Brussels - what's to do there?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
I've got to go Brussels on Business for a week. I know nothing about the place at all.

My evenings will be free. Has anybody been there?

If so, what fun stuff do you recommend? :thumb:

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    eating waffles!
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Posts: 9,236 Boards Champion
    We were talking about Brussels in Monday's live chat. I reckon it's an underated city. Check out the Guardians been there section for tips on cool places to go :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    **helen** wrote: »
    We were talking about Brussels in Monday's live chat. I reckon it's an underated city. Check out the Guardians been there section for tips on cool places to go :)

    I think it's boring, especially for a capital city. I wouldn't want to go back there. My Dad worked there for a while and I went and stayed in his apartment for a week. There was a lack of things to do, but it did give me a taste for chips with mayonnaise.
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Posts: 9,236 Boards Champion
    katchika wrote: »
    I think it's boring, especially for a capital city. I wouldn't want to go back there. My Dad worked there for a while and I went and stayed in his apartment for a week. There was a lack of things to do, but it did give me a taste for chips with mayonnaise.

    Were you on your own? That makes a massive difference.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    katchika wrote: »
    I think it's boring, especially for a capital city. I wouldn't want to go back there. My Dad worked there for a while and I went and stayed in his apartment for a week. There was a lack of things to do, but it did give me a taste for chips with mayonnaise.

    I have to agree, I was bored shitless in Brussels. Brussels is also where I picked up my licking for chips and mayo :yum:

    I think the most exciting part of the trip was seeing the monument of the little boy pissing into the fountain. (it has got an official name)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    **helen** wrote: »
    Were you on your own? That makes a massive difference.

    No, I was with my ex. But he was a boring git so that probably didn't help :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It's the Mannequin Du Pis. When I was there there was a carpet of flowers in the Grand Place, and a big funfair along the street.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Binkyboo wrote: »
    I've got to go Brussels on Business for a week. I know nothing about the place at all.

    My evenings will be free. Has anybody been there?

    If so, what fun stuff do you recommend? :thumb:

    I've been and there's fuck all to do there.

    Go to near by Brugges, much nicer.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    eating waffles!

    and chocs
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks for the info all.

    You guys have given it quite a mixed write-up. I never had it down as a boring city. You peeps have me worried now!

    I'll check out Helen's link (thank you Helen) and see if I can find something to relieve the boredom. :)

    I like mayo on chips anyway so thats dinner sorted. :thumb:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    the only belgian city i have been to is de panne and it had a lovely beach:thumb:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Bugger all.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Brussels is okay for a day or two. I got very bored after that time. Brugge is much better and much, much prettier.

    The waffles, chips and chocolates are divine though.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    super cheap cigarettes in belgium if youre a smoker too. Cheaper than france.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Go see this thing:

    brussels09.jpg

    and the pissing boy:

    mannekenpis.jpg
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Randomgirl wrote: »
    Go see this thing:

    brussels09.jpg

    I went there and I had NO idea what it was supposed to be...
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    rachie004 wrote: »
    Bit of a random question but can you ski in Belgium in the winter?

    I've noticed that work are putting on the big jet on the brussels route but we usually don't fill the small one. The only thing I could think of is ski flights :confused:

    No you can't, Belgium is very flat. There might be a market for cross country skiing in the Ardennes Forest, but even then it's not guaranteed to snow much.

    It might be because of the popular Christmas markets but I think it's a bit early for those?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    pill 'ed wrote: »
    It might be because of the popular Christmas markets but I think it's a bit early for those?

    They do tend to start mid-november and are very poular.

    I'm going on a one-day coach trip to Brugges next month for the christmas markets/shopping.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,329 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I don't know why everyone raves about Brugge ahead of Brussels. Brugge is very beautiful and the beer is very good, but once you've sat and looked at the beautiful buildings for a while there ain't a right lot else to do.

    Brussels is a lovely city, and there is a lot of things to do, but it depends on what your tastes are. The art galleries are really good, the parklands are lovely to walk around, and the coffee is pretty good. It doesn't have a throbbing nightlife but there are a lot of good bars and cafes, and it's perfectly enjoyable.

    It's a lot more than concrete and Eurocrats.
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