, which focuses every year on a​ different country and serves as​ an​ information point for exhibitions in​ other museums in​ the city.

4. Victor Horta Museum.
Victor Horta (1861-1947) was born in​ Ghent (Flemish part of​ the country), where he failed in​ his first career, being fired from the music conservatory. He then moved to​ Paris to​ study… architecture, returning to​ Belgium in​ 1882 to​ complete his training with Alphonse Balat, the architect who worked his hole life for the famous King Léopold II.
Victor Horta became the most impressive and trend–setting architect of​ this end of​ 19th century. The Museum itself is​ one of​ the most astonishing creation of​ Horta : a​ sumptuous Hotel Particulier that every tourist should visit.

5. Museum of​ Cacao and Chocolate.
While walking through the museum, you will assist to​ an​ everyday demonstration by a​ master chocolatier. You will also have the chance to​ taste various chocolate delights (Including Belgian Pralines). After the visit, a​ small shop offers you his treasures for true chocolate lovers. Gustatory and olfactory delights are on the program.

6. The Archaeological undergrounds of​ the Palace of​ Charles the 6th.
You will make a​ fascinating tour underneath the Place Royale and discover the remains of​ this illustrious palace. Impressive.

7. Dynasty Museum.
Go back through the Halls of​ Time to​ encounter the fabulous story of​ Belgium from its roots to​ its today’s destiny. July 1830 : the Monnaie Theatre shook to​ the sound of​ the Revolution, announcing the coming of​ a​ brand new country... The Belgian Kingdom.

8. Bellevue Hotel Museum.
The Bellevue Hotel was constructed in​ Louis XVI style by Mr Guimard. He was also the architect of​ the famous Place Royale. The hotel Bellevue was remodeled, particularly in​ 1910 and 1930, when it​ was used as​ a​ princely residence. Major recent restoration work was undertaken in​ end 90’s. The current layout emphasizes the refined setting of​ this historical hotel and offers visitors an​ exceptional view of​ the Royal Palace and its famous gardens.

Numerous Guided Tours are organized by the Hotel Amigo.

Jerry De Kluyn writes articles for Hotel Amigo Brussels , a​ web site specialized in​ hotels in​ and around Brussels.

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