Brussels holds the honor of being the capital city of three different geographic regions –Europe, Flanders and Belgium. Its development from a small market square to a bustling social, political and economic metropolis is remarkable in itself. With how it has developed over the years, it is no wonder why there is so much to do and see in Brussels. So, if you are a tourist, you are in luck because it is easy to find rooms and apartments for rent in Brussels if you are planning to fully immerse yourself in their culture.
If you are to see places, here are some suggestions that you might find interesting.
Once a marshy, muddy and unexploredsandbank sandwiched by two brooks, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, it is also the city’s Central Market District or Square and features great places to spend your day or evenings, just shopping or exploring some of the famous tourist destinations. The wooden houses that once riddled the square are now replaced with beautifully gilded houses.
Its charm was even praised by world-renowned novelists like Victor Hugo and famous poets like Baudelaire who talked about its beauty and charm in his songs. Proof of how beautiful the place is.
2. MannekenPis a.k.a. the Pissing Boy:
This is a central protagonist in the city’s folklore, and in spite, its 60 cm size, is recorded to be the most shot statue (photograph wise) in Brussel’s history. Kudos to whoever started the trend.
The MannekenPis is a minorcascading piece, almost like a fountain’s jet, where the water shoots out of a metal penis of a boy that points it towards whoever is looking at it. Luckily enough, it has a collection of over 600 outfits that are sometimes dressed on the fountain piece. However, his penis remains exposed.
If you also want to view the outfits, they are displayed in the famous museum of Maison du Roi.
2. Maison du Roi:
A French term that means ‘The King’s House’, ironically never housed any royalty. In fact, the Flemish refers to the same as ‘The Bread House’ simply because it is located where the town’s bread market once stood.
The museum honors everything that concerns the city. This includes the outfits of that the MannekinPis adorns occasionally throughout the year.
3. Belgian Comic Strip Center:
Belgium owns more comic strip artistes than any country in the world. That is why it comes to no one’s surprise that Brussels has its own Comic Strip Center stationed in the Waucquez Warehouse. It brings tourists through a journey that an artist has to go through to come up with a strip. Everything is featured from coming up with a concept up to when it is sold in the shop.
In addition, in true comic strip fashion, you can view six theatrical, unanticipated, and humorous cartoon caricature murals illustrated on the Gable Ends destination point. You can see it around the city, and it was the city who commissioned the painting themselves. If you want, you can get a map of their location in the Town Hall.
Brussels, just like most cities in Europe, is rich in culture. Another reason why you should consider why you should find housing for rent in Brussels. Even if it is just for a few days, or even a week.