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Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport

Explore Brussels

From chocolate museums and the Atomium to Bruges and Mini-Europe, there’s plenty to see and do in Brussels, Belgium. Explore it all from the comfort of our hotel in Brussels.

Local Tips

Local Tips

Must See

Just 30 minutes by bus from Crowne Plaza Hotel Brussels Airport is historic Brussels, with the handsome Grand-Place square at its heart. Marvel at the Gothic Town Hall and the ornate guildhouses, with opulent wooden interiors home to enchanting cafes.

What's New

Dating from at least the 14th century, the Manneken Pis, the famous statue of a little boy peeing, is hardly new. However, his costume for the day might well be. He has an extensive wardrobe of over 760 pieces, which is newly displayed at the City Museum.

Tips

Ask friendly Front Desk staff at Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport about excursions and travel arrangements across Belgium. The hotel is 45km from Antwerp, the city of diamonds, and 110km from Brugge, a charming medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Must Do

Art in Brussels is playfully elegant, from the interior design inspired by nature at the Art Nouveau Horta Museum to the thought-provoking surrealism at the Magritte Museum. Even cartoon hero Tintin is lovingly explored at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre.

Don't Go Home Without

Sampling melt-in-the-mouth Belgian chocolate. Brussels' cobbled lanes are sprinkled with luxury chocolate shops, while you can admire a chocolatier at work and learn the history of its velvety richness at the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate.

Things To Do

Things To Do

Brussels Expo Conference center

Place de Belgique, Brussels, 1200

Belgium's biggest exhibition center. Brussels Expo has 12 exhibition halls, with a surface area of 3,000 to 13,000 m², as well as an impressive "congress" infrastructure, made up of 2 auditoriums and various meeting rooms

Brussels city center

Brussels is a city of fine food, culture, architecture, Art Nouveau and unreal. It offers a range monumental buildings such as the Grand Place, the Botanical Gardens, ... Not to mention the area of European Communities.

Grand Place: an architectural spendour

Grand Place, Brussels, 1000

One of the most beautiful town squares in Europe, if not in the world! It is a remarkable body of architecture. Concerts and musical happenings are organized throughout the year. The most famous events are the "Ommegang " and the biennial flower carpet

Manneken pis: XXV century fountain

rue de l'étuve, Brussels, 1000

It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a niked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy and put in place in 1618/1619. It bears a similar cutltural significance as Copenhagen's Little Mermaid. The famous Manneken-Pis remains the emblem of the rebellious spirit of the City of Brussels

Royal Palace: build by William I

Place des Palais, Brussels, 1000

The Royal Palace of Brussels (Dutch: Koninklijk Paleis van Brussel, French: Palais Royal de Bruxelles) is the official palace of the King of the Belgians in the centre of the nation's capital Brussels. However it is not used as a royal residence, as the king and his family live in the Royal Castle of Laeken on the outskirts of Brussels.

Sablon@ historical and antiques shopping

Place du grand Sablon, Brussels, 1000

Charming neighbourhood of Brussels that still has the aspect of village in the citys heart. Famous for its antique stores.

Waterloo: meet Napoleon and Wellington

Route du Lion 315, Waterloo, 1410

The Waterloo Battelfield has been preserved almost as it was in 1815. Come and find out about the course of this great battle from European history which pitted Napoleon's troops against those of Wellington and Blucher

Walibi Six flags amusement park

Boulevard de l'Europe 100, Wavre, 1300

With the family or friends, take off for the "BIG7", Walibi's 7 most famous attractions : the Calamity Mine train, the risky slides in the Flash Back streams and the Radja river or why not try the wooded circuit of the Loup-Garou, more than 1 km long. And those who are afraid of nothing must not miss the Dalton Terror and the Cobra.

Bruges: Romance in the Venice of the North

The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Bruges' most famous landmark is its 13th-century belfry, housing a municipal carillon comprising 48 bells. The city still employs a full-time carillonneur, who gives free concerts on a regular basis. Long with a few other canal based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North"

Antwerp: city of diamonds

Antwerp had an artistic reputation in the 17th century, based on its school of painting, which included Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens, the two Teniers and many others. But is also a city of fashion and has produced designers such as the Antwerp Six. The city has a cult status in the fashion world, due to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, one of the most important fashion academies in Europe.

