Brussels by Eurostar
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Brussels and Bruges represent the twin identities of contemporary Belgium. Brussels is the larger busier city - and Europes political capital. Brussels is a cosmopolitan city: The population was already divided into Flemish and French speakers, but to these are now added the babel of European languages, with English as a common denominator.
Hotel de VilleBrussels Hotel de Ville is probably the most beautiful gothic town hall of all. Its construction commenced in 1402, with the addition of the right wing in 1444. The octagonal tower bears a statue of the Archangel St Michael.
Grand PlaceThis wonderful square is most definitely the heart of Brussels, and was already a bustling market place by the 11th century. Each individual guidhall is distinguished by its own statues and ornate carvings.
Museum of Modern ArtBelgian artists are sometimes overlooked in preference for their other European contemporaries, so perhaps there is something symbolic in the fact that the museum is in a subterranean building. A visit reveals outstanding works. (not shown).
Parc CinquantenaireThis stunning park was built in 1880 to celebrate 50 years of Belgium independance. It is filled with grand buildings and even its own grand jubilee arch. Leopold II ordered the building of the Palais du Cinquantenaire to hold the National Exibition.
Le SablonThe Sablon district, with its grand squares, is the focus of the antiques trade. The terraces are perfect to sit and watch the world go by. Brussels' 17th century aristocracy lived in the elegant square of Place du Grand Sablon.
Comic Strip MuseumComic strips and more comic strips! Combining comic strips and art nouveau, this is one of Brussels' unusual delights. Although comic strips (bandes dessinees), were not invented in Belgium, Belgian artists took the form to new heights. (not shown).