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Overview

Political capital, cartoon crazy and rich in chocolate

Political capital, cartoon crazy and rich in chocolate

Creamy chocolates, warm waffles, briny mussels. And of course, cartoons. The capital of the European Union offers these pleasures in addition to politics. In Le Grand place, one of the most beautiful squares in all of Europe, you can take part in important debates, too. Like, “Which truffle is better ? Godiva or Leonidas ?”

This city has its share of quirky sights. Belgians love their cartoons, and you can see many on display at the Belgian centre of the comic strip. You probably won’t get the jokes, but that’s almost part of the fun. The Atomium, built for a 1958 fair and recently remodeled, is really a giant atom. Have a bite in the restaurant that sits at the top. Perhaps the tourist attraction with the most folly is a little boy that can’t hold it in. The Mannekin Pis fountain is three blocks from the Grand place, and stands not-quite-fully-dressed. What is covered of the little pisser is usually a silly costume – many of which are sent to him from fans the world over. Cases of his outfits are on display at the city Museum and are also worth the trip.

Just as Le Grand place is the center of Brussels, the main rail stations are also at the heart of the city. This is a big advantage over airports. When you fly to your destination, forgo the cab ride and rental car – most places have frequent service to and from the airport by local commuter train.

From Brussels airport, there are commuter trains that run every15 to 30 minutes into the city’s main stations, which include Nord, Midi/Zuid, and Central. The Midi station is the largest hub of the three. Get a Brussels Card before leaving home so you’ll have access to the extensive local public transit network as well as entrance to museums. And Brussels has some of Europe’s unheralded best.

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The Royal Museum of Fine Arts features Flemish and Belgian works that span from the 14th to 18th centuries. Showcased are masterpieces by Breughel, Bosch and Rubens. The Musical Instruments Museum is one of Europe’s best dedicated to music. With a pair of free headphones, walk through a history of Western musical instruments, as well as hear folk instruments from around the world. Just stand in front of a display, and you’ll hear the sounds through your headphones. Forget the information placards and simply listen to the music – beautiful in any language.

Belgium is a small enough country that you can cover much of its magnificent ground with a rail pass. The graceful UNESCO Heritage city of Bruges is just one hour by train. This well-preserved Gothic city is filled with fine chocolates – you might find a chocolatier on every corner.

The town of Binche, just a bit over an hour away from Brussels is known for its carnival that dates back to the 14th century. Performed the Sunday-Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, UNESCO has proclaimed it a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

If time allows, you can even travel outside the borders of Belgium and head to Paris or Amsterdam for the day. Using the Thalys train, these cities are easily reached in under 2 hours.

With a Eurail Benelux Pass – visit other highlights of the low countries. Think of the train as your fast track to frites with mayonaise and slow-moving windmills.

Have a feast in either small or star restaurants of Brussels. Try the famous Belgium fries or waffles.

Shopping lovers have a broad variety of choice in Brussels. The Rue Neuve and its brands, the Sablon and its antiques, the Place du Jeu de Balle and its flea market as well as the Avenue de la Toison d’Or and its luxury goods, are prescribed!

_ Brussels Tourist Information
Rue du Marché aux Herbes 61, 1000 City of Brussels
Tel: +32 2 504 03 90

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Brussels station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Brussels.

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Brussels to berlin & berlin to paris with a bicycle I am new to the forum. I need to travel from Brussels to Berlin 31 March - 1 April.It is OK if I have to break this trip over two days, but I cannot find any trains accepting bicycles that take me out of Brussels and closer to Berlin. I have (...)

ron Lavoie | 18 February 2021 complete | 8 Comments
Eurostar trip with eurorail benelux pass If I purchase a eurorail Benelux pass for 3 persons for travelling in May-June 2018, can we board the eurostar from london to brussels or amsterdam and come back by Eurostar? If yes, is it allowed a single time or can we use it multiple (...)

HARISH SHETH | 18 February 2012 complete | 5 Comments
How long to actually receive your tickets? Ordered, paid for with handling fee and received a confirmation 13 days ago, but have yet to receive my tickets. How long does it take to receive them? Also are tickets printable at home for France and Benelux (...)

Patricia Masterson | 18 February 2012 complete | 1 Comments
Travel to and fro london and amsterdam or brussels with eurorail benelux pass If I purchase a Eurorail Benelux Pass for 3 persons for travelling in May - June 2018, can I travel in Eurostar from London to Brussels or Amsterdam and back. If yes, then is it allowed multiple times of just a single time (...)

HARISH SHETH | 18 February 2012 complete | 4 Comments
How many times a day does train run from paris to bayeux. would be leaving paris june 23rd returning 26 we would be traveling from london that morning arriving in Paris. We hope to get on another train to bayeux. Our destination that day is at our B&B in Bayeux.

Susan Thomas | 18 February 2011 complete | 6 Comments

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    "I think the Euro star should be quite new and comfort. But the seat, and inside of train, is old. It's gives bad impression. And it becomes slow after land on England, at last, it's delay on arrival. "

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    "FRIENDLY STAFF AND COMFORTABLE !! "

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    "It would be great if there is an instruction to tell us how and where to get the tickets, which i bought online before the trip. "

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    "We had no difficulty booking the tickets from India. We misplaced one printout but having access to the booking reference we had no difficulty getting a ticket issued at the station. (Only do remember that such tickets need to be endorsed at the stands near the platform). The seats were comfortable. The berths for the night journey were okay. There is food available on the day trains at reasonable prices. Overall definitely recommended. "

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    Thalys trip |
    "Unfortunately Wifi connection was bad. Compare to the bus the cost was too high "

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    "It was a very bad experience to take the train in Nord station from Brussels to Frankfurt, my first journey to Germany. All trains are cancelled without prior announcement. No email was received. We know that until we took the train to this station. The staff in Brussels didn't help much and lost in temper to explain what we could do. Finally, we had to go to Midi Station to take coach to Koln and took another train to Frankfurt. It took us more than 12 hours. "

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