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Overview

Forget EU fish quotas and butter mountains -- think instead Trappist beers, luxury chocolates and moules et frites. The home of Tintin is renowned for its Baroque squares, Art Nouveau excesses, futuristic landmarks and Surrealist masters. But don't neglect its avant garde boutiques, hip markets and lively watering holes. Not to mention its obsession with that strange peeing boy, the Manneken-Pis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860118517
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: City Guides - Cadogan Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Antony Mason is co-author of Cadogan's London-Brussels. He has written some 40 other books, including The Xenophobe's Guide to the Belgians. He now lives and works in London, but remains a frequent visitor to Belgium, accompanied by his Belgian wife.

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'Belgium, and Belgian culture, is suddenly being pushed out of the backstage and into the limelight, and undergoing radical reappraisal. Belgian restaurants, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolates, have now achieved virtual cult status. And even the French seem less inclined to make jokes about the Belgians'

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Table of Contents

Introducing
Introduction 1
The Neighbourhoods 2
Days Out in Brussels 13
Roots of the City 27
Art and Architecture 43
The Guide
01 Travel 51
Getting There 52
Tour Operators 55
Entry Formalities 57
Arrival 57
Getting Around 58
02 Practical A-Z 61
Climate 62
Crime and the Police 62
Disabled Travellers 62
Electricity, Weights and Measures 63
Embassies and Consulates 64
Health, Emergencies and Insurance 64
Internet 65
Media 65
Money, Banks and Taxes 65
Opening Hours and Public Holidays 66
Packing 66
Photography 67
Post and Fax 67
Smoking 67
Students 67
Telephones 67
Time 68
Tipping 68
Toilets 68
Tourist Offices 68
Women Travellers 68
Working and Long Stays 68
03 Around the Grand' Place 71
Clockwise Tour of the Grand' Place 74
Southwest of the Grand' Place 81
The Manneken-Pis 81
Southeast of the Grand' Place 82
Galerie Bortier 83
North and West of the Grand' Place 84
Galeries Royales de St-Hubert 84
Rue des Bouchers 84
La Bourse 85
04 Coudenberg and Parc de Bruxelles 87
Coudenberg 90
Place Royale 90
Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts 91
Musee des Instruments de Musique 94
Palais Royal 94
Around Parc de Bruxelles 95
Around Rue Ravenstein 97
Palais des Beaux-Arts 97
Mont des Arts 99
05 Marolles and Sablon 101
Marolles 104
Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle 104
Around the Place du Jeu de Balle 106
Porte de Hal 106
Palais de Justice and Porte Louise 106
Sablon 108
Palais d'Egmont 108
Place du Petit-Sablon 108
Place du Grand-Sablon 109
06 North Central Brussels 111
Around Place Ste-Catherine 114
Eglise Ste-Catherine 114
Rue Dansaert 115
Eglise St-Jean-Baptiste au Beguinage 116
Around Theatre de la Monnaie 117
Place de Brouckere 118
Rue Neuve 118
Place des Martyrs 118
Around the Cite Administrative 119
Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinee 119
Cathedrale St-Michel 120
Place des Barricades 121
Glasshouse of the Jardin Botanique 122
De Ultieme Hallucinatie 122
Eglise Ste-Marie 122
07 Quartier Leopold: Heart of Europe 123
Around the Parlement Europeen 126
Musee Wiertz 127
Musee des Sciences Naturelles 127
Parc Leopold 128
Around the Parc du Cinquantenaire 128
Council of the European Union 128
Maison de Paul Cauchie 131
Around Square Ambiorix 132
Maison St-Cyr 132
Maison Van Eetvelde 132
Maison Deprez-Van de Velde 132
Square Marie-Louise 132
08 Outside the Centre 133
St-Gilles and Ixelles 134
Uccle 137
Anderlecht 138
Koekelberg and Jette 141
Laeken and the Atomium 142
Foret de Soignes and Tervuren 145
09 Walks 149
Art Nouveau Walk 150
Medieval Centre Walk 157
10 Day Trips 163
Mechelen 164
Leuven 167
Waterloo 170
Six Flags Belgium 174
11 Bruges 175
Where to Stay 179
Eating Out 181
The Centre 182
South Bruges 186
Eastern Bruges 186
12 Ghent 187
Where to Stay 190
Eating Out 191
The Centre 192
South Ghent 195
Other Attractions 196
13 Antwerp 197
Where to Stay 200
Eating Out 201
The Centre 203
East of the Centre 207
South of the Centre 208
The Port of Antwerp 210
Listings
Where to Stay 211
Eating Out 221
Nightlife 236
Entertainment 244
Shopping 249
Sports and Green Spaces 257
Children's Brussels 261
Gay and Lesbian Brussels 264
Festivals 267
Reference
Language 270
Index 277
Unmissable Brussels
The Neighbourhoods 2
Around the Grand' Place 72
Grand' Place 75
Coudenberg and Parc de Bruxelles 88
Marolles and Sablon 102
North Central Brussels 112
Quartier Leopold: Heart of Europe 124
Outside the Centre 134
Parc de Laeken 142
Art Nouveau Walk 150
Medieval Centre Walk 158
Bruges 176
Ghent 189
Antwerp 198
City Centre Hotels 214
City Centre Restaurants and Cafes 226
Colour Street Maps
The Metro
Off the Beaten Track
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