Brussels – more than stopover on the trip
Brussels is often considered only as a stopover on a trip across the Europe. There is a little bit unfair conviction that this city is extremely expensive. In fact – Brussels is not only beautiful, very interesting and worth a visit. With some tricks you can spend a pleasant weekend there for little money.
Brussels is a really well connected city. There are the subway, buses and trams, all perfectly marked. You can use public transport to arrive to the center of Brussels and go everywhere in it without much effort. Brussels came out to meet visitors and offers a convenient solution, which is the Brussels Card. This card allows free entry to the most interesting objects and significant discounts on admission to other attractive destinations.
Walking should start from the Grand Place. The facade of the Gothic town hall is impressive and surrounding the main square houses are a great subject for a photographer. In fact, this is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
From the Grand Place there are just a few steps to the most famous inhabitant of Brussels. Manneken Pis, literally “peeing boy.” His images and replicas you pay find everywhere there, but it is necessary to see the original one. But beware – tourists often can not find him. Although the Grand Place follow the signs, you may miss a small statuette. If you are going to the Grand Place and see on your left a suspicious crowd – be sure that there you can meet the Manneken Pis. If you are lucky, boy can be dressed. Tradition has become a fact that delegations of other countries host in Bussles hand the immodest toodler a gift with special clothes typical for their country.
Right next to the Atomium we you can take a walk around the huge complex, which in 1958 held the World Expostition, EXPO. It remind us the wonderful pavilions. It is really worth to visit the Chinese and Japanese pavilons- the two most attractive objects keeping after the Expo. You will get there in very easy way- you need only a good map. You may get this map without trouble in any hotels, subway stations and tourist information offices.
It is impossible to miss in Brussels European district, where are placed the most important buildings, including of course the seat of the European Parliament. This district is worth visiting during a panoramic trip by bus with an open roof. Do not forget to buy souvenirs before departure. The best one are hidden in lovely boxes: a famous Belgian chocolates that taste after returning remind us of one of the nicest weekends spent in Brussels.