Ideal 2-Day Plan in Brussels

Explore the best of Brussels in 2 days from the iconic Grand Place to fascinating museums and stunning historical monuments. With convenient walking and public transportation, this plan promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of Brussels.

Note: The estimated time below includes the travel time between attractions, whether by walking or using public transportation.

Day 1

On the first day, we’ll delve into the must-see attractions in central Brussels, encompassing historical landmarks and exquisite artworks.

9:00 am – Grand Place (and streets around)

Start your morning at the breathtaking Grand Place, the historic central square of Brussels. The architecture of Grand Place in Brussels is a stunning display of medieval and Renaissance design. The square is surrounded by opulent guildhalls, each showcasing unique facades with intricate carvings, sculptures, and decorative elements.

The Town Hall, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, stands proudly at one end of the square, adorned with a striking tower and ornate windows. The King’s House (Maison du Roi) complements the ensemble with its lavish Neo-Gothic style and elegant arcades.

Better to come early morning to take pictures with fewer people. Remember to enjoy your morning coffee or tea in the square! Several guildhalls open cafes early in the morning, offering a fantastic view with fewer crowds.

Grand Place (Brussels)
Grand Place (Brussels)
The Grand Place in Brussels is a must-see destination for any traveler visiting Belgium. This lively and historic square is home to stunning architecture, delic.....

10:00 am – Manneken Pis

From Grand Place, take a short walk to see the famous Manneken Pis statue. Snap a photo with this beloved Brussels icon and discover the stories behind its many costumes.

Visitors to the city can find Manneken-Pis located at the intersection of Rue de l’Etuve and Rue du Chêne. The statue is just a short walk from the Grand .....

10:30 am – Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert

Continue your walk to the elegant Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert, where you can explore the beautiful glass-roofed arcade filled with shops and cafes.

Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert
Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert
From luxurious shops and cafes to cultural spaces like the Théâtre du Vaudeville and the Cinéma des Galeries, this gallery had it all. It was the go-to place.....

11:30 am – St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
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Walk to the impressive St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral to marvel at its stunning Gothic architecture and stained glass windows.

St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral
St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral
History The cathedral was built in the thirteenth century on the foundations of a Romanesque church that dated back to the eleventh century. Originally, it was .....

12:00 pm – Lunch

Enjoy a delicious Belgian lunch at a local restaurant, savoring Belgian specialties and regional delights. In central Brussels, you’ll find an abundance of restaurants, so there’s no need to worry about finding a place for lunch.

However, be mindful that some restaurants in picturesque streets may be pricier. It’s advisable to steer clear of restaurants with staff standing at the entrance, eagerly inviting you inside, as they tend to be more expensive.

2:30 pm – Mont des Arts

Ideal tours in Brussels for travelers

Stroll to Mont des Arts, where you can capture breathtaking panoramic views of Brussels and relax in the picturesque gardens.

Mont des Arts
Mont des Arts
Step into a world of artistic wonders at Mont des Arts! This cultural haven in the heart of Brussels boasts breathtaking views, world-class museums, and vibrant.....

3:30 pm – Old Masters Museum (in The Royal Museums of Fine Arts)

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The Royal Museums of Fine Arts consist of six museums and one of them is the Old Masters Museum. It showcases masterpieces by renowned artists like Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling, Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, and Jacques Jordaens, Lucas Cranach, and Gerard David.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s sixteenth-century works, such as “The Fall of the Rebel Angels” and “The Census at Bethlehem,” add further magnificence to the exhibit.

We estimated the time to spend here is at least 2 hours to fully appreciate the renowned masterpieces.

Musée Oldmasters Museum (in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium)
Musée Oldmasters Museum (in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium)
The remarkable collection of old Masters, including Bruegel and Rubens.

5:30pm – Free Time

Take some time to explore the nearby area, indulge in coffee and pastries, or shop for souvenirs at local boutiques, and find a place for dinner!

As you explore its streets, you’ll encounter a rich tapestry of designs, ranging from medieval to Gothic, Baroque to Art Nouveau, and even modern marvels.

7:30 pm – Dinner

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at a restaurant of your choice, enjoying the rich flavors of Belgian cuisine.

9:00 pm – Beer Time

Embark on an evening stroll through Brussels’ illuminated streets, embracing the city’s lively nightlife and warm ambiance.

