Brussels is the capital city of Belgium as well as the capital of the European Union. Previous to Belgium becoming its own country it was entirely Dutch speaking, but today the majority of people living in Brussels only speak French and 77% speak at least French. Only 7% speak only Dutch, so for someone travelling to Brussels it would make more sense to carry a French dictionary, not a Dutch one.
Brussels has a great variety of concerts, music festivals and fairs throughout the year. Visitors also enjoy the great art galleries and traditional Dutch architecture.
Visitors can get to Brussels by plane, train or bus. The three train stations in Brussels have trains departing to cities all around Europe, but only one of the stations is equipped for high speed train services that travel to Cologne, Amsterdam, Paris, and other cities.
Eurolines and Gulliver’s bus companies operate routes out of Brussels.
Brussels Airport (airport code BRU) is a short seven miles outside of the city. Brussels Airport serves 76 scheduled airlines and 11 charter airlines. The scheduled airlines include almost every major carrier in Europe, North America and most of the Middle East.
In 2009 over 231,000 flights left Brussels Airport carrying just under 17 million passengers. IATA gave Brussels Airport the “Best Airport in Europe” award in 2005.
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