A weekend in Brussels, Belgium – Beautiful monuments and good beer

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A weekend in Brussels, Belgium - Beautiful monuments and beer

Last weekend, we went to Brussels, in Belgium to visit one of my family members that has been living there for a few years. I had not seen him since last Christmas, so it was quite cool to meet him again. We always had a very good relationship.

Brussels is the capital of the country of Belgium. We had quite a good time in Brussels. It is a really nice city with some very nice monuments. There are also many nice wall paintings. And Belgium is also famous for its beers. You can find many pubs and bars in Brussels where you can drink quite good beers.

The weather was not great during the weekend. Nevertheless, we had a really good time in Brussels! I did not manage to take really good pictures, sorry about that.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is the capital of Belgium, in Europe. It is not a very big city, with about 176’000 people living there. However, the greater area around the city is also called the region of Brussels and is home to more than one million people. Most people speak French in Brussels, but Belgium has two national languages: French and Flemish.

Brussels Grand Plaza in the night
Brussels Grand Plaza in the night

We arrived in Brussels by the end of the afternoon. It was already dark. But it turned out that it was a great thing. The Grand Plaza is beautiful by night. There are many beautiful buildings on this plaza and they are well-lit during the night.

Unfortunately, we had a quite and rainy weekend. We did not visit as many things as we would have liked. We have been a bit lazier than in our usual vacations. But we still managed to view quite a lot of nice things. Overall, the city is quite nice and clean. However, there are some areas, outside of the touristic places, that were really not clean. And there are also quite a few homeless people in the streets. I was a bit surprised by that fact.

Manneken Pis, in Brussels
Manneken Pis, in Brussels

One of the most famous things in Brussels is the Manneken Pis. It literally means Little Pisser. It is a very little statue of a boy peeing. There are always a lot of tourists taking pictures of this. I do not really understand the craziness about this statue. But it is kind of funny. It is not known why this particular fountain was created like this. But the history of this statue and foutains dates back at least six hundred years.

There is actually also a female version, the Jeanneken Pis:

 

Jeanneke Pis
Jeanneke Pis

The monuments

There are more monuments to see in Brussels.

The Hal City Door of Brussels
The Hal City Door of Brussels

The Hal City door is pretty impressive. I was imagining a small typical city door, but this is really huge, almost a castle actually.

Palace of Brussels
Palace of Brussels

The palace of Brussels is also quite impressive. It is the historical palace of the King of Belgium. It is close to the park of Brussels which is quite nice as well.

Sainte Catherine Church
Sainte Catherine Church

There are also some other monuments such as Sainte Catherine Cathedral. It is quite beautiful. There are also many other monuments that we did not see such as the Dark Tower (awesome name!) or the Atomium that is a bit too far outside the city.

The wall paintings

Belgium is also famous for its many comic books drawers.  And there are many wall paintings in Brussels.

Wall painting of the Manneken Pis, in Brussels
Wall painting of the Manneken Pis, in Brussels

This is a wall painting o the Manneken Pis Statue. Actually, I found that the wall painting is more impressive than the statue itself.

A wall painting in Brussels
A wall painting in Brussels

This one is pretty impressive as well!

Unfortunately, I did not manage to get more pictures. And some of my pictures are even worse than usual. I did poor job with taking pictures during this trip. And Mrs. The Poor Swiss only take videos. On our next trip, I need to improve a bit on my picture taking abilities.

The beers

Moeder Lambic Beer
Moeder Lambic Beer

Belgium is famous for all the kinds of beers it offers. It is probably the most well-known country for beers, at least in Europe. I really like the Belgian beer selection. We enjoyed quite a few beers in different bars. I drank dark beers, stouts, and Gueuze beers.

Delirium Tremens Pub
Delirium Tremens Pub

The most famous bar in Brussels is the Delirium Tremens Pub. It has over one thousand beers. It may not be the best pub in the city. But it is almost a place everyone has to see at least once in Brussels.

Deliriums Tremens Beer Menu
Deliriums Tremens Beer Menu

Look at that menu! Awesome place to have a beer isn’t it :)

What about you, do you like beer? Did you ever drink beer in Brussels? Or Belgium?

The Costs

The trip was a bit more expensive than I expected.

Let’s start with the transportation costs. We generally take our car to the airport and fly if it is in Europe. For Brussels, we paid for the plane tickets two months ago. This is a cost of  345.00 CHF. We waited too long for buying the plane tickets. Indeed, we could have saved a lot by buying them earlier. We paid 52 CHF for the parking of our car at the airport. In Brussels, we moved around with train, subway and uber. It cost us a total of 85.64 CHF. This is a total of 482.64 CHF for the trip.

