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Free Things To Do In Brussels

The capital city of Belgium is renowned for its stunning European architecture, its delectable chocolates and plenty of wondrous history.

If you’re looking for things to do in Brussels that won’t break the bank, but will still ensure you have a great time, then we’ve got just the guide for you!

We’ve put together our top 10 best free attractions in Brussels to help you plan the perfect getaway in one of the top cities in Europe! You’ll also find a list of the best paid attractions in Brussels too, just in case you decide to splash the cash a bit while you’re there!

Free Attractions in Brussels

Top Rated Brussels Attractions

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The Church of Our Lady of Laeken

The Église Notre-Dame de Laeken, or the Church of Our Lady of Laeken as it’s more commonly referred to, is one of the most beautiful churches in the city.

It was built by King Leopold in order to commemorate his wife, Queen Louise-Marie, in the 1800s and has since become one of the top tourist attractions in Belgium.

Make sure you spend some time admiring the exquisite architecture of the exterior of the church, and...

Brussels Card

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  • This is a card that lasts for days having you discover Brussels city at large including all main attractions that makes up the Brussels city.
  • It is a perfect tour that gives you free access into over 41 museums across the Belgian Capital - Brussels at large.
  • It is also a card that offers you eccentric discounts when you go
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Parc du Cinquantenaire

The second park featured in this guide of the best free attractions in Brussels deserves its place due to its sheer size and the various activities that it offers visitors.

At an impressive 74-acres large, Parc du Cinquantenaire is an incredible urban oasis offering plenty of dog walking opportunities, football games and so much space for kids to run around and play.

You’ll also likely see hundreds of parakeets singing in...

Mini-Europe - Miniature Model Park

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  • This is the visit to a landmark where structures of Europe's famous building and sites were modelled in a park.
  • An exploration of the most beautiful cities of Europe without going out of Brussels's walls; e.g. the Eifel Tower, Big Ben, Bell Tower of Bruges, City of Light and so on.
  • A park where you'll see animations that will
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Peeing statues

While “peeing statues” might seem like an incredibly unusual activity to have on a guide of the best free attractions in Brussels, these statues are actually one of the most popular things to see in the city!

The most famous statue is Manneken Pis which depicts a little boy urinating into a fountain. It seems incredibly silly, but this statue actually dates all the way back to 1619 and tourists, locals and travellers alike...

Mini-Europe and Atomium Combo Ticket

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  • A travel into Europe's most sought landmarks and attractions in their miniature reproductions.
  • Enjoy the live exploit model of the panoramic views of the European milestones, revolutions and attractions.
  • It is also an included tour into Atomium that is known to give an awesome outlook of Belgian Capital as well as the
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Palais du Justice

Often said to be one of the most controversial buildings in the city, the Palais du Justice, or the Law Courts of Brussels, is the most important court building in the entire country of Belgium.

Right next to the Palace, you’ll find Place Poelaert which offers the very best free views of Brussels city.

While you’re inside the Palais du Justice, make sure you spend plenty of time wandering around and taking everything...

Train World Entrance Ticket

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  • This is delving into the World's most complete train museum giving original scenography of this rare beauty.
  • A tour package into this funky Brussels attraction giving authentic railway cottages and five full steam engines for tourists and visitors to see.
  • A warm atmosphere experience that comes with a downloadable online
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Marolles Flea Market

One of the best ways to get a true feel of any European city is to visit a market; you get to immerse yourself within the local culture, try some different cuisines from far and wide and see how the locals make their livings!

The most famous flea market in Brussels is the Marolles Flea Market, sometimes also called Place du Jeu de Balle, and it’s a great place to go in the city if you’re looking to purchase some trinkets...

Brussels Autoworld Museum Entrance Ticket

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  • This is the exploration into the world where you'll see the evolution of automobiles with the display of over 250 vehicles.
  • A visit to where you can see ancient - century cars and trucks in their new state like the 1928 Bentley, 1930 Cord, 1930 Bugatti and so on.
  • It is a tour that is family - friendly where you spend the best
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Ixelles Cemetery

Cimetière d'ixelles is a major cemetery in Brussels and is also one of the largest in the city.

However, when people talk about the Ixelles Cemetery, more often than not they will also be referring to the neighbourhood which is also titled the same name; it can get a little confusing!

You can pay your respects to some of Brussels’ most famous departed inside the cemetery such as Victor Horta and Frederic...

Skip the Ticket: Brussels Atomium Ticket

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  • It is an elite visit to the Brussels most outstanding landmark - the Atomium.
  • A ticket that gives you a priority access and a queue - free entrance into the amazing art and design museum.
  • An admiration of the whole Brussels city as you stand over the various domes and heights that full the street of Atomium.
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Promenade Verte

Promenade Verte stretches for 60km and is one of the most beautiful cycling and hiking routes in the whole country.

The tree lined avenue makes for an idyllic place to ride a bicycle, don your running shoes or simply just enjoy a lovely leisurely stroll with the kids.

While it might be 60km long, you certainly don’t have to complete the whole thing and Promenade Verte is designed in such a way that you can join the route...

MOOF Comic's Museum single Ticket ticket

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  • The 9th art in 3D

    The sets, made by young artists and Brussels students for the most part, are wonderfully staging this graphic and colorful universe. Watch comic book cartoons in their original version and learn about the stages of comic book adaptation in both the big screen and the big screen through the history of Belvision...read more
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Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Brussels is the official palace of the King and Queen of Belgium, but it’s not actually used as their royal residence and is instead somewhat of a tourist attraction for visitors to the city.

You can embark on a free self-guided tour of the palace during the summer months where you’ll get the chance to explore numerous state rooms, suites and official royal rooms.

If you’re a fan of history...

Entrance ticket to the Pixel Video Game Museum

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  • You will not only have access to the Pixel Museum, which is the only Franco-Belgian video game museum, but also we will offer you a unique journey through half a century of history. You will also have the opportunity to...read more
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The Royal Museum of Armed Forces and of Military History

Situated in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, The Royal Museum of Armed Forces and of Military History is a military museum that showcases exhibits from medieval times as well as the European Forum of Contemporary Conflicts.

It’s certainly not an attraction that’s suited to everyone’s tastes, but it is considered to be one of the best free museums in Brussels and you can see a whole manner of different collections and...

Choco-Story: The Chocolate Museum in Brussels

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  • Dive into the world of chocolate!

    By visiting Choco-Story Brussels, you will learn how first the Mayas, then the Aztecs, grew cocoa trees, how the cocoa bean conquered Europe and how cocoa is made into...read more
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Parc d’Egmont

Egmont Park offers a beatific oasis in the middle of the city centre, yet it remains fairly untouched as it’s nestled away behind one of the busiest streets in Brussels.

The park is home to the Palais d’Egmont, as well as the statue of Peter Pan; another notable free thing to see in Brussels.

While the city is home to many parks and open areas, Parc d’Egmont is often said to be one of the very best thanks to...

Musical Instruments Museum Ticket

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  • Since 11 January 1992 the Musical Instruments Museum (now known as the 'mim') has been part of the Royal Museums of Art and History. It's divided into two sections: firstly, the early music section and secondly, the section of modern music (19th and 20th centuries), and popular and traditional...read more
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Brussels

There are many things you can do for free in Brussels like booking free entry into some Brussels museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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