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Referred to as The Capital of Europe due to the presence of the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, Brussels offers an administerial as well as a cultural ambience. An ultimate European metropolis with a vibrant blend of languages and culture, the city also offers a wonderful mosaic of restaurants and clubs.

Brussels      |        Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay 
 

Dating back to the stone age, the area was home to Roman occupation after which it was incorporated into the Frankish Empire. However, the city of Brussels was officially founded by Duke Charles of Lower Lotharingia when he constructed the first permanent fortification in the city around 979.

 

 

Streets of Brussels       |        Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay 

Brussels is an atmospheric city with fascinating history packed into every street and alleyway. With stunning architecture and carefree vibe, the capital city is a beloved place to visit. It offers more unusual attractions along with the usual European staples such as art and architecture.

Contrasting architecture is apparent everywhere in the city. Hippie art installations face off against concrete 1960s buildings and the administrative offices spark against the magnificent royal mansions.

The Grand Place hidden away in the centre of the city, is guaranteed to take your breath away. It was originally built as a merchants' market in the 13th century. Admire the beautiful 15th Century city hall and the magnificent six guild halls scattered around the square. The Square glows with a different magical ambience at every hour of the day.

An art lover’s paradise, multiple art galleries surround you wherever you are. Conceptual art is showcased at townhouses, skating rinks and numerous unusual venues. With more and more students and young artists displaying their art at open studio weekends and event nights, there really is something for every art lover in Brussels. Discover the history of lace at the costume museum. Historically one of the significant industries of the city, the art of needlepoint lace has always been fascinating. The museum glorifies one of Brussels’ oldest crafts and highlights the details of ancient and new lace outfits. Many historical outfits are on display here and the exhibitions change constantly throughout the year.

A gastronomical heaven, food and drinks here in the city are always different. Scrumptious frites have to be double fried and the classic waffle is topped with a snowfall of icing sugar. Don’t forget to try Brussels’ own biscuit: the shortcrust cinnamon speculoos. Popular for its wonderful half-en-half, a heady mix of white wine and champagne, visitors flock from all over the world to try out the city’s delicious concoctions.

 

Travelling within Brussels is extremely convenient while using public transportation. With an extremely organized system of buses, ferries and trains, one is subjected to a completely different point of view of the city. The public transportation of the city is operated by the Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company and it covers the 19 municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region. There are multiple local and regional bus routes available.

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Public transport is extremely safe, smooth and efficient and connects every corner of the city. The Brussels Metro consists of four metro lines M1, M2, M5 and M6 that service the Brussels city centre which run every 3 minutes at peak, every 10 minutes after 8pm and every 5 minutes on weekends. Trams in the tunnels which are called Pre-metro lines complete the metro service. These lines cover a total of 40 km and operate from 69 metro stations scattered over the city. The metro also provides easy transfers to the six significant railway stations and numerous tram and bus stops. Avoid getting fines by validating your tickets at the little machines before hopping on the metro. The timing of the metro is from 6 am till midnight and for the comfort of the passengers, timetables are provided at all the stops.

Tram,Brussels       |    Image by Miguel Discart (Photos Vrac) from flickr 
 

Use the Brussels bus for easy transfers in the city. Make sure to check the timetable available at each bus top since buses do not run as frequently as the metro. A one-hour ticket costs €2.50 which can be purchased from the driver itself.

The trams run more frequently than the bus but slower than the metro. There are convenient street maps at each stop and arrival times, departure times and stops are also shown at each tram stop.

Contactless payment is encouraged in public transport. Pay for your ticket using your bank card or smartphone since every STIB bus, tram and metro station is equipped with a specific contactless payment device. Tickets can also be bought from the various metro stations, the STIB information offices and many newsagents.

Taxis can be handy when you want to avoid crowds and travel without any waiting time. It is recommended to take a taxi from a well-known company and always pre-book a taxi since it is difficult to wave one down. Services like Autolux and Taxi Victor Cab provide convenient cabs. Unless pre-booked, only the official Brussels taxis are licensed to take you. For easy, stress-free travel, Rydeu provides private transfers in and around the city. Rydeu strives to make every journey safe and enjoyable.

 

Transfers from Brussels Zaventem Airport and Brussels Charleroi Airport are extremely easy and convenient.  Your journey begins at the airport itself and a lot depends on the method of airport transfers chosen

Brussels International Airport        |       Image by -JvL- from flickr 
 

Brussels’s public transportation system is exceptional. With an extremely organized system of buses and trains one is subjected to a completely different point of view of the city and easy transfers from the airports are provided.

The railway system provides direct transfers to all major cities in Belgium from the airport. In an hour, upto six trains run to and from Brussels. Easily accessible by a lift or an escalator, the Brussels train station is located at level -1, directly under the departures and arrivals halls. It takes approximately 17 minutes to reach the city centre by train. The train also whisks you away to other Belgian cities and even international neighbors. Transfer to the Netherlands, Germany, France or UK in the peak of comfort. Try booking your train ticket at 7 days in advance, you can save up to €14 and benefit from a cheaper fare.

Bus companies like De Lijn, STIB, Antwerp-Brussels Airport Express and Ouibus use a different platform to operate from at the Brussels Airport. There are four platforms allocated to their use. But the bus station at level 10 is exclusively used for the airport line which is a public transport Brussels airport bus. Its route covers the European district, Luxemburg station and to the city centre. It consists of two buses: Line 12 and Line 21 which operate at different times on different days. Alternatively, convenient airport transfer is provided by De Lijn bus company which connects the airport to the city center and regional areas of Brussels such as Leuven and Kortenberg.

Taxis are a convenient choice from travelling from the airport especially at night when there is no public transportation and you have a lot of luggage. You can find the taxi stand in front of the arrivals hall. Make sure you use a licensed taxi; they can be identified by the yellow-blue license mark. Never use taxis that are not licensed. It costs around 45 euros for a cab ride from the airport to the centre of Brussels. Rydeu provides an easy solution for all your travel woes with easy airport transfers. They are cheap, affordable and leave you hassle-free to enjoy the journey to your destination.

You can also rent a car with utmost of ease. Report to the service desk at the Rental Car Park and you can collect your rental car soon after.

 

A city full of modern designs, gorgeous architecture, atmospheric cafes, Brussels leaves everyone dazzled. Below is a list of must-visit tourist attractions to explore to make your trip complete

The Grand Palace
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1. The Grand Place

The Grand Place hidden away in the centre of the city, is guaranteed to take your breath away. It was originally built as a merchants' market in the 13th century. Admire the beautiful 15th Century city hall and the magnificent six guild halls scattered around the square. The Square glows with a different magical ambience at every hour of the day.

 

 

Musee Mode and Dentelle
Image by  Miguel Discart (Photos Vrac) from flickr

 

2. Musée Mode & Dentelle

Discover the history of lace at the costume museum. Historically one of the significant industries of the city, the art of needlepoint lace has always been fascinating. The museum glorifies one of Brussels’ oldest crafts and highlights the details of ancient and new lace outfits. Many historical outfits are on display here and the exhibitions change constantly throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

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