Brussels City Breaks
The city of Brussels has become best known as the 'capital of Europe', but behind the modern political façade lies a beautiful Medieval city with a charm and distinct character of its own. Ideal for short breaks, Brussels' many attractions can be reached in less than two hours from London by Eurostar.
After a troubled beginning to the 20th century, Brussels has risen from the ashes of World War II to become a new-age political centre, thanks in no small part to its location in the centre of Western Europe. Today the city is still a testament to its history, as many of the medieval streets, lively squares and beautiful buildings have remained intact. Brussels provides a fascinating meeting point between the last millennium and modern day Europe. It is also famous for its food, with hundreds of restaurants and cafés.
Reaching Brussels from St Pancras International in London could not be easier - it is just one hour and fifty one minutes by Eurostar. Travelling at up to 186mph (299km/h), Eurostar speeds through the Kent countryside before travelling through the 31.4 mile (50.5km) long Channel Tunnel in Kent and emerging in Coquelles in northern France. From here the train travels to Lille before heading across the border into Belgium and arriving into Brussels Midi. For your Rail & Stay Brussels city break, you have the option of choosing a morning or afternoon Eurostar service.
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Brussels city breaks would not be complete without a visit to the Grand Place, the geographical, commercial and historical heart of the city. Though the Grand Place dates back to the 11th century, the ancient market square remains the civic centre even today, and it offers the finest surviving example in one area of Belgium's ornate 17th century architecture.
Maison du Roi
The Grand Place is home to the elegant Maison du Roi. It has served both as the residence of the ruling Spanish monarchs, and also as a guildhouse of breadmakers. Today the building is open as a museum featuring stunning tapestries and paintings from the 16th century.
One of Brussels' most famous sights is Manneken Pis. A statue of a little boy having a wee, it is situated on Rue de l'Etuve.
Originally built for the Brussels World Fair in 1958, the Atomium is a 102-metre-tall monument which comprises nine steel balls connected together to form the shape of a unit cell. You can explore the spheres, which are 18 metres in diameter and connected together by tubes, which contain escalators. The views across Brussels from the top sphere are particularly impressive.
On your short break to Brussels you can enjoy a whistle-stop tour of Europe's sightseeing highlights by visiting Mini Europe, located at the foot of the Atomium. The fascinating park boasts more than 350 miniature scale models of Europe's best-known sights, buildings and monuments. The models, which are all 1:25 scale, include the Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate, Nyhaven waterfront, Mount Vesuvius, the Acropolis, Big Ben, Prague Astronomical Clock, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and even a recreation of the Grand Place, the full-size version of which is only a few minutes away in Brussels.