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.
2. Amazing forests, like the Forêt de Soignes.
3. Individualized metro benches.
They happily avoid the polite question, ‘Is there enough space for me?’
And the awkward answer, ‘No.’
4. Tourist sights that aren’t very famous (but still cool).
5. Government and business buildings with windows, flags and everything else that official institutions should have, except for organized entryways and clear road markings.
6. Giant peeing boys in chocolate.
Thank you, Manneken Pis.
7. Cathedrals with very few tourists, no entrance fees and, in one case, an open-air urinal.
8. Random art exhibitions in unusual places.
9. Large flea markets on cobblestone plazas.
10. Chocolate factory outlets with a gluttony of free samples. Oh yes.
11. Concerts and light shows in the city center, like this one by Yann Kersalé:
12. Festive restaurants on very narrow streets, all beckoning you to sit and eat their cuisine.
13. Stunning Art Nouveau architecture – right next to concrete and brick apartment buildings.
14. The smell of waffles.