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Brussels: City Card with STIB Public Transportation

1. Brussels: City Card with STIB Public Transportation

Save time and money in Brussels and get access to 49 museums and attractions. Choose from a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour Brussels Card and create your own itinerary in the city. Present your card at the ticket desk of any of the participating venues and it will be electronically validated and activated on first use. Benefit from free access to all permanent collections, along with most temporary exhibitions at participating museums (excluding the Old Masters Museum, Natural Sciences Museum, Cinquantenaire Museum, and the Hall Gate). You can visit the same museum as many times as you like.  Avail of discounts on various attractions and tours, along with exclusive offers at shops, restaurants, and bars. Plan your visit with the free booklet you’ll receive when you exchange your voucher and make use of the STIB public transportation network to travel for free. Museums: • AfricaMuseum • Art & History Museum • Art & Marges Museum • Autoworld Brussels • Autrique House • Belgian Chocolate Village • Belgian Comic Strip Center • Belgian Museum of Freemasonry • BELvue Museum • Boghossian Foundation BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts) • Brussels City Museum • CENTRALE for contemporary art • Charlier Museum • Choco-Story Brussels • CIVA • Coudenberg Palace • Design Museum Brussels • Erasmus House and Old Beguinage • Fashion & Lace Museum • Fin-de-Siècle Museum • Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition) • GardeRobe MannekenPis • Halle Gate • Jewish Museum of Belgium • KANAL - Centre Pompidou • KBR museum • La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work • Le Botanique Magritte Museum • Maurice Béjart House • Meise Botanic Garden • MIGRATIEMUSEUMMIGRATION MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast • Museum of Art • MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines) • Museum of abstract art • Museum of Medicine • Museum of Natural Sciences • Museum of the Belgian Brewers • Musical Instruments Museum • Old Masters Museum • Planetarium of Brussels • René Magritte Museum • Royal Military Museum • Schaerbeek Beer Museum • Sewer Museum • The Crossbow Guild Museum • Train World WIELS • Experience.brussels: free entrance + free booklet • Koekelberg Basilica: -2€ off the individual entrance fee for the panoramic view (6€) • ARAU (Art Nouveau tours): -30% off the individual ticket price (20€) • Bamko (feminist and decolonial tours): -30% off the individual ticket price • Beer and Chocolate Tour: -10€ off the adult ticket price (80€) • Brussels by Water: -2€ off the adult ticket price (6€) • Brussels City Tours: -15% off the adult ticket price for all tours (Ghent, Bruges, Brussels, Amsterdam, Ypres…) • City Runs: -25% off the tour prices (24€) • L-Tour (rainbow tours): -30% off the individual ticket price (10€) • Town Hall: -50% off the ticket price (7€ adults, 5€ students & pensioners) • Wetsi Art Gallery (female African artists-tours) -25% off the individual ticket price (12€) Shops: • De Biertempel: -25% • Brussels Beer Project: free beer of the month • Librairie Galerie Brüsel: -5% • Elisabeth: -15% • Godiva Manneken Pis: -25% • Planète Chocolat: -20% Restaurants and Bars: • A La Mort Subite: free coffee • Archiduc: -50% on concerts • Les filles: free coffee • Brasserie Horta: free coffee • Restaurant Aux Armes de Bruxelles: -15% off the bill • Restaurant Chez Léon: -15% off the bill • Moeder Lambic: free tapa • Restaurant du MIM: free coffee Alternative Transportation • Electric bike Billy Bike: free ride • Electric scooter Circ: free ride

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Brussels Card: 24, 48 or 72 Hour Validity

