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Grand Place

Favorite thing The main tourist attraction of the city of Brussels and its central tourist poist is a square called Grand Place (Big Square). It's not so big at least in comparison to say St. Mark Square in Venice or Market Square in Krakow, Poland - the biggest mediaeval square in Europe.

But the old, renovated houses around Grand Place looked really amazing either at daytime and at night when the square was heavy lighted. It was a paradise for old architecture lovers! And for those who like watching people :-)

Fondest memory Grand Place :-)

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Dec 22, 2003

The Grand Place again...

Favorite thing The beautiful La Grande Place (Grant Place)...

It is lined with cafes and restaurants so if you can afford it grab something to eat here and do some people watching. :) It's a nice place to spend a bit of time...

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Apr 12, 2003

Guild halls around "Grand Place"

Favorite thing The guild houses were rebuilt between 1695 and 1700 after destruction by a bombardment by the french army in 1695 during the reign of Louis XIV . Their architectural style is a local interpretation of Italian Baroque. On the guild houses you can see little statues that are patrons of the different guilds.

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Mar 03, 2003

the central place (Grote Markt - Grand Place)

Favorite thing Downtown Brussels is absolutely impressing. All around the central place there are different old beautiful buildings like the royal palace and the cathedral, the dukes of Brabant Hall and various guild halls. In the whole city I saw a lot of beautiful churches, govermental buildings etc.

Fondest memory Unfortunately my fondest memory is that Brussels next to all it´s beauty is really dirty. The subways, the streets, a lot of buildings very dirty.

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Mar 03, 2003
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Grande Place, main tourist destination

Favorite thing Grande Place, the main square of Brussels

Fondest memory The old, very beautiful square, surrounded by the ancient houses of noble and rich commercial people. The buildings seem to compete with each others by their fine styles and architecture.
At the spring time there are flower festivals at the Grande Place.

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Sep 22, 2002


Favorite thing Check out the music & light show at the Grand-Place...

Between April and September (and sometimes in December) the town square and its buildings are illuminated at night to the rythm of classical music!

There are two sessions lasting 15 minutes each night (at 9.30pm and 10.15pm or 11.15pm, depending on the sunset).

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Sep 19, 2002

visit the city hall.
This is...

Favorite thing visit the city hall.
This is the most remarkable building of Brussels and one of the most beautiful gothic buildings of Belgium. The leftwing is a design from Jacques Van Thienen dated 1402; the rightwing had been built in 1449 by an unknown architect. The tower measures 90 meters in height and the wind vane measures up to 5 meters visualizing Saint Michael stabbing down a dragon. You can find more in the travelogue.

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Sep 12, 2002

see still the Market place. ...

Favorite thing see still the Market place.
Facing the City Hall is the impressive so called “Broodhuis” (in those days a depository for the baker’s guild) and is surrounded by the 17th century’s guild houses. Nowadays during daytime there is a flower market, whereas in the evening the place is brightly illuminated.

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Sep 12, 2002

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see the market place. This is...

Favorite thing see the market place. This is the heart of the old town and has an orthogonal shape measuring 110 by 68 meters. The City hall with its elegant belfry dominates this rather impressive square.

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Sep 12, 2002

Go to the Grand'Place......

Favorite thing Go to the Grand'Place... incredibly beautiful and historic, and right in the middle of the city. You will find so many places to see, shop, and eat within easy walking distance...

Fondest memory Having dinner at the Aux Armes de Bruxelles on my first trip to Brussels... the meal was terrific!!! Many thanks to Vinnie Gambini!

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Sep 09, 2002

The marketsquare, one of the...

Favorite thing The marketsquare, one of the world's most beautiful squares with the majestic cityhall and many enchanting patrician-houses.

Fondest memory My 'daughter' Isabelle Vos, that lived almost a year in Arnhem with me to learn the Dutch language and explore the environment.

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Sep 08, 2002

The best you'll find in...

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The best you'll find in Brussels is the 'Grande Place'. Unlike other Belgian cities, the capital has changed a lot because of its importance in the European Union ans as an important city. That means that has lost a part of the 'charm' that you'll find in other Belgian villages... however, only the Grande Place is good enough to forget this: it's really beautiful to see those great buildings, the incredible gothic Townhall... and the houses of (métiers). For example, the 'King of Spain's House' a very interesting brewery in the heart of Brussels.

Fondest memory
La Grande Place

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Aug 26, 2002

Things To Do Near Brussels

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Hallepoort - Porte de Hal

The last remaining of the cities medieval towers. This one built in 1381 served as a prison until 1847 when it was converted to the Royal Museum for art and history, today its a museum featuring the...
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Place de Jue de Balle

I go here whenever I am in the city, and ususally come back with at least one thing that I really don't want. It's a great place to be nosey and rummage around. Its open daily, although I've learnt...
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Musée Bruxellois de la Gueuze & Cantillon Brewery

This is much better than the beer museum at the grand place! This is actually a still functioning gueuze beer brewery, and the only place where 'real gueuze' is still being made. You get a tour...
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Palais de Justice Bruxelles

This huge building is set upon a hill overlooking the city and houses the Belgium supreme court. It was built by the architect Poelart in 1883 and is larger that St. Peters in Rome. Great city views...
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Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle

The oldest church in Brussels, its construction began in 1210 and was completed by the end of the 13Th century. It reflects the transition between Romanesque and Gothic styles. A Baroque bell tower...
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La Fleur en Papier Doré / Het Goudblommeke in Papier

Not to miss is the historical pub La Fleur en Papier Doré/Het Goudblommeke van Papier at the Cellebroersstraat 55. It was once the artistic café and meeting place of Brussels’s surrealists. Magritte,...
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