Brussels was the second stop on my Eurotrip. I absolutely loved it.
I spent a day and a half in the city of Brussels. The charming little city of Brussels has a handful of beautiful attractions and they should not be missed.
I started my day walking to the Manneken Pis. It is a bronze statue of a small boy peeing in the fountain. There are many myths about the origin of Manneken Pis. One myth suggests that the statue was built to honor an unknown child who urinated on the fuse of explosives which were meant to blow up the entire city during a siege. Another theory suggests that first the fountain was erected by a father in memory of his lost son only to find him urinating on the corner of the streets two days later. The boy statue was built later at the same spot where the child was urinating.
Whatever might be the truth, there is no doubt about its popularity among Belgian people. The statue was stolen by the soldiers of Louis XV in 1747. This caused a widespread anger among the residents. Not only did Louis XV returned the statue back to the people but also conferred the Medal of Honor to it. He also gifted the boy statue an outfit and since then, the boy statute gets to be dressed in different outfits on special occasions. What a lucky boy, indeed!
Post paying my respect to the Manneken Pis by giving a piece of cloth, I walked to the city center of Brussels called the Grand Place or Grote Markt. This square is regarded as the Europe’s most beautiful squares and is is surrounded by elegant old buildings and museums such as Town Hall (also called Hotel De Ville), Beluve Museum, Brewery Museum, Museum of the City and Royal Museum of Fine Arts.
Also, a wide variety of Belgian delicacies are sold on the Grand Place. So I treated myself to mouth – watering Belgian chocolates, waffles and Frites. Belgium is also famous for its beer and one can spot many themed bars and shops around the city.
After that, I made my way to Atomium amid heavy rains to see the building regarded as one of the European most bizarre buildings by CNN. Honestly, it did not look bizarre to me at all. It was more like a model of some chemical formula.
Post this, I visited Mini Europe which is a miniature park located at the foot of the Atomium. I absolutely loved this place. Mini Europe is like a great trip around Europe where one can see miniature versions of the monuments of greatest cities in Europe. This visit made me want to visit some countries in Europe that I did not consider visiting before.
So all in all, it was a great day visiting Brussels and I totally recommend Brussels to all the travellers.