2. Brussels Card: 24, 48 or 72 Hour Validity

Choose a 24, 48, or 72 hour card and you can visit the same museum as many times as you like. You simply need to present your Brussels Card at the ticket desk and it will be electronically validated and activated the first time you use it. You’ll have free access to all permanent collections of the museums. Most of the temporary exhibitions are also included, except at Old Masters Museum, Natural Sciences Museum and Cinquantenaire Museum.  The discounts for the various attractions, tours, shops, restaurants, and bars provided in the booklet you’ll receive when you exchange your voucher are for single use only, but the discounts remain valid even after the Brussels Card has expired. To obtain a discount, you simply need to present the Brussels Card and the corresponding voucher. Museums (Free entry): AfricaMuseum Art & History Museum Art & Marges Museum Autoworld Brussels Autrique House Belgian Chocolate Village Belgian Comic Strip Center Belgian Museum of Freemasonry BELvue Museum Boghossian Foundation BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts) Brussels City Museum CENTRALE for contemporary art Charlier Museum Choco-Story Brussels CIVA Coudenberg Palace Design Museum Brussels Erasmus House and Old Beguinage Fashion & Lace Museum Fin-de-Siècle Museum Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition) GardeRobe MannekenPis Halle Gate Jewish Museum of Belgium KANAL - Centre Pompidou KBR museum La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work Le Botanique Magritte Museum Maurice Béjart House Meise Botanic Garden MIGRATIEMUSEUMMIGRATION MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines) Museum of abstract art Museum of Medicine Museum of Natural Sciences Museum of the Belgian Brewers Musical Instruments Museum Old Masters Museum Planetarium of Brussels René Magritte Museum Royal Military Museum Schaerbeek Beer Museum Sewer Museum The Crossbow Guild Museum Train World WIELS Attractions (discounts): Experience.brussels: free entrance + free booklet Koekelberg Basilica: -2€ off the individual entrance fee for the panoramic view (6€) Shops (discounts): De Biertempel: -25% on purchase of 35€ or more Elisabeth (chocolate store): -15% on purchase of 35€ or more Godiva Manneken Pis (chocolate store): -15% on purchase of 35€ or more Librairie Galerie Brüsel: -5% on every purchase Planète Chocolat: -20% on every purchase and / or -1€ off chocolate demonstrations Restaurants and Bars (discounts) Archiduc: -50% on concerts Aux Armes de Bruxelles: -15% off the bill Brasserie Horta: free coffee (if ordered with a waffle, a crêpe or an ice-cream) Chez Léon: -15% off the bill La Fleur en Papier Doré: free coffee (if ordered with a “Brussels’ specials” dish) or 1€ off drinks Les Filles: free coffee (if ordered with lunch) Moeder Lambic: 1 free tapa (charcuterie), if taken with 2 beers Brussels Beer Project: 1 free beer of the month (12,5 cl) if taken with a beer from the taproom Alternative Transportation Electric bike Billy Bike: free ride Electric Scooter Dott: free ride

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Brussels: Grand City Bus Tour

3. Brussels: Grand City Bus Tour

Who hasn’t dreamt of seeing Brussels? A tour of Brussels is a good introduction to Belgium. Discover the ancient buildings of the city and its splendid modern part on board the bus. Your tour will begin at the majestic Grand Place from where the coach will take you to Saint-Michael’s cathedral.  Visit the widely known Atomium and pass by the Chinese pavilion and Japanese Tower. From the Royal Residence you will return to the city center to visit the Sablon area, with its numerous antique shops, while passing the Palace of Justice and Royal Palace. The next part of your tour covers the district in which you will see the headquarters of the European Parliament and Commission. Choose between a private and a shared option.

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Brussels: 49 Museums, Atomium, and Discounts Card

