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    Brussels’s apparently scattergun approach to architectural design has even given the world a word for haphazard urban planning: ‘brusselisation’. But the randomness of the styles, from the Gothic masterpiece City Hall, via the many Horta-inspired art nouveau buildings, to the ultra modern European Parliament, are just another part of what gives the Belgian capital its charm.

    And the local love of good living has filled the city with a plethora of bars, cafés and clubs, creating a buzz that will perhaps surprise, and certainly delight, those expecting the stereotyped (but incorrect) image of ‘boring Belgium’ and its army of Eurocrats.

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    Grand-Place

    Grand-Place
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Dominated by its magnificent, wedding-cake-like 15th-century Gothic Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), and surrounded by elegant guild houses, the city’s main square rivals Piazza San Marco in Venice as the grandest in all of Europe.

    Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

    Rue Montagne de la Cour 2
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
    Tel: 02 545 0130
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0930-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-1700

    Housed in an art nouveau Old England building, former department store, this interactive collection of over 1,000 instruments will literally serenade you as you stroll about.

    Horta Museum

    Rue Américaine 25
    1060 Brussels
    Belgium
    Tel: 02 543 0490
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1400-1730

    The house Victor Horta designed and built for himself has been transformed into a period-furnished monument to the main who defined the early 20th-century Art Nouveau movement.

    Magritte Museum

    Place Royale 1
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
    Tel: 02 508 3211
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1700

    Filled to the brim with over 200 of his most iconic and sometimes head-scratching works, this museum is dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian master of surrealist art, René Magritte.

    Museum of Fine Art

    Rue de la Régence 3
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
    Tel: 02 508 3211
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1700

    This sprawling collection covers two extensive wings: one dedicated to the country’s best collection of modern art, and the other to the Old Masters.

    Royal Palace

    Rue Brederode 16
    1000 Brüssel
    Belgien
    Tel. +32 2 551 20 20
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1700 (Jul-Sep)

    Throwing its doors open to the public each summer, the sumptuously decorated ceremonial home of the Belgian royal family is one of the grandest buildings in the city. Fit for a king, in fact.

    Atomium

    Avenue de l'Atomium
    1020 Brussels
    Belgium
    Tel: 02 475 4775
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Built for the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958, the nine interlocking spheres of this giant metallic ‘molecule’ are as unique a building design today as they were on day one, and have become a symbol of the city. Take the lift to the observation deck for a panoramic view.

    Belgian Comic Strip Center

    Rue des Sables 20
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
    Tel: 02 219 1980
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    This entertaining museum pays tribute to Belgium’s fine contribution to the art of the comic strip, and in particular to its most famous fictional creation, Tintin.

    Galeries St-Hubert

    Galerie du Roi 5
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Whether planning to buy or not, this 200m-long glass-roofed arcade is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, and worth checking out for its magnificent neo-Renaissance architecture.

    Mannekin Pis

    Corner of Rue de l'Étuve and Rue du Chêne
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Depending on your viewpoint, the iconic statue of the urinating little boy is either an amusingly cheeky dig at authority, or disappointingly tiny and overrated. Whatever your opinion is, it’s a must-see nonetheless.

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    Country overview

    One of Europe’s most underrated destinations, Belgium has so much more to offer than just beer, chocolate and chips.

    Forget the clichés: Belgium is anything but ‘boring’.

    Geography

    Belgium is situated in northwestern Europe, bordered by France to the south, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast and the Netherlands to the north. There is 60km (37 miles) of North Sea coastline to the northwest. The country is divided into three regions: southern French-speaking Wallonia, northern Dutch-speaking Flanders and Brussels nestled between the two. Both Flanders and Wallonia are then subdivided into ten provinces: within Flanders they are West Flanders, East Flanders, Flemish Brabant, Antwerp and Limburg; within Wallonia they are Hainaut, Walloon Brabant, Namur, Liège and Luxembourg (not to be confused with the neighbouring country of Luxembourg).

    Flanders’ landscape is characterised by low-lying polders near the coast, changing to

    rolling hills and fertile farming grounds in the Flemish Brabant and finishing with the wooded Hoge Kempen − Flanders’ only national park − in the east. Flowing across this landscape is the country’s largest river the Scheldt, which enters Belgium near Tournai and flows out to sea at Antwerp.

