Interrail Journals #2: Brussels in a day

Last Updated on October 25, 2022 by Goya

On the third day of our holiday, we finally put our Interrail tickets to use and take the train from Amsterdam to Brussels, where we spend a day. I have to admit: It is impossible to see everything and get the feel for a city like Brussels in less than 24 hours. But you (too) can sure give it a good go with our itinerary below!

Start with: Walking tour of Brussels

After checking into our hotel, considering that we’re only here for a day, we opt to go for one of Sandeman’s city tours. We meet our guide at the Grand Place (Grote Markt), Brussel’s central square and a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by beautiful guild houses, the City Hall and Maison du Roi. He is friendly and knowledgeable and offers us a great first glimpse of this beautiful city as our walk takes us through highlights such as Manneken Pis, Brussels Stock Exchange, St Nicolas Church, The Royal Theatre of La Monnaie, Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, The Royal Palace and many more…

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
The Church of St. James on Coudenberg

….As well as a brief yet colourful introduction into Brussel’s comic art scene (which you can explore in detail by following this comic book route).

Don’t forget to look up and enjoy the large murals of the most popular characters in Franco-Belgian comics

Always with tasty treats along the way:

The tour ends at the Mont des Arts (Kunstberg) where we are greeted by street performers and couples/families basking in the afternoon sun. We say goodbye to the group and our guide and join the happy crowds all around.

Mont des Arts
Musical Instruments Museum
Musical Instruments Museum

If you’d like to follow our “Brussels in a day” walking tour itinerary:

Next up: A delicious meal

Hungry and ready for an ice-cold beer, we take a seat at Fin De Siècle near our hotel. It seems to be a local favourite and it’s not hard to see why:

Fin De Siècle
Warm atmosphere
Good local beer
And… delicious food!

A night to remember: L’Ommegang

In the evening, we head back to the Grand Place only to find ourselves in the middle of what can only be described as a wonderfully elaborate fever dream: A procession with dozens dressed in big fluffy period costumes. We later find out that this was actually L’Ommegang, an annual medieval pageant celebrating, among other things, the “Joyous Entry” of Emperor Charles V and his son Philip II in Brussels back in 1549.

I love it when the cities you visit surprise you like this!

After the processions, we take one last stroll around the city, saying our goodbyes to this beautiful city full of surprises, the only way we know how:

The most perfect way to say goodbye to Belgium!

Next stop: Bruges!

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  1. Heather wrote:

    Beautiful photos and that beer and food look wonderful. Thanks for this great walkthrough.

    Posted 8.28.22 Reply
    • Goya wrote:

      Thank you for joining me on this journey – and for the kind words!

      Posted 8.28.22 Reply
  2. Maggie wrote:

    Your pictures are gorgeous!! Especially the nighttime ones. I’d love to visit Brussels one day, so much history and culture!

    Posted 8.28.22 Reply
    • Goya wrote:

      Awww, thank you so much! It really is a beautiful place with so much to offer.
      I’ll be keeping an eye out for your visit to Brussels 🙂

      Posted 8.28.22 Reply
  3. Stephanie wrote:

    What a fun day in Brussels! I always recommend taking a walking tour of a new place! I think I did the Sandeman’s tour of Brussels a few years ago too!

    Posted 8.29.22 Reply
    • Goya wrote:

      Oh, how lovely! Maybe we did the same one 🙂

      Posted 8.31.22 Reply