Planning to use your travel money on Belgian delicacies; fries, beer, chocolate and waffles? No problem, Brussels has plenty of free museums and historical landmarks that allow you to keep your Euros in your pocket while taking in some great cultural sights. We look at the best ways to spend your free time in Brussels, free of charge.
As the name suggests, this free museum tells the story of Europe’s history. The journey starts in 1789 marking the start of what has been termed the “long 19th century,” a period lasting until 1914 that encompassed the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the Industrial Revolution. The museum documents the momentous changes through Europe’s history in the European Union’s 24 official languages. The engaging exhibits encompass such topics as Shaping Europe, World War I, Totalitarianism Versus Democracy and Memory of the Shoah (the Hebrew word for the Holocaust).
The year 2019 marked the 450th anniversary of the death of artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Celebrated as the greatest Flemish painter of the 16th century, Bruegel spent most of his life in Brussels. The capital decided to honour him by dotting the city centre with murals that pay homage to his work. Noémie Wibail of Visit Brussels recommends this tour, which was co-organised with art collective Farm Prob. You can view the 14 works in whichever order you like as you drift around the city.