My 24 Hours in Brussels

Earlier this year I spent three days exploring the beautiful bubble that is Bruges. But to get there, we travelled via Brussels.

I last visited the Belgian capital during my university days and I was eager to return, so it seemed that with this trip, fate was providing me with the perfect opportunity to do just that.

24 Hours in Brussels

Brussels – really rather beautiful

Here’s a bit of what we did during 24 hours in Brussels:

We got walking

A short walk from our hotel took us to Brussels’ impressive Grand Place. It’s always lovely to visit a place you’ve seen with someone who’s never been there before. I already knew what to expect from the Grand Place, but Mr Holiday Addict didn’t, and he did his holiday “wow” thing, which I always enjoy. UNESCO are bang on the money with this one. It’s sparklingly fabulous. We stayed a while, got snap happy with the camera, and then moved on through café lined streets.

Brussels Grand Place

The gorgeously golden Grand Place

 We visited a museum

The Musical Instruments Museum intrigued me. Not just because I’d never visited a museum purely dedicated to music, but also since I love looking up at lovely buildings and the Brussels MIM has its home in one of the most stunning examples of art nouveau architecture I’ve ever seen. It might not be one of Brussels’ most obvious sights, but it’s good to steer away from the norm.

Musical Instruments Museum

Musical Instruments Museum

We went for a beer or two (ok, three)

There isn’t a single café bar in Brussels that doesn’t look inviting. You don’t want to walk past any of them. And so when our feet decided it was time for a break, we ventured inside the nearest watering hole and got cosy with a couple of drinks.

Beer in Brussels

Fancy a beer?

We munched chocolate

It would be wrong not to get involved with Belgian chocolate when in Belgium. Eat strawberries dipped in it, waffles smothered in it, or just indulge in classic chocolate truffles. That’s really all I can say!

Chocolate Strawberries

Chocolate strawberries from Godiva? Oh if you insist!

We slept in Egypt

We stayed in the Brussels Welcome Hotel, where every room is themed to a different destination. You could stay in Bali, Cuba or maybe Marrakech. We stayed in Egypt! It was a quirky concept that I’d recommend to anyone looking for something a bit different.

Hotel Welcome

Our Egyptian themed room

We toured the Cathedral

Brussels’ Cathedral is impressive enough to warrant more attention than I imagine it gets. It also boasts a Romanesque crypt. It was a great place to soak up some of Brussels’ history before we caught our afternoon flight back home.

Brussels Cathedral

You can’t beat a good cathedral on a city break!

There’s so much to see in Brussels that 24 hours was never going to be enough.

But considering I’ve developed a crush on Belgium and now fancy visiting both Antwerp and Ghent too, I’m sure I can find more reasons to pass through this city.

Perhaps I’ll decide to stay longer, or perhaps Brussels will always be my 24 hour city. Either way works for me!

Have you been?

My stay in Hotel Welcome was booked and paid for by moi, but I thank the hotel for kindly upgrading our room.
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