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Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Brussels with a flexible one or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to jump on and off when you desire. See sites such as the Charles Rogier Square, Grote Markt, the Grand Place, and many more.  Choose a 1 or 2-day ticket to suit your schedule and start your sightseeing journey. Use your ticket on the blue and red routes and hop off wherever you like. See the sites you want to and spend as much time as you want there at your leisure. Pick a seat in the open-top for panoramic views or in the covered cabin to stay warm. Listen to the recorded commentary about the highlights, sit back, relax, and enjoy unlimited travel for 24 or 48 hours. Follow the blue bus route to see the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, and Botanical Garden. This route also passes the Charles Rogier Square, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, the Royal Castle of Laeken, and Royal Greenhouses. Don't forget to stop off and take pictures at the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sainte-Catherine Square, the Manneken-Pis, and the market square to see the Grand Place. As well, explore the outstanding City Hall and the Art Nouveau major townhouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jump on the red route to stop at the Place Royale to see the best viewpoint over Brussels, Mont des Arts. Hop off at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sablons quarter, and the European Parliament, if you like. On this route, you can also see the Coudenberg Palace, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum, or the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Brussels: City Highlights Exploration Game

2. Brussels: City Highlights Exploration Game

Explore Brussels and see its top sights in this exploration game. Solve challenges on your phone and be led to popular locations like the European Parliament, the Royal Gallery, and more. Travel to the Parc du Cinquantenaire and start the game at the statues in the middle. You’ll take on the role of a Dutch sailor who has found himself in Brussels after following a map. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and directions on your phone will take you to the next location and puzzle. It will take you between 1-1.5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Grand Palace.

Brussels: Private Tour of the European Quarter

3. Brussels: Private Tour of the European Quarter

Discover the history of the European Quarter of Brussels on a private walking tour, exploring the urban and governmental landscapes that shape this important area.  Join a local guide to get an authentic and private experience of the European Quarter in Brussels, home to several iconic European Union institutions. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Marvel at the city’s impressive architecture, from Art Nouveau to Art Deco, as you’re led down streets lined with impressive buildings and ultra-modern highrises. Stroll through the picturesque Cinquantenaire Park, admiring its grand triumphal arch, and explore Montgomery Square, one of the city’s most luxurious areas. Brush up on your EU knowledge at the Parliamentarian while your guide shares the rich history of this world symbol of governmental unity.  Finally, head to Matonge, the district next to the European Quarter.  Experience the contrasting urban feel with its colorful batik shops flanked by no-frills Congolese restaurants and vibrant bars.

Brussels: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

4. Brussels: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

Join an enthusiastic local guide on an off-the-beaten-track experience of Brussels with a personalized tour of the city center. Marvel at the city’s history, culture, and impressive architecture as you’re led down its most exciting streets. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your guide in the heart of Brussels to see iconic attractions like the Grand Place, the Royal Palace of Brussels, and the opulent guildhalls that make this square one of the most beautiful in Europe.  Explore the city’s urban art scene as you’re led down streets lined with mind-bending murals and quirky comic stores.  Once you’ve sifted through piles of vintage comics, make your way to the famous Tintin Comic Mural, a larger-than-life mural of the iconic character decorating the side of an unassuming gift shop. Head to your next landmark in the city center, Mannekin Pis, a bronze fountain sculpture of a urinating boy designed by Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder in the early 1600s. Grab some on-the-go Belgian Frites (twice-cooked, thick-cut fries) on your way to the European Quarter, home to the headquarters of one of the most powerful political institutions in the world – the European Union. Back in the city center, stroll through the stunning 19th-century shopping arcade, Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries, and window-shop to your heart’s content, and wind down with a Belgian beer and a light bite at a favorite local cafe.  End your day sampling creative chocolate treats at the city’s chocolatiers and quirky chocolate boutiques and then exploring the African Quarter’s unique bars, Congolese restaurants, and cool jazz clubs.

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What people are saying about European Parliament - Parlamentarium

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 113 reviews

It was amazing, saw so much and was tailored to my interests. Michael was fun and friendly and I learnt so much about Belgium! Thank you, I loved it!

First tour in red was great. Unfortunately not the Blue Tour. Too little information and terrible music

Beautiful city tour and stops at the main attractions, interesting and fun without getting tired

Besha is a lot convenient for us. Bus byah a lot of accuracy and can be calculated on the tyah.

It has been wonderful experiences, all on time without any inconvenience.