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Brussels mag N°16
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ONES
The 10 most beautiful views de bruxelles
TEXT MB Caspers
Follow the upwards direction, get comfortably settled and take advantage of the view. Well-known or less well-known, chic or irresistibly accessible, these 10 viewing points will enable you to discover the city in a different way, and possibly discover even more.
1. The Mont des Arts
It is perhaps one of the best-known panoramas in the capital, and yet, it is never disappointing. As is demonstrated by all the tourists and sweethearts who immediately take out their smartphones once they reach the top of the steps of this urban complex that marries the charms of Brussels, those of yesterday and those of today. Behind you: the Place Royale, and opposite you, the garden with its perfectly symmetrical flowerbeds; on one side, the classic style Royal Library building and on the other side, the square’s large glass cube, a building used for
organising congresses. This is a green parenthesis, a precursor of the buildings in the historical heart of the city whose outlines can be seen in the distance.
2. The rooftop at the Warwick Hotel
An unrestricted view of Brussels and of the city’s sublime Grand Place, cocktails
à go-go, tasty nibbles… Since last summer, the Warwick Hotel has installed a rooftop
locale on the sixth floor, it has become the go-to place for Brussels inhabitants
seeking a hotspot where they can take advantage of long summer evenings. Never has the expression “Bruxelles ma Belle” seemed so true.
Rue Duquesnoy 5, 1000 Brussels, warwick.com
3. The terrace of the MIM
Located on the top floor of a building that is a small Art Nouveau treasure, the restaurant at the Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) is the ideal place to go after visiting the museum’s incredible collections (8,000 instruments). On Sundays, MIM’s brasserie offers a brunch which you can enjoy on the terrace while looking at one of the most beautiful views of Brussels.
Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Brussels, mim.be
4. The Chalet Robinson
Established on an island in the heart of the Bois de la Cambre, this brasserie located in a wooden chalet can only be reached by a small boat. Around you, there is the stillness of the water; the menu offers local dishes to be enjoyed by all the family throughout the year.
Steigerweg 1, 1000 Brussels, chaletrobinson.be
5. The rooftop at the Jam Hotel
In recent years, the most beautiful capital cities in the world have become rivals in creativity to enhance the rooftops of their hotels, museums and restaurants. The same is true of Brussels which now has an attractive selection of fashionable places ‘with a view’. An example of this is the terrace of the Jam Hotel. When the weather is good, you simply must visit this hotel’s wooden rooftop with its attractive pool. To enjoy a cocktail, live music and a view, do choose a place near the window; the hotel bar ‘Perché’ is accessible throughout the year.
Chaussée de Charleroi 132, 1060 Brussels, jamhotel.be
6. The gym at The Hotel
Let’s head for the 23rd floor of this hotel located in a tower 84 metres high, in the heart of Brussels. Perched on a fitness bike perfectly positioned in front of a large bay window, as from 6.30 a.m., you can take advantage of one of the most beautiful views of the town. Go for the moment when the sun rises and complete your fitness session with a break in the spa located on the same floor.
Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1050 Brussels, thehotel-brussels.be
7. Maison Flagey
If like us, you have a soft spot for the magic of a pond with its swans and ducks; do consider staying one night or more in this room with its enchanting name. It is one of five rooms proposed by this bed-and-breakfast residence in the Ixelles neighbourhood. In addition to its chic and elegant décor, it offers a glorious view of Place Flagey and the Ixelles ponds.
Avenue Général de Gaulle 39, 1050 Brussels, maisonflagey.com
8. The panorama at Place Poelaert
Visitors to Brussels adore this view. How could it be otherwise? This view point, which should preferably be seen in summer when the sun is gently setting on the Marolles district (located more than 60 metres below) offers an unrestricted view of Brussels’ lower town. On the right of the screen on your smartphone, you will indeed see the Atomium rising up amidst this urban landscape.
Place Poelaert, 1000 Brussels
9. Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History
Even if the theme of this museum is not exactly your cup of tea, the view of the town from its terrace, 65 metres above ground level, certainly makes it worthwhile to peruse the military history of the Kingdom of Belgium, even if just for a few hours.
Parc du Cinquantenaire 3, 1000 Brussels, klm-mra.be
10. La Villa in the Sky
Here you are, seated at a table at 120 metres altitude on the 25th floor of the IT Tower which dominates the capital’s urban landscape. During the day, you can feel the energy of a town that you dominate, literally. In the evening, you can dine amidst the stars. You may not be able to count the stars in the Brussels sky on that evening but, what is certain is that the stars awarded to the cuisine of Chef Alexandre Dionisio will surely leave you with an unforgettable memory.
IT Tower, Avenue Louise 480, 1000 Brussels, lavillainthesky.be
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