Région de Bruxelles-Capitale Favorites

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Région de Bruxelles-Capitale Favorites

  • Chocolate, Waffles & Fries

    Brussels Favorites

    Genuine Belgians use the word PRALINES for what is called "chocolates" by tourists. If outside the touristic centres you ask for chocolate you will get a bar of chocolate. The production of pralines in Belgium is now in hands of a number of companies who have industrialized the process what does, fortunately, not mean that quality has diminished....

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  • Atomium & Heyzel area

    Brussels Favorites

    The Autonium close up, gives you an idea how big the structure really is. I'm not sure just how far out of the city this place is located. I went there by car with a friend who wanted me to see it. Don't remember how long it took to get there, because I saw so many interesting things along the way. I had never heard of it before and was...

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  • Grand' Place & guild houses

    Brussels Favorites

    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 Favorites

    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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  • Tours & Walks

    Brussels Favorites

    Leaving the Gare du Nord on the first day of my first visit in Brussels I was excited to see everything. There was one sight I would never have expected in a million years, but it drew me back. Just to make sure. Looking out the window of the car I saw something different--from anything I'd ever seen in the USA, even at the movies--a mannequin in...

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  • Estaminets & Beers

    Brussels Favorites

    We found several nice bars in the vicinity of the Grand Place and for so touristy an area didn’t think the prices were over-inflated. One we particularly liked was La Faucon to the east of the square, where we enjoyed a post-dinner coffee and guenever. Another was the Mannekin Taverne – confusingly not very near the Mannekin Pis but to the north...

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  • Parcs & Gardens

    Brussels Favorites

    De Kleine Zavel/Le Petit Sablon (it's the real name; in Flemish and French languages) was originally a horse market. In 1890 it was turned into a garden. It is surrounded by 48 statues representing the Medieval guilds of Brussels. In the center of the square you can see a statue of the counts of Egmont and Hoorne who were excecuted at the Grand...

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  • Museums

    Brussels Favorites

    The Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts in Brussels is one of the best paint museums in Europe. One has to distinguish museums showing paintings of various periods or schools and museums devoted to a specific period or specific schools of art. In the first category of "general" museums my preferences go to: Rank 1: The National Gallery, London. Le...

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  • Cinquantenaire & museums

    Brussels Favorites

    Brussels has one of the best military museums in Europe. As I was born just before WW II in a country which was twice in the centre of the cyclone I learned already as a child what war looks like. Having heard the sound of V1 flying over Brussels or the roaring squadrons of Flying Fortresses high in the sky I wanted to know more about that war and...

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  • Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

    Brussels Favorites

    Perhaps one of the most beautiful shopping arcades I have ever seen is the GALERIES ROYALES ST. HUBERT. Construction began on this arcade in 1846 and was inaugurated on June 20, 1847 by King Leopold. The main passage is 213 meters long. The Galleries are divided into 3 parts - Queen's Gallery - King's Gallery - Prince's Gallery. Here you will find...

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  • Cathédrale St Michel & Gudule

    Brussels Favorites

    There has been a church on this site since the 11th century. Work began on this Gothic Cathedral in 1225 and continued over a period of 300 years. The 2 front towers werte completed at the beginning of the 16th century. The Cathedral is made of sandy limestone brought from local quarries. Fully restored and cleaned in the 1990s it now looks...

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  • Palais de Justice

    Brussels Favorites

    On our Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour we saw the dome of this building standing out above all long before we reached it. The dome had been renovated and the bright gold stood out and made us want to be up close. We later returned to the Upper Town and again visited the Palais, indeed a building you must see when visiting Brussels. King Leopold 2 was...

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  • Palais Royal

    Brussels Favorites

    Sleeping and having lunch at the Palais Royal is one of the good souvenirs of my youth. There are two King Palaces in Brussels. The Palais Royal de Bruxelles, in the centre, is the office of the King; the Palais Royal de Laeken (north of the centre) is the place where he lives surrounded by a very large park. In the years that there was a...

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  • Markets & Flea Markets

    Brussels Favorites

    When you come from Central Station and you crossed the Keizerinlaan, walk to the right, then cross the Spanish square with the statue of Don Quichote and you will come at this little market square with only a few stands but lots of people. Here is the market of the Grasmarkt. you can walk around and see many paintings, handcrafts stuff, hand made...