4. Brussels: 49 Museums, Atomium, and Discounts Card

The Brussels Card grants you access to 49 museums with skip-the-line admission to Atomium, the symbol of Brussels, for 24, 48, or 72 hours. Save up to 40% compared to regular admission. Among the included museums are the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Magritte Museum, Museum of Chocolate Choco-Story, Belgian Comic Strip Center, all the exhibitions at the Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR, Museum of Natural Sciences, and many more. There’s no need to book in advance. Your Brussels Card is activated when you scan it for the first time in a museum or in the Atomium. From this moment on, it is valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours. Your Brussels Card includes extra dining, drinking, shopping, entertainment, and tour discounts to help you save even more along the way. The Brussels Card includes the following: • Atomium skip-the-line ticket • Access to 49 museums: Magritte Museum, Choco-Story Brussels, Autoworld Brussels, Belgian Comic Strip Center, Museum of the Belgian Brewers, Old Masters Museum+Fin-de-Siècle Museum, BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts), Brussels City Museum, GardeRobe MannekenPis, Museum of Natural Sciences, Musical Instruments Museum, Boghossian Foundation, Royal Military Museum, Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition), MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art, AfricaMuseum, BELvue Museum, Art & History Museum, MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines), Train World, Halle Gate, Meise Botanic Garden, Planetarium of Brussels, CENTRALE for contemporary art, Museum of abstract art + René Magritte Museum, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Belgian Chocolate Village, Fashion & Lace Museum, Le Botanique, Coudenberg Palace, ADAM – Brussels Design Museum, Art & Marges Museum, Autrique House, Belgian Museum of Freemasonry, Charlier Museum, Erasmus House and Old Beguinage, La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work, Maurice Béjart House, Museum of Medicine, Sewer Museum, The Crossbow Guild Museum, WIELS, Migratie Museum Migration, CIVA, Kanal - Centre Pompidou, KBR museum, and the Schaerbeek Beer Museum • Discounts on attractions:  Enjoy the panoramic view at Koekelberg Basilica and visit Mini-Europe, the only park that allows you to travel across Europe in a matter of hours • Discounts on guided tours: ARAU - Art Nouveau & Art Deco tours, Beer and Chocolate Tour, Boat trip in Brussels with 'Brussels by Water', Brussels City Tours: tours in Brussels, Belgium and beyond (Ghent, Bruges, Amsterdam, Ypres…), City Runs: explore the city combining culture & jogging, Visit Brussels' Town Hall • Discounts on alternative transportation: One ride on the electric bike, Billy Bike and one ride on the electric scooter • Discounts in shops: De Biertempel - beers store, Elisabeth - chocolate store, Godiva Manneken Pis - chocolate store, Librairie Galerie Brüsel - bookshop, Planète Chocolat - chocolate store • Discounts in restaurants and bars: Archiduc, A La Mort Subite, Aux Armes de Bruxelles, Brasserie Horta, Chez Léon, La Fleur en Papier Doré, Les Filles, MIM Restaurant, Moeder Lambic, Brussels Beer Project

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Brussels: Walking Tour from Central Station to Manneken Pis

5. Brussels: Walking Tour from Central Station to Manneken Pis

As capital of Belgium and of the European Union, Brussels offers the best of many worlds: from Gothic architecture to Art Nouveau, from historical places of interest like the Triumphal Arch in the Jubilee Park and the Palace of Justice to the Atomium, the icon of modernity, which was built to celebrate the Universal Exhibition Expo 58. The medieval town center is both trendy and traditional. Brussels is inviting with interesting contrasts, openness and a lot of vitality. Most impressive however, is the Grand Place with its Gothic Town Hall and gold leaf decorated facades of the guild houses. And of course, courtesy obliges you to pay a visit to Manneken Pis.

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SightJogging: Atomium, green parks and Belgian history

6. SightJogging: Atomium, green parks and Belgian history

This Sightjogging tour will take you to the different royal parks of Brussels. We will start with a visit to the royal palace of Laeken, where the Belgian king meets other political leaders from all over political world. Your guide will explain the royal history of Belgium as well as giving information about the beautiful parks and monuments in Brussels. For art-lovers, the next stop will be the highlight of the tour, a casting of Rodin’s sculptural masterpiece, the Thinker. Next to this is the church Notre-Dame de Laeken, where our guide will give you plenty of facts and history about this famous landmarks in the area. If we make good time in our tour, we will have the chance to see the crypt where all deceased members of the royal family are buried. We can also take a short walk to an impressive graveyard filled with ornate civil and military graves. From here we will reach the main stop of the tour, the Atomium. This building was created in 1958 for the universal demonstration that occurred in Belgium, but there are plenty more building from this era for us to explore! So, if you are in Brussels, and you would like to take a jog in a green environment and learn about the city while you're at it, this tour is for you!