As for the food, we paid a total of 215.52 CHF over the weekend. We treated my cousin to several meals. But he treated us to most of the booze!

In total, we spent 698.16 CHF for the weekend. This is a total of 116 CHF per day per person. Considering that we did not pay anything for the housing, it is not that great. We should really have bought the plane tickets early. I think we could have saved 40% on the plane tickets price. And we could probably have saved some money on the transportation in Brussels as well. The price of the food was not too bad overall. We will have to work on transportation for the next trip.

We paid for almost everything with my Revolut card. With this card, we did not pay anything in foreign exchange fees. And the exchange rates were really good, even during the weekend. We could have saved a little bit by converting some CHF to EUR before the weekend. I will have to remember that next time.

Conclusion

It was quite a good trip even in such a few days. I would have liked to spend more time there. Brussels has quite a few pretty spots to see. There are many monuments that are worth seeing. Most of the city is quite nice. There are some parts that are quite dirty and do not feel very safe. But for the most part, it is quite good.

And let’s not forget that the city has some very good beer :) I really like beer, it is my alcoholic beverage of choice. We did not drink a lot of beer, but we enjoyed many different kinds of beers! And Belgian fries are really good as well :)

I would advise to spend at least three full days in Brussels. That way, you would not be in a rush to visit the main things the city has to offer.  By not being as lazy like us, you could probably visit more things there. But the weather did not help. It was quite cold and we used it as an excuse

I have also been told that Bruges is a very good place to go out in Belgium. One of these days, I would like to go there for a visit. I have to put this city on my list.

Have you ever been to Brussels? Did you like it?

8 thoughts on “A weekend in Brussels, Belgium – Beautiful monuments and good beer”

  1. Hey Mr. The Poor Swiss,

    Glad you like my country.
    It’s good to see you had a brief but wonderful trip. The weather indeed sucked these last couple of weeks and still sucks btw. Though to be honest we had a gruesome summer, so the rain is more than welcome. Water supplies are still low compared to other years.
    If you plan to visit again, I highly recommend you indeed visit Bruges. Antwerp and Ghent are also lovely cities. Through Belgium, you can also very easily visit the surrounding countries and their cities (Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin. I’d say London as well though they’ll be out as of March 2019).

    Greetings

    1. Hey Mr. Fight to FIRE :)

      I am guessing that if you do not have water, the rain was more than welcome indeed. It was not that bad rain anyway to be honest.
      And the weather was not better in our small Switzerland ;)

      It seems that everybody advice Bruges! It is on my list of cities to visit now :) I have already been to Berlin and Paris. But London and Amsterdam are definitely on my list as well. Still wondering how London will be, come March!

      Thanks for stopping by again :)

  2. Very nice photography, I enjoy your blog although sometimes the intricacies of Swiss life escape a country boy from a rural place like Arkansas. But when you start talking beer you get my whole attention. I bet the beer there is marvelous! Now there is another place on my list I need to go.

    1. Thanks Steveark :)

      The pictures are not bad, but not great either. It is not that difficult to understand Switzerland. It’s just crazy that it is sometimes complicated for such a small country.
      Yeah, the beer was really good. But very strong! 10% alcohol is quite common in Belgian beers. You have to appreciate strong beer! What beer do you like?

      Thanks for stopping by!

      1. I like them all although I’m not as big on the super hoppy varieties. I am no expert, but for the US I like Sam Adams and Blue Moon and overseas I like Cristal from Peru and Pilsner Urquel from the Czech Republic and Dos Equis from Mexico.

        1. I am no expert at all. I like most beers. I am not a fan of American IPA though. But Blue Moon is not bad. In Belgium I mostly enjoyed some very strong beers. But generally, I drink mostly blonde and red beers and some amber ale as well.

  3. We love Belgium and have been on holiday there several times – and I luckily get to travel.to the Netherlands quite often for work which is nice.
    There’s so much more than just Brussels to see and there is so much to do in the country.

    And on the topic of beers – my wife and I have been off the booze all.year due to the now born nee little Lady in our lives – but we’ve got a great selection of Belgian beers ready for when we fall off the wagon again!

    1. Hi Gentleman’s Family,

      I am guessing that there is much more than big cities in Belgium ;) I am definitely going to Bruges next time I go to Belgium. I do not know if I will go into the countryside though.

      Congratulations on keeping off the booze and congratulations on the little Lady!
      It must be difficult to wait with a nice selection of Belgian beers just waiting for you :P

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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