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  • Chinese & Japanese Towers

    Brussels Favorites

    see the Japanese Tower. The Japanese Tower (80 meters high), and the Chinese Pavilion are real jewels from oriental art. They are originating from the international exhibition in Paris in 1900, and were rebuilt under rule of King Leopold

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  • Jeanneken Pis

    Brussels Favorites

    You will find this little statue of Jeanneke Pis in an adjunct street of the Rue du Boucher. However last time I saw her she looked very very sad :( She is locked up behind bars now. Bad guys tried to steal her a couple of times. I made a collection of sightseeing through out Brussels in my travelogues 'sightseeing'. There is plenty and coming more...

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  • Waterloo

    Brussels Favorites

    Taking a bus ride to Waterloo was one of the highlights of my Brussels visit. Passing through the busy shopping districts and going into the countryside, passing by pretty little villages, bars and cafes made the ride enjoyable. And the fields near the Waterloo monument are unbelievable. It's so difficult to believe that a bloody battle was ever...

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  • EC area

    Brussels Favorites

    Hmmm... To be honest, I never thought of the EU area as a place to visit. It took me a VTmeeting, in Brussels, on Nov.10 to really visit it as a tourist would have done. Yet, in my previous job, I used to pass nearby those buildings to join my place from work... Parc 50aire in nearby was far more interesting for me. Step down at Schuman metro...

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  • Maison Horta & Art Nouveau

    Brussels Favorites

    Visiting Brussels you should also be looking up all those great Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) houses. The most famous one is the Horta House. The wall decorations in Brussels are different from those in Antwerp. While in Antwerp a lot of mosaic is used, here in Brussels they use wall painting. Starting from a carved drawing, they put first a top of...

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  • Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon

    Brussels Favorites

    I visited the Sablon church (Englise Notre Dame du Sablon) located on Sablon Square in a center/downtown of Brussels. It's said that it's one of the most beautiful gothic churches in Brussels. The church was built in 15th and 16th century and was a beautiful example of brabantine gothic style. It looked very nice in my opinion, especially its...

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  • Bourse - Stock Exchange

    Brussels Favorites

    Thanks to Marie-Claude from Montreal I finally know what I am presenting here as a impressive old building in Brussels....well, it is the bourse. I only passed by that building by public bus and took this snap shot quickly. It is a bit funny, I think there wer already some belgium people seeing my page but nobody could tell me what it is...;-)) the...

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  • The Cleanest City - Bruxelles

    The architecture here is beautiful, in the old part of the city. It is also the cleanest large city I have ever seen. I have been to many large cities and generally expect them to be dirty, but Bruxelles surprised me greatly.There was also a small stand on the street, selling escargot. You could eat it right there. While in Paris, I ate a fair...

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  • Beer city

    Belgium is the country with the best beer in the world (we try to be objective). Therefore, your stay in Brussels cannot be complete without a visit to one of the many typical and beautiful cafes and pubs that you will find here. Try the local beers of Brussels Gueuze or fruit beer (cherry beer, raspberry beer, peach beer ) or a wonderful Trappist...

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  • Special events

    Jacques Brel, exhibitions, guided walks and screenings, Jan onwards, Jacques Brel Centre, Vieille Halle aux Blés 11 and Belgian Centre for Comic Strips, Rue des Sables 20 Animation and Cartoon Festival, Feb-Mar, Auditorium du Passage 44, Boulevard du Jardin Botanique International Festival of Films of the Fantastic, Thrillers and Science Fiction,...

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  • Cost of living

    On 1 January 2001, the Belgian Franc was replaced by the Euro. One-litre bottle of mineral water: €0.74 33cl bottle of beer: €0.62 Financial Times newspaper: €2.23 36-exposure colour film: €4.96 City-centre bus ticket: €1.36 Adult football ticket: €8.86-12.39 Three-course meal with wine/beer: €13-50 1 Euro (€1) = £0.63; US$1.00; C$1.56; A$1.77;...

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  • Language

    Brussels has two official languages: French and Flemish. All street names are bilingual: owing to space restrictions in this guide, only the French appears in the main body of the text. However, the region is largely (about 90%) French-speaking, a trend increasing as the grip of the EU tightens. Commuters increase the percentage of Flemish speakers...

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