Generation Europe Youth Hostel

Rue de l'Elephant, 4, Brussels, 1080, Belgium

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Auberge de Jeunesse Generation Europe
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  • Couples100
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    Unique Quality: Verblijf voorzien van alle comfort, met terras en tuin. Barbecue in de zomer.
    164 bedden.
    Tweepersoonskamers en kamers voor meerdere personen met badkamer en toilet op alle kamers.
    Uitgeruste vergaderzalen.
    Restaurant, Belgisch bier proeven in de bar, televisie- en
    videoruimte. Pingpongtafel. Liften.
    Wasruimte. Gratis bagageruimte.
    Winkel. Kortingen op bepaalde attracties.
    Priv├ęparking (bussen, wagens, fietsen).
    Faciliteiten voor mindervaliden.

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    A place to hang your hat!


    The hostel is kind of a "doubled edged sword" in that it is great when you are in the confines, but getting there and neighbourhood can be a bit "dangerous" or "scary" at first. The Hostel itself is in good shape and has all you need if you are backpacking. In the summer months, MAKE RESERVATIONS at all or most HI Hostels or you could find yourself S.O.L:):)

    Unique Quality: This hostel had helpful staff and a quaint little bar where you can watch TV, Read a book, or get hammered with people from all around the world! If you meet Stef (if he is still working there) he is great and will help you with anything you want to know about Belgium and will give you tips on what do when you are there!

    Directions: "Arabian District"

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    I stayed at the HI hostel
    Jean Nihon (I'm not sure of the spelling) which was clean and comfortable. THis was back in 1996 though and, according to the Belgian HI website, the hostel is now known as 'Generation Europe'.

    Don't be put off by the rather creepy underground station that you have to go to get there (Comte de Flandre)! Its only about 5 minutes walk away from the hostel and the area seems okay.

    Its about 15 minutes walk from the city centre.

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Intensive French courses in July

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I am thinking about doing an intensive (2 weeks, perhaps) French course in Brussels in July. Can anyone recommend a reliable school with dynamic teachers? I am in my late 30s, and would like to learn practical speaking skills.

I'd also LOVE to do some dance classes (folk dance, bellydance, indian dance) or yoga to learn French in another context. Any recommendations about places to do any of the above would be most welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Best wishes from Madrid,

Re: Intensive French courses in July

by stolsen

Hi Patti,

I was in Brussels for six months last year. One of my goals was also to better my French. Yes, formal classes are a good base. Amira Language School ( was pretty popular for the expats I knew. To augment your language study, I recommend you find "language buddies". Seriously, before you go, post something on Craigslist to the effect: "I want to practice my French with native speakers. In exchange, I will serve as a Spanish speaking partner for anyone who is interested."
If you want a really genuine experience, although it's not for everybody, you could try That way, you could have a place to stay and people with whom you may speak French. However, this option is not for everyone.

Best of luck,


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 Generation Europe Youth Hostel

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Address: Rue de l'Elephant, 4, Brussels, 1080, Belgium