    In contrast, landlocked Wallonia is dominated by intensive farming in its northern provinces, watered by the Sambre and Meuse rivers, with the terrain rising to form the hills and gorges of the Ardennes in the south. Belgium’s highest point is Signal de Botrange, at 694m (2280ft), located in the far east.

     

     

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 10.444.268

    Population Density (per sq km): 342

    Capital: Brussels

    Language

    Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and German. Dutch is spoken Flanders, the northern half of the country, and French is spoken in the southern Wallonia region. German is spoken in an eastern enclave. English is widely spoken in Flanders, but less so in Wallonia.

    Currency

    Belgium switched from the Belgian Franc to the Euro (EUR; symbol €) in 2002. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the round two-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0830-1730

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Flemish Community Holiday: 11. July 2014
    Independence Day: 21. July 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    French Community Holiday: 27. September 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 03. November 2014
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2014
    German Community Holiday: 15. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Flemish Community Holiday: 11. July 2015
    Independence Day: 21. July 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    French Community Holiday: 27. September 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2015
    German Community Holiday: 15. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Brussels has an extensive network of buses, trams and metros operated by STIB/MIVB (tel: 070 23 2000; www.stib-mivb.be). Tickets can be bought from kiosks in metro stations, vending machines in stations and at most tram and bus stops, and come valid for one, five or 10 journeys – 24, 48 and 72-hour passes are also available.

    Taxis

    Brussels taxis cannot be hailed on the street. Go to a designated taxi rank, or phone a reputable company such as Taxis Verts (tel: 02 349 4949) or Taxis Bleus (tel: 02 268 0000). Fares are reasonable and tipping isn’t normally expected.

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    Nightlife in Brussels
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    Brussels nightlife revolves around bars and cafés, many of which remain open until the early hours.

    But there are also plenty of top nightclubs for those who prefer a DJ.

    Moeder Lambic Fontainas

    Place Fontainas 8
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Brussels has dozens of great beer bars, but those who really know their stuff head here.

    Le Poechenellekelder

    Rue du Chêne 5
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    One of Brussels’s many quirky bars, stop here and you’ll likely share a table with a life-sized mannequin.

    Au Bon Vieux Temps

    Impasse Saint-Nicolas 4
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
    Tel: +32 2 217 26 26
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    This atmospheric old bar down a narrow alley is like stepping back in time.

    Skylab

    Quai au Bois a Bruler 9
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Chic cocktail bar with modern music and a large picturesque terrace.

    Fuse

    Rue Blaesstraat 208
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
    Tel: +32 2 511 97 89
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    Nightclub aficionados say this is the place to dance away to the best techno beats.

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    The Belgians love eating, and there is no shortage of excellent choices to suit every budget, from world-class haute cuisine to down-to-earth pub grub.

    Comme Chez Soi

    Place Rouppe 23
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Price: Expensive

    This two-Michelin-starred ultra-exclusive restaurant has been one of the city’s finest for decades.

    La Truffe Noire

    Boulevard de la Cambre 12
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Price: Expensive

    Elegant Michelin-starred restaurant with an innovative menu based on truffles.

    De La Vigne A L'assiette

    Rue De La Longue Haie 51
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Price: Moderate

    French-inspired international cuisine served in a relaxed modern restaurant.

    Le Chou de Bruxelles

    Rue de Florence 26
    1050 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Price: Moderate

    Informal traditional bistro, the perfect place for those hankering for moules frites.

    Frit Flagey

    Place Eugene Flagey
    1050 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Price: Cheap

    The locals claim this snack bar serves the best frites in Brussels. Worth queuing for.

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    Brussels Rollers

    6 June – 26 September 2014 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Boulevards of Brussels (various).

    Every Friday evening from June through until September, the roar of the Brussels traffic is replaced with the whoosh of roller blades. Hundreds of roller skaters and bladers gather at Place Poelaert in front of the Place of Justice every Friday evening, right through the month, to enjoy the boulevards and avenues to themselves. This is also a good time to take a fume-free stroll in Brussels, along 10km (6.25 miles) of traffic-free road. A pleasant evening of good humour and conviviality is in store, ending with a fiesta in the centre of town which often continues late into the night.