Kinepolis: movie hall

Biggest movie haal of Belgium. Most movies are available in original version

Autoworld / the Cinquantenaire

Parc du Cinquantenaire 11, Brussels, 1000

Autoworld opens its doors and invites you to discover the automotive history through a unique and outstanding collection : more than 300 vehicles, of all origins.Horse-drawn coaches, two-doors sport sedan from back in the Fifties, dream limos, popular cars… And let us not forget the Motorcycles and the Commercial vehicles!

Belgium comic strip center meet Tintin

rue des sables 20, Brussels, 1000

In a masterpiece of Art Nouveau designed by Victor Horta (1906),the Belgian Comic Strip Center brings together everything related to the comic strip,from its prestigious beginnings to its most recent developments, on more than 4,000 square metres of museum floors.

Horta museum

rue Americaine 5, Brussels, 1060

The Victor Horta Museum in Brussels is an attraction than no fan of art and architecture will want to miss. It comprises both the former home and studio of the man who is widely acknowledged as the key figure in the Art Nouveau world of architecture. The 1893 Art Nouveau style Maison Autrique is the first town house that Horta built in Brussels, and it is one of, if not the first, example of Art Nouveau architecture.The houses that Horta designed in Brussels are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites

University - ULB/VUB

Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 50, Brussels, 1050

Local university located close to the hotel with many activities available to the public on the campus

Living Tomorrow

Indringingsweg 1, Vilvoorde, 1800

Living Tomorrow offers the chance to visit the house of the future and creative industries of the future.

The Atomium

Place de l'Atomium 1, Atomiumplein 1, Brussels, 1020

See Brussels from a birdseye view at the Atomium, Belgium’s most iconic building. Built for the 1958 World’s Fair to celebrate Brussels’ advances in engineering, the Atomium is fascinating to explore. Admire the modernist exterior and travel inside the six spheres to view unique exhibits or dine at the futuristic Atomium restaurant. This Belgian landmark is only 15 minutes away from our Brussels hotel.

Brussels Comic Book Route

The Marolles Area, Pentagon,

Back in the 1990s, the City of Brussels began to protest against the billboard-style advertisements the people felt were making the city ugly. They took down the ads, restored the crumbling facades beneath them, and began producing comic strip frescoes on the walls instead. Located in and around the city centre, these murals feature beloved Belgian and international comic book characters. Keep an eye out for Tintin, Yoko Tsuno, Spirou, Nero, Lucky Luke, and Martine.

Mini-Europe

Av. du Football 1,, Brussels, 1020

Don’t have time to visit all the countries in Europe? Explore the tiny streets of Mini-Europe in Brussels. With over 350 intricate miniatures of Europe’s most iconic buildings, you’ll want to spend hours exploring this Brussels attraction. See Prague’s medieval clock tower, the ancient Greek theater of Kourion in Cyprus, and Italy’s Mount Vesuvius, complete with eruptions. Say hello to Big Ben at London’s Palace of Westminster, the Lisbon Oceanarium, and the Blue Church in Bratislava.

Choco-Story Brussels

Rue de l'Etuve 41, Brussels, 1000

Gain a new appreciation for chocolate at Choco-Story, one of the top things to do in Brussels. This museum takes you back to the roots of chocolate. Learn how cacao tree pods become the decadent goodness loved around the world. You’ll be amazed at how complicated the process actually is! Watch a chocolate maker crafting Belgian pralines—and sample a few yourself. Dash to the gift shop to buy more tasty creations for your friends back home.

Bruges

Don’t leave Belgium without exploring the medieval town of Bruges, located two hours away by train. Walk the cobblestone streets and pop into the town’s famous lace shops. Dig into a classic Belgian dish of waffles or Brussels sprouts. Admire the ornate Belfry of Bruges, watch graceful swans glide on the canals, and enjoy a classical music performance at the Bruges Concert Hall. This UNESCO World Heritage City is worth exploring for a full day.