Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Brussels

Fri Apr 3, 2009 9:48am EDT
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By Sarah Luehrs

BRUSSELS (Reuters Life!) - As both the capital of Belgium and the administrative heart of Europe, Brussels has much to offer the two-day voyager. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to the city that is the home of the European Union and the waffle.


9 a.m. Arrive at Gare Centrale - If your train takes you to this station, you'll already be within a short walk of the city center.

For those who think "waffle" when you hear "Belgium," you're in luck. For a quick, warm breakfast bite you'll find them on sale at stands near the station.

This should put you in good stead for a stroll up the hill to Place Royale, home to a cluster of cultural highlights.

10 a.m. - The Musee des Beaux Arts has a wealth of art from the southern Low Countries, through the lively townsfolk scenes Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Younger, the altar paintings of Peter Paul Rubens, the portraits of Anthony van Dyck to the surrealism of Rene Magritte.

12 p.m. - For lunch, head for the nearby Musical Instrument Museum. The top-floor restaurant offers a wide view of Brussels's old city center.

1 p.m. - The museum downstairs is also worth a visit both for its collection of instruments from around the world and for its art nouveau architecture. Take a headset, approach an instrument and hear an example of its music.   Continued...

<p>People rest in the Parc du Cinquantenaire of Brussels April 2, 2009.REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet</p>