After enjoying Brussels at its most on Day 1, we continue our wanderings through this lovely city. Check it out:
Manneken Pis and his friends
Famous small bronze sculpture (61 cm) that I found while searching for the Tintin Wall. One of the 3 “urinating statues” you can find in the city, it is a fun game to search for them – they’re small. I already gave one hint of where the Jeanneke Pis is; the last one is a dog (yep!) Het Zinneke statue.
This statue has more than 800 clothes! The changing of the costume, is a colourful ceremony, often accompanied by a brass band show. Many costumes are uniforms of varied professions, associations, and branches of the civil and military services. He has even a Dracula costume!
There’s a waffle and a beer stores right in front of Manneken Pis that are worth the visit! Rue de l’Etuve
For Comic Book lovers
Everything about Tintin and the cutest fan items to buy! Rue de la Colline, 13
- Brüsel comic book store:
Was passing by this one and couldn’t resist taking a look. Bigger than it looks like from outside, you can spend hours seeing arts, toys and books here, wanting to buy everything! Boulevard Anspach, 100
- Comic strip route
Brussels is the capital of comics and home to a lot of world-renowned comic artists. You can walk around the city to discover local treasures like the stunning comic strips murals decorating Brussels. There are around 40 comic strips around the city, from various belgian artists! Another fun game to find those murals while exploring the city. Here are my two favorites:
Tin Tin Wall – Rue de l’Etuve, 37.
Armando Catalano, The Scorpion by Belgian writer Stephen Desberg and the Italian illustrator Enrico Marini – Rue de Treurenberg.
Parc du Cinquantenaire
This park was planned by King Leopold in the late 19th century and holds imposing monuments including the Triumphal Arch. You can easily arrive by the Schuman or Merode stations. Fantastic for walking, picnics or just appreciating a beautiful day, while enjoying a rich architecture and skyline.
Half way between sculpture and architecture, Atomium is a giant (165 billion times enlarged) model representing an elementary iron crystal, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. This structure was not intended to survive after the fair, but its impressive architecture and size turned it into a landmark.
It is now a museum with a permanent exhibition about the building’s history and temporary exhibitions about different themes. Square de l’Atomium is far from the city centre, but it is very easy to arrive by Tram (light rail).
Parc d’Osseghem Laeken
To end this trip, a place for peace and tranquility right at the foot of the crowded Atomium. Take some Belgian fries or ice cream after visiting Atomium and go relax at this park, you will love it.