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What to see in Brussels: Get mesmerized by the Grand Place

#1: The Grand Place (Grote Markt)


Whether you are in for some shopping, or enjoy some of the greatest Belgian treats such as chocolate, waffles, or fries, you won’t be bored at the Grand Place and the many side streets surrounding it. Brussels’ central square is surrounded by guildhalls, two large edifices, the city’s town hall, and the ‘Maison du Roi’ which contains the Museum of the City of Brussels. This famous tourist destination got selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and has become Brussels’ most memorable landmark

The picturesque 15th century city hall is a piece of art captured by many, definitely one for the photo albums! With the luminance of the lights, it is highly recommended to visit the square at night as Brussels’ bustling nightlife will be called to life by the many restaurants and bars surrounding the Grand Place. Not too far from the square (a five minutes’ walk) you will find the famous ‘Manneken Pis’ sculpture. Literally translated as “little man pee”, the sculpture is Brussels best-known symbol that projects their sense of humor.

Did you know that?
There are various stories around the little man, the most famous of all being the legend of Duke Godfrey III of Leuven. In 1142 the troops of the two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts while the infant lord was put in a basket and hung in a tree to encourage them. It is believed that the young Duke then urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.


Stay tuned for more recommendations on things to see, to do and to eat in Brussels! We look forward to welcome you on DI4R 2017 and would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the charms of the hosting city as well.