Seven of the best panoramic views in Brussels

To truly appreciate your surroundings, it can be helpful to change perspective. For an alternative view of the city, take a lift, climb stairs, or take advantage of one of these lofty sites. From museums and national landmarks to the medieval Grand Place, here are a few tips for a enjoying an urban vista.

Brussels’ Musical Instrument Museum is an impressive art nouveau structure standing tall at the top of the Mont des Arts, with the gilded words “Old England” etched across its bow. Take the period lift up to the top floor for one of the best views over Brussels. Sit out on the sunny terrace and take in all of Brussels below, or find a seat at the glass-sided restaurant.
2 Rue Montagne de la Cour

The Wielemans-Ceuppers brewery was once an institution, producing lager for the people of Brussels since 1888. Today, the site houses the contemporary art museum Wiels. The venue has recently acquired a new asset: a panoramic rooftop terrace with breathtaking views over the city. It's a great spot to enjoy the late-night openings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month – with performances, talks and drinks.
354 Avenue Van Volxem, Forest

City hall
For three days in August, the balcony of Brussels city hall opens to the public, offering an impressive view over the flower carpet and the Grand Place. The most reproduced photograph of Brussels the world over, the carpet is 75m long, 24m wide, composed of 600,000 begonias and assembled by 100 people in four hours.
13-15 August, 10.00-22.00. Entry €5

The Atomium

The Atomium is one of the most widely known landmarks in Belgium. At a height of 102m, it can be seen looming over Brussels from a distance and was built as the central feature of the World Fair of 1958. Visitors move through a cultural museum from sphere to sphere, and a super-fast lift carries you to the top sphere with its viewing gallery and restaurant offering an incredible 360-degree view of Brussels.

Place Poelaert

It’s hard to miss the Palace of Justice, a colossal building that dominates the Brussels skyline and the brainchild of architect Joseph Poelaert. The square outside the court buildings, which bears his name, provides one of the best vantage points in the city, looking out over downtown Brussels and as far as 15km to the west. This is also the meeting point for the Friday evening Rollerbike Parade (until 9 September) when streets are closed off for a procession of skaters and cyclists, who follow a different route each week.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The fifth largest church in the world, you’ll see this vast Art Deco building with its copper domes from all over the city. For just €5 you can take the lift up to the viewing gallery, 52 metres above, for one of the most breathtaking views of Brussels.

Triumphal Arch

In Brussels’ European quarter, you can’t miss the beautiful Cinquantenaire park with a towering triple arch accessible via the Army Museum. From the top, there’s a wonderful view of the park and the bustling streets below.


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