The top 5 tourist attractions not to miss when visiting Brussels – Belgium

Palais Royal de Bruxelles

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Like each year, large crowds will be able to visit this imposing edifice commissioned by Leopold II to the architect Alphonse Balat, who was put in charge of the creation of the palace which was finished in 1865. A unique opportunity to wander around the rooms, corridors and monumental staircases, as well as contemplating the invaluable collections of art works and decorations, from all continents and eras

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

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The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are open to everyone. Their objective is to make your visit as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. There are constant changing exhibitions, the Royal Museum contains over 20,000 drawings, sculptures, and paintings, which date from the early 15th century to the present. It provides a vast overview of western art, with remarkable ensembles of works of artists from Belgium or from the former Southern Netherlands. Composed mainly of paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, it also includes, in particular through donations or deposits, items of decorative arts and furniture along with a small number of non-European works.

Mini Europe

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Mini-Europe has reproductions of monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. Mini-Europe receives 350,000 visitors per year!
The park contains live action models such as trains, mills, an erupting Mount Vesuvius, and cable cars. A guide gives the details on all the monuments. At the end of the visit, the “Spirit of Europe” exhibition gives an interactive overview of the European Union in the form of multimedia games.

Museum for nature & Science

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The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is a museum dedicated to natural history. Its most important pieces are 30 fossilized Iguanodon skeletons, which were discovered in 1878 in Bernissart. The dinosaur hall of the museum is the world’s largest museum hall completely dedicated to dinosaurs. Another famous piece is the Ishango bone, which was discovered in 1960 by Jean de Heinzelin de Braucourt. Like in most museums, there is a research department and a public exhibit department.

Parc du Cinquantenaire

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The structures of Parc du Cinquantenaire were built in iron, glass and stone, symbolizing the economic and industrial performance of Belgium. The surrounding 30-hectare park esplanade was full of picturesque gardens, ponds and waterfalls. It housed several trade fairs, exhibitions and festivals at the beginning of the century. In 1930 the government decided to reserve Cinquantenaire for use as a leisure park.

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