- By Kevin
- On Nov 10, 2017
- Travel Tips
This week Brussels launched a campaign to tempt tourists back to the Belgian capital more than a year since the city was hit by a terrorist attack that cost 32 lives and injured hundreds more.Places don't miss list for the Brussels day trips as below is what you need during your trip there.Perhaps most often thought of as a centre of continental bureaucracy and Europhiles,Brussels has so much more to offer as a destination than just Junker and the European Parliament.
This small town(called Louvain in French)is famous for its old university,founded in 1425,where Erasmus taught.It has the most beautiful Stadhuis(town hall)in Belgium,a flamboyant Gothic wedding cake.The St-Pieterskerk has an excellent collection of early Flemish paintings,and the newly renovated M-Museum Leuven(mleuven.be;closed Wed,and closed temporarily from 18 Jan-10 June 2017)has richly rewarding collections of paintings,furniture and decorative arts.
The centrepiece of Mechelen(Malines in French)is the Gothic St-Romboutskathedraal,with a tower that soars to 318 ft and was planned to be almost twice as high before reason prevailed.It now has a‘Skywalk’at the top,with astonishing views.Mechelen had a grand past,serving briefly as capital of the Burgundian empire.Today it goes about its business on the same medieval footprint,which clusters around the pretty main square,the Grote Markt.Children and adults alike love the Speelgoedmuseum(speelgoedmuseum.be;closed Mon),an excellent,child-oriented toy museum.