Hey friends! Yesterday, I put out all of my Autumn/Halloween decorations, lit my Fall-scented candles, drank some hot chocolate, and watched Harry Potter. It’s not even September yet (at the time I’m writing this) lol but I am already so over summer. Autumn has always been my favorite time of the year and I’m ready for it to come already!! Anyways, you’re not here for me to ramble on and on about how I’m ready for it to Autumn so let’s get into it shall we? Brussels, oh Brussels. Our time there was short but very sweet. We had a full 24 hours in Brussels.
Contrary to what the title of this article says, we actually were there for 48 hours. But, I slept for almost 20 hours the first day we were there because I was so exhausted. At that point, we were in our third country in a week and a half. So I’m not going to count that day. The 24 hours that we were out and about in Brussels was beautiful and we did everything we wanted to do! So here’s how it went!
24 Hours In Brussels
Parc du Cinquantenaire
We arrived in Brussels, from Paris, tired and hungry. We checked into our Airbnb – which was gorgeous, by the way. If you’re in Brussels, I would recommend checking this Airbnb out. The location was very convenient to all of the activities we had planned, as well as a quick Uber ride away from the Bruxelles-Midi train station. Since we were only in Brussels for a short period of time and were leaving for Amsterdam very early, we wanted to be as close as possible to the train station but also near all of the activities we wanted to do.
Fast forward to the next day (since I slept the entire first day), we had breakfast at the flat then hit the town! We were a very short walk away from the Parc du Cinquantenaire so headed there first. I wish that we took more photos here because it was so beautiful and peaceful. We relaxed for awhile watching a family play soccer and read a few chapters from my book (Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone of course).
The European Parliament
Then, we charted a course to the European Parliament. If you didn’t know (which I didn’t, before I started planning this trip), Brussels is actually the capital of the European Union! How cool is that? We visited the headquarters but didn’t go inside even though they were doing free tours. But it was awesome to walk around the outside and through the parks that surrounded it.Here's how to explore Brussels in only 24 hours!Click To Tweet
The Grand Place & The Royal Palace
Once past the European Parliament, we headed towards the Grand Place! When I was planning our visit to Brussels, the Grand Place was the number one thing I wanted to do. However, we accidentally stumbled across the Royal Palace of Brussels, and man oh man, would I love to live somewhere like that. They were also having free tours but we decided to pass.
After the Palace, we came across a food truck (Los Churros) that were selling churros so we decided to pick some up. Guys, they were the best churros I’ve ever eaten. SO GOOD. Then, we arrived at the Grand Place! We immediately headed to Maison Dandoy to grab some Belgium waffles. Is it kind of sad that we only decided last minute to go to Brussels, so we could eat some authentic Belgium waffles? Well let me tell you, it was so worth it. I got a chocolate chip waffle with chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream. I’m never eating another kind of waffle again because they will never be as good as that one. Chris got his waffle with the strawberry sauce and he agreed. I can still taste it, it was THAT good.
After we ate, we just sat in the Grand Place and people watched! No pictures do the Grand Place justice, it is far more beautiful than anything I have ever seen.
Once we were done at the Grand Place, we got a quick Uber back to our Airbnb (my feet were KILLING me) to relaaaaax. Since Brussels was in the middle of the trip, we decided to use our time there to slow down rather than go go go like the other cities we had visited. We just chilled out on the couch, read a book, made some dinner, did a load of laundry and it was so nice.
I definitely want to return to Brussels because I know that there’s a lot more than we what we had explored.
Have you been to Brussels? If so, what do you recommend doing?