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Brussels

Belgium’s heart served up on a gilded platter

Brussels was founded more than a thousand years ago, and the city is a testament to aging with refinement. Belgium was once Europe’s superpower, and that national pride is still reflected in its soaring town hall and royal palaces. But it has eased gracefully into its new, quieter position on the continent, much like a retired general who enjoys most sitting in the square, reminiscing about the glory days. An eye towards preservation and relative peace have ensured that much of Belgium’s glory still stands to be admired, and Brussels is its showcase. The city is centered around the phenomenal market square, surrounded on all sides by gilded palatial buildings that tug the eye upward and set the head awhirl. The market courtyard is always full of action and offers some of the city's best people-watching. There are also many fine museums in Brussels—the Science Museum, with its fascinating dinosaur exhibit, is particularly enthralling. The expansive royal parks are easily accessible, and it’s worth strolling past the Manneken Pis sculpture just to see what garment this whimsical native son is currently sporting. Brussels evokes the languid romance of a bygone era. Enjoy its fine cuisine and fruity lambic beers while immersing yourself in the old-world aura, and you’ll be enjoying Brussels like a local.

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  • Sono stata all'inizio di luglio a Bruxelles,il nostro greter si chiama Jean Yves Mercier,è stato molto gentile e paziente con noi,è una persona meravigliosa e parla molto bene la lingua italiana!Grazie caro greter!
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  • Ich war überrascht, wie vielseitig und vor allem lecker Brüssel ist! Gar nicht so angestaubt, wie es EU-Parlament vermuten lassen würde ;) Auf jeden Fall eine schöne Destination für Menschen, die gutes Essen lieben. Und Antiquariate. Hiervon gibt es nämlich reichlich!
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  • Die Leute waren zuvorkommend und freundlich.
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    Don't forget to visit the Grand Place, try the chocolates there and drink their tasty beers.
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    great city with the restaurant delierium
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    The best way to get to know Brussels is with someone from there. Greeters are citizens from Brussels who adore their city and show it voluntarily to visitors and tourists. www.brussels.greeters.be www.greeters.be
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    Brussels is a fascinating city where you can go from the past to the modern era in just a few minutes. It is well known because of the exquisite chocolates and for their habit to drink tea and eat cookies while shopping. Brussels is much more than romanticism and peace. Every night the city wakes up with the numerous pubs and discos.
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