Hotel de France

21 Boulevard Jamar, Brussels, 1060, Belgium
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Train from Brussels to Antwerp

by sometimer

Does anyone know if reservations are needed for the train from Brussels to Antwerp? I've tried to make them but only get forms written in Dutch. Is there a site that I can make reservations for English speaking folks?

Re: Train from Brussels to Antwerp

by leics

No, you do not need to make reservations beforehand (which is the case with the vast majority of European trains). Just buy your tickets at the station, either just before departure or the day before if you are worried. Ticket machines have English language options, or you can go to the ticket office.

You can find Belgian train times, details and fares in English here;

http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/

Journey time is just over an hour, trains are frequent, one-way fare is 6.60 euro.

Re: Train from Brussels to Antwerp

by K_V_B

You can't even make reservations for domestic Belgian trains. Don't worry. There are enough trains, and they function like a mass transit system. Just buy a ticket, and hop on the next train that goes your way.

Re: Train from Brussels to Antwerp

by ATLC

Exactly: no reservations needed. It's not common to make reservations in our densely railed countries.

Travel Tips for Brussels

Useful Information About Belgium

by dimilag

Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs can be used.

Language: The Flemish, in the north, speak Dutch, the Walloons in the south speak French and Brussels is bilingual, the majority of citizens speaking French. In the east there is a small German-speaking community. English is also spoken.

Health: No vaccinations are required. Medical facilities and care in Belgium are excellent but expensive so travellers are advised to take out medical insurance. UK citizens receive emergency medical care for a reduced cost, but should have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), to qualify.

Tipping: Service charges are included in bills and tipping is not necessary, unless for exceptional service. Porters, coatroom and bathroom attendants are generally tipped.

Safety: Most visits to Belgium are trouble-free, but travellers should be wary of street crime in the cities, such as mugging and pickpocketing, particularly in Brussels at major railway stations and on public transport. Brussels is home to a number of international organisations, including EU and NATO, which could become the target of indiscriminate terrorist attacks.

Customs: Belgium law requires everyone to carry some form of official identification at all times. Business: Belgians are very formal in business, enjoy a great deal of personal space, and are generally reserved and extremely private. Dress should be conservative, dark suits are acceptable, with a high importance placed on quality and neatness of clothing. Punctuality is extremely important at meetings, which will begin and end with a quick, light handshake with all involved, and exchanging business cards is standard practice; it is recommended that cards are printed in English with the other side translated in either French or Dutch depending on the main language of the region where business is to take place. Business hours are generally 9am to 5.30pm or 6pm Monday to Friday.

Communications: The international access code for Belgium is +32. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0030 for Greece). City codes are required for all calls within Belgium; the area code for Brussels is (0)2. Mobile phones operate on GSM and 3G networks. Public phones take coins or phone cards. Internet cafes are widely available.

Duty Free: Travellers to Belgium arriving from non-EU countries are allowed to enter the country with the following items without incurring customs duty: 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; 1 litre spirits over 22% in alcohol or 2 litres of dessert wine 22% in alcohol and sparkling wine, and 2 litres wine; 50g perfume and 250ml eau de toilette; and other goods such as souvenirs to the value of €175. Prohibited items include unpreserved foodstuffs.

Talk to the people! They are...

by Jo-Condon

Talk to the people! They are fantastic, the most friendly Europeans that I have met, they really come out of their way to help you out! Also, go shopping - there are some great bargains to be found. Sitting in one of the Tavern's in Grand Place drinking White Beer in between shopping missions, eating beer nuts and talking - great atmosphere!

Souvenirs from Brussels *2 Lace

by MartinaH

The mostly bought - apart from chocolate - souvenir in Brussels is Lace. Plenty of shops sell different kinds of lace and tapestries. Very nice souvenir... but I still prefer the chocolate ;-)

You'll find those shops as well round the Grand' Place next to the chocolate shops !!

Brussels is a great place for...

by jimistador

Brussels is a great place for the lovers of comics.There is a nice shop where you can find a lot of them : THE SKULL.

this adress is

Chaussée de waterloo, 336
1060 Bruxelles

You can also visit it´s web page

Manneken Pis

This statue of...

by benzerga

Manneken Pis

This statue of a little boy in a somewhat compromising position has since several centuries been a major tourist attraction in the city. When most people see our 'manneken', the first reaction is always one of amazement: 'Look, how small he is ! Why does everybody want to see him ?' The people of Brussels, however, accept him the way he is. After all, it doesn't always have to be big to be beautiful. Imagine he would be the size of the Statue of Liberty : Brussels would be continuously flooded !

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