Theme Week Brussels, the city with two faces

Thursday, 18 November 2010 - 08:03 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, EU blog post series, European Union, Bon voyage, European Capital of Culture, Theme Weeks
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© Emilio García

© Emilio García

Visitors are very quickly attracted by the very special atmosphere of Brussels. The city clearly shows serenity and joy in the small, beautiful things of life. Enjoy the typical Belgian way of life in Europe’s capital!

Europe is growing. To keep track, given by the rapid expansion, therefore we recommend a visit of Mini Europe. A 25 times shrunk Big Ben, the Acropolis and the Eiffel Tower stand together alongside 297 other accurately recreated models of European landmarks. Gondolas and mandolins bring visitors in the right mood for Venice. With the TGV it goes like wildfire from one end of France to the other. To see all of the Euopean attractions it takes even in Mini Europe a little longer.

© bruessel-gui.de

© bruessel-gui.de

Cultural and economic center of Belgium, host of the Royal Family, capital of chocolate, waffles, Moules frites (mussels with french fries) and about 500 sorts of beer, more then 2,000 restaurants and bars, suitable to it European Capital of Culture in 2000 on the one hand, on the other hand host of the representation of the Benelux countries , the European air navigation management EUROCONTROL, the European Union and the NATO. Pulsating life meets bureaucracy.
© atomium.be

© atomium.be

The Atomium was inaugurated during the World Expo in 1958 and after extensive restoration work has been done re-opened in 2006 to visitors. It now houses exhibitions, dance performances, art activities, a children’s hotel for schools, conference and party rooms, a restaurant and a bar. Other attractions in Brussels are the Cathedral of Saint Michel and the Manneken Pis.
Panorama Grand Place © Uqbar

Panorama Grand Place © Uqbar

The Grand Place is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. The Central Market was almost completely destroyed in 1695 by the bombardment of French troops and built up again with closed baroque facade fronts. In 1998 the UNESCO took the ensemble on the list of the world’s cultural heritages.
© Szilas

© Szilas

Quartier Europeen – the European quarter with its modern administrative palaces is the administrative center of the EU. Around Rond-Point Schuman and the Parc Leopold the Parliament, the Council and the Commission of the European Union are located, among others. The transformation of the district got different echoes, especially because a lot of long-established citizens had to leave the district because of the large number of new constructed buildings. The collection of modern architecture and buildings does not necessarily fit with the remaining architecture and make the difficulties, arising from the transformation of the district and the urban development compromises, visual. Brussels is a very versatile and multi-layered metropolis and it’s difficult to describe it in one or two sentences. Another good reason why an exploration is recommended.

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