Recently I was in Brussels for a few hours. The special capital of Belgium. The actual Brussels is actually not that big, if you look at the number of inhabitants of Brussels. That is about 180,000. What everyone sees as Brussels are in its totality a combination of 19 separate municipalities. Together these municipalities have 1.2 million inhabitants. What really makes Brussels special is its two languages. The city has two official languages, these are Flemish (Dutch) and French. The European Union sits in the city and NATO is very present in the city. And although this is all very interesting, a normal mortal will not visit these two agencies so quickly. Certainly not if you are only a few hours in the city.
Where have I been? I had parked my car in a garage at the central station in Brussels. From there you can walk through a passage, at the entrance where I walked in was the Smurfs museum. My children are no longer age, but for young children this is a nice exhibition to visit. The retail spaces in this
passage are largely empty. It does give a nice picture, especially if you like urban exploration. Now this is a freely accessible place in the middle of the city. For training, this works, of course, as far as I am concerned. From here you walk across a square with several cafes and simple eateries. After a nice cup of coffee and a sandwich, I went looking for a hot tourist information desk. You can find
this at the Grote Markt. On the picture you see in the middle about a tower on a building, below you find the desk. Here you can get all the information about the city and its events and sights. In front of the door several people are making round trips and the like to the tourist. I bought a ticket here. Not so much for this day, I am only short in the city but it is a nice way to prepare a future visit. Then I went to explore the area around the Grote Markt. I went to see the statue of “Manneken Pis” briefly. But always when I go to
see it he stands up as you can see him here. The statue always has a great interest, which always
amazes me for the size of the sculpture. The figurine regularly receives clothes that belong to special occasions, personally I have never seen that. I always think, next time he will have something on, but unfortunately.
While wandering through the center of the city, I also came across one of the older galleries in Europe. These are the old covered shopping centers that exhale the true history. You can find them in many large cities in Europe, this one in Brussels is very atmospheric.
And after a few hours of walking through this city you can easily have something tasty to eat in one of the many eateries in the center. There is something to suit everyone’s taste. After this meal I quickly went to the airport and then back home.