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Grand-Place | Brussels 1000
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  • Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 5.0 (4.8)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Whether you're just passing through Brussels or you're here for a week, you can't miss the Grand-Place. This square marks the heart of Brussels' Lower Town district. Flanked by ornate Baroque-era houses, the Grand-Place is probably the best place to begin your tour of historic Brussels; it is within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions, including the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral and the beloved Manneken Pis. This is also a great location to grab a cup of coffee or a beer and watch the world go by.

No matter when you're in town, you can count on something going on at the Grand-Place, from street performances to flower shows, to the nightly light shows in summer. But if you can, try to plan your trip around the Ommegang festival (first week in July). This centuries-old celebration recreates the celebration held when Emperor Charles V's first entered the city in the 16th century. Another good time to visit is around Christmas time, when the entire square is lit by a massive Christmas tree.

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