Art Nouveau was practically born in Brussels. Victor Horta (1861-1947), considered Brussels' master of the art, designed this house and made it his residence until 1919. It was restored in 1991 and is now a museum. Horta is known for his design of buildings using industrial materials such as metal and iron, manipulated to look organic and natural. The city features many similar buildings.
The Cinquantenaire Museum, also called the Jubelpark Museum, is part of Brussels's Royal Museums of Art and History, was once the one of largest museums in the world. All artistic disciplines except paintings are on display here. The first section displays a collection of ancient Egyptian (one room alone is filled with mummies and sarcophagi), Islamic, Oriental, Greek and Roman art. The second section is dedicated to non-European art and the third section houses a collection of European decorative arts spanning the 7th to the 17th-century. Other fascinating collections of beautiful glass and ceramics are also on display here.
Facing the Egmont Palace, on Rue aux Laines, Egmont Park is home to several sculptures. Of all the statues within, the statues of Peter Pan and that of Price Charles-Joseph de Ligne are much adored. A slice of peace and quiet amid the bustle of the city, the park makes for a nice walk or a short picnic, no matter how old or young you are. Parc d'Egmont also incorporates interesting attractions that seem like they're right out of a fairy tale like an old Gothic well and an Orangerie, to name a few.
Boon Brewery is known for creating delicious traditional Belgium beer. They craft different types of beers, including lambic where they use fermented fruits to help counter the typical lambic bitterness. The brewery uses modern equipment to create their beloved brews. On select days there are events and guided tours of the brewery.
The construction of the church started in 1905 under the reign of King Léopold II, but was put on hold during the two World Wars and was not completed until 1970. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Koekelberg is the fifth largest church in the world. The huge structure (about 100 feet tall) is made of bricks and terracotta, with two towers on each side of the entrance, and an Art Deco edifice.
Located in the area of Ixelles, the Ixelles Ponds are a set of two ponds that make for a popular gathering place for locals. The water here is not safe for contact and so visitors are not allowed enter the pond. One can walk along the shore and enjoy the peace or enjoy the picturesque Art Nouveau houses nearby. Sit down on a bench and out look out onto the water to admire the waterfowl or enjoy a picturesque walk around the ponds.
Erected on the Place des Palais in Brussels, the Academy Palace was commissioned for the Prince of Ornage in the 19th Century. It was later possessed by King Leopold II who transformed it into the Museum of Contemporary Art. Later, additions of the Royal Academy of Medicine and the Royal academy of Science, Humanities and Fine Arts were also made to the structure. The castle was created by Charles Vander Straeten inspired by Neo-Classical design and features many spacious halls with ornate décor. Being a popular tourist spot, guided tours of the premises are organized regularly.
This small yet pretty park is near the Raad van State (Council of State) and the 19-century Église Saint-Joseph. Square Frère-Orban has a beautiful monument built in the late 1890s depicting economic and political freedoms in the form of two women on the sides of the plinth. The life-size statue of Walthère Frère-Orban on top of the pedestal gives it a majestic look. This park has many shady areas to relax.
A small mountain in Brussels, Coudenberg is the location of the palace of Coudenberg that was occupied by the Counts and Emperors of the region. The history of the castle can be traced back to as early as 11th Century, only to be destructed in the 18th Century. Today, only its earthwork can be seen on the hill. The Coudenberg hill provided the occupants of the castle with a bird’s-eye view of the city and was also strategically important for protection against enemy attacks. Today, one can tour the area and learn more about the lives of the people of that era.
This public square enjoys a central location in Downtown Brussels. Situated in Ixelles, Poelaertplein, called Place Poelaert in French, covers an area of about 8 hectares (19.77 acres), making it the largest square of Brussels. Home to Law Courts of Brussels or Palais de Justice, the square connects several important attractions and neighborhoods of the city like Sablon, Louise, Molenbeek and lots more. Place Poelaert also includes a viewing area where you can admire the gorgeous urban view.
Place Flagey, locally known as Flagey, is a square located in Brussels. The square is named after Eugène Flagey. The square is surrounded by various architecturally beautiful buildings. Belgium's first supermarket, is also located in this square.