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1. Posted by pelopor (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

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Hi,

We're planning to go to Brussels in the end of this month, and celibrat new year there. Has anybody suggestions about places to stay, places to eat and places to see?

Thanks!

2. Posted by jennah (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

Definitely go to the Grand Place / Grote Markt. There's quite a few places to eat round there, though I can't recommend any, as in my 5 months there I never actually ate out anywhere! I do know, though, that they would be more expensive. The nearby Rue des Bouchers (very sorry - I'm a French speaker, so don't know many of the street names / place names in Dutch!)has many places to eat, mostly seafood.

If you have time, visit the Africa Museum in Tervuren, which is good, and the grounds are really good to look round as well - take tram #44 from Montgomery métro station (line 1B going towards Stokkel from the centre) to the terminus in Tervuren, then it's straight down Leuvensesteenweg (think that's right!). There are also many parks in Brussels - Jubelpark (métro Mérode or Schuman, line 1, direction Stokkel / Herrman-Debroux from the centre)is quite big, and also has several museums. The Atomium is meant to be quite good, though I never got to go so can't reccommend it - métro Heizel, line 1A direction Koning Boudewijn from the centre - there's also quite a lot to do round Heizel.

Can't help with accommodation, as I lived there so had a house, but avoid places round Brussel Zuid to stay, as this is a rough, not very safe area.

Hope this helps!

3. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

Start at the Menekin de Pis. Opposite the statue, there is a bar of the same name. They have a great range of Belgian beer there. After leaving, heading through the Grand Plaz (which is really beautiful) you may find "Le Cercuile" (The Coffin). A really interesting bar done up as a mortuary. There are coffins for tables and skulls for cups. It is very interesting; I have never seen anything like it, even in Amsterdam!

After leaving there, walk further down and head left. There you will find three little pedestrian streets absolutely crammed with restaurants. They spruke a lot and are very pushy, but we ended up having a very nice meal for a pretty good price. Definitely order the mussels in Brussels!

You will find that this tour pretty much encompasses the part of Brussels that is worth visiting. Some friends and I stayed there for three days when one would have done. The Atomium was not really worth the effort. Their museums and cathedrals are not bad.

Have a good New Year!

4. Posted by Valmont (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

In my experience of Brussells I would advise you not to go there for new years, there are far better cities in Europe to ring in the new year! Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, actually now that I think of it, anywhere that isn't Brussells would probably be better! Good luck