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48 hours in Brussels: a cultural outing

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Published at 09/04/2021
By Carmen

Are you one of those people who like to wander around our capital, experiencing everything through the eyes of a tourist? Then this will surely put a smile on your face. Is this a strange sensation for you? Even then, this article will guide you through some tempting possibilities. The selected hotels are spread across the Brussels territory, and all have an artistic, funky, or quirky decor. The ideal base for 48 blissful hours of escape, exotic yet close by. With – agenda.brussels oblige – a series of cultural treats to spice up your stay. Packed up your trendy walking shoes yet?

Please consult the websites of the venues mentioned to inform yourself about the latest opening and booking modalities.

North, south, east, west: Brussels at its best!

NORTH

Hotel Indigo Brussels City

The bright green façade of Hotel Indigo Brussels City contrasts with the surrounding shiny towers of glass and steel, a result of the Manhattan plan in Brussels’s North District. The hotel is located on the lively Place Rogier next to the Jardin Botanique, the former botanical gardens. With lush flowers, herbs, and tropical accents in the hotel’s interior, this urban oasis is carried through all the way to your room! Catch an exhibition at the Botanique or at KANAL – Centre Pompidou (quickly, before it closes for renovation). The Comics Art Museum and the National Bank Museum are close by. Head north through the petting zoo in Maximilian Park towards Tour & Taxis and Parckfarm.

Read more : Go for a stroll in the Canal district

Museums

Museum of the National Bank of Belgium

View the cultural space Museum of the National Bank of Belgium

Museums

The Belgian Comic Strip Center

View the cultural space The Belgian Comic Strip Center

Museums

Kanal-Centre Pompidou

View the cultural space Kanal-Centre Pompidou

Music, Opera, Concerts

Botanique

View the cultural space Botanique

Institutions, associations, foundations

Tour & Taxis

View the cultural space Tour & Taxis

SOUTH

Jam Hotel - Deco: Lionel Jadot - Photo: Serge Anton ©

The funky Jam Hotel is located in a former art school. The industrial and artistic vibes of the original building have been preserved. The rough concrete ceilings and brick walls are softened with pine furniture and Moroccan blankets on the beds. In the spirit of the hotel’s name, any concerts performed by musicians staying there are streamed on the hotel’s video channel – fully coronaproof! You can go anywhere for a dose of green and culture. Head towards Forest Park to get to Wiels, and towards Brugmannpark to get to the Van Buuren Museum; you’ll also encounter the Horta Museum along this way. Go south towards La Cambre (abbey and forest) and you can’t miss the Maison (Hôtel) Solvay and Villa Empain. If you head north, you’ll reach the Halle Gate.

Read more : Arty walk from Flagey to Villa Empain

CENTRE

Hotel Amigo

Follow in the steps of royal families, celebrities, and VIPs through this +500-year-old building. Walk on cobblestones that date back to 620 – and recovered from the surrounding streets – in Hotel Amigo’s foyer. The rooms are tastefully decorated with ceramics and works of art; and the Carrara marble and first-class toiletries in the bathrooms enhance feeling of luxury. Before entering the historic city centre, gaze out the window into the quiet courtyard and you’ll see that all is well. You are close to the Grand-Place with the Maison du Roi, Manneken Pis and His Wardrobe, and the Fashion & Lace Museum. The many museums on the Mont des Arts and the Place Royale are also nearby: the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR/de Librije), the Palais de la Dynastie, the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, the Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), the ING Art Centre, Experience Brussels, the BELvue Museum, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Jewish Museum of Belgium, etc.

Read more : Strolling through the centre of Brussels

EAST

Radisson RED, Brussels

The trendy, colourful Radisson RED Brussels is ideally located for exploring the European District. You’ll be able to satisfy your thirst for nature and culture with the Leopold Park, the House of European History, the Parlamentarium, the Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Wiertz Museum, which are all within walking distance. The Parc du Cinquantenaire with the Art & History Museum, Autoworld, and the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History are also within easy reach. The comic book theme is omnipresent in the decoration of the rooms, and the artistic tiling in the bathrooms is humorous. It’s possible to book two interconnecting rooms, making the hotel ideal for families or groups of friends who want to stay together. The living area with a separate room for the children is an undeniable plus!

Read more: Brussels, 24 hours in the European Quarter

WEST

Meininger Hotel Brussels

The Meininger Hotel Brussels City Center is located in a former brewery dating back to 1912, along the Charleroi-Brussels Canal. Large families and culture lovers will also find this backpacker hotel 2.0 to their liking. The modern dormitories (mixed or for women only) are practical and contemporarily furnished, and the individual rooms have a private bathroom. Rough concrete ceilings, wooden floors, and bright colour accents: what more do you need? This lively hotel is the ideal base for the Canal Zone and the Dansaert and Sainte Catherine districts, and the city centre with the Bourse, the pedestrian zone, and the Grand-Place are within walking distance. Visit La Fonderie, Brussels Museum of Industry and Labour, the MoMuse Molenbeek History Museum, and the MigratieMuseumMigration in the narrow streets of old Molenbeek, and your nearest neighbour the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA), of course. On the other side of the canal, you can visit the CENTRALE for Contemporary Art.

Read more : Strolling through the centre of Brussels

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