Day 2 in Brussels
Discover Brussels’ history, but also that of Europe
Start your day with a veritable breakfast of Belgian style! After the mornings spent in Brussels, with hospitable locals around you, but also with croissants with butter, breakfast will become your favorite meal and will make you start your day easier, particularly after a beer evening. This is the perfect time to arrange your thoughts and continue your adventure.
Another place full of symbolism is the Atomium, a symmetrical, yet twisted structure of steel and aluminum which represents an atom. The nine spheres are connected by stairs and have a special function: they are the houses of exhibition rooms. The tourists can climb the tallest structure sphere using an elevator, to 102 meters height, and admire Brussels from above. The Atomium is actually a museum, which hosts the permanent exhibition called Expo 58, but also depicts the key-events from the Belgian history, in particular the period of the ’50s.
In the close proximity of the Atomium, the Mini-Europe park is found. Right at the feet of the Atomium, you can observe a whole ensemble of models in miniature (at a scale of 1:25) of the most representative monuments of the EU member states. In total, there are 350 buildings from 80 European localities. At the end of your tour, the exhibition is presented in an interactive manner, offering an overview of the European Union using multimedia.
Although it can seem to you unbelievable, you CAN visit the Parliament of the European Union from Brussels. A tour through the European Parliament is a great way to find out about its work as the voice of European Union citizens, and about the impact it makes across both Europe and the world. Visit the hemicycle, the Parlamentarium, and the House of European History. They are all completely free of charge, and nearly all available in each of the EU’s 24 official languages.
In the evening, visit the seemingly off-limits Royal Domain of Laeken. Analyze from a distance the Royal Palace of Laeken – the official residence of the King of the Belgians and the royal family, as it is, unfortunately, not open for the public. Instead, you can explore the immense park surrounding it. Here, you can see various colorful exotic and tropical plants, but also several monuments that were renovated over time: the Japanese Tower, the Chinese Pavilion, Notre Dame Church, and other. We guarantee you that you will remained astonished by this park!