in the land of french fries and comics

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The museum of comics

Where can you find Tintin’s rocket, Lucky Luke on horseback, a nice collection of Smurfs …?

At the museum of comics (www.cbbd.be). Which pays homage to the pioneers of comics, many of them Belgians. And it opens your eyes to current comics.

With original tables, reconstructions, games …

€ 10 for adults. € 7 for children aged 12 to 25. € 3.50 for children under 12.

Another testimony of this Belgian tradition: a journey of comics. Which includes more than 60 frescoes scattered on the walls of Brussels. A fun way to explore the city with the family.

The map of the frescoes on www.parcoursbd.brussels

Photo by Frederic Paulussen on Unsplash

Photo by Frederic Paulussen on Unsplash

The Manneken Pis

One of the best known symbols of Brussels, in the heart of the city: the Manneken-Pis (www.visitonsbruxelles.com/manneken-pis). Or “little pissing man”, in Dutch.

A statue of a cheeky boy urinating in a fountain for all to see.

This small statue, about fifty centimeters high, testifies to the humor of the people of Brussels. Who do not take themselves seriously, despite their city welcoming the European institutions.

Success ensured after the youngest!

Take the opportunity to see the Grand Place, with its sumptuous Baroque facades. Close to the Manneken-Pis.

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Yum yum!

A shocking argument to entice young people to visit Brussels is that Belgium is the country of French fries!

The traditional Belgian dish: mussels and fries. Served with different sauces.

Equally attractive is the country’s other stellar food: chocolate. There are chocolate shops all over the city. With famous brands, such as Leonidas or Neuhaus. Some display cases are decorated with real chocolate works of art.

One last topic for gourmets: waffles are also very popular in Belgium. Well called!

Photo by Klaudio Metolli on Unsplash

Photo by Klaudio Metolli on Unsplash

The park of Mini-Europe

With children or teenagers, one of the main visits of the Belgian capital is the Mini-Europe park (www.visitonsbruxelles.com/mini-europe).

350 models are exhibited, in 1/25 scale, representing 80 European cities. In particular a 3 m high Eiffel Tower. And a 4-meter Big Ben.

And also mills, trains, boats. And also Vesuvius in full eruption.

Full: € 16.50. Under 12: € 12.

The Atomium

Right next to the Mini-Europe park is the Atomium (www.visitonsbruxelles.com/atomium). This huge 102m tall atom was built for the 1958 Universal Exhibition in Brussels.

It hosts several exhibitions. One of which is dedicated to the Universal Exposition.

An elevator takes you to the top of the structure. And discover a beautiful view of the city.

Full price: € 15. Students: € 8. Children under 6: free.

PRACTICE

– The TGV connects Brussels to 25 French cities, including Lyon and Marseille. AR from 90 €.

– Round trip flights from Lyon to Brussels from 130 €.

– Brussels is not an expensive city. There are menus in the restaurant from € 10 to € 12.

– A good address: FunKey hotel, close to the center. Family Room: € 219, with games room and baby cots.

– Brussels card (www.visitonsbruxelles.com/brussels-card): € 29 for 1 day, € 39 for 2 days

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