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Royal Palace, Brussels

Royal Palace, Brussels: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brussels Guided Bike Tour: Highlights and Hidden Gems

1. Brussels Guided Bike Tour: Highlights and Hidden Gems

Head out on a bike to discover Brussels' famous landmarks and hidden gems with the help of your local guide. Explore different neighborhoods of the city and see how they are all distinct and unique. Make a stop along the way to sit down and enjoy a drink at one of the cozy terraces in the city.  Hop on your bike for a great introduction to Brussels and its widely diverse neighborhoods. Pedal past the Marolles, the Fish Market, and the Courthouse, but also some less obvious spots that will offer you a surprising view of the city. Make stop around half-way of the tour and put aside your bicycle to have a short break in a cozy bar or terrace with the group. After, continue to discover more of what Brussels has to offer. 

Brussels: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

2. Brussels: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Brussels at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Grand Place, the Royal Palace, St Nicholas Church and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Brussels Old Town: Capital of Beer City Exploration Game

3. Brussels Old Town: Capital of Beer City Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Brussels’ Old Town where you play the role of a brewer on a quest to discover the best beer recipe in town. See the most famous drinking places in Brussels and learn about Belgium's rich beer culture. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you to fascinating drinking places and attractions around the Old Town. Unlock secret stories of the places you visit on your beer-themed journey. See the Bourse Fountain, Belgian Brewers Museum, Carillon of the Mont des Arts, the Statue of Peter the Great, and many more. Walkthrough the most beautiful city square in Belgium - the magnificent Grand Place. Explore the favorite bars of the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte and French poet Charles Baudelaire.   Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace.  Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Brussels: City Highlights Exploration Game

4. 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 Guided Tour

5. Brussels: Private Guided Tour

Explore Brussels and see the highlights on a guided tour. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in downtown Brussels in a luxurious and air-conditioned car. Learn about the Belgian capital’s history as you spot signature sights such as the Mannekin Pis peeing boy statue and St Michael’s Cathedral. Admire the Grand Place, note the flamboyant buildings of the art nouveau quarter, absorb the views from the dome of the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and more. Enjoy a flexible itinerary with the option to tailor the sightseeing to your interests.

Brussels: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

6. Brussels: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at Parc du Cinquantenaire a well-kept 19th-century urban park featuring flower gardens and fountains. Visit the Parlamentarium and learn all about the European Parliament and the Royal Palace, one of the characteristic symbols of Brussels. Next, you will move towards the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Roman Catholic Chapel Church, and the Carillon of Mont des Arts with its unique architecture. Your next step will be the iconic Manneken-Pis, La Grand-Place, surrounded by elegant historic buildings dating back to the 14th century and the Saint Nicholas Church. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula where you will end the journey.

Brussels: Private City Highlights Tour in a Mercedes-Benz

7. Brussels: Private City Highlights Tour in a Mercedes-Benz

Our visit starts from the majestic Grote Markt, the birthplace of medieval Brussels. Then get in our luxury car and our multilingual guide will take you to all the highlights in the city center, but he will also show you the Atomium, the royal palace and the EU quarter. In short: this is an extensive tour of Brussels. Your guide is your host. He offers you countless suggestions and ideas for things you can do in Brussels and answers all your questions. If you are looking for a quality service, you must offer yourself this unforgettable and personal welcome to Brussels.

Brussels: Self-Guided City Walking Tour with Audio Guide

8. Brussels: Self-Guided City Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Explore the beautiful city center of Brussels at your own pace. This self-guided audio tour will take you to all the well-known spots and undiscovered gems of Brussels. The audio guide will tell you all the historical and current ins and outs of each place. Brussels is the capital of Belgium and will give you a warm welcome. From the impressive buildings to the convivial squares, this city is ideal for an audio guided tour. Enjoy all the beauty that Brussels has to offer and do not forget to take a good look around you, because Brussels has plenty of buildings with fantastic street art. Let yourself be taken on a walking route along the Grote Markt, Manneken Pis, the Kapelle Church and the Royal Palace. In between, try a real Belgian beer at A la Mort Subite. Not a beer fan? No worries, during the walking tour you pass all kinds of charming cafes where you can try another local drink. Go on a journey of discovery with your self-guided audio tour and get to know Brussels and its history in a unique way.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Brussels

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 80 reviews

A very enjoyable tour given by a passionate and knowledgeable guide who was born and raised in Brussels. Using the bikes, which were of good quality and very well maintained, allowed us to see normal life happening in some of the different areas of the city and it was extremely refreshing to escape the over crowded tourist traps in the centre. The guide was also rather pleasing on the eye which added to the enjoyment of the experience Would definitely recommend taking this unique tour of Brussels!

Interesting, insightful and experienced tour with Philippe as our guide. Despite exploring the city for 3 days prior, we were taken to and told the history of areas that you may not visit otherwise. Gave an insiders view of the city within the backdrop of it's history. Phillippe left a lasting impression on us and was very amenable with our requests. The bikes were well maintained and easy to ride- even up hill! I would recommend this cycling tour as a must if you visit Brussels.

Our guide Michele was awesome! He gave us a great tour if the city, took us to places we might not have otherwise ventured to, and gave us a good bit of history.

Incredible, a must do. We discover so many things even for a person like me who has lived in Belgium. The bike tour is nice and easy. Good visit !

This was amazing! What a nice way to visit a city.