A few weeks ago we escaped to make a girls trip Very special: the chic bachelorette party of our friend Meri. While last year we celebrated my bachelorette party in Rome, on this occasion we decided travel to Brussels to live a three day getaway in Flanders. Two days we dedicate to visit Brussels and the third one we did a excursion to Mechelen and Leuven. Do you want to know what to do two days in Brussels? Keep reading ...
Flight Barcelona - Brussels
We left Friday first thing in the morning. At five o'clock we were already at the Prat airport to take a flight with RyanAir (€ 58 i / v) to the main airport in Brussels (Zaventem). As the flight was leaving so soon, we went to the airport by car and left it in the airport parking lot. If you reserve in the AENA website, parking on T2 (and also on T1) up to 4 days costs € 38. However, if you want a cheaper parking, you can leave the car in the MundiAuto parking for € 5 a day.
Tintin welcomed us at Midi station.
From the airport we went to the train to the center of Brussels. It is the most comfortable and quick way. In 20 minutes you plant yourself in the center of the city. The price is € 8.50 each way. You can buy train tickets at the same airport, but if you want to save queues you can buy them on the website of Belgian Rail. Once purchased, they send you a PDF that you have to print and show it to the reviewer inside the train. When buying the ticket you have to put departure / arrival from BRUSSEL-NATIONAAL-LUCHTHAVEN (airport).
What to see and do in Brussels in two days
Of the three days we were in the city, two were dedicated to discovering the capital of Belgium. Despite what many people think, Brussels is a beautiful city with many points of interest. We visited her all Friday and Sunday until noon and we left things to do.
Visit the Grand Place / Grote Markt
It is the central point of the city and one of the most beautiful squares in all of Flanders. The buildings that make up the central square of Brussels are spectacular and its facades are so ornate that when you are there it is hard to decide where to look. The main buildings that compose it are the Town Hall, the King's house and the guild houses. The square was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998.
This small bronze statue of a naked boy urinating at the fountain is one of the symbols of the city. Perhaps the most surprising thing the first time you see it is the size: only 61 centimeters. Even so, the Manneken Pis is an institution in the city and there are days when he is dressed in a custom made suit for a special occasion. The day we saw him, he was dressed in the suit of the Saint Michael academic order. You can check the calendar with the dresses here.
Manneken Pis dressed in the suit of the academic order of Saint Michael
The Saint-Hubert Galleries
In 1837 the architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer designed the first commercial galleries in Europe. At that time, you had to pay admission and its majestic interior housed the most select shops in the city. Today, these galleries continue to maintain their splendor thanks to the glazed dome that causes a special light to penetrate. There we can buy chocolates from the most select brands such as Marcolini, Godiva or Neuhaus. In the galleries you can also taste the best waffles and quiches in the city.
Since June 2009 Brussels boasts a space dedicated to one of the most important surrealist painters. This museum, located in the Plaza Real, reviews the artistic work of René Magritte. The museum is divided into three floors in which we can see the painter's career from his beginnings as a designer of advertising posters to his latest works. The museum has more than 200 works by the painter and is a mandatory visit for all art lovers. The visit to the museum without a guide costs € 8 and is recommended buy it in advance.
Museum of Music Instruments (MIM)
Close to the Magritte museum, we recommend this museum not only for its collection of musical instruments, but also for being located in the old warehouses of Old England. This building is a jewel of Art Nouveau and was designed by the modernist architect Víctor Horta. On the top floor there is a cafeteria from which we can see beautiful views of the city. Admission is € 8.
Chocolate tasting and workshop in Brussels
I already did this activity in our previous trip to Flanders, but we wanted to repeat it this time with all the girls. Close to the MIM and the garden of Mont des Arts is the workshop and cafeteria of Laurent Gerbaud. This man is one of the most famous chocolatiers in the city thanks to the mastery he expresses combining the best chocolates with fruits from around the world. The first part of the workshop was to make our own chocolates. A machine keeps the dark chocolate circulating at the right temperature and with the help of a spatula we had to fill the mold of the chocolates. It was not an easy task to hold the mold with one hand and the spatula with the other while we introduced the mold under the chocolate jet, but with the help of Laurent we came out graceful.
Once the chocolate is distributed you have two minutes to decorate it. It is the time it takes for the chocolate to solidify and then the ingredients stick together. Here the imagination only has the temporal limitation. On the table we had all kinds of fruits such as almonds, cashews, caramelized ginger, cocoa shell, raspberries, etc ...
The chocolate molds are stored in the refrigerator to solidify completely and then passed to the best part: chocolate tasting. In a rectangular plate we are presented with 13 pieces of chocolate. It starts with the most industrial and ends with the choicest chocolates produced in Laurent Gerbaud's workshops. I recommend it to everyone!