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The tough consultant to Brussels is the last word spouse to the beer-guzzling capital of Belgium. The full-colour creation supplies an inspiring perception into a number of the city's highlights, from the pinnacle museums to Brussel’s good-looking artwork Nouveau structures. There are new full-colour sections at the nation’s dual passions, beer and foodstuff, lots of easy-to-use maps and that crucial useful info. You’ll locate dozens of in depth, up to date experiences for bars, purchasing, leisure, eating places and inns of Berlin for each finances. With pleasant day-trips to the neighbouring towns of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp, this is often your must-have merchandise to the cultural and political hotspot of BrusselsMake the main of a while with The tough consultant to Brussels.

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106 6 The Outlying Districts...................................................... 118 7 Day-trips from the city .................................................... 140 The Grand-Place | The Hôtel de Ville O ne of Europe’s most beautiful city squares, the Grand-Place is an almost entirely enclosed, pedestrianized rectangle tucked away amid the tangle of ancient cobbled lanes that lies at the heart of Brussels. It’s the Gothic magnificence of the Hôtel de Ville – the town hall – which first draws the eye, but in its shadow is an exquisite sequence of late seventeenth-century guildhouses whose gilded facades, with their columns, scrolled gables and dainty sculptures, encapsulate the Baroque ideals of exuberance and complexity.

Com). They also operate a hotel room reservation service, but it’s for Flemish Belgium, not Brussels. be) provides free access to most of the city’s key museums, unlimited travel on the STIB public transport network, and discounts of up to 25 percent at specified restaurants and bars. There are three versions – 24hr (€20), 48hr (€28), and 72hr (€33), and each is valid from the first time it is used, rather than the day of issue. The card is on sale online on the website and at the tourist office on the Grand-Place (see above); there are no concessionary rates for seniors or children.

Be). 26), and sells inexpensive general- and specialist-interest guides, the most useful of which is the detailed Brussels Guide and Map. TIB also issues a free booklet detailing all the city’s (recognized) hotels and can make last-minute hotel reservations for free – the deposit you pay is subtracted from your final hotel bill. 181. 25) and handing out free public transport maps. Finally, TIB sells the Brussels Card (see box below). There’s another TIB tourist information desk (May–Sept daily 8am–8pm; Oct–April Mon–Thurs 8am–5pm, Fri 8am–8pm, Sat 9am–6pm & Sun 9am–2pm) in the main concourse at Bruxelles-Midi train station, one of the city’s three main train stations and the Eurostar terminus, but it’s geared up to cater for new arrivals and does not offer the same range of services as the main office.

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