Brussels Travel Guide

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Brussels Things to Do

  • Grand Place - Grote Markt, Brussels

    Grand Place - Grote Markt

    Grand Place or Grote Markt (Dutch) is the central square of Brussels.It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices,the city's town hall and the breadhouse building containing the museum of the city of Brussels.The square is the most important and visited tourist destination in the city measuring 68 x 100 meters and is a UNESCO...

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  • Atomium, Brussels

    Atomium

    Originally constructed for the World's Fair Expo 1958 this structure designed by 'Andre Waterkeyn' stands 102m tall.Its nine 18m diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.Tubes of 3m diameter connect the spheres along the twelve edges of the...

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  • Manneken Pis, Brussels

    Manneken Pis

    3 out of 5 stars

    Meaning 'little man pee' in Dutch is a landmark small bronze sculpture in Brussels old town. Depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountains basin.It was designed by 'Hieronymus Duquesnoy the Elder'and put in place in 1618.The figure has been repeatedly stolen:the current statue dates from 1965,the original restored version is kept at the...

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Brussels Restaurants

  • Chez Léon, Brussels

    Chez Léon

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ok, the first thing is that Chez Leon is on Rue du Bouchors .... where you'll find all the tourist type of restaurants with tourist prices, Since mussels are in seasons we decided to try this place for it's mussels.... we've read mixed reviews about this place on VT. So we decided to give a shot. So we arrived and we were seated promptly on a busy...

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  • Information & Sources, Brussels

    Information & Sources

    4 out of 5 stars

    If you want to savor Authentic Old Belgian Cuisine in the Historic Old Center of Belgium, then head to the famous Rue des Bouchers and the other sreets in it's periphery like Petite Rue De Bouchers Rue de la Fourche Petite and Rue Gretry areas, which is near the Grand Place Area of which you would see rows and rows of Belgian Restaurants in a...

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  • Maison Antoine, Brussels

    Maison Antoine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Located at place Jourdan (at European district) we saw a huge line of people waiting to take frites from this kind of big kiosk in the middle of the square! We stood there too and didn’t regret, the typical in Belgium frites were great, fried the Belgium way (3 times), you can choose the size and one of the hundred different sauces including some...

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Brussels Nightlife

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  • Dancing, Brussels

    Dancing

    Chez Johnny I think embodies a bit of the Belgian spirit. It's kitsch, quirky, does not take itself seriously and above all, knows how to have fun. People, if you're looking for cutting edge techno, this is not your place! First of all, Chez Johnny doesn't call itself a "nightclib" but a "party room" and no need to wait after midnight (like in...

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  • Other Pubs & Bars, Brussels

    Other Pubs & Bars

    On this trip my hotel, Escale, was located at the far end of Rue de France, about 500 metres from Midi Railway Station. Its immediate locale is pretty much a business district and it being a cold, wet evening I wasn't going to wander far to look for a beer. Le Rail Taverne was pretty much opposite the hotel, on the other side of the crossroads,...

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  • Sound & Light Show, Brussels

    Sound & Light Show

    The red night district is not really big actually, but it is worthwhile to take a look another mini Amsterdam. By the way, take great care of your pocket and avoid visit this area alone here at night.

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Brussels Transportation

  • Métros/Trams/Bus, Brussels

    Métros/Trams/Bus

    Brussells is served by buses, trams and the Metro--Get a map of the Metro and study it. I found this metro the most difficult to travel on. on.compared to Paris , London, St Peterburg,Munich and Barcelona.etc..

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  • Trains, Brussels

    Trains

    well when I need to use the train, business trip its normally the Thalys and I end up here at Bruxelles Midi,Rue de France, then I rent a car to my business branch. Lovely station, plenty of eateries and easy to walk thru it. http://www.thalys.com/be/en/ you ,can ,also, get the Eurostar train and the TGV here. booking for all...

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  • Local taxis, Brussels

    Local taxis

    In the view from inside the taxi, I can see that there were also streetcars in those days and apparently similar cars are still operating. Arrival times, departure times and stops are shown at each tram stop. There are also convenient street maps at each stop. In 1950, we arrived by train (flying was not as common in those days) so we had no need...

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Brussels Shopping

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  • Shopping Malls & Streets, Brussels

    Shopping Malls & Streets

    Saint Boniface is probably one of the most vibrant places in Brussels. It located between the avenue Louise, porte de Namur and place du Luxembourg. It's one unique places in brussels where you can find such a multicultural mix. It's visited by artists, bankers, eurocrats, young, older, you can hear different languages on corner. It's a mini...

