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Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. 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.

Brussels: City Highlights Walking Tour and Food Tasting

2. Brussels: City Highlights Walking Tour and Food Tasting

I will take you for a walk and talk about the history of Brussels while at every stop we make, you will taste famous Belgian chocolates from the best chocolatier, beer tasting in a local bar, best waffles or best fries in the centre. If you want to enjoy your stay in Brussels, book it when you arrive so I can make great suggestions on what to see or where to eat. You will see Grand-Place while I will explain the background of it along with its history and how are all the buildings shaped throughout their history. You will Royal Galleries St-Hubert, one of the first shopping arcades in Europe and understand the motives and reasons behind it. You will see a beautiful musical clock, and a hill surrounded by art and street performances. The hill provides one of the best photo locations in the city. You will hear about the history of this place and what conflict was created between the king and the mayor. Famous boy of Belgium. You will see this famous peeing boy doing what he always does while listening to the stories behind his existence. Also the peeing girl and the dog! Majestic stock exchange building of 19th century. Now on renovation to become a beer museum! A beautiful place surrounded by bars and some dinner locations

Capture the most Photogenic Spots of Brussels with a Local

3. Capture the most Photogenic Spots of Brussels with a Local

This experience is provided by an independent Local. You will be part of a small, 2 to 6 people group. Join me on this city walk for the unique opportunity of experiencing Brussels from an insider’s point of view and taking stunning pictures of it at the same time! Our walk will take us from the most beautiful spots in the old town to some of the best neighbourhoods nearby. While using your camera to capture the beauty of Brussels, you will also come across local spots and hidden gems that a typical tourist tour won’t show you. Sablon and Marolles are two of those hip yet authentic areas that are absolutely essential to immortalizing the diversity of Brussels, and our tour will take us through both of these memorable areas. Who is a Local? A Local is someone who is passionate about sharing authentic experiences based on their interests. As LocalBini, we bring together passionate people from all over the world by giving them the opportunity to offer unique experiences via our marketplace. Let us discover an alternative side of Brussels, full of history and unique beauty! Don't forget to book the Experience at a suitable time to have the best light possible for the pictures!

Brussels: Discover Belgium's Breweries with a Local

4. Brussels: Discover Belgium's Breweries with a Local

Start your day by meeting your guide and group at the designated meeting point. After a brief meet and greet with your friendly guide, you will head off to your first stop of the day. Begin the excitement with a trip to one of the city's most popular chocolate stores. Thanks to this take-away formule, you’ll discover a pallet of aromas and tastes in combination with a high quality beer. Before the tasting can start, you'll explore some of the favourite beers of your fellow group members thanks to some beer windows on the way to your first stop. Discover some of Belgium's proud brewing traditions and find out some of the secrets behind its wide range of delicious beers. Make your first stop at one of the city’s most popular bars, and taste your first beer. Swap thoughts on the flavour and notes, and soak up the convivial spirit as you chat to your guide and group. Trappist or Lambic beers can be enormously surprising when matched with some chocolate or other local delicacies to enjoy the full Belgian beer-and-food experience. From here, move on to other lively beer haunts, including some hidden gems loved by and known only to the locals. You'll be taken to places ranging from the most trendy to most medieval, in order to satisfy every age group on the tour. Over the course of the tour, sample a selection of bigger brands and craftwork brews, tasting a gutsy mix from malty, hoppy, fruity, reddish, and herby beers to sour and triple varieties. Explore the youngest or oldest brewery in town where you can sample craft beers like Lambic or younger styles like Barley wine. In between all the brew kettles, you'll discover how malt and hops find their way into the kettle, followed by the fermentation room stories, where all the magic happens. As you approach the end of your tour, you will venture to the last beer location for the day to try a truly unique, fresh beer. You will also be entertained with stories of the beer queen and king. Your tour will conclude in central Brussels where your guide will say farewell.

Brussels: The Origin of the City Exploration Game

5. Brussels: The Origin of the City Exploration Game

Play detective for the day as you enjoy a top-secret mission to explore the picturesque sights of Brussels! Solve challenges on your phone with friends and family, and unlock directions to your next location while admiring the city's most incredible spots. Admire the many gems that Brussels has to offer en route, from the Black Tower, and the Grand-Place, to le Mont des Arts. Take on the role of Olympus Peraux, a world-famous detective hired by Princess Astrid of Sweden to investigate her own security for an upcoming wedding with Prince Leopold of Belgium. Learn the history of Brussels while having fun during this exciting 2-3 hour game. Play on your own, with a group, or in competition with another team.

