Built in 1928 by architect Victor Horta, the Centre for Fine Arts draws together all art forms under the same roof: visual arts, music, theater, literature, ballet and an assortment of temporary exhibits. The world-famous Henri Le Bœuf Hall is a concert hall boasting impressive acoustics. The Film Museum is housed in the basement. There are 15 societies funded by this museum, including the Europalia Society and the Festival of Flanders. These associations guarantee that the center is filled with continuous programming. For ticketing and programming information, visit the website.
This family brewery is home to Lambic, Faro, Kriek, and Gueuze beers. Since Cantillon's founding in 1900, the brewing process has remained the same; the brewery, similarly, has maintained its original charm and decoration as well. You can experience all the stages of the beer creation process from smelling the original aromas of the ingredients to the bottling of the beers and the eventual tasting.
The Royal Flemish Theatre aims to showcase the diversity of Brussels through the performances that take place there. Shows here may be in different languages and have a basis in a variety of cultures. First built in the 18th Century as a warehouse, the building housing the theater offers visitors striking architecture to admire.
Océade is a dream come true for kids and adults alike! This water park has a wide range of water activities, including rafting, relaxing on the beach, going down water slides, and playing in the wave pool. Océade was created to cool you down in summer and keep you warm when the weather gets to chilly, with a tropical climate and a maintained temperature of 30 degrees Celcius all year round. A trip to Océade with family or friends will help you relive your childhood memories.
Located about a half hour's drive outside of Brussels, Aqualibi is a water park offering fun for the entire family. Make your way down slides and tubes into a splashing good time. They have something for everyone, including a splash zone with no standing water for kids, and tall slides for the thrill-seekers in your group. An onsite restaurant offers fries, burgers, and more for when you've worked up an appetite.
Created by Engineer André Waterkeyn, and architects André and Jean Polak, for the 1958 World Exhibition, the Atomium is a landmark building inspired by the structure of an atom. To be more precise, the design is based upon the cuboid form of a unit cell of iron crystals, amplified 65 billion times to achieve a total height of 102 meters (335 feet). The nine gleaming spheres are held together by tubes, each sphere representative of one of the nine Belgian provinces. The final effect is that of a mammoth, geometric atom composed entirely of metal. The spheres are encased in stainless steel, and harbor exhibition rooms and other public spaces, while the top-most hosts a restaurant with panoramic views of the city. The connecting tubes accommodate escalators, elevators, and stairways that link the individual spheres to one another.
Matongé is a Brussels district that is named after its namesake Kinshasa neighborhood in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This popular neighborhood has over 40 nations represented here. Established in the 1950s, it is a popular area for locals as well as tourists for its specialized shops, restaurants and more. It is probably the best place in town to get a glimpse into the African culture through its various craft shops, restaurants, fashion stores, music stores, bookshops and more.
Stop by to see a debate session in action between EU member countries at the European Union Parliament building. The Parliament is home to the only elected body of the European Union; here, members decide important and pressing legislation that impacts the everyday lives of European Union citizens. Witness firsthand the process of lawmaking, where issues like consumer rights, transportation and civic rights take the stage! If you're interested in politics, stop by here to see how this multilateral body functions!
This theater offers an interesting selection of modern plays in a fun environment. A café is also available on the premises for a drink or snack. Visit the website for details about the season.
Opened in 2013, Musée Fin-de-Siècle is a must visit for art enthusiasts. It showcases the artworks from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It features artists like Fernand Khnopff, Philippe Wolfers, Paul Gauguin and James Ensor. Their exhibits include paintings, sculptures, drawings, decorative objects, photographs, prints and films.
The five-floor Magritte Museum pays homage to world-renowned surrealist artist René Magritte. A trip through the museum provides deep insight into the Belgian artist's life. Along with 200 of his most famous paintings and sculptures, on display are Magritte's quirky creations such as vintage photographs, musical scores and surrealist film productions. During his brief stint in advertising, he designed a number of posters, which later fed into his artistic works. These are also displayed along with films that inspired him. The museum is part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and houses a center for conducting research on Magritte's life and works.