Often referred to as the centre of Europe, Brussels is known for its international allure. Brussels is a definite must-see, if only to spot Manneken Pis up close! Luckily enough, its allure won’t be too demanding on your wallet with these 4 tips. Come to know Brussels’ charm and get inspired with these low-cost trips!
Come to know the charm that is Brussels while on a budget. These 4 tips will help inspire you to plan great low-cost trips while there.
1. Sights in Brussels with free entrance
"Among the attractions in Brussels are the many museums which bring to life the art and culture of the city. Some are moderately priced to visit if not entirely free! Sample the international culture and appeal in Brussels’ Parlamentarium. Curious as to how the European Parliament represents its citizens? European politics become tangible at the Parlamentarium through interactive means like the multimedia tour, now offered in 24 different languages! Next to its compelling content, visiting the Parlamentarium is free of charge. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, and that of Art and History, is free to visit every first Wednesday of the month. Admire masterpieces by René Magritte in the Magritte Museum or come to know more about Brussels’ past in the Hallepoort. A unique opportunity if you’re around town this time of the month! "
2. The Grand Place
The Grand Place in the centre of Brussels is a sight to behold and tops any itinerary. Buildings of great historic value stand along all four sides of the square. Get sucked back to the Middle Ages as the gothic City Hall or the imposing Brooduis loom over you. Keep your wallet in check by staying clear of the many tempting cafés the square has to offer. Instead, head for the side streets to relieve those walking shoes with a refreshing pint.
3. Manneken Pis
Although not entirely original, it is however a must to include Manneken Pis. After all, a trip to Brussels would not be deemed complete without seeing this cheeky little lad. Its origins are still vague to this day, but the petit bronze statue has become a national symbol for this city. Costs do not apply as the figure is free to see at the public fountain. Manneken Pis enjoys a customised dress-up during special occasions, and did you know that he boasts over 500 outfits?! Visit the Broodhuis to catch a glimpse of some of the costumes.
4. Wander about the market
The Sint-Gorikshallen (“de hallen”) are the original market-halls in Brussels’ city centre and formerly served as a covered marketplace. Today the monument hosts various exhibitions and events - and no entrance fee! Curious to see how the halls functioned in its heyday? Every first Sunday of the month, the halls are scene to a vintage-themed market, popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Set your eyes on the affordable treasures to take home as souvenirs. Much of a bargain-hunter? Then a visit to the ‘Vossenmarkt’ is highly recommended. A flea market has been held here every morning for the past century! A major perk: bargaining is allowed! Open daily from 6am to 2pm (3pm on week-ends) year-round.