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A couple's weekend in Brussels: Day 1

If you're looking for ideas for a couple's weekend, then you're in the right place! Follow our couple on a walk through Brussels.

Let yourself be guided

To start of the weekend gently and to let you get your bearings, we get on the red bus of the Citysightseeing by Open Tours. Hop-on, hop-off! We can get on and off whenever we want. Seeing as the weather is nice, we sit upstairs on the double-decker, with the roof off and set off on our way to the second route! We're off to the European quarter and Cinquantenaire park.

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On Place du Luxembourg, we pass in front of the European Parliament and we get off the bus. We can't come to the heart of Europe and not find out how the European Institutions work! We, therefore, decide to visit the Parlamentarium, it really is the ideal place to discover European politics in a fun and dynamic way and best of all, it's free!


After this interesting discovery, we buy things for a picnic and we set off through Brussels' European quarter to Cinquantenaire park. The sun, lunch on the grass and the view of the Arcades… What more could you want?

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Once again, we hop on an Open Tours bus, this time following route 1 which takes us to the Heysel Exhibition Park and its numerous tourist attractions. Here we find the famous Atomium, symbol of Brussels, originally built for the World Expo in 1958 but which was kept afterwards (in much the same way as for the Eiffel tower in Paris). We visit the permanent exhibition dedicated to Expo 58 and the rest of the 50s, and we try our hardest to take a photo of ourselves with this giant… There's one for the photo album!


Then we pop into Mini-Europe, it's right next door. We take our picture next to the Eiffel tower, then the leaning tower of Pisa and the Saint Mark's Cathedral in Zagreb, a brand new attraction in this magnificent panorama of the most iconic and beautiful monuments in Europe.

We make our way back into town for our first night in Brussels. We decide to take the number 6 metro, which brings us straight to Avenue Louise. We've booked a nice dinner for two at the Flâneries Gourmandes restaurant. The chef's delicious suggestions and the venue's intimate atmosphere are a delight. After a lovely evening, it's time to head back to the Husa President Park Hotel, for a well-earned rest.

It's going to be a fantastic weekend!