The Grand Place is the main central square in Brussels. The city is a remarkably harmonised body of public and private buildings dating back to the late 17th-century. Discover unique art and architecture that offers a glimpse of the history and heritage of Brussels.
As one of the most beautiful town squares in Europe, if not in the world, this central market square never fails to impress those visiting Brussels for the first time. It boasts a host of charming sidewalk cafés, shops and restaurants, then, every two years in August, the Grand Place transforms into a fragrant urban retreat with a stunning flower carpet made of fresh begonias.
Today, the Grand Place is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a top cultural attraction frequented by thousands of Brussels tourists and locals each year.
Magritte Museum - Opened in June, 2009, the Magritte Museum displays works of the surrealist artist Rene Magritte. Located in the heart of Brussels at the Place Royale, this stunning museum is housed in the Altenloh Hotel, a neo-classical landmark that was beautifully restored in 1984. The museum's multi-disciplinary collection of pieces is unrivalled. It contains more than 200 works, consisting of oils on canvas, gouaches, drawings, sculptures and painted objects - as well as advertising posters, musical scores, vintage photographs and films produced by the artist.
Atomium - The Atomium is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Brussels and also an iconic symbol of the city. At 102 metres in height and incorporating nine interconnected spheres, this eye-catching structure represents an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. The design was dreamt up by the engineer André Waterkeyn and since it is lit up by 2970 lights at night, it offers a beautiful spectacle whatever time you choose to visit.
Within the structure visitors can enjoy a superb restaurant as well as a visitors centre. Five of the nine spheres are open to the public, one of which houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to Expo 58. Another section hosts temporary exhibitions with scientific themes, while the upper sphere offers spectacular views of the city of Brussels and on a clear day the view stretches all the way to Antwerp.