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NorCal
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8 hour layover Brussels

Hi:

Our flight into Germany will include an 8 hour stop in Brussels, from 8AM to around 4PM on a Sunday. I'd like to take advantage of this and see even a small bite of the city.

How long does a train/cab ride into town take?

What part of the city *should* we try to sample? would like to wander/walk about a bit, have a nice lunch, and hopefully sample some more the superb Belgian beers I've been able to try occasionally in the US. Nothing really more ambitious than that.

Thank you in advance; and next time in Europe I promise to apportion a proper amount of time staying in your city!

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1. Re: 8 hour layover Brussels

By taxi, on a Sunday, will be about 20 min. By train is about the same. If you take a taxi, make sure it's an official one. You can recognize it at the yellow and blue official sign. Cost from airport to city centre (Grand Place) is about 35 euro.

You can visit the Grand Place and surrounding streets (the famous Manneke Pis statue is on the corner of rue de l'Etuve/rue du Chêne, a short walk from Grand Place), as well as the Sunday antiques market on the Sablon.

No problem in finding cafés to sample Belgian beers. Here's a link to the most popular cafés in 2007: http://www.ebru.be/Cafes/CafePage.html

There are also lots of restaurants in that neighbourhood. Try to stay away from the restaurants on rue des Bouchers. Very touristy, way overpriced and mostly mediocre quality. Exception to be made for Aux Armes de Bruxelles and Chez Léon who are good.

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2. Re: 8 hour layover Brussels

Many thanks, Amboseli.

looked a bit online and it appears the train station is right at the airport; so as long as the train schedules are favorable, we might try catching the train!

I take it then, that as a general rule most businesses (shops & cafes) are open on Sunday in central Brussels?

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3. Re: 8 hour layover Brussels

The train station in the airport is at level -1. There are at least 4 trains per hour. You get off at Brussel Centraal.

Shops are not open on Sunday, with the exception of some in the Galerie St. Hubert and of course the tourist shops (chocolates, lace, etc.). Restaurants and cafés are open all the time.

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