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Brussel (Brussels)

The whole world comes together in Brussels, with a different continent around every corner. It is a city bursting with life, from the exotic Matonge quarter to the stately elegance of the European institutions. The capital of Belgium has a vibrancy like no other and the formality of its ‘hard’ metropolitan structure is softened by the authentic, working-class ambiance of its more popular districts. On his platform not far from the majestic Market Square, Manneke Pis is permanently peeing. And this diverse city even knows how to reconcile the chic sophistication of the Zavel with the folksy informality of the Vossenplein. Royalty watchers rush eagerly to the Paleizenplein, art fans indulge themselves in the Magritte Museum, the Royal Museums or the Hor ta Museum, foodies hurry to the numerous food temples, and vintage-lovers climb to the top of the Atomium. And in the city where both Tintin and the Smurfs were born, comic lovers will have their every wish fulfilled, with more than 50 comic-strip walls and a renowned Comics Museum. In short, Brussels has something for everyone.

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there is a direct train connection between Bruges and Bruxelles-Central (Brussels- Central, journey time: 1 hour and 2 minutes; www.belgianrail.be).

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