Brussels, the capital of Belgium and of the European Union, is definitely one of the best places to visit in Europe. A mix of both the ancient and the contemporary times, it’s a lively city with a host of things to do. Other members of the Europe a la Carte blogging team agree, Karen wrote “Why I loved Brussels” after her visit in December 2009 and Andy apologised in “I am sorry, Brussels” after it was named the most boring European city in a Trip Advisor poll.
But this post depicts exactly the opposite – the things that should be avoided while exploring Brussels!
Grand Place in Brussels
- Give “Mini Europe” a miss –Mini Europe close to Atomium houses replicas of some of the most famous architectural sights in Europe but most of the attractions lose their charm and beauty when viewed in such miniature sizes. Me thinks its better to make a plan to visit the real ones and avoid this one all together!
- Avoid the “Manneken Pis” – This tiny statue of a boy is one of the most overrated attractions in Brussels. Trying to find your way to the place takes a lot of time, its located in a small lane near the Grand Place and you have to peddle through the crowds. Its a sore disappointment when you finally reach there because by now you expect to see something grand. Rather check the boy out on some postcard and utilise your time enjoying the other places!
- Do not buy Belgium Chocolates – You may be wondering if you read this correctly? Yes, very much. Belgium chocolates are world famous and the name is enough to make one’s mouth water. Brussels has plenty of chocolate shops, and no trip can be considered complete without buying the best of them. But avoid the chocolate shops located right next to the major attractions like the Grand Square, Royal Palace etc. They are priced at exorbitant rates. Its better to check out the market areas for some great deals. Buy the chocolates only after sampling them, most of the shop owners will let you do so happily.
- Say no to Hop-on-Hop-off buses – Brussels is a cute little city with most of the Brussels attractions located within walkable distances. Give yourself some exercise and a wonderful chance to see the city on foot. The city boasts of some incredible walkways so use them. The remaining places can be seen using the public transport which is up to the mark.
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