We previously posted budget trips and tips in Brussels on our website. Taking a stroll through the city is a perfect supplement to add some flavour! Despite Brussels being the capital, the city is ideal for an adventure by foot. Shaped like a pentagon, it allows travelling through it with relative ease. An affordable and otherwise healthy excursion in Brussels while unravelling its historic and architectural heritage.
Budget tip: Brussels’ church route by foot
Looking to discover Brussels on a budget? Stroll alongside the city’s historic architecture. Follow the route that takes you from the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula to the Royal Palace!
Start at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
The churches and cathedrals are ideal landmarks to follow when meandering through Brussels. The beauty of these attractions are their affordability as a majority do not charge an entrance fee. One of the largest church buildings is the 13th century Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. Located in the historic centre of Brussels, its composition is completely in line with Gothic design. You can spot the 64-meter high tower all the way from Brussels’ Central Station!
St. Catherines Church and the Chapel Church
From the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, head southwest to reach St. Catherines Church. A simply beautiful construction to visit free of charge and only a mere 15 minute walk from the Cathedral. The church is somewhat more modern compared to its gothic counterpart due to its 19th century renovation using several different styles. Continue in a south-westerly direction to complete Brussels’ church trilogy with the Chapel Church or otherwise known as ‘Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Kapellekerk’. Much like the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, the Chapel Church was constructed in 13th century Gothic style. It has a wealth of artefacts including extraordinary 17th century paintings and the tomb of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
Wrap up at the Royal Palace of Brussels
Conclude your low-cost excursion through Brussels at the Royal Palace. It’s ideally located between the Chapel Church and Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, close to the Central Station. The impressive symmetrical façade, pillars and immense palatial garden make it a worthy attraction in its own right. During the summer holidays, each year between July and September, the doors are open to the general public. Immerse yourself at no extra cost in the grandeur of the palace halls!
Wind down at Delirium Café
After straining both legs to the maximum, it’s time for a well-deserved pint in one of Brussels’ many beer cafes. Delirium café houses beers from over 60 different countries and is only a few minutes away from both palace and station. Find your frosty reward in one of the 3000 beers they have to offer!