- By Kevin
- On Nov 10, 2017
- Travel Tips
Every two years the Grand Place in Brussels,the city’s Unesco-protected central square,is covered with a carpet of nearly one million begonias,with a different theme of decoration chosen each year.Here're the Brussels tours guides,Brussels city sightseeing for you.
Set in a strikingly innovative building,it provides a fascinating insight into the life and work of Hergé,creator of Tintin–a little rarefied perhaps for children,but a place of pilgrimage for older aficionados.The town also has a newly revamped university museum Musée L(formerly Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve;muse.ucl.ac.be;closed Mon,closed for relocation until summer 2017)featuring a choice selection of paintings,sculpture and anthropological items-now integrated with the university scientific collection.The A4/E411 motorway links Louvain-la-Neuve to Brussels;and trains(35 minutes)arrive under the town.
Belgium’s premier theme park lies 15 miles south-east of Brussels,near Wavre.This is a full day out,with the latest thrills-and-spills rides and rollercoasters,gentler rides for younger children,a schedule of live shows,and plenty of eateries.Visits can also be combined with the adjacent Aqualibi,a large indoor waterpark packed with tubes,shoots,themed cascades,pools,Jacuzzis and hot baths.The most convenient way to reach Walibi is by car,via the A4/E411 motorway from Brussels;trains from Brussels(via Ottignies)go to Bierges-Walibi(52 minutes),from where there is a 150-yard walk to the theme park.Open Easter-October.
The battle of 1815 that saw the final defeat of Napoleon took place in rolling open country about three miles to the south of the small town of Waterloo,itself about nine miles south of Brussels.The battle site has a number of interpretive exhibitions and museums,at the main centre near the artificial memorial mound called the Butte du Lion,in the various farmhouses used by the combatants,and in Waterloo itself.All of these underwent a massive programme of renovation and upgrading for the bicentenary in 2015–which includes a brand new subterranean visitor centre,called the Memorial 1815(at the Butte du Lion).The battlefield is the sort of place that really rewards a little background research so you can make sense of the landscape and people it with your imagination.Once brought to life in this way,it becomes a compelling place to visit.Because of the scattered nature of the site,it is best to come by car,or on a tour bus.The main sites and museums open daily,April-September,9.30am-6:30pm;and October-March,10am–5pm.