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Brussels is one of the most influential cities in Europe, being home to many different institutions such as NATO, the EU and EUROCONTROL. With a population of 178,000, this city really has a lot to offer! Taking a bus to Brussels is worthwhile for its culinary efforts alone, in particular the pralines from the famous Maîtres Chocolatiers in Brussels or the Belgian French fries. Not only this but there is a wide variety of fashionable jewelry stores and a popular bar scene all to be enjoyed when your bus arrives in Brussels!
Now if you've never heard of or seen the “Manneken Pis“ before, you may be slightly surprised when you first encounter them. However, these are one of the most famous and popular features of the city and represent a landmark of Brussels. When taking your bus to Brussels you should also go and see the Atomium, one of the most popular attractions of the city. This ball shaped structure represents a molecule that has been magnified 165 billion times and was opened for the World Fair in 1958.
According to legend, Brussels was first built in the 6th Century, however the first mention of Brussels was as early as the year 977. Brussels was first acknowledged as a city in 1229 and became one of the youngest capital cities in Europe. It was in 1531 when Brussels was finally officially announced as the capital of Burgundy. In the following centuries Brussels was under the power of many different states. In 1958, Expo was held in Brussels which led to the erection of Atomium which still stands today as a reminder of this event.
If you are a night owl or a party-goer then taking a bus to Brussels is definitely the right decision. Belgium has over 500 different types of beer. Brussels is home to many small breweries and pubs, meaning that experiencing and sampling the Belgian beer culture should not be a problem. Additionally, the city also has many different clubs with music to fit every taste. One of the most well known clubs is the Fuse, one of the biggest nightclubs in Brussels, attracting some of the most famous DJs in the world.
When you choose to travel by bus and visit Belgium, you do not need to rely on hiring a car as you can travel around the city very easily using the public transport. Many of the surrounding smaller areas are easily accessible by traveling with a bus or a train. Something special for our bus travelers to note about Belgium is the payment system – many machines do not accept notes, only cards and coins. The city also has a wide variety of museums which are free for students, so be sure to carry your student card with you before boarding your bus!
In Brussels and its surrounding region there are around 1.2 million inhabitants. The metropolitan area is one of three regions that form Belgium. A special feature of this region is that it is a bilingual area, where both Belgian and Dutch are spoken. Because of the size of this region, and the cultural aspects that come with it being bilingual, there are many of activities and things to do. It is a very popular are for our young bus travelers and students alike.
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