For beer enthusiasts, head to the Halles Saint-Géry where you’ll find a plethora of cozy pubs and bars offering a wide selection of Belgium’s famous beers.

Day 2

On the second day, our exploration will take us to unique and captivating spots for entertainment and a deeper understanding of the city’s hidden gems.

9:00 am – Marché aux Puces (Flea Market)

Visit the flea market in the south of central Brussels and explore unique antiques, vintage items, and various curiosities. It starts from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

10:30 am – Palace of Justice

The Palace of Justice, Brussels.
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From Marché aux Puces, take a walk up to the Palace of Justice to enjoy the panoramic views of Brussels from the terrace. There is also an elevator available to conveniently connect the two areas.

The Palace of Justice
The Palace of Justice
The Palace of Justice, or Le Palais de Justice, is one of Europe’s most significant and impressive buildings, and it remains the most important courthouse.....

11:30 am – Notre Dame du Sablon (Church of Our Lady at Sablon)

Notre-Dame du Sablon church in Brussels
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10 minute walk from Palace of Justice, you’ll arrive a charming area called “Sablon” where you can find many galleries, antique shops, chocolate shops, restaurants and cafes.

Notre Dame du Sablon (Church of Our Lady at Sablon), located at the Sablon, is a significant religious and architectural gem in Brussels. This neo-Gothic church, dating back to the 19th century, stands out with its impressive facade adorned with intricate sculptures.

Notre Dame du Sablon (Church of Our Lady at Sablon)
Notre Dame du Sablon (Church of Our Lady at Sablon)
History Notre Dame du Sablon was founded during the fifteenth century, but there was a small chapel commissioned by the archers of the city on the same site in .....

12:00 pm – Lunch in Sablon

Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the local eateries around Sablon.

2:30 pm – Magritte Museum

Musée Magritte Museum

Discover the works of the surrealist artist René Magritte in this dedicated museum.

René Magritte Museum
René Magritte Museum
The museum’s permanent collection includes a variety of Magritte’s paintings, drawings, and other works, as well as personal items and memorabilia f.....

4:30 pm – Brussels Park

Take a leisurely stroll through this green oasis in the heart of the city.

Brussels Park
Park for everyone The park is the largest urban park in the center of Brussels and a popular spot for locals and tourists to relax and stroll. Families and grou.....

5:30 pm – Take a metro to Sainte Catherine station

At the corner of the Brussels Park, Metro Line 1 or 5 for 10 minutes and get off at Sainte Catherine station. You’ll be at the north of Brussels central area.

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6:00 pm – Walk around Saint Catherine and Dansaert areas

Strolling through the enchanting neighborhoods of Saint Catherine and Dansaert in Brussels is a delightful experience that unveils the city’s dynamic spirit and cultural richness. The Saint Catherine area, named after the charming Saint Catherine’s Church, entices visitors with its vibrant atmosphere and bustling energy.

Adjacent to Saint Catherine, the Dansaert district exudes a chic and artistic vibe. This fashionable quarter is a hub for cutting-edge fashion, design boutiques, and contemporary art galleries.

7:00 pm – Dinner

The both districts’s restaurants make them a popular destination for foodies and those seeking a vibrant nightlife.

Discovering the Vibrant Heart of Brussels: Place Saint-Géry
Discovering the Vibrant Heart of Brussels: Place Saint-Géry
Nestled within the charming streets of Brussels, Belgium, lies a hidden gem that beckons to international travelers seeking an authentic and lively urban experi.....

9:00pm – Grand Place (again)

Revisiting Grand Place at 9:00 PM during their final evening in Brussels to capture the breathtaking beauty of the illuminated nightlight, perfect for picturesque moments.

The nighttime ambiance offers a quieter and more intimate experience with fewer people around, allowing for a serene exploration of this iconic square.

Additionally, besides the enchanting restaurants and cafes, some shops, particularly chocolate shops, remain open until 10 PM in and around Grand Place. You can enjoy late-night shopping and savor the delectable treats before saying a farewell to the city.

Optional: Personalized Guided Tours

You may find yourself eager to explore even more of this captivating city. Luckily, Brussels offers a range of guided tours that can provide you with unique insights and hidden gems you might have missed during your self-guided exploration.

Whether it’s a historical walking tour to unravel the city’s rich past or a culinary journey to savor the best of Belgian cuisine, these guided experiences can offer a deeper appreciation and understanding of Brussels’ culture and heritage.