Cantillon Brewery#7 in Best Things To Do in Brussels
When it comes down to it, a trip to Brussels isn't complete unless you've sampled the beer. In order to knock that off your list, head to the Musée Bruxellois de la Gueuze, known simply as the Cantillon Brewery. Cantillon has been brewing traditional Lambic beers since 1900, and today, is the only remaining Lambic brewery in Brussels. During your tour you'll learn about the brewing process and, if you plan ahead, you can even attend a public brewing session to see the action first-hand.
Recent visitors loved their experience at the Cantillon Brewery. Many were fascinated by the history of the brewery and appreciated the opportunity to see everything up close, with some noting that other breweries they had visited in the past would only give guests limited access to the behind-the-scenes action. Some travelers even recommended scheduling a visit if you aren't a big beer fan, as the history lesson itself is worth it.
Located just outside the western section of the Inner Ring, the Cantillon Brewery welcomes visitors every Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The brewery is also open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours (which include a glass of beer) cost about €7 EUR per person, but you must reserve your spot in advance. For more information, check out the brewery's website.
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#1 Manneken Pis
This little boy has put Brussels on the tourist map; people travel to this city from all over the world just to catch a glimpse of him urinating. The legend behind the Manneken Pis (which translates to little peeing man in Dutch) varies widely depending on who you ask. One popular story is of a little boy relieving himself on a witch's doorstep. Catching the boy in the act, the witch wished to punish him by turning him into stone, forcing him into that compromising position for eternity. A local, who witnessed the entire incident, ran to the boy and replaced him with a statue in the nick of time, making the boy miss the curse entirely. Another very popular story is that of a little boy stopping Brussels from meeting its demise. Enemy forces, intent on destroying Brussels, lit a small fire with the hopes it would spread and burn the city to the ground. A wandering little boy, who apparently really needed to go to the bathroom, saw the fire and put it out with his natural resources, thus saving the city.
While the statue itself is of a child in the nude, he has been the recipient of about 800 different costumes, a tradition that began when Maximilian II Emanuel gave him a soldier's uniform in 1698. Since then Manneken Pis has been many things, including Santa and Elvis. Those interested in learning more about Manneken Pis should take a trip to the Museum of the City of Brussels, where more than 100 of his outfits are on display. The museum also has a digital archive of every single outfit that Manneken Pis has worn for visitors to view.
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