Cantillon Brewery
Lukasz Wisniewski/Getty Images

Key Info

Rue Gheude 56

Details

Wineries/Breweries Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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.

See all Hotels in Brussels »

More Best Things To Do in Brussels

Manneken Pis
Grand-Place
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 11
#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. 

Read more
Luke1138/iStockphoto.com
See full list of Best Things To Do in Brussels »

Explore More of Brussels

Recommended

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019