Ideal Half-Day Plan in Brussels

Ideal tours in Brussels for travelers

If you find yourself with just half a day to spare in Belgium, fear not, for we have a practical and delightful plan to make the most of your limited time. From iconic landmarks and picturesque squares to sampling local delicacies and embracing the city’s charm, this itinerary will ensure you leave unforgettable half-day stay in Belgium.

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

1. 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. Together, these architectural wonders create a harmonious and awe-inspiring setting, making Grand Place one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.

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.

Estimated Time: 1 hour

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2. 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.

Estimated Time: 30 minutes

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3. 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.

Estimated Time: 1 hour

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4. 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.

Estimated Time: 1 hour

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5. Brussels Park (Parc de Bruxelles)

Behind the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, you can find Brussels Park, a peaceful green space in the heart of the city. Take a leisurely walk from Cathedral side towards the Royal Palace of Brussels while enjoying the tranquil surroundings.

Estimated Time: 30 minutes

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6. Mont des Arts

Ideal tours in Brussels for travelers

At the end of your walk in Brussels Park, you’ll see this view at Mont des Arts, an elevated area offering panoramic views of Brussels. Enjoy the stunning cityscape and take memorable photos.

By walking down the Mont des Arts steps, you will reach out to the Brussels Central Train Station or the Grand Place again shortly.

Estimated Time: 30 minutes

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That’s it! We have tailored this itinerary with busy travelers in mind, ensuring it’s ideal for those with only half a day in Brussels who need to quickly move to other locations by train. Fortunately, many attractions are situated in the city center, making it possible to experience the best of Brussels in just half a day. Enjoy your day!