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Belgians are kids at heart (they love comic strips and chocolate), so you’ll have no trouble entertaining your children in this kid-friendly town. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ five favorite ways to wow kids in Brussels:
1. Belgian Comic Strip Center. Did you know the Smurfs are Belgian? Kids will love learning about the creation of everyone’s favorite pint-sized blue characters, created by Belgian artist Peyo in 1958, as well exploring the history of Tintin and other Belgian comic classics. Parents will enjoy the Victor Horta-designed building that houses the museum.
2. Hot Chocolate. Make sure to drink your chocolate as well as eat it while in Brussels. It’s not hard to find a good cup of cocoa in this city, but Maison Renardy is the best hot chocolate shop. One sip and you’ll understand why.
3. The Atomium. Kids — and adults — will marvel at the 102-meter sculpture that lifts nine massive metal balls straight into the Brussels skyline. Built for the World Exhibition of 1958, the Atomium currently serves as a landmark and museum. Children can actually spend a night at the Atomium, sleeping in small groups in “raindrops” or small mini-spheres.
4. Musical Instruments Museum. This hands- and ears-on museum allows kids to listen to music as they learn about the instruments that make them. Plan to have lunch at the museum café, an attraction in its own right, which sits on the top floor of the historic Art Nouveau building and boasts some of the best views in the city.
5. Mini-Europe. Take a tour of Europe in a few short hours at Mini-Europe, a park with 300 petite models of the continent’s finest attractions. Big Ben. The gondolas of Venice. A bullfight in Seville. It’s all here — just a little bit smaller. Kids will love the interactive models, which include an eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the fall of the Berlin Wall.