Brussels is a historic city where the best of two cultures comes to the fore; it mixes the flair and style of its Gallic side with a laid back vibe synonymous with the Flemish.
This little bronze statue is firmly rooted in the hearts and minds of the Brussels people. You will find him featured him in their cultural festivals, they even dress him up in seasonal outfits and occasionally will hook him up to beer kegs so the brew flows from his little spout. You haven't been to Brussels until you pop by and say 'hello' to this fellow.
Comic Strip Centre
If you love your comic strip heroes, check out this eclectic venue in the heart of Brussels. You will find the Belgian favourites Tintin and the Smurfs in their Art Nouveau home, but also many other graphic novel characters. It's worth taking time out to enjoy a colourful tour through these vast worlds of imagination.
Full of fascinating statues and buildings, the square is notable for the symmetry of its 18th century architecture. In its surroundings, you will find many museums such as the Musical Instruments Museum, the Fine Arts Museum of Belgium and the Magritte Museum, which is dedicated to the surrealist masterpieces of René Magritte.
The Grand Place, or Grote Markt in Dutch, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's one of the most picturesque squares in Europe with architecture from the Baroque, Gothic and Louis XIV era. All the streets surrounding the square are named after foods, and you will find that the area is always packed with people drinking, talking and just chilling out.
Also part of the Dijver Mansions, the Gruuthusemuseum is the former home of one of the richest families in old brussels and you will notice that a lot of it remains true to how it must have looked hundreds of years ago, giving you a great insight into how the rich lived. It also holds a fascinating collection of antiques, carvings, tapestries and weaponry!
Overlooking the square is the ecclesiastical Gothic tower of the Town Hall which you can see from almost every part of the city, making it a brilliant landmark.