    Flower Carpet

    14 – 17 August 2014
    Website

    Venue: Grand-Place.

    A huge area at the centre of the celebrated Grand-Place becomes a floral work of art every other year as a giant carpet is laid out to a pre-determined theme. It’s an incredible sight as each year a huge team of artists and helpers set to work creating this famous display from turf and fresh begonias. About 300 blooms go into the making of each square metre, and they are so tightly packed they create their own microclimate and resist wind damage. In all, about 700,000 flowers go into the magnificent display. The margins of the square are freely accessible throughout, but to gain a panoramic view, buy a ticket to the Town Hall and go out onto the balcony from where the views are sensational.

    Belgian Beer Weekend

    5 – 7 September 2014 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Grand Place and other locations.

    Beer drinkers beat a path to Brussels’ Grand Place for this cultural, boozy weekend celebrating the amber (and various other shades) nectar. Belgium boasts the biggest range of different beers and labels in the world and over 50 breweries are represented each year. Belgian breweries of all sizes bring their best selections of beers and offer them for sale at reasonable prices in the agreeable surroundings of ‘the most beautiful square in the world’. Apart from the actual drinking, the attractions include the Consecration of the Beer by the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Mash Staff, the Solemn Inauguration of the Beer Stands by the Grand Master of the Knighthood of the Brewers; a gathering of vintage brewery carts and beer wagons and a Brewers’ Parade through the centre of the city.

    Plaisirs d'Hiver

    28 November 2014 – 4 January 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Various Brussels venues.

    Festive Christmas market stalls and open-air ice skating are some of the activities that mark the annual Winter Wonders, which animates the heart of Brussels during the Christmas period. The event takes place at the Grand-Place and around the Bourse, the Place Sainte-Catherine and the Marché aux Poissons. It includes a Christmas market with approximately 250 stalls, fairground attraction, an ice rink and a Christmas tree and light show on the Grand-Place.

    Brussels Film Festival

    23 – 25 April 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Various Brussels venues.

    Indoor and outdoor cinema screenings and related events.

    Art Brussels

    25 April – 27 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Brussels Expo.

    Since it was first held in 1982, Art Brussels has established itself as a leading European platform for contemporary art. Many international artists have taken up residence in the Belgian capital which is fast becoming a creative laboratory, with a dynamic fusion of artistic talents and ideas. This show gives foreign galleries and artists an ideal platform to present themselves to Belgian collectors, and gives young Belgian talent an opportunity to introduce itself to the international market. Both a contemporary art fair and a meeting place for collectors, curators and art lovers, it features 125 galleries from over 20 countries, carefully selected by an international committee to ensure a sound representation of all contemporary trends.

    Lesbian and Gay Pride Day

    1 – 10 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Ancienne Belgique and various venues.

    Lesbian and Gay Pride Day in Brussels attracts around 15,000 participants and visitors to a full programme of events, running way past midnight. In amongst it all there is a church service, a political debate, and city tours on foot and by bicycle. The four main events though are a street party, with bars, stalls, music, and entertainment in the Bourse area; a parade through the streets of the city centre, beginning and ending at Boulevard Anspach; the Pride show and concert and, finally, the Pride Party itself. The latter includes music in four rooms with 15 DJs which keeps revellers on their feet well into the early hours of the following day.

    Kunsten Festival des Arts

    3 – 25 May 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Various indoor and outdoor venues.

    This arts festival covers a lot of ground. Not only are 20 diverse venues employed all around the city, but the scope of the festival embraces theatre, music, dance, film, visual arts and all imaginable combinations thereof. Kunsten describes itself as a resolutely forward-looking festival. 20 artistic and technical teams are drawn together in May in a single project producing some 30 events. Besides Belgian talent, the festival also invites a good number of performing arts companies from abroad, who find a platform for expression before an attentive and generous audience. Many first productions are performed, using this as a testing ground for future creative work. Theatres, arts centres, cinemas and exhibition rooms are used to provide a great variety of performance spaces.