Brussels: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

6. Brussels: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at Parc du Cinquantenaire a well-kept 19th-century urban park featuring flower gardens and fountains. Visit the Parlamentarium and learn all about the European Parliament and the Royal Palace, one of the characteristic symbols of Brussels. Next, you will move towards the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Roman Catholic Chapel Church, and the Carillon of Mont des Arts with its unique architecture. Your next step will be the iconic Manneken-Pis, La Grand-Place, surrounded by elegant historic buildings dating back to the 14th century and the Saint Nicholas Church. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula where you will end the journey.

Brussels: Private City Highlights Tour in a Mercedes-Benz

7. Brussels: Private City Highlights Tour in a Mercedes-Benz

Our visit starts from the majestic Grote Markt, the birthplace of medieval Brussels. Then get in our luxury car and our multilingual guide will take you to all the highlights in the city center, but he will also show you the Atomium, the royal palace and the EU quarter. In short: this is an extensive tour of Brussels. Your guide is your host. He offers you countless suggestions and ideas for things you can do in Brussels and answers all your questions. If you are looking for a quality service, you must offer yourself this unforgettable and personal welcome to Brussels.

Brussels: The Sheroes' Walking Tour

8. Brussels: The Sheroes' Walking Tour

Discover why Belgium has been marked by the presence of women who triumphed in history despite all the inconveniences and obstacles they encountered along the way. Brussels tells of the advancement of female protagonists and their role in the development of the country. Meet in one of the most coveted locations in the European capital from the 12th to the 18th century: the Royal Court Quarter. During the walk, admire the power of the queens to the masses of the Protestant shepherdesses and the Guardians of the Holy Sepulcher. Go down towards the historical center from the Mont des Arts (Mount of Arts). This is a privileged spot in the city for photography and attracts everyone's attention. Learn the relationship of women workers with the famous Expo 58 Atomium sculpture, a signature of Brussels. Discover the history of the little girl statue, Jeanneke Pis, half-hidden in the privacy of a small alley, who is pissing in full view of prying eyes. Go to the Théâtre La Monnaie, the home of an explosion of revolutionary revolts in the 19th century. Learn about the role of women in conflicts such as Belgian independence and the world wars. Lastly, see Rue Neuve where some girls from Karl Marx family lived in exile.

Brussels: Private 4-Hour History Walking Tour

9. Brussels: Private 4-Hour History Walking Tour

Discover the historic center of Brussels with a local and certified tour guide on a private walking tour. Conveniently have your guide pick you up from your hotel and begin your walk to explore the city. See Brussel's most important landmarks like the Grand Place buildings in the main square, the Manneken Pis statue, and the Galeries Royales. Hear the story about the city's iconic chocolate shops, visit the main cathedral, the Park of Brussels, and the Royal Palace. Head off the beaten track to the affluent neighborhood of Sablon and see its beautiful art galleries and antique shops. Also stop by the Justice Court for its panoramic view and more.  Customize your tour with your guide to suit the interests and needs of you and your group.

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What people are saying about Mont des Arts

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 293 reviews

It was a great tour for someone arriving at Brussels for the first day; the guide takes you around the city, points out the important attractions, and gives you an overview of famous Belgian snacks and meals, all under 3 hours. You can then plan the rest of your trip according what you enjoyed. My guide, Tim, is knowledgeable and funny; I enjoyed every moment of the tour.

Our family went in November and really enjoyed the tour. It was perfect since we were only in Brussels for a day and it was a quick summary in less than 3 hours. The fries were awesome and we really enjoyed the beer sampling.

Very well organized tour and we were lucky that we had bright sunshine! And we had a very competent and extremely friendly bus driver! Everything went perfectly.

Super nice as well as the drivers apart it would be good to put the schedules on the panels and especially prevent the high season and low season schedules

Our tour guide had great knowledge of the city and the food tasting was excellent value for money