That big project at work will end soon. You have worked tirelessly for hours and now it’s time you took a break. While thinking of some work away day ideas you stumble across many locations but none seem as fascinating as Brussels. Over the years, the Belgian capital has worked its charm on many travellers. Being home to the European Union, NATO and also a major trading hub, Brussels has developed a reputation for being an expensive city.
However, in this post you will learn various ways in which you can enjoy the city on a budget and experience its sights and sounds to the maximum. Read on and get enlightened:
Exploring Brussels on foot is a great way to see what the city has on offer. There are free walking tours available here. Yes you read it right! Some tour companies offer free walking tours, though the guides will accept a tip.
The Grand Place is the most touristy part of the city. Dotted with cafes and restaurants, you will find the usual city hustle and bustle in this part of town. With most landmarks being walking distance from each other, one can easily walk to famous places like the Manneken Pis and St Michel Cathedral.
Brussels has its fair share of museums but visiting these places can be an expensive affair. While on a budget this might seem a little difficult. So what can a budget traveller do? Wait for the free museum days, of course! Yes, many museums in Brussels have specified days when entry is free so look this up before tour visit to save Euros!
Most museums offer free entry on the first Wednesday of each month while some let people in without charge on the first Sunday of each month. Another great way to save some money is by getting a Brussels Card which not only gives access to many museums in the city but also provides discounts at bars, clubs and many tourist attractions
Some of the best deals can be had at the various flea markets in Brussels. Practise your bargaining skills at Marché aux Puces or Place du Jeu de Balle. An antique lovers paradise, these flea markets offer a treasure trove of vintage stuff at throwaway prices. The best part, if you are great at haggling, the prices can be brought down even further.
The markets are great for collecting souvenirs for friends and family and will remind you of the great time you had in the city.
Chocolate and Beer
Two things Belgium is known for, Chocolate and Beer. Your trip to Brussels won’t really be complete unless you try some of the best handmade chocolates and craft beer.
With over 100 breweries in the country, it’s not difficult finding beer related tours here. A walking tour in one of these breweries is a great way to sample the many types of beers on offer and also get a history lesson. A must do for all beer aficionados.
For chocolate lovers, Brussels is an absolute paradise. Be part of one of the many chocolate tours in the city. These tours will take you to the famous chocolate shops in Brussels. With flavours ranging from the the usual to the more experimental, a Brussels chocolate tour will certainly satiate your chocolate cravings.
The Belgian capital is known for its laid back vibe. A great place to visit over the weekend. Indulge in some great street food, good beer and awesome chocolate. The arts and culture scene here is also booming with its many galleries and museums. Give your tired mind some much needed rest and relaxation. Get packing and say hello to a great time in Brussels
Have you visited Brussels? What are your tips?