Brussels AtomiumUrbanity and formality are two of the hallmarks that identify the Belgian and Brussels. However, beyond these topics, the city also has space for its own singularities. The Atomium is the most characteristic cultural eccentricity in Brussels. Built for Expo 1958, the Atomium is a steel structure that represents the optimism with which its creator André Waterkeyn associated peaceful purposes with scientific discovery.
The magnific Atomium structure is as surprising as its curious dimensions. It consists of 9 steel balls simulating atoms increased 150 trillion times, at an altitude of 102 meters and weighing 2,400 tons. The Atomium is located in the neighborhood of Heizel, next to the Mini-Europe Park and offers a spectacular panoramic view of Brussels.
Beer tasting in BrusselsIn Belgium, there is appreciation, understanding and respect for the beer culture. There, the visitor will find in many bars and restaurants an extraordinary variety of beer, with quality as a standard.
Besides enjoying the beer in bars, cafes and restaurants, you can participate in factory visits, with explanations of the beer preparation process and, of course, tasting on the spot. At the Belle Vue Brouwerij (Anderlecht district) the Lambic Gueuze beer, traditional Brussels beer, used to be prepared. Tours take about an hour.
If the visitor does not have time to attend a beer tasting, some Belgian beers to remember are: Petrus Oud Bruin, Cantillon, Hoegaarden, Karmeliet, Maredsous, Palm or most popular Leffe and Grimbergen.
Sablon Antiques MarketBrussels knows how to spread its charm around everyday events in the city life. One can enjoy the antique market in the picturesque district of Sablon, art galleries, squares and cobbled streets.
The Sablon antiques market is held Saturday and Sunday mornings at the foot of the church of Notre Dame. Other markets of interest are: Place du Jeu de Balle, Las Pulgas, Stockel, Gare du Midi, Chateleine, Ixelles, Saint-Alix, each with its own character and selling of various products, which give Brussels its vital pulse.