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Brussels (Bruxelles)

Statue in Brussels
Brussels, the center of tapestry and lace-making in the Middle Ages, still has a charming old world feel, and a compact city center that's easy to explore with kids. The unique Manneken Pis fountain is a big hit with children, for teens there's the Musee Magritte Museum. Cosy and friendly in any season for a family holiday, Brussels has plenty of fun food, from gauffre (waffles) to chocolates galore.
Brussels Photo Album
    City center
    Bruparck and Atomium
      Tip: Ride the metro (subway) and trams around Brussels – fun and convenient. Pick up a Metro-Tram-Bus map at the tourist information office at the Grand Place.
   

Fun food

     

Kids can dig into gauffre, big thick waffles with chocolate, strawberry, or raspberry (framboise) sauce, whipped cream and powdered sugar. You can buy them from stalls on the street. And everyone in the family will enjoy tasting all the different chocolates from the sweet shops.

   

Shopping

     

Bring back Tintin souvenirs, tapestry purses, old-fashioned dolls covered in lace, porcelain figurines, and miniature Manneken Pis statuettes.

family travel tools brussels

A super way to get to know Brussels is ride around the city in a hop on – hop off bus. 12 stops around the city, including the Central Station (close to the Grand Place), Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Atomium and Brupark. Tickets are valid for 24 hours and you can board the double-decker bus anywhere on the route.

Brussels Hop On Hop Off Bus
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Magritte's Marvelous Hat artist belgium kids  

Before you visit the Magritte Museum, read this imaginative story about the artist. Magritte buys a new hat that floats playfully above his head. What's familiar is now quite different – it rains under his umbrella, outside is inside, fish swim in the sky, but with the hat, Magritte paints his best paintings. Magically illustrated! (Picture book)

 

     
Magritte's Apple
Klass Verplancke, MoMA

Step in the puzzling and mysterious world of Rene Magritte, the artist who paints applehats, shoes with toes, stones that float like clouds, day and night appear in the same painting. A native of Belgium, Magritte's works are on display in Brussels, and this is a delightful introduction this surprising painter. (Picture book)

 

 
magritte's apple
     
King Ottokar's Sceptre  

Hergé (real name Georges Remi), creator of Tintin comics, was born in Brussels, and turned comic strips into an art. In King Ottokar's Sceptre, Tintin, boy adventurer, and Snowy, a quick-witted dog, race through Europe, eluding gangsters at every turn, to retrieve the stolen scepter of Syldavia. Tintin is a family favorite! (Graphic novel)

For more adventures of Tintin: The Black Island, The Blue Lotus, and Red Rackham's Treasure

 

(More children's books on the Belgium page)
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