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    May 30, 2012 11:56 AM GMT
    I'm going to Brussels in a few days, what are the best places to go to ??
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    May 30, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    Brussels is one of my favorite cities in Europe. Here are some of the places I like in Brussels: Parc du Cinquentenaire, Grand Place, Beaux Arts Museum. You can play tennis & golf while you are there and get around on the Metro.
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    May 30, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    La Grand PLace is the best Place for me! Lots of things do do and to visit during the day and at night!

    If you want to go out, lots of bars and night clubs around!

    Don't miss La rue des Bouchers, its a very nice little street to have lunch or dinner! And at night you can go to l'Absinthe and have an absinthe!

    Les serres royales de Laeken is Beautifull but not open to the public all over the year, you have to check if its open!

    Brussel is kind of a little Paris lots of things to visit by walking!

    You can visit the Atomium but you don't really need to go inside!

    I dont know more! Hope it helped!!

    Have a good stay there!

    Ps: Sometimes its better to speak English than French!!!!!!!!
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    May 30, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    I think Bruges is much prettier, though if it's nightlife you're after presumably that's not the place. I spent a couple days in Bruges and only jumped off the train for an hour in Brussels during my art appreciation days to see this:

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    May 31, 2012 9:52 AM GMT
    I go to Brussels once a year or so. There's a nice gay are near the Grande Place, with most of the places on a street called Kolenmarkt / Rue du Marche au Charbon (most street names in Brussels are in Flemish and French). You'll know you're at the right spot when you see the gay comic mural:

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    Across from the mural is a bar called Le Baroque that I like. There are other bars for different ages and tastes up and down the street, a bathouse a couple blocks off, etc. The restaurant under the mural (Plattesteen) is pretty good, with gait wait staff who can be flirty.

    Have fun!

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    May 31, 2012 11:17 AM GMT
    Brussels is small and quaint, but its very pretty, especially now in the summer. most hotels will have a tourist map for you, and its easy to get around on foot. Rue de la Bourse is the main street - its the site of an old stock exchange, and its subway/metro station (Bourse / Beurs) is where most people start off because its close to the shopping district, the Grand Place, the mannequin piss (the peeing boy) and the clubs, restaurants, and bars.

    i've been going to Brussels for years for work. there is a subway and train system which is very confusing to visitors because the subway trams are run by the city, and they share tracks with the inter-city rail, which can only be accessed at the main stations: gare du centre (central station), gare du nord (north station) and gare du sud (south station). the subway is marked with a blue/white capital "M" (metro) almost no one pays for the subway - there are no ticket takers.

    the main train stations have ticket booths and the people speak english, french, and flemish/dutch. you can catch inter-city trains to other cities ... recommend going to Amsterdam or Ghent, a midevil town about 45 mins from Brussels - closer than Brugges, and less touristy, lots of great beer and creative scene (food, art, etc). you should definitely pay for these trains, because they have conductors walking the corridors who will check tickets and punch them. if you don't have a ticket, you can be fined, or you can pay the conductor a higher price than you would have if you bought the ticket at the station.

    you can use your ATM card at most bank machines by the big banks (Fortis, Dexia, etc).

    if you're looking to workout, you can check out Jean-Claude Van Damme's old gym (Physical Golden Club) in the Place de la Chatelaine. you can pay a day rate of EUR15 and they have showers and lockers but no towels. its near the posh luxury shopping area called Louisa (think Dior, Chanel, etc), which next to the city's old law court house (very impressive building), and has a beautiful hilltop view of the city. which you can walk to from the Grand Place (this is a midevil square - fantastic old buildings but over run with tourists). this area ironically was the seat of the Nazi occupation of Brussels during WWII.

    the gay area is scattered throughout but roughly around Rue du Marché au Charbon. there are some gay bars flying the rainbow flag, speciality sex shops, and bath houses (a grey painted building, with very discrete metal plaque on the door) - this scene tends to be busy on sunday afternoons or with the after-work crowd, and the bars are open late.
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    Jun 02, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    TIP: Go to a tourist office (like the one on la grand place) and ask for a USE-it map. You can get those maps for free in any bigger city in Flanders. They offer alternative routes and things to see as opposed to the standard tourist maps. You can get them only in english though, but I'm assuming that's not an issue.

    Also, take the time to visit some of the other cities around Brussels, as they are very close. You can take a train from Brussels to Ghent (40 mins) or Bruges (60 mins). I'd especially recommend Bruges if you want to visit a historical authentic city.

    Brussels has a lot of cool museums and you should drop by the Basilica of Koekelberg, which is where I work! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 13, 2012 4:01 PM GMT
    Eat chocolate and drink beer mate! When in Brussels right?
    There is a bar famous with its 2000 different beers. They actually hold them all at hand. Ask anyone, they all know which one it is.They give you this giant book of a menu, and it's incredibly fun to sit there with some friends, trying to decide which beers to try. I would always start with a Duvel and a Barbar though.
    If you have more than a day in Brussels I suggest you take a day and do a trip to Bruges. Oh Bruges... They call it the Venice of the North, and rightfully so. You won't regret it.
    On top of all that, Belgians are some lovely people. You'll be greeted with smiles in all kinds of places, talk to people in cafes, stores, bars. I left that little country with such pleasent memories.
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    Jun 13, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    For dinner, you should hit the Belga Queen. Food is really good and the space is amazing.

    http://www.belgaqueen.be/

    Antoine Pinto's desire to create getaway spaces which offer a gastronomic trip throughout Belgium is the foundation of the Belga Queen brasserie adventure.

    In a landmark building dating from the 18th century (previously housing the Hôtel de la Poste and then the Crédit du Nord bank) Antoine Pinto created an establishment breaking away from the traditional brasserie, elbow-to-elbow style. Contemporary architecture and gastronomy meet each other in an amazing way.

    At Belga Queen the Belgian cuisine is adapted to today's taste, lightened and given a very national touch through the addition of beer to numerous dishes. Original, high-quality products are chosen with care from Belgian artisans who still have respect for the soil. The wines come from Belgian producers and the Ponti coffee is from a selection of 'pure Arabica' coffee beans from various continents and roasted locally.

    All these characteristics make the brasserie Belga Queen the ambassador of "made in Belgium". A brasserie where, either for a business dinner or for a meal shared with friends and family, all your senses are stimulated: taste, touch, hearing, sight and smell.
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    Jun 13, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    Peeing fountain is fun and a must!

    If you aren't vegan (like me) then visit: La Maison du Miel, Zuidstraat 121, 1000 Brussel *it is a grand honey store*

    For some baked goods: Bakkerij Charli, Bakery Charli, Sint-Katelijnestraat 34, 1000 Brussel


    I am a total foodie and Brussels is fun to explore great munchies!

    Enjoy your trip and bring an umbrella icon_smile.gif


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    Jun 14, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    You better like chocolate! Brussels city center is quite small, but also very pretty and easy on the eyes. The above posters have already given you an idea of where to visit. If you have any extra time take a bus or train to Bruges, probably the most beautiful city in Belgium.
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    Jun 14, 2012 12:36 AM GMT

    Oh Brussels - one of Europe's most underrated cities!!

    Great advice from everyone!

    You could easily just spend a sunny day walking around discovering all the comic murals, drinking beer and eating chips with mayo and it'd be totally worth it.

    Enjoy!!!
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    Jun 16, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI think Bruges is much prettier, though if it's nightlife you're after presumably that's not the place. I spent a couple days in Bruges and only jumped off the train for an hour in Brussels during my art appreciation days to see this:




    Agreed... See Mannequin Piss! And get a Waffle from a 'street vendor'. They are DELICIOUS!