Brussels: Historic and Hip, Bureaucratic and Bizarre

Belgium, Brussels Guide (B): Brussels: Historic and Hip, Bureaucratic and Bizarre

As Lonely Planet puts it: “Brussels is historic yet hip, bureaucratic yet bizarre, self-confident yet unshowy, and multicultural to its roots.”

Many visitors to Belgium limit their time to Brussels, which is where they almost all arrive. The city is a hub of transportation in Western Europe, with flights to all over the world and high-speed train connections to Amsterdam, Paris, London and beyond. It’s extremely easy to get to Brussels, so there really is no reason not to stop and pay a visit. Additionally, virtually every city in Belgium can be reached by public transportation from Brussels as well—fascinating old cities such as Antwerp, Bruges, Leuven and Ghent are no more than about an hour away.

Brussels may have a reputation of being a rather boring, bureaucratic capital city—it is, after all, the headquarters of NATO, the European Union and many other European institutions—it also has some fantastic attractions, world-class museums and unique architecture.

Located pretty much on the border between efficient Germanic northern Europe and laidback Romance southern Europe, Belgium’s largest city features a great mix of cultures. Add to that an undeniable African influence in certain areas, which dates from the days of the Belgian Congo, and you have a lively and charming city. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Brussels: Historic and Hip, Bureaucratic and Bizarre
Guide Location: Belgium » Brussels
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Grand-Place   Town Hall   St. Hubert Galleries   Royal Museums of Fine Arts   Manneken Pis   Atomium   Belgian Comic Strip Center   Rue des Bouchers   Chez Leon   Aux Armes des Brussels   Royal Palace   Cathedral of St. Michel and Gudule  
Author: Bram Reusen
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