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Tour of Brussels, Belgium

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The City of Brussels is the capital of Belgium and Flanders, founded in 580. Brussels has grown from a 10th-century fortress town into a city with a population of over 1 million.

Although historically Dutch-speaking, most inhabitants now speak French, although Dutch and French have official status.

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Flights take about 1 hour 30 minutes between UK Airports and Brussels Airports. Some hotels may provide airport shuttle buses.

Ryanair provide regular flights between Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Edinburgh & Manchester .

Brussels South Charleroi Airport / Wiki is situated about 35 miles south of Brussels. Ryanair operate their own bus service into central Brussels, to the southern entrance of Gare du Midi/Brussels Zuid. There is also a shuttle bus to the Charleroi Train Station where you can catch a train to Brussels or most other Cities in Europe. Google Map.

Brussels National Airport/Wiki is situated about 9 miles northeast of Brussels. The Airport Bus Line is an inexpensive 30-minute express service between Brussels Airport and the Brussels Centre. Taxi prices are about 45 Euro between the Airport and Bussels centre. More Information. Taxis . Google Map.

BMI, British Airways, easyJet & Ryanair provide flights to Brussels National Airport. To view the UK Airports they fly from, or International Flights, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brussels_Airport.

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The Market Place, Grand Place, is the centre of Brussels Old Town, a popular meeting place.

The most notable building in the Market Place is the Town Hall with its gothic tower. Known as the Hotel de Ville, or Stadhuis, it is said to be the most impressive Town Hall in the Low Countries.

The earliest parts of the building were built in 1402.

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The Market Place / Grand Place or Grote Markt is where the Flower Carpet is laid out every two years.

This is a huge display of flowers covering most of the square.

The Market Place is situated about 1 mile northeast of the main bus & and train stations, that are situated together at Gare du Midi.

The Kunstberg and Albertine Plaza is situated only a few hundred yards southeast of the Market Place.

This square was created for the Universal Exposition held in Brussels in 1910, with a cascading fountain running from the top to the bottom.

The original square was replaced by what can be seen today during Brusselization, a term used for many building projects undertaken after World War Two.

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There are a number of major tourist attractions situated within walking distance or the Kunstberg, including the Musical Instrument Museum, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Royal Palace, and the Cathedral. Google Map.

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The Kunstberg Area also has some excellent shopping in this scenic part of the city, including many shops that specialize in the chocolate and beer Brussels is famous for.

The largest shopping area in the city is the City 2 shopping mall, situated about 0.8 miles north of the Market Place.

The Brussels Stock Exchange (BSE) is situated about 0.2 miles northwest of the Market Place.

The Stock Exchange was founded in Brussels by Napoleonic decree in 1801. On the 22nd of September 2000, the BSE merged with Paris Bourse, Lisbon Stock Exchange, and the stock exchanges of Amsterdam, to form Euronext N.V. This led to it being renamed Euronext Brussels.

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The cathedral is used for ceremonies such as royal marriages and state funerals.

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The St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is situated about 0.4 miles northeast of the Market Place, at the Treurenberg hill.

A chapel dedicated to St Michael was probably built here as early as the 9th century. In the 11th century, it was rep!aced by a Romanesque church. In 1047, that church became a collegiale church. Since relics of St Gudula were transferred there, it has been known as the collegiale church of St Michae and St Gudula.

The building of the church that can be seen today, in Gothic style, began with the choir in 1226.

In February 1962, it was given cathedral status as it became the seat of the Archbishop of Malines-Brussels.

The Royal Palace of Brussels is situated about 0.8 miles southeast of the Market Place, in front of Brussels Park, largest park in the city.

This is the official palace of the royals of Belgium, although it is not used as a royal residence. The royals live in the Royal Castle of Laeken on the outskirts of Brussels.

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The park has a playground, theatre, fountains, ice cream stalls, and a number of seating and grass areas used by many people working in the city during their lunch breaks.

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The Law Courts of Brussels, or Brussels Palace of Justice, is situated about 0.8 miles south of the Market Place.

This is the top Court building in Belgium, the most impressive building on the Brussels skyline.

It was built between 1866 and 1883 to designs of the architect Joseph Poelaert. This is said to be the largest public building constructed in the 19th century.

Jubelpark, or Parc du Cinquantenaire, is a large public park situated about 2 miles east of the Market Place.

Most of the buildings in the park were commissioned by King Leopold II for the 1880 National Exhibition. The exhibition was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Belgian independence.

The triumphal arch, as seen right, was constructed in 1905.

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Among the works of art in the church is the Thinker of Rodin. Can be visited free of charge.

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Notre-Dame de Laeken Church is situated about 2.4 miles north of the Market Place.

This church was built in the 19th century in memory of Queen Louise-Marie, wife of King Leopold I. The church was designed by the architect Joseph Poelaert.

The Royal Crypt holds tombs of the Belgian royal family. Also, tombs of former Belgian kings such as: Leopold II of Belgium, Baudouin of Belgium, Elisabeth of Bavaria, Prince Leopold, Prince Baudouin of Belgium, and Charlotte of Belgium who became Carlota of Mexico, the empress consort of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico.

The Atomium is situated about 4 miles north of the Market Place, in Heysel Park, next to the Mini-Europe park.

This monument was built for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. The monument was designed by Andre Waterkeyn at 335 ft high. The nine steel spheres are connected so they form the shape of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.

The tubes spheres are connected by escalators in the tubes. The spheres contain exhibit halls, and the top sphere allows panoramic views of Brussels.

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Antwerp is a popular Day Tour, 34 miles north of Brussels.

Antwerp is a scenic city in Belgium, the capital of the Antwerp province in Flanders, one of three regions in Belgium.

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Ghent is another popular Day Tour, 35 miles northwest of Brussels, a city situated in the Flemish region of Belgium.

This is the capital and largest city of the province of East Flanders. The city began as a settlement at where the Rivers Scheldt and Lys merge. It became one of the largest and wealthiest cities of northern Europe during the Middle Ages.

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Bruges is another popular Day Tour, 63 miles northwest of Brussels, the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders. It is located in the northwest of the country.

The historic city centre has been a World Heritage Site of UNESCO since 2000. As with a few other northern cities with canals, it is often referred to as The Venice of the North.

Amsterdam is a longer Day Tour, 131 miles north of Brussels, the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, situated in the province of North Holland in the west of the country.

Amsterdam's main attractions are: its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops. The city attracts 4.2 million tourists per year.

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Luxembourg is another popular Day Tour, 144 miles southeast of Brussels.

The city of Luxembourg is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It is situated where the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers merge in southern Luxembourg.

The city contains the historic Luxembourg Castle, built by the Franks in the Early Middle Ages. The city grew around the castle.

For more information on Brussels, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brussels.

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