A Guide to a Day in Brussels
Brussels...the capital of Belgium is an hour train ride from Bruges. Rather low on actual tourist destinations, the site is the city itself. While my friends and I spent the night in Brussels, it could also easily be seen as a stop over between other cities as a few hour leg stretch.
The Grand Place is the main square of Brussels, surrounded by museums, the town hall, and of course the greats of the chocolate world. My favorite is Leonidas but really, you're in Belgium...you can't go wrong with any of them.
A short walk from the Grand Place is probably the most iconic site of Brussels, Manneken-Pis. It's a statue of a little boy urinating. It's quite small and there will be crowds of tourists, all wanting their picture with the unique water fountain who will sometimes be dressed up in little outfits.
En route to Manneken-Pis, we stopped off for lunch at La Maison des Crepes that served large, affordable, savory-filled crepes. You'll find plenty of waffle and frites available as well throughout the city.
We made our way to the upper part of town for an overview of Brussels. Near the Notre-Dame du Sablon church is a nice park filled with modern sculptures to stroll through.
As you can see, we had a low-key day in Brussels just enjoying the atmosphere of the city. While we didn't take the time to stop in the art or historical museums, we were able to fill our afternoon and were ready to head out to our next destination in the morning.