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  • Chocolates, Brussels

    Chocolates

    Brussells is an excellent city for buying the famous Brussells lace, tapestries, souvenirs of the famous Mannekin Pis, and my favourite, chocolates (the Bouchees are absolutely addictive!) One of the nicest things we enjoyed during our 2014 visit was that in the Centre of Brussells not far from the Grand Place, there are so many chocolate shops...

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  • Antiques & Flea Markets, Brussels

    Antiques & Flea Markets

    An extremely original warehouse which imports archaic antiques, restores them, and sells them as very original curios e.g. Buddhist scroll cupboards, prayer screen mirrors etc. Very professionally run, and not purely expropriative as so much of the antiques world is. 133 Rue Haute, 1000 Bruxelles +32 496 345 040. They also have a warehouse at 153...

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Brussels Local Customs

  • Eating, Brussels

    Eating

    Mussels with frites are a national dish in Belgium. We call them "moules casserole" as they are cooked in a "casserole" which is a large pan of minimum 3 liters content. This volume is needed to prepare the usual amount of 1 kg mussels per person. This quantity of mussels contains about 250 gr. of flesh. The crux of the matter is the mussels. They...

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  • Languages, Brussels

    Languages

    The Flemish University of Brussels VUB has just published a study about the languages spoken in Brussels. There are 104 different languages spoken in Brussels. I don't know if there were as many at the Tower of Babel? Nr 1 is French 88%, Nr 2 English 30%, Nr 3 Dutch 23%, Nr 4 Arab 18%, and Nr 5 Spanish 9%. (A large number of inhabitants speak...

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  • Drinking, Brussels

    Drinking

    Anotther Favorite Belgian Commercial Beer of Mine which is not as well known as Stella Artois or Chimay Outside of Belgium but is now aggressively marketed outside is the Duvel. It is a famous Flemish Beer made in Duvel Moortgat Brewery in Breendonk, Belgium of which you would see the large Brewery along the highway going to the Netherlands. Duvel...

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Brussels Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid at Night, Brussels

    Avoid at Night

    My husband and I stayed in hotel called "resident Thon" which is next door to "hotel Thon. Sadly the gym is located in Thon hotel and not resident Thon. It's a little walk. I was returning from gym around 1015pm and I was harressed by a taxi driver. He was not offering me a ride. He was yelling at me to go with him. I was glad it happened to me and...

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  • Pickpockets, Brussels

    Pickpockets

    As the Mannekin Pis Area is rather a small intersection along Rue De Chenne, Stoofstraat and Rue De'l Effuve, the hordes of tourists congregate along the area and it tends to be packed in this small area that you would hardly notice if someone will reach for your wallet in your back pockets, so a better option would be placing your wallets and...

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  • Driving, Brussels

    Driving

    This topic was quite helpful in identifying why I am still terrified and am phobic of crazy traffic. I lived between Bruxelles and Waterloo and traveled by car to the surrounding EU countries often for 5 years. Being a passenger, I was astonished to see so many daily accidents- buses/cars/motorcyclists/mopeds and people. There was never a day in...

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Brussels Tourist Traps

  • Restaurants around Grand' Place, Brussels

    Restaurants around Grand' Place

    The Rue des Bouchers looks very tempting in summer with all the tables spilling out of it's restaurants onto the narrow cobbled street but try not to be tempted by the pushy restaurant owners trying to drag you in to their establishment for their special "Tourist set menu". Whilst these 3 course meals for €12 seem a great deal they usually leave...

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  • Manneken Pis, Brussels

    Manneken Pis

    "Is that it?" everyone says, just like they do with the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, and it is perhaps the best comparison as it has the same tourist trap feel to it, but at least Manneken has several advantages that Mermaid has not. One being that it is only a couple of blocks away from the centre and not in a windy harbour, the other that the...

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  • Atomium & Heyzel area, Brussels

    Atomium & Heyzel area

    The Heyzel area with Mini Europe and the EU museum, even atomium itself are a bit of a tourist trap. Note: I have been informed this attraction will be closing in the Fall of 2013. I enjoyed Mini Europe despite and it was cool to see Atomium but inside Atomium was very dissappointing. Save yourself some money and just take snap some shots from...

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Brussels What to Pack

  • Packing List, Brussels

    Packing List

    Brussels and Belgium in general as a country has a reputation as a place where it rains quite a lot. This not undeserved and showers can break out at any time so number one on your list should be an umbrella and if you forget, be prepared to buy one!

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  • Bring A Powerbank, Brussels

    Bring A Powerbank

    In today's world of power hungry point and shoot phones, smart phones and tablets and other high tech devices, batterty life is a big deal when travelling moreso if you are in the business of taking many shots and videos of you travels and hence, the solution is the USB powerbank storage device (preferably the 8,400 mAH up to 15,000 mAH variety...

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  • Universal Plug Adaptors & Extension Cord..., Brussels

    Universal Plug Adaptors & Extension Cord...

