About city: Brussels

It will be interesting to visit Brussels if only because it is the capital of European Union. It would be an honour for any city. But you should be aware that there would be no prolonged tours of the historical sites of Brussels. You'd better plan a deliberate pastime in the old city of Europe alternating city strolls with entertainments at pubs and clubs of the city.

However, you could quite confine your tours to Grand Place and several neighbouring streets. Surely, you could consider Grand Place as one of the most beautiful squares in Eu-rope, or maybe in the world. It has a special beauty and flavour.

Town Hall and the King's House also known as the Bread House are the main buildings on the square. Both buildings, as the rest of the houses in the square, are covered with very rich stone carving. The walls are covered with various figures, ornate lettering, ornaments etc. Today Town Hall houses the residence of the mayor of Brussels, though most part of the building is open for visiting. The Bread House is opposite Town Hall. Originally, they baked bread there. Then the duke of Brabant began to hold a court there and it was called the King's House. Now there located a historical museum.

The rest of the buildings in the square were once owned by different trade guilds. Each of them has its glory and even its own name, such as Horn, Fox, Wheelbarrow, Sack, She-Wolf, etc. The original square ensemble was shaped for centuries, but today's buildings were built during a single period, at the beginning of XVIII century, after a destructive firing of French troops when the Old Town was almost completely ruined.

There are many small streets in the neighbourhood of the square where it will also be pleasant to have a stroll. If you go along the street on the left side of Town Hall, you will soon, after two quarters, see the Manneken Pis. That is the famous landmark of Brussels. If you are lucky, the statue will be dressed in costume to honor some festival.

Rue des Bouchers (the Street of Butchers) is on the other side of Town Hall where there is a continuous line of expensive and medium-cost restaurants. You should go there in the evening when the street is filled with walkers.

From Grand Place you may go up to the observation platform where you can see the en-tire Old Town. The roofs of houses look very picturesque, and they are dominated by the spire of Town Hall. Farther up the hill there located the Royal Palace with a park. Several halls of the palace are open for visiting, so if you have time, you may go there for an excursion.

There are many other sights in Brussels, for example, St. Michael's Cathedral, Ex-change, Theatre, churches, however, you'd rather think about pleasant pastime at the bars of the city. Belgium produces over three hundred brands of beer. It was just there that patoto chips and waffles were first invented, and, of course, you must taste the national Belgium dish, mussels. In fact, the level of a restaurant is determined by the way the cook mussels. Generally, you will have guaranteed gastronomic pleasures in Brussels.

Outside Brussels, you can make a one-day trip to Ghent or Bruges. Both cities are located north-east of Brussels, and one day would be quite enough to visit them, but, surely, you'd better spare two days for them.

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