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7 things to do for free in Brussels

7 completely free things to do in Brussels - no cash required!

Imposing, magestic... and free! Brussels Cathedral (Tabula Electronica)

Brussels isn't known for cheap eats or bargain entertainment, but here are our tips for some sneaky free frivolities...

1. Stroll the Comic Strip Route

A series of 50 murals adorn the streets, celebrating the city's illustrated heritage – home to Tintin and more. brusselsinternational.be.2

2. Get religion in the Cathedral

Gaze at the richly decorated façade before popping in to admire the superb stained-glass windows.

3. Tour the European Parliament

See where your euros are going – tours run 10am and 3pm Mon-Thu, 10am Fri (www.europarl.europa.eu).

4. Get arty

Visit the Musée Communal d'Ixelles (www.fading.museumofixelles.be) to see works by Magritte and Delvaux, or nearby Constantin Meunier Museum (www.fine-arts-museum.be) for realist bronze sculptures.

5. Gawp at the Palais de Justice

Admire (or abhor) the recently restored, OTT law courts – a lift gives access to a viewing platform with sweeping city vistas.

6. Pack a Parc du Cinquantenaire picnic

Have a green break in this extensive park – then visit the Royal Army and Military History Museum next door (www.klm-mra.be).

7. Browse the uncommon markets

Window-shop swanky stalls at the weekend antique market on Place du Grand Sablon; exotic foods and spices at the Gare du Midi (Sun); and the rambling flea market at the Place du Jeu-de-Balle (daily).

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