When it comes to Brussels you will hear many varying opinions on whether a day is enough or not. Some will tell you to skip Brussels and others will tell you one day is not enough. I’m with the second group!
I had already talked about our 1 day plan for Brussels, but here is how it really happened:
* Morning: We walked from out hotel, the amazing Sofitel Le Louise, towards the Grand-Place and our first stop on the way was very close to the hotel, at Place Poelaert. From this square you have a cool view over Brussels and this was one of the cool surprises of the day, since it was not on our itinerary. We arrived at the Grand-Place right around the time the flower market was closing for the day, but at least we got to see it. From there we went in search of Brussel’s most famous citizen (the Manneken Pis) and his sister (not before we had an amazing waffle breakfast).
* Afternoon: From there we decided to keep walking and head to the Parc du Cinquantenaire. It’s a long walk and I managed to get somewhat lost and guess what? We passed by Galeries St. Hubert and walked through the EU sector of Brussels! Another part of Brussels that was not in our itinerary, which is cool.
Once we arrived at the Parc du Cinquantenaire, relaxed for a bit and took pictures we hopped on the subway to Bruparck, where the Atomium and Mini Europe are located.
* Evening: By the time we got back to our hotel we were so tired that all we wanted was to take a shower and relax in our very nice room, with its fantastic view! We loved the upgrade we received at Sofitel Le Louise and I am so happy I convinced our traveling companions to book there as well, because service is always amazing and the beds are everything you need after a long day of walking!
Brussels, with kids
I would say that Brussels is a very kid friendly city. Everywhere we went with our daughter she was always treated nicely and with plenty of smiles – except one shop where we were kicked out of, but that will be a separate post.
One thing I would do differently: I would not walk from the old town to Parc du Cinquantenaire. It’s a lot of walking and my daughter endured like she always does, but I realized it was just too much walking and should have used the super efficient subway system.
The highlights for my daughter were Mini Europe and the play area at Bruparck, with its playground, bouncy castle and face painting (all free).
Stay tuned for our upcoming posts with more details that can help you plan in more detail your visit to Brussels – an amazing city!