What to do for free in Brussels?

What to do for free in Brussels?
Free museums in Brussels (c) Photo Karim MANJRA on Unsplash

Updated on November 18, 2022 by pierre

Visiting Brussels for free is possible!

Arriving in Brussels with a rather limited budget? You wonder (without wanting to be stingy) what can be done there for free? You are in the right place! We have lived in the city for over 10 years and we have tested things!

Here are the best tips for exploring the city of Brussels on a budget.

If you are interested in money, you will not miss after visiting our related articles:

Here is how to visit Brussels for free:

Our tips for visiting Brussels without paying

1. The comic strip walk

Brussels is the capital of comics! If the weather is nice, why enter the comic strip museum when there is a free museum in the center? Did you know that in 1993, the City of Brussels undertook to paint the walls of the city. The ultimate goal: to embellish one or the other wall. in homage to comic book heroes. The idea quickly gained momentum and became a success. The facade walls that make up the comic strip route have become an opportunity to showcase Brussels in the eyes of tourists and comic book enthusiasts.

Brussels Comic Book Route Palais de Justice
Brussels comic strip route: a fun and free route


2. Free museums in Brussels

Brussels offers some museums that you can see for free on certain days! Although a large part of visiting Brussels is outdoors, in case of rain it will always be good to have this list handy. Here are our best tips and no miss in Brussels


MIM Musical Instrument Museum
MIM Musical Instrument Museum: Free first Sunday of the month


3. The Grand Place in Brussels

The Grand-Place of Brussels represents a remarkable fusion of architectural and artistic styles characterizing the cultural richness of the region. It is above all the image of the evolution of a merchant city in northern Europe. Victor Hugo described it as one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Karl Marx totally succumbed to her charm. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1998.


Grand Place in Brussels
Grand Place in Brussels


4. Unusual Statuses

Each city has its history and the city of Brussels is no exception. You have surely noticed the many statues that adorn the streets of this magnificent city. However, you might not have seen the best ones yet. If this is confirmed, then welcome to your favorite blog.
As usual, we will serve you a dish that will certainly satisfy your appetite. And as a menu on the program, we will have the list of the 10 best unusual statues in Brussels with their addresses. If you are looking for the statues unusual in Brussels, as "the one who pisses" and her pissing dog, or the lucky statue as soon as you touch it near the Grand Place. Don't miss the statue of Jacques Brel

Do not hesitate to consult our article dedicated to this subject of unusual and obviously free statues.

Unusual Statues (c) Wikipedia Mario Scolas
Unusual Statues (c) Wikipedia Mario Scolas

5. See the Atomium

Did you know that the Atomium was designed to be a temporary building? Today, we know it's here to stay. It is one of the attractions not to be missed. Same if you come to Brussels for a day, the trip is worth it. If you come for a weekend, you will have the opportunity to browse other nearby activities such as mini europe or, the japanese tower. If 600.000 visitors come to admire it each year, the trip is worth the effort.

Do not hesitate to consult our article dedicated to the free exterior visit of the Atomium.

(c)By Marek Śliwecki - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikipedia
(c)By Marek Śliwecki – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikipedia

To go further and eat cheap in Brussels

If your wallet is too small to eat, go for fries. We wrote an article about the best fries

Also, Brussels is full of Street Food where it is possible to eat well at attractive prices.

If you are looking for Cocktails, find them Happy Hours: one cocktail purchased = one free cocktail!


Barely a foot in the Belgian capital, Pierre launched “InsideBrussels.be” more than 10 years ago, the idea is simple: “What to do? Where to go eat or have a drink?”. Entrepreneur at heart, this is not his first project! Far from there. EatLocal.io; KingCard.be, Bricabrac.be ... Like wine, with time the project improves! Pierre does not hesitate to share his favorites and his best addresses of Brussels restaurants that he could recommend to you with his eyes closed.