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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?