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If you come to Brussels, it may simply turn out that you will physically have not enough time for visiting all the sights, monuments and historical buildings of this city. Atomium is known as the symbol of modern Brussels. The sight was projected by A. Waterkeyn for the 1958World's Fair in Brussels. The spheres of Atomium symbolize atoms in a model of an iron crystal, which is enlarged in 165 billion times. The tubes that connect the molecules of iron symbolize the connecting strength. Recently, Atomium has undergone a large restoration. For example, the aluminium facing was changed for a non-rusting one.
In Brussels, there are more than a hundred shopping streets with interesting shops on each of them. Among the most popular is Neuve Street. It is here, that the wealthiest travellers go … Open
The Grand Place. The Grand Place, or Grotte Markt in Dutch, was almost totally ruined by the French artillery in 1695, only the City Hall remained untouched. The reconstruction of the square started without any delay and after this the Grand Place turned into one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The front of every building is unique, but it doesn't prevent the square from looking harmoniously and laconically. The Grand Place is surrounded by the City Hall, The Royal House and The Guild Houses with their fabulous golden fronts in the Flemish style. The Brewers' Guild House is the location of the Museum of Beer and The Royal Palace hosts the exhibition of the National Museum.
Cinquantenaire Park. Cinquantenaire Park is an ideal place for travellers, who would like to spend their free time far from stress and noise of big city, and who would like to learn something new. This park was created for the anniversary of the independence of Brussels in accordance with the project of Leopold II. The marvellous triumphal arch is the main distinguishing feature of the park. Famous French Arc de Triomphe was the prototype of this arc. In Cinquantenaire Park you will find many interesting museums, such as the Autoworld Museum, the Royal Museum of Fine Art and the Museum of the Army. This beautiful park is simply the best place for making an unhurried walk and enjoying the beauty of nature. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Discovering the architecture of Brussels from bird's eye view! Brussels Town Hall, Atomium, Law Courts, La Monnaie, Royal Museum of Armed Forces, Chapel Church, Halle Gate, all those monuments are defining the image of Brussels … Open
St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral. St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral connects the uptown and the downtown. Its two obtuse towers remind of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Even Victor Hugo called it a true gothic cathedral. The process of building of the church started in the beginning of the 13th century, and it was finished only in the end of the 15th century. Because of this St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral has the elements of both early and late gothic styles. The building is 108 meters tall, 50 meters wide and the distance between the highest towers and the ground is about 69 meters. The cathedral has become home to approximately 1200 precious paintings. St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral wasn’t restored for a long time, and after many centuries its stone-work became very dark. However, the cathedral underwent a painstaking restoration, and now everyone can enjoy its beauty in original white color.
The Royal Castle of Laken. Thanks to Leopold II the Royal Castle of Laken strikes visitors with its richness and gorgeousness. Leopold II was constantly widening the territory of the castle by buying housing estates from his peasants. The castle has become the residence of the Royal Family of Belgium since the 19th century. While walking in the park you'll surely see various places of interest, such as the Royal Palace, the China Tower, the central dome of the royal greenhouses or the China Hall.
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Royal Palace, Royal Palace of Laeken, Saint Jacques sur Coudenberg, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for Brussels … Open
The Royal Palace. The Royal Palace is one of the most fabulous official buildings in Brussels. It symbolizes Belgium monarchy. This is the place where the king fulfils his duty as the head of the country, solves governmental questions and holds audiences. Everyone can visit the Royal Palace and its terraces from the 21st of July till the beginning of September.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Brussels
♥   Shopping area ' Rue Neuve' Brussels, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Avenue Louise/Louizalaan' Brussels, 2.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Brussels
♥   Castle 'Royal Palace of Brussels' , 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Royal Palace of Laeken Belgium' , 4.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Groot-Bijgaarden Castle' , 7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Beersel Castle' , 9.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Bouchout Castle' , 9.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Brussels
♥   National Park 'Grenspark de Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide' , 62.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Scarpe-Escaut' , 78.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Avesnois' , 89.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Oosterschelde' , 93 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Biesbosch' , 104.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Brussels and around
♥   Art museum 'Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium' Brussels, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Horta Museum' Brussels, 2.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Cinquantenaire Museum' Brussels, 3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Brussels from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Hallerbos Forest

From the series “Stunning Beauty Places of the Earth, Unknown to Tourists”
The forest is located in the surroundings of the town of Dvorp and is only a 30 minute drive from Brussels. The fact that the sight is located in the immediate vicinity of the large industrial centers makes it even more strange. According to the approximate bills, the age of the unique Blue Forest forms about 400 years. The researchers believe that so extensive hyacinth thickening has formed on its territory in the course of a few centuries. Today, the forest is the unique ecosystem that serves as a location for rabbits, deer and rare birds. If you are lucky, you can meet the forest inhabitants during the hike. … Read further

Water Tower Conversion

From the series “The Most Bizarre and Fancy Living Houses”
The original construction was completely restored, on the ground floor the garage was furnished. For the convenience of the residents the tower was provided with the elevator. The rooms were designed as minimalism. The modern furnishings of the old tower have nothing in common with the old traditions. The elegant colors and the strict forms weigh in the interior furnishing. The original house in the water tower is environmentally friendly and is designed with the natural materials. In addition, the house uses the alternative energy sources, which makes it even more unique. … Read further

Atomium

From the series “Top 16 Most Amazing Buildings of the Planet”
The unique building, whose design was developed by the outstanding architect Adre Waterkeyn, is today the landmark of national importance. The huge pipes that connect the spheres have not only a decorative purpose. Inside are the escalators and high-speed trains, with the help of which visitors of the 'atom' can move freely through their entire space. In 2006 the unusual building was completely renovated, after which it even looked more attractive. In the evening Atomium is illuminated by the wonderful illumination. The building is surrounded by the picturesque park with fountains and comfortable recreation areas. … Read further
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