Suitcase Rewind: Brussels, Belgium
This new suitcase rewind addition is covering all the bases on Brussels, Belgium. When traveling abroad right now we all need to be extra aware of our surroundings and have a POA in case anything goes awry while your abroad. BUT even with all the world travel alerts you can still have an amazing time no matter where you go!
In case you missed my first suitcase rewind I talked all about my experience in Amsterdam, you can check it out here. To get to brussels we just took the train right from Amsterdam! It was about a two hour train ride, most trains these days have wifi aboard so no fear you can instagram, pinterest, and even netflix if you want too!
Brussel’s to my surprise was a VERY small city! We walked just about everywhere. Our hotel was located in the business district about 0.3 mi away from the city centre. About a 10 minute walk to Grand Place which is where just about everything in Brussels is located. Our hotel also had extremely easy access to the metro! We stay at the THON hotel, but there are a ton of really cute places you could stay in this area. I would try to go closer to grand place if anything!
Brussels is the beer capital of the world. We tried so many fun beers and just explored the city, some of my favorite beers we tried are delirium, kwak, and leffe (try these same ones at your local total wine). One beer we havent been able to find in the US since we have gotten back is jupiler, although this is what belgians call “bud light” it was so CHEAP and just fun, they even sold jupiler at mcdonalds!
If you are not as big of beer drinker there is still tons you can do! Below are my top picks of places you NEED to see if your headed to Brussels!
- Grand Place– This is the main place to go when in Brussels, the city centre. It’s full of bustling people, indoor/outdoor eateries and gorgeous architecture. During the Holidays its all decorated, but in early fall they do a giant flower carpet in this town square. It is astonishing!!!
- Atomium– Known to be the Eiffel tower of Belgium, this iconic symbol is around 12 euros to take a tour that includes a bajillion stairs & escalators, but the view (although through a window) is completely worth it! This is a bit outside the city, so you’ll have to take the metro and then walk to the giant sculpture.
- Belgian waffle stands & Chocolate Shops– You are in Belgium!! Of course you have to try the Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolate! There are so many of these stands and shops all over the Grand Place.
- Au Brasseur– We spent HOURS in this hole in the wall bar, we bought a flight of beer for about 25 euros and sat on these tiny bar stools in a corner and just talked. It was the most fun we had during our entire time in Brussels. To this day we still talk about “that bar in Brussels.”
- Manneken Pis– This little guy has been famous since the 1600’s and the city of Brussels is always dressing him up in one of his 900 little suits! Its really funny! Just ask anyone where manneken pis is and they will all know…
- Poechenellekelder– Want a great outdoor seat right next store to the manneken pis? This bar has an extensive menu, and these really strange puppets everywhere, but it is very eclectic and a great atmosphere!
- Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula– This cathedral is just ridiculously amazing. You could look around for hours, plus this stop is freeeeee!!
Most everyone in Brussels speaks French, but if you just tell them you only speak english everyone is very nice and willing to help you! The Architecture is just stunning in Brussels so if you are really into this & beer then Brussels is the place for you! I would recommend staying about 2-3 days as there really isn’t too too much to do.
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