    Zinneke Parade

    21 – 24 May 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Boulevard Anspach and main avenues of centre.

    The multicultural communities of Brussels come together in the middle of the city on this day of colourful, exuberant celebration of the Zinneke Parade. Around 4,000 participants converge in the main avenues of the city centre, creating a carnival atmosphere with brass bands, actors, dancers and musicians. The Zinnodes, as the workshops are known, work hard for months following a preparatory stage of about a year and a half. With the input of thousands of volunteers the result is always varied and surprising, a delightful mixture of styles and genres in one happy street party. Zinneke is also an artistic and social experiment which aims to combat inequality and to form a project in which everyone can participate.

    Brussels Jazz Marathon

    22 – 24 May 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Grand-Place and various venues.

    The Brussels Jazz Marathon is increasingly popular, with more than 400 musicians performing on the most beautiful squares in Brussels, as well in many clubs, cafés, hotels and even in special ‘free jazz line’ buses.

    Ommegang Royal Pageant

    1 June – 31 July 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Grand Place.

    Each summer the Ommegang Royal Pageant lights up the magnificent Brussels’ Grand Place. It is a colourful reconstruction of the spectacle originally held in 1549 to honour Emperor Charles V and the royal family. Festivities begin at the Grand Place where guests of honour (including many descendents from those present in 1549) sit at the ornate windows of the Town Hall to watch the procession in the square below. Once the peasant dancers and performers have led the way, the Emperor follows them through the streets past the Gothic and Renaissance façades of the old guildhouses followed by horses, dogs, flagbearers, ladies-in-waiting and falconers. The participants dress in elaborate costumes, faithful reconstructions of the originals. The procession makes its way through the streets and ends at rue Charles Buls.

    Ancient Art Fair

    9 – 15 June 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Various galleries in Sablon district.

    BAAF, BOAF and BRUNEAF – these are not characters from Belgian mythology but groups of antique specialists in Brussels. Respectively their specialities are ancient, oriental and non-European art. In this festival, collectively known as ’3B’, dealers in classical, Egyptian and Near Eastern antiquities from all over the world bring their treasures and put them on display in leading galleries. Recent visitors have included Fritz Hugelmann of Ascona, Alan Safani of New York and Rupert Wace of London. The event began in 2003 and has already attracted a big and international following of collectors, experts and museum curators. The art galleries and antique shops are in the streets and squares of Sablon, a fashionable cafe district.

    Couleur Café

    25 – 27 June 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Tour and Taxis Building.

    This world music event is a highly atmospheric, vibrant and multicultural affair which brings a touch of the tropics to Brussels. Apart from stage performances by leading musicians from the developing world, their wider cultures come together in the ‘Global Village’, where exotic restaurants offer eclectic menus representing cuisines from all over the world. The growing popularity of Couleur Café may be attributed to its exciting programming, with 50 concerts introducing the sounds of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and more. Performing across four stages, the shows begin during the day and continue late into the night and parties often run through to the early hours.

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    Hotels in Brussels
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    Hotels in Brussels cover every price range from luxury to backpacker.

    Prices even in the most expensive places can drop agreeably at weekends, when the business guests head for home.

    Amigo Rocco Forte

    Rue de l’Amigo 1-3
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Category: Expensive

    Classily glamorous luxury with modern amenities, a stone’s throw from Grand-Place.

    Manos Premier

    Chaussee de Charleroi 100/106
    1060 Sint-Gillis
    Belgium
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    Category: Expensive

    Elegant refinement close to the boutique shops of Avenue Louise.

    The Hotel

    Boulevard de Waterloo 38
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
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    Category: Moderate

    Fashionably refurbished tower block with stunning views.

    Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noire

    Rue de la Vierge Noire 32
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
    Tel: +32 2 620 04 28
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    Category: Moderate

    Modern and well-appointed central business hotel built around a medieval tower.

    Condo Gardens

    Rue Jolly 141
    1030 Schaarbeek
    Belgium
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    Category:Budget

    Fully equipped apartments in a former factory – an affordable option in a northern suburb.

