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Top 10 Instagram-Worthy Spots In Brussels

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The 10 Best Instagram-Worthy Spots In Brussels

Brussels is definitely one of the most “Instagrammable” cities in Europe! Tourists cannot stop taking pictures of this majestic city because of its’ top-rated photography spots and picturesque landscape.

There’s the Grand Palace, named as a Unesco World Heritage Site and the antique market in Place du Grand Sablon to name a few of the Instagram worthy spots in Brussels.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or interesting architecture, these recommendations will have you covered. Here’s your ultimate Brussels Instagram guide to 10 must-see Instagrammable photo spots in the city.

You might also want to check our guide to top hotel bars and top night tours in Brussels.

Did we miss your favorite Instagram worthy spot in Brussels? Join the conversation in the comments.

1) Grand Place

 

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If you’ve already spent any time on Instagram looking at Brussels photography, then you’ll likely have spotted the iconic Grand-Place. The Grand-Place is the center of attraction in the city of Brussels.

All over the world, the Grand-Place it is known for its elegant decor and aesthetic wealth. The square is the most important tourist destination and the most memorable landmark in Brussels. It is also considered as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe providing the perfect photo opportunity. The architecture provides a vivid illustration of the level of social and cultural life in the 17th century.

The Grand-Place is considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth and was registered on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1998.

2) Parc du Cinquantenaire

 

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Parc du Cinquantenaire French for “Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary”, or Jubelpark Dutch for “Jubilee Park”, is one of the largest public parks with a total of 30 hectares and located in the easternmost part of the European Quarter. It was built during the reign of Leopold II to remember fifty days of Belgian independence.

Parc du Cinquantenaire is also a great spot for a picnic, fun times with families and friends. This jubilee park is home to several top Brussels museums, including the Royal Art and History museums, with antiquities from around the world and Autoworld which boasts over 400 remarkable vintage vehicles. 

3) Mont des Arts

 

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The Mont des Arts is a must-see place in Brussels. The inauguration happened in 1969 and is located at the historic site in the center. It means “hill/mount of the arts” which is an urban complex including the Royal Library of Belgium, the National Archives of Belgium, the Square Brussels Meeting Centre, and a public garden.

These buildings expand into a park which was designed by René Pechère. It was King Léopold II who decided to turn the whole district into Mont des Arts. The architects Jules Ghobert and Maurice Houyoux chose a classicizing architecture, influenced by the official, academic style of the late 1930s.

The place is an absolute delight for all the art enthusiasts and photographers. The Mont des Arts district in the hub of Brussels is very artistic and full of stories. With all of its museums, cultural centers, and amazing architecture, the ‘mountain of the arts’ proves its name in Brussels.

4) The Atomium

 

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The Atomium is one of the most significant sites in Belgium and was designed by a Belgian engineer André Waterkeyn to represent a single unit of iron. The Atomium depicts nine iron atoms in the shape of the body-centered cubic unit cell of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. Within the Atomium, there are a series of stairs and escalators taking the visitors through the history and building of the attraction.

It was originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair (Expo 58) and now is a museum located at the Heysel Plateau, where the exhibition took place. In 2013, CNN named it Europe’s most bizarre building. As a result, there is always something going on in the area worth snapping a picture of!

5) Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

 

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Classical-style greenhouses, designed by Alphonse Balat in 1873 located at the Avenue du Parc Royal with pavilions, cupolas & arcades. Every spring, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken opens its door to the public for three weeks only during the third week of April following a century-old tradition until today. For most times of the year, the public cannot visit the premises of the royalty.

King Leopold II who was the second king of Belgium proposed the idea of the greenhouses. The Royal Greenhouses were built for 31 years from 1874 to 1905.

There are more than 15 greenhouses, each has a different theme and some collection originated from the century of King Leopold II. 

6) Subway Pennehuis

 

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Taking a walk down to the subway in Brussels and admiring the art is one of the most popular things to see. Metro Stations in Brussels are one of the best examples to appreciate the work of art while going to the destination. It makes the journey more special. Each station has a different theme and design.

Subway Pannenhuis is one of the best subway arts in Brussels. Located in the royal neighborhood of Laeken, Pannenhuis first opened in 1982 near its namesake Rue du Pannenhuys. Wall elements, art pieces, amazing lightings, and color schemes are totally eye-catcher in this station.

7) The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

 

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The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a Roman Catholic church and named after the patron saint of Brussels. The place is one of the most important landmarks in the city and a lot of devotees are coming here every year. The church was given cathedral status in 1962.

The place is very calming and the beautiful location is available to walk through and absolutely breath-taking. This massive and historic building has some amazing treasures, especially the stained glass windows and great statues. It has the tombs of the Dukes of Brabant and has seen various national events, in keeping with its significance.

In order to get the best angles with the fewest people in your shot, head to the cathedral earlier in the day rather than later.

8) Museum in Brussels

 

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Brussels has one of the most diverse and biggest collections of museums in the world so definitely art lovers will find plenty of things to do in the city. The richness of Belgium’s history can be explored through Brussels museums and art galleries. The entire country has nearly 90 local museums, including smaller ones. Magritte Museum: Tribute to Beloved Belgian Artist, Musical Instruments Museum: Celebration of Sound, Autoworld: Car Lovers’ Paradise,  Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and The Brussels Gueuze Museum are some of the best and highly recommended museums in Brussels.

9) The Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert

 

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The Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert is a stunning glass-roofed arcade in the center of Brussels. The arcade is an excellent example of a covered shopping gallery that dates back to 19th century.

The Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert drew a broad audience, attracted by its sophisticated brands, elegant cafés, and cultural spaces. The place is absolutely fashionable and trendy with a lot of shops, auditoriums, restaurants, and apartments including the Théâtre du Vaudeville, the Cinéma des Galeries and the Taverne du Passage, called the Café des Arts until 1892. It’s popular in Europe as being the first covered shopping arcade. The perfect Instagram Spot!

10) Notre Dame De La Chapelle

 

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Notre Dame De La Chapelle is a huge and beautiful church that is only a short walk from the great Grand Place. Founded in 1134, there has been a church on this site for nearly 1000 years. The church contains the remains of Pieter Bruegel The Elder and is a really popular tourist destination. The twin-towered church also features some amazing tapestries depicting historic events from Brussels’ rich and often bloody past.

Notre Dame de la Chapelle is another good church to visit in Brussels especially for history and religion enthusiasts. It is a worth 1-hour tour to enjoy the architecture of the site.

 

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