If you were an alien from outer space and you only had a few days to get a very broad idea of Europe, you can't go wrong with Brussels. The buildings are old, the architecture very much European and that's pretty much it. I think when in this area, you can do yourself a great favor in venturing out. The city has great connections to a wide net of Belgium. During my time there I went to meet a friend in Antwerp and had an absolute blast. I feel that this is probably the case in Amsterdam. Once you get over the red-light district and weed stuff there isn't much else, but venturing out to its lesser known towns it feels refreshing.
First stop in Brussels is Belgian beer.
The Mannekin Pis is a famous statue in Brussels, he is usually decorated with stuff.
I assume it was pride week when I was visiting.
Most of the central area felt like tourist traps and they probably were. I ate at a few restaurants and bars but nothing particularly memorable I would say. I think the Delirium distillery was probably the highlight.
The Grote Markt.
It looks prettier at night.
Local entertainment while we drank Delirium on the patio outside.
It's a bit out of the way to get to, but the Atomium is a worth-visit I think. It was built for the 1958 World's Fair. On a sunny day its super shiny and impressive. Inside, there are traveling exhibitions.
A series of escalators connects the orbs on the Atomium.
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