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Great Apps For Exploring Brussels

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Updated: 31 October 2016
Whether you are planning to visit Brussels or are a total newcomer to the city, these apps will make your arrival that much easier. When it comes to navigating Brussels’ transportation system, figuring out the fickle weather pattern, or just finding the best places to enjoy the Belgian nightlife, we’ve rounded up a few apps to ensure your experience in Brussels is not just great, but excellent.

VisitBrussels

Welcome to Brussels!

When planning your trip to Brussels or looking to find your bearings in the city, the VisitBrussels app is one of the most comprehensive guides available. Organized into sections with more practical aspects such as where to sleep and eat during your stay, VisitBrussels also delivers tips and tours about the best things to see and do once in the city. With a database of 1,500 addresses and an interactive map (available offline), this will certainly put visitors on the right track for exploring the city.

Available on: iTunes — Free

Mont Des Arts | JoaquinAranoa/Pixabay
Mont Des Arts | JoaquinAranoa/Pixabay

Monument Tracker

Discover Brussels through interactive photos, audio book & tours

Though not exclusive to Brussels, Monument Tracker is a great way to discover any city with its complete guide composed of thematic walks and tours curated to the user’s interests. Users will be guided to various monuments throughout Brussels and learn about their history – all without the fumbling of guidebooks in hand. Individuals can also share their adventures through their profile, create itineraries and share their adventures with other users.

Available on: iTunesGoogle Play – Free

© Monument Tracker
© Monument Tracker/ Anne Boyle

Brussels Gardens

Get back to nature in the middle of Brussels

Brussels is home to many fantastic parks and green spaces to have a picnic or take a stroll. Thanks to the Brussels Gardens app, everyone can take full advantage of these parks and discover their ideal spot, using their current location as a reference. The app also gives thorough insight about each of the parks such as the history of the area, which amenities are available and the option to explore which parks are the best for sunbathing in chairs or hike through winding trails.

Available on: iTunesGoogle Play – Free

© Brussels Gardens| Courtesy of Anne Boyle
© Brussels Gardens | Courtesy of Anne Boyle

STIB – MIVB

Head in the right direction!

Besides good map applications, public transport can be also handy when you are visiting a new city – especially in the case for Brussels. The STIB – MIVB, the public transport company of the Brussels Capital Region, offers a useful app that gives real-time departures, the timetables of nearby stops, line maps including trams, metros and buses. A definite must for travelers new to the Brussels transportation scene.

Available on: iTunesGoogle Play – Free

Brussels - metro platform sign Arts-Loi|R/DV/RS/Flickr
Brussels – metro platform sign Arts-Loi | R/DV/RS/Flickr

SNCB – NMBS

Explore other Belgian cities

After an exciting time in Brussels, you may be thinking about visiting other famous Belgian cities such as Antwerp, Bruges or Ghent. The National Railway Company of Belgium has created an app where travelers can find real-time train information. This multifaceted travel planner calculates the fastest door-to-door journey, shows departure and arrival schedules, and even lets you search by train number. Moreover, you can buy your tickets via the app or save your travel schedule. And if you are planning to travel during the weekend you can benefit from special discounts.

Available on: iTunesGoogle Play – Free

Brussels-Nord | pixabay
Brussels-Nord | pixabay

AllBikesNow

Discover the city by bike

If the Belgian weather is in your favor and you’re keen to discover the city through a new perspective, the best way is by renting a bike. AllBikesNow app provides you with up to date information about bike stations’ availability. Where to rent or leave a bike, and how far they are from your location. A fun and healthy way to discover the city!

Available on: iTunesGoogle Play – Free

Villo Bikes Brussels |charlie_lcc/Flickr
Villo Bikes Brussels | charlie_lcc/Flickr

AccuWeather

Should you take your umbrella with you?

Speaking of the weather, Brussels is well-known for its fickle weather patterns, where it can move from sunny to rainy in a matter of minutes. In this case, it may help to have a heads up to plan for such occasions. The Accuweather app has forecasts of the weather in Brussels, as well as showing weather patterns in different European cities and around the world. With hourly and daily updates, its minute-by-minute forecast is very useful when you want to plan that next bike ride through the city or embark on foot.

Available on: iTunesGoogle Play – Free

Rain in Brussels |Peter.Lorre/Flickr
Rain in Brussels | Peter.Lorre/Flickr

Withlocals

Are you hungry?

All that sightseeing could work up an appetite, but for those looking to continue exploring at the dinner table should try Withlocals. Not exclusive to Brussels, Withlocals opens the opportunity for individuals to share their culinary talents and love for cooking with both locals and newcomers in the area. Enjoy several international cuisines within the ambiance of a local kitchen, this is a fitting app for such a multicultural city.

Available on: iTunesGoogle Play – Free

Withlocals | Courtesy of Withlocals
Withlocals | Courtesy of Withlocals

The Culture Trip App

Discovering the best of Brussels

This list wouldn’t be a list without our very own app. For the ultimate trip, follow the advice of locals and discover their favorite spots in Brussels. With The Culture Trip you have the best of art, food, music, films, literature, design, history — in short, everything that is happening in the city right now. It is even easier if you download the app: you only need to select your location and choose from the ‘I Want’ menu that will deliver a range of content curated to suit your needs. Discover the best Brussels has to offer from places to eat in each neighborhood or the cultural agenda for the whole city.

Available on: Google Play iTunes – Free

Culture Trip App | Courtesy of Anne Boyle
Culture Trip App | Courtesy of Anne Boyle

B2N

Looking for a great nighttime plan?

When it comes to planning your evening in Brussels, check out the B2N app. This app lists the best bars, clubs, concert venues and parties happening across the city. You can choose what you want to do – partying, a good bar or special events – by date, venue, area, name or music genre, and save the event in your calendar.

Available on: iTunesGoogle Play –Free