Jubilee Park in Brussels

15 March 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions

© Marc Ryckaert/cc-by-3.0

© Marc Ryckaert/cc-by-3.0

Parc du Cinquantenaire (French for “Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary”) or Jubelpark (Dutch for “Jubilee Park”) is a large public, urban park (30 hectares) in the easternmost part of the European Quarter in Brussels.   read more…

International Crisis Group (ICG)

20 June 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General

The International Crisis Group (ICG; also simply known as the Crisis Group) is a transnational non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1995 that carries out field research on violent conflict and advances policies to prevent, mitigate or resolve conflict. It advocates policies directly with governments, multilateral organisations and other political actors as well as the media.   read more…

Theme Week Brussels – Grand Place

22 April 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Museum of the City of Brussels © Paasikivi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Museum of the City of Brussels © Paasikivi/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Grand Place or Grote Markt is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse (French: Maison du Roi, Dutch: Broodhuis) building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels. The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. It measures 68 by 110 metres (223 by 361 ft), and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. The Grand Place was voted the most beautiful square in Europe in 2010. A survey by a Dutch website asked its users to rate different squares across Europe.   read more…

Theme Week Brussels – Anderlecht

18 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Dapperheidsplein © Parsifall/cc-by-sa-3.0

Dapperheidsplein © Parsifall/cc-by-sa-3.0

Anderlecht is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region. There are several historically and architecturally distinct districts within the Anderlecht municipality.   read more…

Theme Week Brussels – House of European History

31 December 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions

Eastman Building in 2012 © Agapolulu/cc-by-sa-3.0

Eastman Building in 2012 © Agapolulu/cc-by-sa-3.0

The House of European History is an initiative of the European Parliament. As a cultural institution and exhibition centre, the House of European History plans to marshal all available means to promote a better understanding of European history and European integration, through a permanent exhibition and temporary and travelling exhibitions, a collection of objects and documents representative of European history, educational programs, cultural events and publications, as well as a wide range of online content. It will be located in Brussels, close to the European institutions. The opening is scheduled for autumn 2015. The House of European History will give visitors the opportunity to learn about European historical processes and events, and engage in critical reflection about the implication of the processes on the present day. It will be a centre for exhibitions, documentation and information which will place processes and events within a wider historical and critical context, bringing together and juxtaposing the contrasting historical experiences of European people. With a surface area of approximately 4 000 m2 at its disposal, the permanent exhibition will be the centrepiece of the House of European History. Using objects and documents and an extensive range of media, it will provide a journey through the history of Europe, principally that of the 20th century, with retrospectives on developments and events in earlier periods which were of particular significance for the whole continent. In this context, the history of European integration will be exhibited in all its uniqueness and with all its complexity.   read more…

Theme Week Brussels – The Europa Building, a new home for the European Council

8 June 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, Museums, Exhibitions

© Architects and engineers: Phillipe SAMYN, VALLE, HAPPOLD

© Architects and engineers: Phillipe SAMYN, VALLE, HAPPOLD

The Résidence Palace is a complex of buildings between the Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat and the Chaussée d’Etterbeek/Etterbeeksesteenweg in the European Quarter of Brussels. It is formed of three buildings, a press centre and a building currently being renovated for use by the European Council, mainly, and even also (for some occasions) by the Council of the European Union as a summit building. This new building will be named Europa. To the west lies the main Council building, Justus Lipsius and across the road lie the Berlaymont and Charlemagne buildings of the European Commission.   read more…

Theme Week Brussels – Mini-Europe

12 January 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Birdseye view © Gellerj/cc-by-sa-3.0

Birdseye view © Gellerj/cc-by-sa-3.0

Mini-Europe is a miniature park located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels. Mini-Europe has the reproductions of the most attractive monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. The park is renowned for the quality of its models, some of which cost as much as €350,000 to make (the Brussels Grand-Place). The park contains numerous live action models (train, mills, eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Airbus, cable cars, etc.). A guide gives the details on all the monuments. At the end of the visit, the “Spirit of Europe” exhibition gives an interactive overview of the European Union in the form of multimedia games. The park is built on an area of 24,000 m². The initial investment was of €10 million in 1989, on its inauguration by Prince Philip of Belgium.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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Theme Week Brussels, the city with two faces

18 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, Theme Weeks

© 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!   read more…

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