    First is that even the first class hotels in Europe has no Universal Sockets (the three hole configuration with different shapes of the holes) unlike many of the first class hotels in Asia where they are a standard. different countries have different socket plug ins and there are many power plug configurations like the two pin (which we use in...

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Brussels Off The Beaten Path

  • Tours & Walks, Brussels

    Tours & Walks

    Directly next door, at Avenue Palmerston, 2, an extension to Hôtel van Eetvelde (at Avenue Palmerston, 4) was designed by Victor Horta in 1898. Known as Hôtel Delhaye, this building has a beautifully detailed sandstone façade. It was designed to house a garage, an office and a billiard room for van Eetvelde, as well as apartments, therefore it...

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  • Parcs & Gardens, Brussels

    Parcs & Gardens

    These conservatories were built in the 19th century by king Leopold II to house his collection of plants from the Congo. They consist of 16 connected greenhouses. This complex can be visited only for two weeks every year; usually between april and may. I was very lucky to be in Brussels at the beginning of may, so that I could enjoy those rich...

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  • Chinese & Japanese Towers, Brussels

    Chinese & Japanese Towers

    These were commisioned to a French architect by king Leopold II. They are located on the northern corner of the Royal Park in Laeken area. I couldn' t see much inside the Japanese Tower, because only the first floor was opened when I went here. Inside there is a collection of Japanese ceramics. The Chinese Pavilion has various small rooms richly...

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Brussels Sports & Outdoors

  • Scuba diving in Nemo33, Brussels

    Scuba diving in Nemo33

    Nemo33 is a purpose built scuba diving pool with platforms at 1.4, 2.5, 6 and 10 metres and a 34 metres pit.There are swim throughs and you can even have a chat with your buddy at 10 metres down in one of three air 'caves'.The water is now slightly chlorinated water warmed at 30 celsius.WARNING: the 'champagne effect where the deep pit is full of...

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  • King Baudouin stadium, Brussels

    King Baudouin stadium

    We took the metro to Stade Roi Baudouin to see a concert of Madonna ( !) but the history of the stadium takes me back to the 80s and the disaster of Heysel stadium (that was the name of the stadium at that time). I still remember the final match for european cup between Juventus and Liverpool when 39 italian fans die and more than 500 injured....

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  • Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels

    Constant Vanden Stock Stadium

    We drove from Antwerp on the day of the match to watch RSC Anderlecht play Manchester United in the UEFA Champions league.Getting lost on the ring road made us about 10 mins late and so we decided to park the mini bus near the ground in what we thought was a quiet spot. This quiet spot ended up with the bus being surrounded by the local fans after...

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  • Chocolate, Waffles & Fries, Brussels

    Chocolate, Waffles & Fries

    Belgium is not Only Known as the Inventer of the Pomme Frites (mistakenly named French Fries) and the Popular Belgian Waffle (Liege Variety) buy when you ask a non Belgian what Belgium is famous for then he would say CHOCOLATES! as since 1635, when Belgium was part of the Spanish Netherlands, it gotten tons of cocoa beans from the Spanish Colonies...

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  • Grand' Place & guild houses, Brussels

    Grand' Place & guild houses

    I use to say that this square is the most beautiful that I know. Great proportions well balanced and harmonized buildings, precious details. The only sad thing was its dark look. You may imagine my pleasure when I saw that the buildings are being cleaned, and the white stone is now shining almost as much as the shining gold in some facades. Well...

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  • Manneken Pis, Brussels

    Manneken Pis

    That a small statue of a peeing boy became the touristic icon of my city shows that we Brusseleirs appreciate self derision. Can you imagine such a statue as symbol of Paris, Rome, New York or London! We actually don't know from were came the idea of building a fountain with the water streaming out a pipi, zizi or as used in Brussels and Brabant...

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Top 10 Street Food Cities: Brussels

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

While we promised an article free of French crepes, we certainly can't compile an article on street food sans frites! Two stands vying for top spot in French-influenced Brussels are Frit' Flagey in Place Flagey and Maison Friterie Antoine in Place Jourdan, which is also famous for its variety of sauces, from the traditional Flemish topping of mayonnaise to a Brazilian take on ketchup and quatre poivres. Multiple VT members noted that waffles in Belgium, apparently vastly different from the American version of Belgian waffles, are alone worth the trip on the Eurostar. While the Brussels-style somewhat resembles the wide-spread notion of a Belgian waffle, the Liege waffle is denser and coated in a caramelized sugar. Either variety can be topped with powdered sugar, fresh whipped cream, strawberries and/or chocolate. One final treat not to miss are Brussels' shellfish specialties of moules frites (mussels served with fries) and caricolles (small snails boiled in broth).

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