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Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

7. Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Brussels with a flexible one or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to jump on and off when you desire. See sites such as the Charles Rogier Square, Grote Markt, the Grand Place, and many more.  Choose a 1 or 2-day ticket to suit your schedule and start your sightseeing journey. Use your ticket on the blue and red routes and hop off wherever you like. See the sites you want to and spend as much time as you want there at your leisure. Pick a seat in the open-top for panoramic views or in the covered cabin to stay warm. Listen to the recorded commentary about the highlights, sit back, relax, and enjoy unlimited travel for 24 or 48 hours. Follow the blue bus route to see the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, and Botanical Garden. This route also passes the Charles Rogier Square, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, the Royal Castle of Laeken, and Royal Greenhouses. Don't forget to stop off and take pictures at the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sainte-Catherine Square, the Manneken-Pis, and the market square to see the Grand Place. As well, explore the outstanding City Hall and the Art Nouveau major townhouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jump on the red route to stop at the Place Royale to see the best viewpoint over Brussels, Mont des Arts. Hop off at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sablons quarter, and the European Parliament, if you like. On this route, you can also see the Coudenberg Palace, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum, or the Royal Museums of Art and History.

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Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

8. Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

At 8:30AM you will be picked up from a meeting point in the center of Brussels to head towards the city of Antwerp. On your way to Antwerp you will make a stop for a few minutes at the emblematic Atomium, where you will take a picture and continue your trip. Once there you will explore the Meat Market, Steen Castle, Town Hall Square, the Gothic-style Church of Our Lady, the Church of San Carlos de Borromeo, the Walk of the Cakes, and the beautiful Meir Street. Following this guided tour, you will receive an hour of free time to explore the city at your own leisure. The next destination will be the beautiful and powerful city of Ghent. Throughout this visit you will see the Cathedral of San Bavón (which contains the famous painting of the Van Eyck brothers), the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, the Belfort Bell Tower, the peculiar Gothic and Renaissance Town Hall, the Church of San Nicolás, the Guild House of the Masons, the Wharf of the Herbs and the Grain, the Meat Market, and the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders. Following this magical trip you will re-board your bus, upon which you will return back to Brussels.

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Combination Tour: Experience Brussels and Antwerp

9. Combination Tour: Experience Brussels and Antwerp

On this comprehensive combination tour, visit the highlights of two cities, Brussels and Antwerp, in just one day. Your multilingual guide is your host, who will be more than happy to give you suggestions of what else to see and do in these cities, and will answer any questions you may have.  In Brussels, start out with a short walk to the majestic Grand Place, which was the cradle of medieval Brussels. Here, board your coach and take off to see all the must-see highlights of the city center, as well as the Atomium, Royal Residence Palace, and the EU district in the outskirts of the city. This comprehensive tour of Brussels will have plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures. In the afternoon, visit the city of Antwerp: the city that has it all. Starting at the impressive 13th-century castle, carry on to Our Lady's Cathedral, which houses countless paintings by world-class artists of the 17th century. The absolute masterpieces are the Rubens paintings — seeing these is a truly unforgettable experience.  Then, visit the Gothic guilt houses at Market Square, followed by Antwerp Railway Station, the most beautiful railway station in the world. Nearby, there is the diamond district (Antwerp is the global capital of the diamond trade) and the Jewish quarter.

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From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Tour to Brussels

10. From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Tour to Brussels

Your private sightseeing adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Amsterdam. Head out of the city and into the rolling countryside as you make your way to Brussels, known as the capital of Europe. After approximately 2.5 hours of driving, arrive in Brussels, one of Belgium's most beautiful and charming cities. Spend the next few hours exploring this history-rich city, mingling with the locals, and marvelling at the quaint architecture. Brussels’ sightseeing highlights include the Atomium, Mini Europe, Grote Markt, the Royal Palace, and Manneken Pis. As your time in Brussels draws to a close, soak up the last views of this idyllic city before beginning the return journey back to Amsterdam.

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What people are saying about Atomium

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,149 reviews

The activation of the service was simple and intuitive, the paper material provided on site was useful and easy to consult. The pass for public transport should be considered as an alternative to day tickets. The conventions and discounts could be extended.

It was easy to get in, get around and get out. We went on a week day and it was hot. Bring water! Everything was cute and worth the price. Fun for the whole family.

This place was super fun! We have kids ranging from 12-2 and they all loved it. I honestly thought this place was going to be a bust BUT I WAS WRONG. So worth it

extremely well done models, concise but tb comments, nice little Covid "touches" - no complaints

Super nice experience I was able to discover the city for the first time thanks to the transport access