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    Climate and best time to visit Brussels

    Befitting its role as the ‘Capital of Europe’, Brussels welcomes visitors all year round. But like other cities in the northwest of Europe, it can rain at any time, so come prepared. Spring and autumn are good times to arrive as prices can drop from summer highs and the queues are shorter. On the other hand, while winters can be chilly, it’s a great time to enjoy the Christmas Markets on Place St Catherine and Grand-Place. Generally warm summers are a time for outdoor festivals and citywide events, but the queues for the bigger museums can grow.

    Climate & best time to visit Belgium

    Belgium experiences similar weather to the south of England and is best visited in spring and summer, when the days are warmer and the locals are enjoying drinks on the outdoor terraces, and in December when the Christmas markets line the cobblestones. Summer days are long with it often staying light until 2230 and temperatures reaching 25-30°C (77-86°F), intermingled with occasional drizzly days. Heat waves are becoming more frequent in mid-August, so be sure to drink enough water. Winter days are short, with darkness falling around 1700. Winds blowing from the North Pole can be biting, especially on the coast, and can push the temperature down to -5°C (23°F); snow is fairly common in January.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +32

    Telephone

    Belgium’s international dialling code is 0032. For directory enquiries, dial 1405 (English). There are call boxes in all major towns and country districts, and telecards are available from newsagents, supermarkets, railway stations and post offices.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. The main networks are Proximus, Mobistar and Base. Coverage is excellent.

    Internet

    Wi-Fi is widely available and often free in hotels and cafés. Designated internet cafés are becoming hard to find, although fast food outlets such as McDonalds do offer free Wi-Fi in the cities.

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    Shopping in Brussels
    Stadtführer, Lufthansa, Travelguide, Shopping, Einkaufen

    Key Areas

    Rue Antoine Dansaert has become a hub for up-and-coming young fashion designers. Avenue Louise and the area surrounding it is the more upmarket centre for designer clothing, jewellery and antiques. Other antique stores are located around Place du Grand Sablon. Those looking for art at reasonable prices should try Boulevard Barthélemy. Rue Neuve is the main drag for everyday items.

    Shopping Centres

    Besides being a tourist attraction in its own right, Galeries St Hubert is also home to around 40 exclusive designer boutiques.

    Markets

    You’ll find a general flea market every day on Place du Jeu de Balle. Grand-Place hosts a daily flower market. There’s an antiques market on Place du Grand Sablon every Saturday and Sunday, while the city’s largest general market sets up around Gare du Midi every Sunday morning.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Knowing which language to speak where can be tricky. Avoid speaking Dutch in Wallonia and French in Flanders. Most locals are laidback, but it can cause offence if you get it wrong in some circles. If in doubt, speak English.

    Outside of business transactions, it’s customary to kiss three times on alternate cheeks. Guests should bring flowers, or a

    small present, for the hostess if they’re invited for a meal and it is customary to wish everyone bon appetit/eet smakelijk at the start of a meal.

    Dress is similar to other Western nations: jeans and a smart top suffices for most occasions, including nights out. Smoking is banned in venues where food is served.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Restaurants and cafés adhere to the highest standards of food preparation − even the famous fritkot chip stands are well maintained. The tap water is potable, but locals do prefer to buy Spa − the local bottled variety available in still and sparkling. Eating mussels is often a concern for travellers, but it’s very rare to contract food poisoning or stomach complaints after eating a pot.

    Other Risks

    If walking in long grass check yourself for ticks afterwards; they may carry Lyme disease which manifests as a rash, fever, headache and painful muscles. If you think you’ve been bitten, seek medical advice immediately.

    If you’re cycling long distances, or hiking in the Ardennes, in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    If you’re spending time on the coast in summer, be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. It’s often windy along the long stretches of beach and the breeze can sometimes mask high temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and wear a hat.

    There have been incidences of pick-pocketing in large markets, and around Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid train station, as well as the European Union district. In these areas, keep your handbag zipped up, a wallet in a jacket pocket rather than your back pocket, and only take small amounts of cash with you.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Jean-Paul Dr. Martens
    Akker 13
    1930 Nossegem-Zaventem
    Belgium
    Tel. +32-2-759-43-78

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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