Activities for a Rainy Day in Brussels

THE 10 BEST Brussels Rainy-Day Activities

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Brussels

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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,380 contributions
    In my opinion, this is the most beautiful structure in Brussels. Lots of other visitors agree so this indoor shopping arcade is usually very crowded. We bought chocolates here. Lots of upscale shops and some places for coffee. The design is classic mid-nineteenth century.
    Written November 28, 2023
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,380 contributions
    This is the biggest church in the old center of town. It is set on a hillside and in a pretty park and towers above the old town. Some magnificent art inside.
    Written November 30, 2023
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  • Melanie T
    New York City, NY4,574 contributions
    What a cool museum! It's included in the Brussels Card but if you don't have it, tickets are €15, which I think is still worth it. It's so unique. It's a collection of musical instruments from all over the world, and many of them are hundreds of years old. All of the instruments are in a glass case or behind a rope (for obvious reasons) and they give you an audio guide to listen to what it sounds like. There were so many instruments I had never even heard of.

    We got there at around 10:30 on a Saturday and there were a good amount of people there already (they open at 9:30). It got crowded later on so I would recommend going on a weekday if you can. We spent about an hour and a half there and got through most of everything we wanted. There are four floors, so at first, we were listening to every piece but eventually we started to just choose the things we were interested in. If you were to listen to everything, my guess is that it would probably take 3-4 hours. They have over 2,000 instruments.

    Highly recommend, if you love music and are looking for something different to do!
    Written November 16, 2023
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  • Kirsty
    32 contributions
    We visited as a group of 5, 4 of whom have no interest in cars whatsoever. This was surprisingly a really fun afternoon activity. The whole place was laid out really well (could maybe do with some guidance for which direction to start but I don't think it really matters), there was clear and interesting information relating to all of the cars on display. Most of these were in 3 languages (I think French, Dutch and English) but ones we came across without English had a qr code to scan to access the written info. The entire place was spotlessly clean including the toilets. The James Bond temporary exhibition was really well done too and showed scenes from the movie that included the vehicles on display. One thing to note would be the gift shop which I imagine would be the highlight of many childrens visits - it is definitely more of a shop for car enthusiasts and not somewhere to pick up a £5 matchbox car. Overall, would definitely recommend!
    Written August 18, 2023
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  • RonL40
    Utica, NY3,541 contributions
    The collection is superb, especially if you are interested in the work of the Dutch Golden Age... great pieces by Hals, Steen, Metsys, Membling, Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck and many more. There is a wonderful group of paintings by Roger van der Weyden -- rare for a museum to have more than one and here there are a half dozen. The equally large group of pieces by Brueghel are a revelation... the museum has made an effort to education, as you'll see in the media used to interpret / enlarge both the Brueghel and the Hals works. Plus there is a marvelous group of Magritte works in the same building. This is a museum that must be seen. AND beyond the works, the staff are the most helpful people we've ever encountered in a museum. Truly friendly people who answered all our questions and assisted us in every way we asked. Equalled by the ease through which you can maneuver through the building. Superb signage, very easy to navigate. Altogether, one of the best experiences we've ever had in the hundreds of art museums we've visited. Highest recommendation possible.
    Written November 28, 2023
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  • NicoleM
    Bend, Oregon, United States16 contributions
    This is a spectacular museum! The interior architecture and layout is stunning. The dinosaur exhibit is even MORE stunning! It was quiet when we visited and we couldn't believe the quality and quantity of large dinosaur exhibits. It's totally worth it to bring the whole family and spend a couple of hours discovering each room. Recommend!
    Written September 8, 2023
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  • Gamine1949
    Gujan-Mestras, France885 contributions
    Worthwhile pushing the door to visit and see the beautiful colourful windows. The bells are also delightful.
    Written July 11, 2023
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  • Cme1234
    Singapore, Singapore442 contributions
    The parliamentarium is an interesting place. It showcases the evolvement of the EU and the agenda that it stands for.

    After visiting this place, I can’t help but to think that the EU is probably under the control of the USA.
    Written May 1, 2023
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  • Kath Mather
    14 contributions
    Really enjoyed this. The staff went out of their way to help us make the most out of our visit. Exceptionally helpful and friendly staff.
    Written October 19, 2023
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  • Tom Huttom
    18 contributions
    On a wet day in Brussels we came across train world.

    The staff on site were very knowledgable and welcoming.

    The entrance is right by the train station.

    There are so many exhibits to see and you have the option to use a digital guide, which is very informative.

    Towards the end of the museum, there is even a train simulator, where you can drive a train!

    Really worth the visit and I would highly recommend.
    Written November 2, 2023
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  • Corinne L
    9 contributions
    The museum is very big. You could spend more than a day here if you wanted to read everything displayed. We didn't. We enjoyed seeing the aircrafts and tanks. Actually, we saw 2 of the tanks started and driven as they looked like they had to move them around to reposition them. It was awesome to see. The view from the lookout at the top was amazing.
    Written October 11, 2023
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  • JERSEYGROWN
    324 contributions
    My Belgium- Brussels long term friend suggested that we visit knowing that I enjoyed the Art Nouveau Period. I purchased timed and dated tickets on their website from the USA along with a combined visit to the Hannon House to follow- a short walking distance nearby. We visited in September of 2023. This is a self-guided tour of 5- floors of living space with original l furnishings. On the day of my visit the grand room was open to the rear garden that clearly showed that the beauty inside flows to the outside as well. The kitchen, bedrooms, dining rooms, bathrooms, window placements, greenhouse, along with period Imani pottery, wall of Delft tiles, and original furnishings were highlights. The number of visitors is limited so you can walk with ease and at leisure throughout the house. I would plan on spending about 1 hour in the house to appreciate its beauty. I would recommend reading about Victor Horta on the House website prior to your visits so you can just sit back and take in the visual beauty of this Art Nouveau Home.
    Written October 9, 2023
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  • Yaron E
    Hadera, Israel235 contributions
    Very nice collection of contemporary art and the visit to Rene Magritte's house was very interesting. This should be coupled with the Museum of Fine Art which has a huge collection of his works
    Written October 22, 2023
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  • Allan K
    2 contributions
    Lambic and guese beers are the best and this is nirvana for lovers of such. The self guided tour is cool but the 3 tasters are even better. Full pours also available. You don't have to take the tour in order to visit the bar. Great stop before your train departs, not far from the station.
    Written September 27, 2023
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  • cangemi
    Essen8 contributions
    Overwhelming! We managed to get tickets for the very short opening period which is normally from mid April to the frist week of May.
    Written May 10, 2022
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