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Grand Place, Brussels

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The center of Brussels, Grand Place forms an imposing square of opulent buildings, including the city hall. Dating back to 1523, the city's main square was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1998. Take in the grand architecture of the guild halls, and take a tour of city hall. The square houses the Museum of the City of Brussels and the Brewers Museum, both of which give a good impression of the essence of Brussels. Despite its relatively small size, the square attracts more visitors than any other attraction in the European capital. Take a look at our Brussels tour itinerary planning tool to schedule your visit to Grand Place and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A definite must in Brussels. Great architecture. Way better at night though so be sure to visit after sunset. Tons of shops and restaurants and bars. Certainly always crowded but plenty of room to man...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    But I am not objective being Brussels. But I love to spend and wants. The proposed activities are many and varied.
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  • August 17, 2017
    It was a gift from my children, four days in March to visit Brussels and Bruges. Highlight the Grand Place, impacts to reach this wonderful square, it is as if it appeared suddenly, narrow streets, large and spacious, with a golden incredible buildings, the town hall with its high tower and opposite the Royal Palace, then the beautiful houses of ancient guilds, to which more original. Important, at noon in this square different tour guides meet, we aim at one in Spanish, are free, but you must sign up with a bit of advance and give you a ticket, then you're at the agreed time. It is worth, make you a rather long tour of the city. We were lucky to elect a guy who was all enthusiasm. At the end of the tour gave him money to will, did warmly as he had won more than. This made it the first day, so the next few days already had a clear idea of everything and we could enjoy our air by some of the routes that we had with the Guide. We returned many times to the Grand Place, it was always full of people, it was as if we sintiésemos need to admire it at different times of the day and night.
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  • May 27, 2017
    The centre of action in Brussels with history to enjoy whilst taking a drink and food of many different kinds from breakfast to dinner in all weathers inside or out. Many events also take place here from jazz weekends to flower festivals. Also you get to meet many interesting people from around the world to pass the time over a beer or delicious hot chocolate.
  • June 23, 2017
    Excellent place during any time of the day. Worth a visit with friends and family. Fun and engaging for all ages. Restaurants are plenty and food is delicious. Plus don't miss delirium cafe.
  • July 2, 2017
    It is very beautiful place. Gold and stone. Amazing architecture buildings. Yes, there are many tourists, but l love this square))
  • July 2, 2017
    DOV:20Feb2014 BrusselsGrantPlace is the city centre of Brussels with tall and important buildings in the surroundings. This includes City Museum, Van Cacao Museum, Town hall, Pub Crawl etc. It has multiple restaurants with varieties of food options. This is a good photographic place too and there will be big crowd from the morning. Have a great walk in and around the place with map on your hands. Photos shop places nearby too.. Nearby Attractions: Mont Des Arts Kunsberg (30 Minutes Walk) Congress Column Belgian Parliament The Royal Palace The Palace of the Academies
  • July 1, 2017
    I hung out on the plaza fir an hour without doing anything but enjoying the architecture, the atmosphere and the moment. It was great. Later I had waffles with friends and went to one of the street cafés on the Grand Place. It was a good night.

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Where to stay in Brussels

It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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