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Places to visit in Bruxelles

Im heading to bruxelles next month with some friends. suggestions for what to see will be appreciated.
14 years ago, May 18th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #73092  
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Im heading to bruxelles next month with some friends, and I would to plan a sort of a guided tour for them. So I was hoping for suggestions for what to see besides the ussuals as the Grand Place and the Mannequin Pis. Reply to this

14 years ago, June 14th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #76174  
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If you're still not there ...

How long will you stay in Belgium ... A couple of hours, 1 or more days, a week, 2 weeks,...

Are you going to rent a car if you stay for more than 1 day?

Brussels is not tourist friendly at all.
The city is mainly french speaking people (even Brussels is in the Dutch speaking Flanders region). Many of them refuse to speak other languages than French (even in some shops). In my opinion most of the people are not friendly in Brussels.

I'm not having anything against French speaking people. The Southern Part of Belgium (which is French speaking) are extremely friendly. Just in Brussels it's different.

I will see for more info tomorrow.

But if you stay for a longer time, go visit other cities and regions:

Flanders: Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven to name a few.

Wallonie (southern part): Tournai, Namur, Mons, Dinant, Bouillon,
The most beautiful authentic villages of Wallonie (it's not a complete list of course): http://www.beauxvillages.be/en/v2/default.asp?iId=JLFJI

Also a link with beautiful villages in Flanders: http://fotogeniekbelgie.wordpress.com/2008/03/29/de-15-mooiste-dorpen-van-vlaanderen/

More tomorrow ...

Radio station: www.stubru.be (not to much blah blah en mainly English music - rock, pop, electronic,...). Dutch speaking radio, French radiostations play most of the time French music or commercial R&B stuff (only Radio 21, Classic 21 & Pure FM are better but still some none-english music). Reply to this

14 years ago, June 15th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #76300  
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Must sees Flandres:

Near Brussels: Zoniënwoud (a big forest around brussels: tervuren, overijsse,...)

in Brussels:
Palais De La Justice (next to the building you have the most beautiful vieuwpoint of brussels).

If you walk back direction Central station from there you will pass some interesting places: Place Sablon, old buildings, palace, Mont Des Arts (another great point),...

If you walk further to the Nord-station (back of central building, you'll pas some other beautiful places). Near Nord Station: Les jardins Botanique, Koning Albert II-laan (with loads of new towers for architecture freaks). From there it's not far from rue Neuve, the most popular shopping street of Brussels. If you just follow that street and cross Place de la Monnaie (Muntplein in Dutch), you're close to Grand Place, La Bourse, Central Station, rue des Bouchers (street full of restaurants),...

Flanders: The coast: Oostende - Nieuwpoort - De Haan - Zeebrugge - Blankenberge - Knokke (Zwin-park)

Cities in Flanders:
Bruges - Damme

Southern part of Belgium is very interesting for hikes & car trips

Viroin-région: Mariembourg - Viroinval (just discover all the small villages in the neighbourghood, go check the viewpoints,...: Vierves-Sur-Viroin, Olloy Sur Viroin, Nismes, Fagnolle, Petigny, Matagne-la-petite, Matagne-la-grande, Dourbes, Roly, Villers-En-Fagne, cross the french border to Givet (beautiful city next to the Meuse river)

Bouillon & Semois river région: Bouillon, Frahan, Rocheaut, Vress-Sur-Semois, Corbion, Curfoz, Poupehan, Botassart, Lafôret ... some further: Chassepierre - Florenville

Durbuy: Bomal-Sur-Ourthe, Wéris, Ny, Mohiville, Barvaux.
You can also do a walk next to the ourthe river from Barvaux to Durbuy centre.

Philippeville - Boussu-Lez-Walcourt - Cerfontaine: an area with beautiful valleys and some of Belgiums biggest lakes: Lac de la Plate Taille (the most impressive one), Lac de Virelles, Lac de Féronval, Lac De L'Eau D'Heure,... you drive from lake to lake ...

Another great cartraject: Floreffe - Namur (visit the city) - Wépion - Profondeville - Annevoie (popular "Gardens of Annevoie") - Salet - Haut-Le-Wastia - Anhée - Evrehailles - Purnode - Spontin - Crupet and at the end of the day go a little back south to Dinant.

another one more eastern: start in Vielsalm - Trois-Ponts - Stavelot - Francorchamps - Malmedy - Waimes- Robertville (lake) - Butgenbach (castle) - Sourbrodt (visit naturepark Hohes Vehn). It's just amazing place.

others: Abbey Of Orval, Abbey of Maredsous, castle of Chimay, Parc Paradisio, Abbey of Villers-La-Ville, La Roche en Ardenne,...

Some belgian beers: Kriek Lindemans (hard to find but very fruity beer, worthwile looking for), Duvel, Vedett, Jupiler, Stella, Chimay, Westmalle, Kasteelbeer, Orval,...

Food: try buying fries! (but only outside Brussels).

Popular discotheques: Fuse Brussels (saturday), La Rocca (Lier - saturdays & sundays)

Radio: Studio Brussels FM 100,6 or 102,1
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13 years ago, December 27th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #97584  
It also depends where you land. Just use this rental guide for Charleroi and let me know what you think. There are no cars, just a guide.
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10 years ago, August 19th 2013 No: 5 Msg: #174244  
A page with places in Brussels... Brussels on Historvista or Belgiumview creates TravelBlog
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