Thinking of joining us in Brussels for the PECB Insights Conference? Why not take this opportunity to discover more about the headquarters of the European Union. Brussels offers its visitors various activities and experiences, from glorious sights to indulging in delicious food; Brussels is a memorable location for all. Here are three sites and dishes that we highly recommend you don’t miss.
1. The Grand Place is an attraction that must be visited during your time in Brussels. Named by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, located in the city square, the Grand Place portrays Belgium’s cultural heritage and history. The exquisite architecture of the surrounding buildings in the square is also a reason to visit. It is at the center of the square that you are greeted by the Grand Place, which was built in the 15th century.
2. The Old England Building is a former department store turned into a music museum with over 2000 musical instruments. Guests have a chance to listen to these historical instruments and understand the value attached to each instrument. Another characteristic is the appearance of the building which represents its historical heritage since it was built during the 19th century.
3. Constructed in 1958, the Atomium has become a symbol and a top attraction for visitors of Brussels. The Atomium was constructed for the first post-war universal world exhibition and celebrates the importance and impact of science. Visitors are able to visit the top of the sculpture and learn more about the history of the building, and also explore and take a walk through the tubes and spheres.
Trying the local traditional food is a must when in Brussels. Three traditional dishes that should definitely be tasted while in Brussels are authentic Belgian waffles, mussels and fries, and, of course, artisan Belgian chocolate.
1. There are multiple chocolate tasting tours and workshops on offer for tourists and if you are a chocolate lover, then you should certainly sign up for one. If you are interested in learning about the history of chocolate, then you can visit the Choco-Story Museum which provides visitors with an exhibition of the history of chocolate and a chance to see how chocolate pralines are made.
2. Mussels and fries, known as moules & frites in Brussels are a traditional Belgium dish which each tourist is encouraged to try. Both dishes are popular foods for locals and tourists, and you can have them separately as side dishes or appetizers. However many restaurants and local street food vendors serve them together as a main dish.
3. Belgian waffles are another delicacy that characterizes Brussels. Available at every corner of the city, you are able to indulge your sweet tooth with them and couple it with a variety of toppings, such as ice cream, chocolate, and fruits.
There is much more to Brussels for visitors to discover. However, these six activities should absolutely be on your checklist when visiting.