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Brussels as a couple: travel diary
Discover our travel diary for couples and enjoy, for 3 days, walks, culture and gastronomy in Brussels. Treat yourself to an escapade for two!
Day 1: Discover or rediscover Brussels the beautiful
Couples love capitals. Genuine magical places where you can hold each other close as you visit the grand halls of Brussels’ museums, where you can tuck yourself away in one of the small typical restaurants and where you can take the time to wander hand in hand.
What better way to wake yourself up than with a lovely cup of coffee in the Royal Saint-Hubert galleries. Then it’s off to the Visit Brussels tourist information centre to get your hands on a "Brussels Card". It’s a terrific little card that gives you access to numerous original themed museums with skilfully put-together scenographies. Your charming weekend is off to a great start.
Tired from walking? Brussels has the solution: the “Hop-on Hop-off” bus is a great way to discover the city and its picturesque neighbourhoods like the Sablon. Why not prolong your lunch break and enjoy the atmosphere of the arts and commerce quarter?
If you prefer to continue your discovery by bus, you will enjoy the Art Nouveau facades, the Royal Palace and the trendy Avenue Louise. Before you know it, you’re sitting on the open top bus as you arrive at the Heysel Exhibition Park and the Atomium comes into view. From December 2015 you will be among the first visitors of the ADAM Art & Design Atomium Museum, a exhibition space where Philippe Decelle reveals is collection of objects and plastic artworks. It’s a delight for fans of designer art. Only a short walk away you’ll find the magic of Mini-Europe, a place where you can travel to every European capital in a single stroll: Paris, London, Madrid together in a single afternoon!
Day 2: The heart of Brussels opens itself up to couples
The magic of the Grand-Place, cobbled alleyways that each tell their own story, extraordinary boutiques and hidden spots… Brussels lifts the curtain on all its hidden treasures, just for couples.
Did you sleep well? Set off for Itinéraires – on paths through history. It’s ideal for daydreaming together and telling each other anecdotes. The added bonus? You set the schedule! Guides accompany you, if you want them, to tell you Brussels’ story just the way you imagined it.
Are you more of a flower person or a chocolate person? If you love chocolates, there’s one address that’s not to be missed: Choco-Story Brussels! If you follow the Xocoatl route, you will know everything there is to know about chocolate: from harvest to creation. And don’t forget your own box filed with chocolate hearts and little treats to enjoy together of an evening.
With your box of chocolates in your bag, you set off again. The city is discovered best when you’re on foot, and even better when you’re accompanied by a Greeter, an “echtebrusseleir” who can’t wait to show you around their city. He loves his hometown and you love your other half, you’re perfectly suited to get along and share in what Brussels has to offer.
It’s time for dinner, “Greeter style”, so follow Patrick, the group epicurean’s advice. He knows all the best spots and will share with you his latest discoveries.
Day 3: Folon and Hergé, two colossuses of Belgian culture
The objective for day 3 is to make the most of your time and explore what’s outside of the city centre. The ideal? The Luxembourg neighbourhood, where you will set off to discover two unmissable examples of Belgian culture: Folon and Hergé.
The Luxembourg neighbourhood alone, next to Cinquantenaire Park and its famous arches, is worth a visit: walk along the paths in the park, pass by the green dog and admire the Horta pavilion, then walk back down to the European quarter, where there’s always something going on.
Who am I? Where do we come from? Where are we going? At the Royal Institute of Natural Sciences, next to the iguanodons, the history of mankind is revealed, from the origins to the present day in the new Gallery of Mankind. Not to mention the “WOW” effect, a beautiful temporary exhibition where you can’t help but check that you’re not being followed. Fascinating and amusing discoveries for two.
Just enough time for some lunch in one of the neighbourhood’s restaurants, then off to Brussels-Luxembourg train station, to start a journey of poetry and adventure. The poetry of Folon’s works in all their splendour is plain to see in the unique landscape of Solvay Park, which houses the foundation. Tintin, the hero with a quiff and the world of the comic strip imagined by Hergé let you relive your childhood, when you dreamed of solving mysteries around the world.
Time to go back to the city for your last night. Why not stay in a guest room by Bed& Brussels and enjoy a warm and personalised welcome. Or you may fancy one last romantic evening and dinner for two at the Pullman Brussels Centre Midi Hotel? The next day, you can depart at your own pace, without worrying too much about timing.