Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Brussels - sights

Staying at an airport hotel for two days, I didn’t get to see much of Brussels during my short stay there in March. A matter of arriving by Eurostar in Brussels-Midi station, having dinner locally, before heading out to the hotel on the Airport Express train. (On the way back, it was confusing to find the station only labelled as Brussels-Zuid with no mention of Midi.)

(Might have been more convenient to fly into Brussels Airport and walk the 39 steps across to the hotel just across from the main terminal, but taking the Eurostar was a lot cheaper and meant less waiting around in airports!)

Wandering through the streets towards the city centre and the smell of food, an ornate spire stood out above the other buildings.

It was Brussels Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville), and the 96m Brabantine Gothic style tower designed by Jan van Ruysbroek. The town hall fills one side of the Grand Place (Grote Markt).

1 comment:

Seamus said...


The joys of living in a multi lingual country - Midi is French Zuid is Flemish ( Dutch )