In november I started off on my second solotravel adventure, and my destination was Brussels. I decided to go just a couple of days in advance as I was headed for Paris on a oneway ticket and though, why not Brussels?
I headed there on flixbus, and payed about 28 euros for the 4 hour drive there. If you haven't tried Flixbus yet, I can definitly recommend it. It's afortable and they have electric outlets and WiFi. What more can a girl ask for?
So here is a little summary of what i did on my 2 days in Brussels. Hope you find it helpful.
Accommodation and getting around:
Eventhough Brussels is a pretty small city it has lots of hostels and hotels to choose from. I ended up choosing one cheaper option and staied in Meininger Hostel, about 10 min walk from the Grand square. Some locals told me that its not the nicest are to stay in in Brussels, but the hostel was brand new, clean and the staff was helpfull. This hostel is also the biggest one I've ever staid in and as a solotraveler there was no problem meeting cool people in the same situation as you, to hang out with.
As for the location it's pretty easy to get around and there is a metro station close by, for when you need to get to the train station with luggage. Other than that there is honestly no need for metro in this city.
The Grad square at night, definitly worth a vist on your way back from beers or a late dinner. Its beautifuly lit up.
How to see the city:
Go for a free walking tour. I can't tell you how much I recommend this. Its a pretty common offer in European cities. The guides mainly make their money of off tips from the participants, so make sure you have a little bit of cash at hand, like about 10 euros. In aproximately 3 hours you get to see and hear so much about Brussels. There was so much stuff i didn't know. This tour let you see a little bit of almost everything and hear about the stuff that they don't show you, therefor it can be smart to do this tour as early on in your stay as possible. That way you know what you want to see the next day.
The tours depart twice a day from the main squere at 10.30 and 14.00.
One thing is for sure, you can't go to Brussels without seeing the famous Manneken Pis, the first statue was put up in1918/19. There is many stories about the little peeing baby boy. What i found funny is that is on certain ocsations Manneken will pee beer and people can come by to fill their glasses. The statue is also said to have several hundred costumes that the dress him in. There is also a peing girl statue(1987)(and a peeing dog(1998)), just for equalities sake. You can find them in Rue des Charteux and Rue du Vieux-Marche.
Belgium is the second biggest country in the world when it comes to comics, with Japan on second, at least acording to my tourguide. You can see some pretty cool graffity of comics on the walls as you walk the streets in Brussels.
The European Parlament:
So Brussels houses the most of the European Unions organizarion. So a short walk from the main city centre you'll be able to check out the buildings housing EU, and you can walk trough a pretty park on your way there.
The Royal castle is a must to check out while you're there! Did you know that the royal family actually dont live there, but only use it for special occations? They rather live in a big house outside the capital.
Eat and drink:
Didn't do too much eating, but I would definetly recommend Peck 47. I went there for breakfast, and they have the best sandwitches, soups and smootheis. They also seemed to have some really cool lunch and dinner menues what I would've defenitly tried out if i had stayed there longer.
For drinks I have to admit I mainly tried out the beers there. It's a good activity to do after you've done the walking tour. We headed to a place called Moeder Lambic Original. It had a calm and chill vibe with knowlidgable bartenders, and I really enjoyed it. It's definitly a place to try out if you want to learn some more about Brussels beers! Afterwards we headed to Delirium Cafe which is another must for beer-loving travelers in Brussels. The three floors all have different beers and vibes which makes it easy to find your thing.
Another think i couldnt live brussels without trying was some belgian chocolate, there is plenty of places to choose from. I decided on a belgian hot chocolate as i was there in the fall, and after walking around in the chilly streets that seemd like a good idea, which it turned out to be. nothing better than melted delicious chocolate and warm milk.
If you have more then two days in Brussels i highly recommend doing a daytrip to one of the cities close by, like Gent or Brugge and try to make a walking tour there too. I went to Brugge and really liked the charming little town.
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