What to do with 36 hours in Brussels

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Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the home of the European Union, consists of a historic centre and a range of additional regions around the edge.

Home to around 172,000 people it’s pretty small as capital cities go which definitely has its advantages as you can get a good feel for the city in a short space of time.

Of course you cannot do everything Brussels has to offer in 36 hours but you can tick a few good items off the list!

For the purpose of full disclosure I will say that Brussels wasn’t my favourite European break. Unfairly for Brussels we visited on one very very cold February weekend where a freak storm had travelled in from the East as basically froze most of Western Europe.

We did however travel in on the Eurostar which is perhaps my favourite way to travel. Big comfy seats, good views and a pretty quick travel time. Winning!

Due to the cold we didn’t do as much as I would have liked but here are my top things to do in 36 hours – especially if it is cold!

The Grand Place

I don’t think any trip to Brussels could be complete without visiting the Grand Place. With buildings dating back to the 17th century it quite often gets piped as one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe.

The square itself is surrounded by guildhalls from carpenters to boatbuilders to brewers. The two larger buildings are the town hall and the King’s House which now contains a museum.

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