One of the many reasons that I believe Europe is the best continent in the world is it’s close proximity between places, making the ever popular City break or Weekender away more accessible than ever for those who call Europe home. Around Christmas time that is never truer with a plethora of options to get away for a few days over the festive season. It’s your favourite travel blog, in Brussels, for the festive season!
The weekend began with a mad dash to St Pancras station in Central London for my very first trip on the Eurostar and I was keen to experience the well documented high speeds on board. The journey to Brussels took around 2 hours and looking out the window was the only way to get an idea of how fast the Eurostar travels as otherwise it didn’t feel fast at all. I’m talking speeds in excess of 200km/h here, meaning the countryside and the journey really do whizz by. The Grand station in Brussels is quite centrally located and a plentiful supply of Taxis meant in 10 minutes I was arriving to my city centre hotel stress free.
During my weekend in the Belgian capital, I came up with an ideal itinerary that could easily be done in a weekend break, some things that you must do here. It all began at:
- The Delirium Cafe. This place is the perfect introduction to drinking Belgian style. You can get the famed Delirium Tremens beer as well as all your favourite Belgian staples such as Hoegaarden and Bellevue Kriek.
- Check out Mannekin Pis. This attraction loosely means “small man weeing” and it’s true. Except it’s water. If you didn’t know about the Mannekin Pis you’d probably walk right past it as its tucked away on a street corner.
- Visit Grand Place. The main square of Brussels, the Grand Place is gorgeous and mustn’t be rushed. It’s a great spot for people watching and admiring the space. There just happened to be a night lights show when I was there which was amazing.
- Try some Pommes Frites and Belgian Waffles. In December the weather isn’t great in these parts – Pommes Frites and Belgian Waffles were made for cold days! There are quite a few shops/Cafes where you can find these heart warming treats around town.
- Go to Mini Europe. Exactly what it says on the tin, Mini Europe is a theme park on the outskirts of the city which has recreated all of the major European landmarks to scale. The detail is amazing and it’s a great way to pass a few hours. The Atomium structure is also right next door.
- Pay a visit to the 205 Belgium Beers stores. There are quite a few of these around the city, and they are a great place to visit during your time in Brussels to take home a few souvenirs of any of the local brews you may have taken a liking to. All the usual suspects are here from Leffe, Hoegaarden, Delirium and Bellevue Kriek and you can even purchase gift packs which is very handy.
- Stop in at the Tintin Museum. A Belgian icon, Tintin is of course the famous cartoon character created by Herge. At the museum you will see all kinds of memorabilia including books, comics and models.
So there you have it. If you’re looking for a European Christmas getaway then you really should consider a trip to Brussels. It has everything a good city should have – history, culture, sights, atmosphere, great food and excellent transport options.