Check out all of the great attractions near your Brussels Airport Hotel.
Museum voor Moderne Kunst
Museum voor Moderne KunstDistance from Brussels Airport: 8.8mi / 14.1km
Koningsplein 1-2 Place Royale , Brussels , 1000
+32 2 508 33 33
Located on Place Royale, with no less than eight floors underground, this Museum of Modern Art was constructed around a light shaft that allows daylight to filter down. As part of the Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Arts, it houses a selection of works by Belgian modernists such as Marcel Broodthaers, Rik Wouters and 28 pieces by René Magritte. It also includes foreign artists such as Andy Warhol and Marc Chagall. There is a gift shop and cafeteria. Admission is EUR5; the first Wednesday afternoon of each month is free.
Manneken PisDistance from Brussels Airport: 9.1mi / 14.6km
Rue de L’Etuve/Stoofstraat , Brussels , 1000
Manneken Pis means as much to Brussels as the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty mean to Paris and New York. The tiny statue was cast in bronze in 1619 by Jerome Duquesnoy but was unfortunately destroyed. Another was cast to replace it in 1630. Seemingly destined to doom, the replacement was repeatedly attacked by the English and the French. The spirit of the tiny boy could not be annihilated however, and his remaining fragments were gathered up and used to form the mould from which today’s Manneken Pis was cast. During high season, visitors from around the world gather to see the little, weeing statue’s ever-changing wardrobe.
Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de BelgiqueDistance from Brussels Airport: 8.8mi / 14.2km
3 Rue de la Regence , Brussels (Belgium)
This underrated museum complex, which contains the largest and most comprehensive art collection in Belgium, consists of the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art. The Museum of Ancient Art was founded in 1801 and covers works from the 14th to the 18th Centuries. Begun in 1984, the Museum of Modern Art covers the 19th and 20th Centuries and was designed by architects Roger Bastin as a subterranean gallery with eight levels arranged around a light well. The two museums are connected by an underground passage. Try to plot your course ahead of time if you want to maximize your enjoyment, as the complex is quite large. There are color-coded “tours” that you can follow if you want to view the works of a particular century.
The Museum of Ancient Art was designed in a neoclassical style by Alphonse Balat in 1874. It features the great Flemish and Dutch Old Masters like Rubens, Bruegels, Bosch, Van der Weyden, Memling, Van Dyck, Jordaens, Hals, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. This is not exactly the Louvre (but that is an unfair comparison), but it is a very solid collection of art that any visitor will appreciate.
Palais du Roi Distance from Brussels Airport: 8.6mi / 13.8km
Upper Town , Brussels (Belgium)
The Place Royale was built between 1772 and 1785, inspired by Charles of Lorraine. His statue graced its center until the French Revolution.
Now we see Godfrey of Bouillon raising the standard of the First Crusade.
St James Sur Coudenburgis done in the Greco-Roman style, with a triangular pediment and Corinthian columns. You face this building as you walk up the hill from the lower city.
At first glance, I had no idea that it was even a church. Upon closer examination, you will see the statues of the saints where you would expect to see Greco-Roman gods and goddesses. The interior is bright and simple, and there is a painting attributed to Ribeira in the chancel. There has been a religious institution on this site since the 12th century. In the twentieth century, it witnessed the funeral of King Leopold, and it is now the principal church of the Belgian Armed Forces.
Mini-EuropeDistance from Brussels Airport: 9mi / 14.6km
Voetballaan 1 Avenue du Football , Brussels , 1020
+32 2 474 13 13
Visit all of Europe’s highlights in miniature form. No need for the Chunnel: Big Ben is really just a few paces from the Eiffel Tower. Added to the fun is the fact that you don’t just admire Mini Europe’s sights, you can also participate. Want to erupt Vesuvius? Just press the button. Want to tear the Berlin Wall down once again? Go ahead. The miniature trees and plants in the park make everything appear realistic in scale. On weekends during the high season you can also visit at night and watch the musical firework display. Fun for young and old. Admission: EUR8.5 to EUR20 depending on the package purchased.
AtomiumDistance from Brussels Airport: 9.2mi / 14.7km
Eeuwfeestlaan (Boulevard du Centenaire) , Brussels , 1000
+32 2 474 83 83
This unique structure is located near famous places of interest such as Brupark, Oceade, Mini-Europe and Brussels’ Exhibition Park. Engineer André Waterkeyn designed this wonderful building for the 1958 World Exhibition. It is an iron atom enlarged 165 billion times. Nine massive irons spheres (representing the nine Belgian provinces) are held together by iron corridors. The construction is 102m high and weighs no less than 2,400 tons. For EUR5 you can take a lift, once the fastest in the world, to the top for a view of the city. There’s also an exhibition of the Atomium in comics from 1958 to the present, and a film on the building’s construction. Admission: Adults EUR6; children, schools and seniors 65+ EUR4.