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Having European Union headquarters, Brussels is the capital of Belgium and as an important position in Europe. Located on the North Sea coast in the Benelux, Belgium has the advantage of being at the crossroads of Western Europe.
The country is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Luxembourg in the southeast, Germany in the east and France in the southwest. It groups nearly 10 millions on inhabitants.
The government is a constitutional monarchy with Prime Minister Yves Leterme since 2008 and King Albert II as the head of state since 1993. In 1830 the Kingdom of Belgium was established. However, in 1993, Belgium was made into a federal state divided into three linguistic regions of Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels.
The dominant language in Wallonia is French in Flanders Dutch is spoken mostly and in the Brussels area Dutch and French both are widely used. English is also broadly understood in Brussels but not spoken generally. This makes Brussels one of the few bilingual capital cities in Europe.
Ruled by different European empires, in the past Brussels as well as Bruges and Antwerp were chief commercial trading stations. It also left multiple influences on the architecture, cuisine, and culture of Brussels.
Getting to Brussels
The main airport is Brussels International Airport which is served by a number of top airlines including Brussels Airlines from all the major destinations around the world. To the south of Brussels is Charleroi airport and is one hour away from the city center centre by bus or train.
Antwerp airport is well connection to Brussels city by train or coach. The high speed clean and comfortable train, Euro Star, also serves Brussels connecting it with Paris and London.
From the airport, visitors can take the train shuttle service to the South, North, and Central stations of Brussels. It runs between 5.30am to 12.20am. Then there are also buses which can be found at the station below the Arrivals hall. These serve Brussels, Antwerp and Eindhoven.
Major car hire companies of the city provide transport facilities as well. Once in the city, visitors wont have any problem travelling as the public transport system of Brussels is quite up to date and well-organized. It includes a large network of metro, trams and buses.
Due to the many influences, Brussels city has a fascinating mix of art, music, food and architecture. This provides visitors with amazing sights and experiences. Radiating history, the old city with the beautiful Grand Place at its center is one of the sites which offer a unique experience.
Enclosed within the 14th-century city walls, this is one of the most beautiful squares I Europe. Just a few blocks away is another popular site with a famous character, the Manneken-Pis. It is a fountain with a bronze statue of a small happy naked boy. According to some stories, it dates back to 8th century.
The area also has a shopping area called rue Neuve which is a pedestrian only area. From traditional souvenirs like Belgian chocolate and lace to the latest fashions, it has something for everyone. After touring these sites and shopping, a nice way to end the day would be to go to any of the restaurants for fine dining and a drink or two after words in any one of the bars near the Grand Place.
Other options can be to continue the evening by attending a nice concert in one of the many jazz clubs, or going to the National Orchestra and the National Opera House - internationally acclaimed venues. There are also 30 other independent theatres and venues which host a variety of events.
For those looking for some upbeat entertainment, trendy upper town clubs and bars are great options. You can dance the night away at these clubs as some of the popular and well known DJs as well as music bands frequent these venues. These are also great places to meet new people and get to know the fun and friendly locals.
The Upper Town area is also known for the neo-Gothic Palais de Justice and Palais Royal and features the citys modern side with grand shopping malls, glass and steel buildings, sky-scrappers, and high culture nouvelle cuisine.
With a blend of many cultures and yet retaining its own unique identity, Brussels is one of the top destinations for visitors around the world.
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