Belgium:       Leuven       Brussels       Ghent       Bruges       Antwerp

Brussels, Belgium - 2004

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the center of government for the European Union, and is a very short train ride from Leuven, perhaps only 20 minutes, if I recall correctly.   We visited Brussels a couple of times during our stay, arriving at the Central Train Station (Gar Centrale), just above the center of the map below.  This put us within easy walking distance of all the historical sites and museums in the center of the old city.

Map of the Belgium showing
				its three major federal regions.

Click on the map above to see a larger version in a separate window.  (Courtesy Google Maps.)

To the left is a map of the center of Brussels (courtesy of Google Maps).  I marked the sites illustrated below with dots and their names.

Note that though both French and Dutch are the official languages of the Brussels-Capital Region, and street and other place signs are always in both languages.  Below I generally used the French name for a site since it seemed to be the most commonly used language in Brussels, e.g., Bruxelles, unlike Dutch which is primarily spoken in the rest of Flanders. 

The only exceptions are for places that are commonly known by their Dutch names, e.g., the Manneken Pis, or when I resorted to English because I couldn't recall all the French accent marks.  And for that reason, I apologize up front if I've mispelled any French (or Dutch) site name.






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Fifty kilometers to the west by train is the port city of Ghent.

Belgium:       Leuven       Brussels       Ghent       Bruges       Antwerp

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