Home to a mediaeval centre, 21st century temple and Surrealism, Brussels offers tourists an opportunity to indulge in varied things to do. With sights like Manneken Pis, sightseeing is a major tourist attraction of the destination. The figure of Manneken Pis, cast in bronze by Jerome Duquesnoy, was installed on the site in 1619. Eglise du Béguinage is another prominent attraction of the city. Designed in the Italian-influenced Flemish Baroque style, the church was built in the 17th century. Apart from sightseeing, tourists can enjoy varied outdoor activities in Brussels, including skiing and snowboarding. Ice Skating is a popular activity during the cold Christmas period. Horse riding, rock climbing and go-karting are other activities. Canoeing and kayaking on the rivers of Ambleve, Ourthe, Semois and the Lesse can also be done.Savouring Belgian cuisine at Brussels is another thing to do. At the eateries in the city, tourists can taste mussels, waffles, frites and chocolate. Anguilles au vert/paling in t groen, stoemp and turbot waterzooi are other favourites of the city. Brussels is also home to Galeries Saint Hubert-Sint Hubertusgalerijen, the world s first shopping mall. With flea markets like Marché aux Puces, Marché du Midi, and Christmas market, shopping forms an important component of the things to do. In the city, tourists can purchase a variety of chocolates, beers and the latest in fashion and accessories.Brussels also hosts various festivals, including the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (March), Opera at the Grand Place, Bruxelles Les Bains, and Belgian Beer Weekend. Christmas celebrations are a highlight of the city. Excursions can be taken to Waterloo, Mechelen, and Antwerp from Brussels.
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