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24 hours in Brussels-Must Do's?

I'll be in Brussels for 24 hours Monday/Tuesday next week. I know a lot of the Museums are closed Monday. Besides Grand Place, Chocolate shops and beer any must do's you recommend?

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Take a day trip to Ghent; it is only 36 minutes on the train near the Grand Place. Ghent is a neat little old town with a castle, river and belfry,

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I am seeing a ton of good things about Ghent.. might have to make that happen..

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I agree. With such a short time I'd skip Brussels completely and see lovely places like Gent and Bruges.

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Hate to take off topic a bit, here in Belgium now, but do you have a Covid QR code issued by an EU Country? If not, then you will not be able to enter any restaurant, bar or museum. If you are from the US, the CDC card is not accepted. You can, as a visitor, get a QR code for tourism in Belgium, see other posts in the Belgium forum.

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Correct Paul. I have the health Pass from France and will be coming on a train from France. The French Health pass is accepted in Belgium.

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are you aware of the tightening restrictions in Belgium?

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What restrictions? I have seen some for unvacinated and obviously I have seen the protests. I am definitely keeping an eye on it.

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I was going to suggest the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, but it looks like they're closed on Monday, as well. If you have time Tuesday, it's well worth a visit.

We spent several days in Brussels when we took the RS Belgium/Holland tour (it used to start there) and never ran out of things to do. The Grande Place is very interesting; we also enjoyed the Galleries Royales St Hubert, and had an excellent lúnch there at Arcadi Café.

We spent an entire day walking around the town center, eating at frites stands, visiting churches and parks. We had a lovely few days in Brussels, and would gladly return.

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Bozar museum is nice and used to be open Monday. Gent Altarpiece is seven days, (pre Covid, anyway) but even some retail stores in Gent close Monday.

I personally prefer Antwerp to Gent and it is much bigger so might have more open on Monday.

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I too would go to Bruges but if I did spend time in Brussels the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium would be worth checking out.

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working from home 4 days a week, means fewer people about. That's to cut transmission. Much worse than in France.