Brussels 2011

In the summer of 2011 I was in Brussels for four weeks. What follows is a short photo collection about the time there.

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We lived in a apartment hotel (ApartmentsApart) which was located right in the middle of the city.

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The ground floor of the building has a small shopping center.

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One of the most beautiful places in Brussels is the Grand Place square which is a Unesco World Heritage site. The decorated buildings have seen many centuries in the past.

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Probably the fanciest building is the town hall of Brussels. Up at the tower there's a statue which shows the patron saint tramping the devil at his feet.

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The old area has a few very narrow streets with restaurants everywhere.

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The Saint-Hubert is one of the oldest shopping centers in the world. There are many cafés along with chocolate shops and pricy fashion boutiques.

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The inevitable symbol of Brussels is the Manneken Pis statue.

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At the streets between the Grand Place and the Manneken Pis there is a never-ending flow of tourists.

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A view over Brussels.

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This is the royal palace of Belgium.

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The national day of Belgium is celebrated on the 21st of July. Among other things a parade is presented.

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The Bruxelles-Central is the busiest railway station of the country.

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There are a lot of beautiful cathedrals in the city, among others the Saint-Michel church.

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The Rue Neuve is the biggest shopping street in Belgium.

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There are often musicians playing along the street.

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On the pedestrian street there is also the City2 shopping center with about 100 shops.

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In Brussels there's a big number of museums, and many of them are situated around this square nearby the royal palace.

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Comic strips are very popular in Belgium, and there's even a big museum about them, the Belgian Comic Strip Center.

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I have saved the most important pictures for the last: Visiting cafés was an essential thing, an almost everyday delight. The photo shows a Paul café. Paul is a popular French café chain.

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Here I'm having a cup of coffee with a book in hand at one of City2 shopping center's numerous cafés.

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Brussels has a huge number of chocolate shops! One of the most frequently seen brands is the Neuhaus who originally invented the praline.

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Also the Swiss chocolate company Lindt, who is said to be the best chocolate maker in the world, is represented with a small boutique.