14 True Shots of Brussels

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Brussels isn’t a tourist-magnet, but it’s still got charm—an endearing, down-to-earth sort of charm.

Whether you’ve visited or not, here are fourteen sights one could attribute to Brussels with laughter and appreciation:

1. A disorganized skyline – evidence of either a large anarchist population or a government with soft spot for chaos.

Urban View by Oscar Papaorhum

2. Amazing forests, like the Forêt de Soignes.

Chemin entre les étangs (Tervurenpark -Brussels) by Stephane Mignon

3. Individualized metro benches.
They happily avoid the polite question, ‘Is there enough space for me?’
And the awkward answer, ‘No.’

bancs by Jean-François Goyette

4. Tourist sights that aren’t very famous (but still cool).

Derrière les toits ,l'Atomium (Brupark -Heizel Brussels) by Stephane Mignon

5. Government and business buildings with windows, flags and everything else that official institutions should have, except for organized entryways and clear road markings.

urban geometries 2 - sky corridors by Guglielmo

6. Giant peeing boys in chocolate.

Thank you, Manneken Pis.

Chocolate Children by Benjamin Diamond

7. Cathedrals with very few tourists, no entrance fees and, in one case, an open-air urinal.

Brussels by Night #1 by Alex Brown

8. Random art exhibitions in unusual places.

Rue de Louvain Leuvense 1/2 by Harald Hoyer

9. Large flea markets on cobblestone plazas.

Flea market Brussels by Françoise Walthéry

10. Chocolate factory outlets with a gluttony of free samples. Oh yes.

Godiva. Exclusive Factory Tour & Workshop by EverJean

11. Concerts and light shows in the city center, like this one by Yann Kersalé:

Grand Place/Grot Markt by Katherine

12. Festive restaurants on very narrow streets, all beckoning you to sit and eat their cuisine.

Beenhouwerstraat by Photocapy

13. Stunning Art Nouveau architecture – right next to concrete and brick apartment buildings.

6 rue du Lac by Steve Cadman

14. The smell of waffles.

Gaufres BRUXELLOISES / Brussels style waffle by (puamelia)

Mm mmm.

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