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Brussels is the largest city in Belgium but manages to retain a village feel with its variety of small cosmopolitan districts. As home to the European Union HQ, the city has a great multicultural atmosphere.
There is a train shuttle service from the airport to the North, South and Central stations of Brussels. It runs every 15-20 minutes and takes approximately 20 minutes. It operates between 5.30am and 12.20am from the airport and costs EUR8.50. A bus station is below the Arrivals hall. The #12 bus on weekdays before 8pm and the #21 at all other times takes passengers to the European Quarter of the city and costs EUR6. There are also buses that serve Brussels Airport to Antwerp;. An airport bus link also operates between the Brussels railway lines and the airport (Tel. +32 70 22 02 00). These are buses of De Lijn, the Flemish regional public transport operator, connecting the airport with towns and railway stations in Flanders, as well as parts of Brussels. There are licensed metered taxis available outside the Arrivals hall; the 30-minute journey to Brussels costs around EUR35 (Tel: +32 2 752 98 00).
Stylish and central, Hotel Amigo is a Rocco Forte Hotel, which claims to be the best luxury hotel in Brussels. Close to the financial and antiques districts, Hotel Amigo is located in Grand Place in the heart of Brussels. www.hotelamigo.com
Set in the European District and close to the Grand Place, the Sofitel Brussels Europe is an elegant five-star hotel within easy reach of many of the city’s main attractions. www.sofitel.com
Le Wine Bar du Sablon is a 16th century cellar wine bar – the first in Brussels where you can enjoy fine dining produced from selected regional products. www.winebarsablon.be
Pasta Divina provides an intimate and comfortable setting close to the Grand Place. The restaurant speciality – as the name suggests – is pasta! www.pastadivina.be
Try real Belgian beer at Moeder Lambic, brewed using a traditional production method that has almost disappeared over the last 30 years. www.moederlambic.com
For shopping and cafes visit Les Galeries Saint Hubert – a glass roofed arcade, which was the first covered shopping arcade in Europe. www.galeries-saint-hubert.com
Sample true Belgian chocolate from the Official Supplier to the Court of Belgium at Wittamer Patissier, Glacier & Traiteur. www.wittamer.com
Brussels Christmas market:
Known as 'Europe's original Christmas market' and at over 2km long, there are hundreds of stalls to choose from. Don’t miss out on the spectacular Sound & Light show at the Grand Place.
Dates: 28 November 2014 until 4 January 2015.