The Magnificent Brussels Hôtel de Ville

Brussels Hôtel de Ville

BRUSSELS’ HOTEL DE VILLE IS THE MOST MAGNIFICENT BUILDING ON THE GRAND PLACE: There are many great buildings on Brussels’ Grand Place, but none beats the magnificence of the Hôtel de Ville (Brussels Town Hall or Stadhuis in Dutch). This Gothic building from the Middle Ages is one of Belgium’s finest civic buildings. Amongst its […]

Atomium – A Futuristic Brussels Icon

Brussels Atomium

BUILT FOR EXPO 58, THE ATOMIUM IS JUST AS POPULAR TODAY: One of the more unique landmarks of Brussels is the Atomium, a 102-metre high steel-clad structure that marks the city’s skyline. The Atomium represents the atoms of an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times over. Made up of nine spheres interconnected by large tubes, […]

Steigenberger Grandhotel, Brussels

Steigenberger Grandhotel

HOTEL REVIEW – A STAY AT THE STEIGENBERGER GRANDHOTEL: On our first couple of nights in Brussels we stayed at the Steigenberger Grandhotel at 71, Avenue Louise – and what a fabulous hotel to start our Belgium holiday from. Although I was initially disappointed that our hotel was not one on the Grand Place, it […]

Manneken-Pis – A Bemusing National Treasure

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MANNEKEN-PIS IS ONE OF THE FAMOUS LANDMARKS IN BRUSSELS: Visitors may find it bemusing that a bronze statue of a little boy peeing into a fountain basin should be a national treasure for any capital city. Yet the Manneken-Pis in the centre of Brussels is one of the famous statues in the Belgian capital and […]

Belgian Beer Festivals 2014

Chimay beer at Belgian Beer Festivals

Belgium’s Beer Festivals That Make Belgium The Beer Capital of the World: Munich Oktoberfest is without doubt the king of all beer festivals.  But for the discerning beer lover, it is not the size of the beer festival that counts.  The Belgian Beer Festivals are not as well publicized internationally as Munich Oktoberfest, yet Belgium has […]

Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) – A Mecca for Fine Arts

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Palais des Beaux-Arts, or Bozar, Is A Multi-discipline Art Centre under the One Roof: Playing a key role in the cultural life of Brussels for over 70 year, the Palais des Beaux-Arts is a mecca for the city’s music and dance and also the home to the Belgian National Orchestra. The Palais des Beaux-Arts owes […]

Saint-Hubertus Royal Gallery – A Grand Shopping Arcade

Galeries Saint-Hubert - © Brussels International/M. Van Hulst

SAINT-HUBERTUS GALLERY IN BRUSSELS WAS THE FIRST SHOPPING ARCADE IN EUROPE: Sitting high up, in the same class of grand arcades as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan and The Passage in St. Petersburg, is the Saint-Hubertus Royal Gallery (Koninklijke Sint-Hubertusgalerijen in Dutch).  However, St Hubertus has the distinction of being the first shopping […]

Airport Transfers: Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL)

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Ground Transportation from/to Brussels South Charleroi Airport is easy: If you’re travelling to Brussels on budget carriers like Ryanair, Wizz Air, Jetairfly, etc., you will land at Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Charleroi Airport is in Charleroi which is approximately 46 kilometres (29 miles) from the centre of Brussels. By Bus The local TEC buses (Bus […]

Airport Transfers: Brussels Airport (BRU)

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Airport Transfers: Ground transportation at Brussels Airport: Brussels Airport is the gateway to Belgium for travellers arriving by air.  The airport is located approximately 13 km (8 miles) northeast of the city center.  Brussels’ other airport, the Brussels South Charleroi Airport, caters to charter flights only.  South Charleroi Airport is one hour from the city. […]