How to see Brussels: In less than 12 hours
Hi lovelies! This is the second part of the Belgium post and this time we are exploring Brussels! This weekend was exhausting, to say the least, but it was a weekend for the books that's for sure. I hope that through this guide, you can see the beauty that is Brussels and hopefully one day you can experience it for yourself!
Before we started our adventures into Brussels, we had to check in at the Hostel first. I was sick of carrying my backpack around and I wanted to change so I think we just needed a minute to gather ourselves!
We ended up booking a place at the Grand Place Hostel which is directly in the city center. It couldn't have been a more perfect location and the hostel itself was actually very nice. I think it was about €25-30 a piece but we paid for the location, quite honestly, and I am sure there are cheaper locations on the outskirts.
We were quite upset to find out that the flower carpet that is usually in the city center had been taken down already. We also learned that they are only up between August and September. So sad! I was really looking forward to seeing them but the architecture and history of Brussels makes up for it a little bit.
The Grand Place is beautiful and it was built between 1401 and 1455. It was absolutely stunning and has been kept up beautifully.
We looked everywhere for the infamous "peeing boy" statue but we could not find it! However, there are several beautiful statues all throughout the city and they are definitely worth stopping and reading about.
All throughout the city there are shops with pastries, chocolates and beautiful displays of sweets. I couldn't help but take a picture of them to try and relay how pretty they were!
This may be a personal preference but I actually LOVED the waffles in Belgium. I think that they are absolutely the most delicious thing!! They make them so picture perfect!
These two waffles were about €2.50 a piece. If you just want a plain, jane waffle then it's about €1.
If you are planning a visit to Brussels then add the Atomium to your list! It was designed in 1958 for the World's Fair. It is gorgeous! We made it just in time for the lights to turn on and it's a sight to see. It took us about 30 minutes by train to get to the Atomium, because it's slightly on the outskirts of the city, but you should definitely make the trip out there. It's so, so worth it oh and IT'S FREE to just look at! I believe it's €8 to ride up to the top.
We ate at a place in the city center for dinner, that I can't remember the name of, but it was so good! My flatmate had been craving mussels and so we found a place that had a HUGE bowl of them! I was sick and for some reason I was craving a salad and the salad I got was amazing!! The best salad I've had in Europe yet. It was so fresh and the dressing was just amazing.
They say that if you don't like beer, go to Belgium and you will find a beer that you like. I am not a drinker, it's not my thing, I don't really like the taste of beer but we did the famous "test tasting" of Belgium's beers while at this restaurant. I didn't like any of them, honestly, but I could tolerate the cherry flavored one. It actually didn't have a bitter taste to it and was somewhat OK. If you are into beer, then Belgium is the place to go!
Also, people say when you visit Belgium you have to try Frites (fries), waffles & beer. Well, we knocked everything off of that list. The frites are AMAZING. I ordered them on the side of my salad (I know, so healthy) but I couldn't help it. They were so, so good. They came with these two sauces one was somewhat like a flavored mayonnaise and the other was like a ketchup I believe. Do yourself a favor and try them!
For this meal, we split the beer and so I spent a total of €18. It was the only meal that we kind of splurged on because we wanted to get the full experience.
Before we left, we rode on the Roue de Paris and it was €8. It was so worth it! We got some great shots of the city and could see things that you can only see from that high up. You go around about 4 times and one of the times it kind of slows down, like the London Eye, so you can take pictures.
This was just a replica of the peeing boy statue that was near the Roue de Paris. This was about as close as we got to the statue, ha!
All in all, Brussels was a fun time and I'm so glad we got to see it along with Bruges. I'd say that my favorite, however, is Bruges. It had a homey feeling to it and just historically beautiful. I liked visiting both though and I think that you should definitely add both cities to your list.
I spent around a total of €60 with souvenirs, etc in Brussels.
*All reviews are my own and are not sponsored in any way*
If you'd like to check out the Bruges Guide, you can view that here.
Next up? IRELAND! T-minus 10 days till departure!!
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