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Brussels - The capital of Belgium
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and often the first introduction travelers have with the country. The city is primarily known as a political center for Europe and has its sights such as the Atomium and the Grote Markt, which justifies a visit. Shoppers will also enjoy here with the Nieuwstraat.
Trains to Brussels
Brussels has four major stations: Brussels South, Brussels North, Brussels Central and Brussels Airport. The latter in particular will be introduced to many foreign tourists, while the other three are a good way to explore Brussels or other cities.
Train connections with Antwerp
Brussels has a very good connection with Antwerp in terms of trains. Around 75 trains run between the two cities every day. The total travel time is approximately 53 minutes. Those who want to travel faster between both cities can also use the Thalys. Reservations are required. Whoever arrives in Belgium via Brussels Airport can continue their journey by train. A diabolo supplement of 5 euros is required.
Train connections with Bruges
Bruges is one of the largest tourist attractions in the country. A visit to Brussels is often combined with a city trip to Bruges. Brussels has a direct connection with Bruges. The total travel time is 52 minutes.
The Great Square
De Grote Markt van Brussel is dé topattractie van de stad. Op het plein kan je talrijke gildenhuizen vinden waarvan er heel wat zijn omgebouwd tot gezellige cafés en restaurants. Regelmatig wordt de Grote Markt ook omgebouwd voor evenementen zoals de Kerststal en het bloementapijt. De aandacht op het plein wordt vooral getrokken door de 96 meter hoge toren van het stadhuis. De oudste delen van het stadhuis dateren uit de 15de eeuw maar het meeste van wat je ziet is afkomstig uit de 18de eeuw.
Manneken Pis is the symbol of Brussels and even Belgium. The original statue dates from the 17th century and can be found in the Museum of Brussels (Broodhuis). The Manneken has been through a lot: he was often abducted, damaged, ... That is why a few copies were made and the original (although there is still much to do) statue now lives in the Broodhuis.
The Atomium is the 165 billion times enlarged representation of an iron atom. It was the attraction at the 1958 world exhibition. Nobody thought it would become a national symbol. It is approximately 100 meters high and now contains temporary and permanent exhibitions. A fast lift takes you to the top floor and then you can descend further with the escalators. A restaurant is located in the upper sphere.
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace of Brussels is not the residence of the king, it is the place where he receives visitors. When he is in the country, the Belgian tricolor also flutters. The Palace is a combination of many buildings whose current view dates from the early 20th century. You can visit this palace from a few days after the National Day until the beginning of September.
Green and sustainable tips for Brussels
Traveling by train is a sustainable way of traveling, but there are also many sustainable ways of transport in Brussels itself. The city has an extensive metro network that allows you to move to every corner of the city.