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  • BrusselsAmbassadorPro 2014

    Brussels is an underrated city with great food. Mussels, French fries, chocolate, and beer are hidden in little nooks around the city. You may arrive on business, but plan to spend a few extra days exploring.

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    While some bigger European cities have fallen victim of the boom and bust of the global crash Brussels has stability, cheap property prices and a rich cultural scene. This coupled with being perhaps the best-connected city in Europe, by train, means that attitudes to the city are changing and the city itself is fast becoming a bubble of creativity that prides itself on being up and coming.

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    Bookalokal (http://bookalokal.com) is an indispensable resource for anyone traveling to Brussels! On the site you can book authentic meals inside local's homes. It's a great way to get a taste of the local flavor of this European city.

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  • Brussels

    Sofisticated city. Center of everything. Beside mini-Europe park has actual French, Dutch, Spanish, mini -Manhattan quarters...

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    This city is in my top 10 most favorite places on Earth. I had a chance to see the United Nations building with all the flags. Brussels mall was very nice and huge!! great shopping and dining. Kuudoo's to Mcdonalds serving beer over there!!! i loved it and drank 3 Duvel's before l finished my Royal with Cheese..lol Too many fun things to list here..especially if your favorite time of day is 4:20!!!!

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  • BrusselsAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Brussels is not your 5 to 7 day city vacation spot, but it's worth a weekend getaway or a one day pit stop via rail to embrace Belgian culture. This city has many cultural offerings in the forms of palaces, parks, architecture, restaurants, flavorful chocolate, and tasteful beer.

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    The Capitol of Europe, Brussels doesn't have quite the pull of some of Europe's other nearby capitols like Paris, London, and Amsterdam, but it is still a great city with plenty of fun things to see. Oh yeah and forget what people say about German beer, the best beer in the world is Belgian.

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    I need to come back again when I have some more time. My one night in Brussels was lovely. After an epic taxi ride from the airport to the hotel ( 1 and a half hours for the 15 km ride ! ), I walked into the centre and found an amazing range of cafes, restaurants, bars and al-fresco dining. I sat down at a cafe, ordered some food and a beer and watched the world go by.

    The centre is well pedestrianised and could keep me busy for a week exploring the little lanes and roads.

    It was clean, felt safe and as I said, I want to head back again !

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  • BrusselsPro 2014
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    Brussels is a great town that's a quick trip from Paris on the train. There's lots of great history and architecture. It's also the administrative capital of the EU. I'd love to spend more time here.

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  • BrusselsPro 2014
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    We enjoyed our stay in this very diverse city. It is small enough to walk around and see most of the sites. We also took a tourist bus to get an overview of the city.

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  • Brussels

    I'm fascinated by Brussels' art deco architecture, antiques shops and markets and last but not least great house parties. My favourite site are: Parvis St Gilles and Jeu de Balle flee market.

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  • Brussels

    Nice small town, mostly i remember the 'throw-in', people trying to persuade you to visit their restaurant/ bar/ cafe/ club.

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  • Brussels

    I love Belgium because of the people and the detail to everything. Warning that there is a lot of tourists in major spots like Manneken Pis, Grand-Place, Bruges and ghent

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    I traveled to Brussels on my own, felt very safe here, and took the train to Bruges for the day, and to Grimbergen. The Beer in Belgium is reason enough to go, but the the Grand Place is gorgeous, and the Atomium is fun. The EU headquarters are here, and the oldest (?) shopping mall - The Galleries Lafayette. Oh and don't forget the chocolate!

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  • Brussels

    Such a beautiful city. The buildings are beautiful, if you are a fan of intricate detail and beautiful architecture then this is the city for you. Beautiful cobbled roads and a friendly but sometimes shy atmosphere. Also, in December a fantastic Christmas market. I recommend going to the shopping center (if you can call it that) it is a medley of small shops entwined in a med evil building.

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    Brussels definitely deserves more than 1 or 2 days to explore. Must explore the Grand Palace, Must have the Belgium chocolates, Must see the manneken pis...although it wasn't anything spectacular...just a small little boy pissing in the fountain. They change his clothes occassionally but he was naked when we went. Shopping was overrated & expensive. Locate Delirium bar in restaurant row...there are 2 on the same corner.

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    Brussels is a super-cool city. Give it a few days and get some local tips to really discover how Brussels can be a lot of fun. Avoid the tourist traps and you'll have a good time!

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  • Brussels

    Absolutely loved Brussels. Easy to navigate, beautiful and festive during the holidays. Spent New Year's Eve in Brussels and enjoyed a welcoming crowd, live music a countdown to midnight and fireworks - everything a good New Year's should be.

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  • BrusselsPro 2014
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    The city is not a top tourist destination and there are definitely parts which seem bland, particularly, the area and buildings focused on the European Union. But the historical juxtaposition of the Flemish and French cultures in the older central part of the city have character.

    There are some good museums and lots of churches which are interesting the visit.

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  • Brussels

    Be sure to have a Belgian Waffle there. They are called "gauffres" and are consumed as a delightful snack or dessert. They don't really eat them for breakfast as they do in the United States.

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While Brussels may be important due to its role as center of the European Union, beer aficionados and chocoholics might beg to differ as to Brussels' main attraction. With its location a mix of Romance- and Germanic-speaking folks, Brussels is at the bilingual crossroads of the Flemish north and French south. While the city has been overshadowed by its more flamboyant neighboring capitals, the ancient streets, outdoor cafes and Grand Place square, with its statuesque buildings best seen illuminated at night, woo visitors who like a quieter pace. Art lovers would enjoy the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique, which houses masterpieces from Pieter Bruegel, van Dyck and Rubens; Autoworld, with vehicles dating to the dawn of the combustion age; and the Musical Instruments Museum, with its 1500 international and historical pieces. A fantastic landmark to see and eat dinner on is the Atomium, a massive structure made of huge spheres and connecting rods. Over a dozen city center hotels means you're never too far from the action.

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