Brussels, a rich heritage

There are a thousand and one reasons for purchasing a plane ticket to Brussels. The Belgian capital lacks nothing. It is a European capital in all its splendor, with medieval buildings, in particular around the immense Grand-Place, the epicenter of Brussels, where the monumental city hall is built as well as the famous guild houses. In the center of the square, visitors looking up will feel very small! The city hall and the Grand-Place date back to the 14th and 15th centuries, the same period during which the city ramparts were built.
Another symbol of Brussels, the Manneken-Pis, a small fountain representing a "little boy peeing". However, Brussels is not contained to its Grand-Place and its Manneken-Pis: it is a subtle and unexpected combination of classic style and Art Nouveau, as demonstrated by the Horta Museum, the home and workshop of architect Victor Horta, dating back to the 19th century.
When in Brussels, you won't miss the Atomium, that was built for the 1958 World Fair, representing a simple iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times!
You may also visit the BD Museum (Comic Strip Museum), since Brussels is the capital of what is sometimes called the 8th art.

Brussels is also known for shopping and gastronomy

Traveling from Quebec to Brussels is a culinary experience. Of course, everyone thinks of mussels, fries and Belgian beer. That's true, and you should have some while in Brussels! However, restaurants in Brussels have more than one recipe on their menu: chicons en gratins (endives au gratin), all types of fish, Belgian waffles, speculoos ice cream…Avoid the "tourist trap" restaurants on the Grand-Place and favor less central addresses.
Let yourself be tempted by famous Belgian chocolates found in many shops!
Brussels has everything for shoppers too. Rue Neuve, the largest pedestrian street in Brussels, located in the "lower city", has all the department stores and ready-to-wear shops. Avenues Louise and La Toison d'Or, as well as the Boulevard Waterloo have plenty of luxury shops.

How to get around in Brussels?

So, you want to go to Brussels? Air France offers daily flights from Montreal to Brussels, with connecting flights in Paris, Amsterdam or even Detroit. In short, plan on about fifteen hours of travel time and a six-hour time difference.
When you arrive in the Brussels National Airport, you can take the train to downtown, located 14 km away in about twenty minutes. It will take you to one of the three stations in Brussels: the Gare du Midi, the Gare Centrale and the Gare du Nord. In fact, if you land in Paris, you can take the Thalys train from Paris to Brussels.
Visit the city by foot (which is often the best way to discover a city), by subway or by bike.
The currency is the euro, like in most countries in the European Union. To travel to Belgium, you need a passport that is valid at least three months beyond the expected date of departure from that country. You do not need a visa for stays less than 90 days, whether you are a tourist, student or on business.

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