LOCATION• SITUATED IN NORTHWESTERN EUROPE• BORDERS ON THE NETHERLANDS TO THE NORTH, GERMANY AND LUXEMBERGH TO THE EAST, RANCE TO SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST, AND THE NORTH SEA TO THE NORTHWEST• MULTICULTURAL AND MULTILINGUAL KINGDOM AS SANDWICHED BETWEEN NETHERLAND AND FRANCE.• DIVIDED INTO 2 PARTS:1.SOUTH:WALLONIA (HIGH BELGIUM) (DUTCH )2.NORTH:FLANDERS (LOW BELGIUM) SANDY PART(FRENCH )• FAMOUS FOR ARCHITECTURE, BEER, FOOD(WAFFLES), CHOCOLATES AND SPORTS.
BRUSSELS• CAPITAL OF THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM AS WELL AS THE CAPITAL OF EUROPE.• LOCATED IN THE NORTH CENTRAL PART OF COUNTRY.• WELL KNOWN FOR Grand-Place, Atomium, Manneken- Pis, Gueuze and Kriek, waffles and chocolates.• FAMOUS FOR ART NOUVEA(NEW ART)• END OF 19TH CENTURY- ONE OF THE WEALTHIEST CITIES IN THE EUROPE• TEMPERATE ,MARITIME CLIMATE• During summers 16 Celsius and during winter -3 celsius.• ONE HOUR AHEAD OF GREENICH MEAN TIME.
GETTING TO BRUSSELS• BY AIR:FROM GATWICK HEATHROW AND MAIN REGIONAL AIRPORTS TOBRUSSELS AIRPORT(BRU) –IN ZAVENTEM-14 KM FROM CITYCENTRE.TRAIN SERVICES (4 TIMES IN AN HOUR) AND COACH SERVICESFROM THE AIRPORT TO ALMOST ALL OVER BELGIUM.• BY TRAIN:BY EUROSTAR : FROM LONDON AND SOUTHEAST OFLONDON –ST.PANCRAS ,EBBSFLEET INT. AND ASHFORDINT.IN KENT
• By Sea/Road:Either by ferry or by shuttle with Eurotunnel.Valid national driving licence and national sticker must be displayed on cars
TOP TEN ATTRACTIONS1. BOZAR : a centre of cultural and artistic life built in 1928 by the architect and master of Art Nouveau, Victor Horta.
2. ATONIUM:• The most popular attraction• A unique feat in the history of architecture.• It is shaped on the model of a crystalline iron molecule enlarged 165 billion times.• Built in 1958 as part of the World Fair exhibition• The top sphere has a restaurant and provides panoramic views of the city
3. Mini-Europe :• Located at the foot of the Atomium• The only park where you can have a whistle- stop tour of Europe in a few short hours.
4. Grand Place : (Grote Markt)• Main tourist attraction.• one of the most beautiful in Europe and has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1998• Many of the citys main cultural events take place here; the most famous are the annual Ommegang and the biennial flower carpet.• The imposing gothic Town Hall (Hotel de Ville), built in the early 15th century is still used for civic purposes including marriages and is the official seat of the Mayor of Brussels
5. MANNEKEN PIS• one of Brussels famous, but more unusual attractions.• The small boy peeing in the water fountain is to Brussels what the Statue of Liberty is to Manhattan, or Big Ben is to London.• The statue is only a tiny 61cm (2ft) in height.• On special occasions the fountain is attached to a beer Keg and Manneken Pis urinates beer, which is served to onlookers to help them celebrate the occasion
6. BASILIQUE NATIONALE DU SACRE-COEUR• The twin towers and 80m high copper dome of the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a Brussels landmark• Seated on top of a gently sloping hill in the district of Koekelberg• Dome is open to the public which offers views of the city.
7. EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT & QUARTER• This huge glass structure is one of three homes of the European Parliament – the others are located in Strasbourg (France) and Luxembourg
8. CATHEDRAL OF ST MICHAEL & ST GUDULE• The beautiful Gothic Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula is the national church of Belgium and it is here that royal weddings and funerals take place.
9. MIM - Musical Instruments museum• It occupies the old Art Nouveau buildings of the Old England stores and is one of the biggest collection of instruments in the world.•
10. Magritte Museum (Royal museums of FineArts) :• This museum stands right in the centre of Brussels, on Place Royale, and exhibits for public viewing the surrealist artist’s creations belonging to Belgium’s Royal Museums of Fine Arts and originating mainly from purchases and from the Irène Hamoir-Scutenaire and Georgette Magritte bequests.• This multidisciplinary collection is the richest in the world.
SHOPPING• Antoine Dansaert Straat and the surrounding area -hub and heart of Brussels’ fashion and design world• The Avenue Louise – street famous for fashion brands, including big international names like Chanel, Vuitton, Hermes, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and Christian Dior.• Rue Neuve – for bargains• Gallerie St Hubert (1847) - gorgeous, glass roofed arcade in the center of town, lined with cafes, theaters and luxury stores and has the distinction of being the first shopping arcade in Europe.• Delvaux (1829) - is the oldest fine leather luxury goods company in the world