For a relatively small city, there are absolutely no limits to what you can see and experience in Brussels. Architecturally, the city hosts a wealth of Art Deco and Art Nouveau masterpieces.
But what better way to enjoy a bird’s eye view over the city, than from the top of the following places…
- Our first stop happens to be a rather unique suggestion, and an unlikely place to steal a great view, but the top floor of the centrally located Parking 58 park house near La Monnaie (Rue de l’Evêque, 1) will surely not leave you disappointed!
- The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) offers a spectacular Old England art nouveau view from the top floor café and restaurant. It also happens to be my personal favorite. The museum is worth a visit, but if you are pressed for time, you can obtain a ticket for the elevator and head straight up to the café for free. Gare Central (Central Station) is just 200 meters away from the MIM on Montagne de la Cour 2. Opening times are Tuesday thru Friday: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m & Saturday & Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
- If you’re into sunsets and nice views, then head over to the balcony on Place Poelaert which is adjacent to the Palais de Justice (a Brussels landmark) one early evening. As a side note, this Place makes a great starting point for walking tours around the city; take the elevator downstairs to explore the Marolles and be enchanted by vintage finds, follow Avenue Louise for luxury labels before hitting the peaceful Bois de Cambre park, or follow one of the several side streets such as Rue aux Laines which will take you into the Petite Sablon, to the Grand Place, and further on to the Royal Palace also
- Parc du Cinquantenaire (Jubelpark) is a public park in the European Quarter, designed by King Leopold II to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city in 1880. The regal arch is a sight which cannot be missed, and you will surely appreciate the wonderful views over the city from the top of this arch. You can enter for free through the Army Museum between Tuesday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The park is accessible via tram lines 81 or 82 and Metro stations Schuman or Merode
- The Koekelberg Basilica is a beautiful art Deco masterpiece. It is so imposing that it is able to be seen from many points in and around Brussels. Luckily, it also offers a secluded sight to be seen from its balcony, and on a clear day you can see as far as Mechelen (roughly 40km outside of Brussels). An entrance ticket of 5 euro will also get into the Basilica’s two museums. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. & Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
- A replica of an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times stands proudly on the outskirts of the city and is otherwise known as the Atomium. It was originally built as a temporary exhibit for the World’s Fair in 1958. Luckily it was kept there and maintained and today it offers visitors temporary exhibitions as well as a unique and literal 360 degree panoramic view over the city. On a clear day you can see as far as Antwerp! An adult entrance will cost you 11 Euro and you can visit every day from 10 am to 6 pm, including holidays. (Metro station Heysel/Heizel)