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Brussels

Introduction

Brussels is a European Capital. It is the capital of Belgium, of the European Union and of beer and chocolate! Brussels is a great place for a city break and is easily accessible from all over the continent. The southern half of the country is French speaking, the northern half speak Flemish which is closely related to Dutch. Wherever you go you can be assured of a warm welcome.



Getting there

Air: Zaventem (BRU) is the main airport serving Brussels. It has a wide range of flights across Europe and beyond. A regular train service runs from Charleroi into the centre of the city. A secondary airport used by Ryanair is Charleroi (CRL) which is located in the south of the country.

For flights to Brussels click Expedia.co.uk for great flight deals.

Rail: Eurostar from London or Paris is an increasingly common and convenient way to enter Brussels. Trains arrive at Brussels Zuid satation. Journey time from London is around 2 hours and 40 minutes and takes you through the Channel Tunnel. For deals on Eurostar check out at Opodo for the best up to date offers.



The Belgian Rail system is one of the best in the world. Connections across Europe are possible. Other trains can leave from Brussels Noord or Brussel Centraal.

Bus: A cheap option, bus travel to Brussels within Europe is easy with numerous operators connecting the main cities across the continent.

Accommodation

Brussels has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Check out Expedia.co.uk Alternatively look at Hotels.com City Break Hotel Deals.

What to See and Do

Brussel's numerous attractions include the following:

The Grand Place: The heart of the city of Brussels is the Grand Place. A cobbled square surrounded by beautiful buildings, the Grand Place comes alive with numerous cafes and bars giving the weary tourist numerous refuelling stops. Don't miss the night time light show when coloured spotlights light up the buildings to music.

Manneken Pis: A famous statue of a boy having a piss! Water spouts.... ... from where you would expect! The Belgians like to dress up the statue in costumes at different times of the year.

Beer: The beer in Belgium is the best in the world (just don't tell the Czechs and Germans!) Watch the strength as it will be stronger than what you are used to back home. Each beer has its own style of glass and the "Trappist Beers" are made by monks. Try Duvel, Qwak and Leffe.

Chocolate: Belgian chocolate is considered amongst the world's finest. It may not be good for the waistline but it tastes great! Good to take home as a present.

Getting Around

Integrated ticketing covers metro, tram and bus services.

Metro: There are three Metro lines covering the Brussels metro area.

Tram: Like many European cities, Brussels has a tram network giving tourists a convenient way to move around.

Buses: Numerous bus networks cover the city.

Train: The Belgian rail service is integrated with neighbouring European countries and covers the country as well as connecting to neighbouring countries.