Brussels Christmas Market
Today we travel by train to the Belgian capital of Brussels.
Dating back to the 11th century, this is a city with plenty to
offer, from Art Nouveau architecture, to a range of plentiful
museums and an array of restaurants, bars and cafés. Your time here
is free to spend as you wish; one of the highlights is Brussels'
main Christmas Market which is located around the Grand Place, one
of the most beautiful city squares in Europe. As you absorb the
magnificent atmosphere around the 230 artisan stalls here, you may
find yourself tempted by some of the Belgian chocolate on offer. A
real highlight of the market takes place in the evening, when an
hourly Sound & Light show illuminates the Grand Place and its
spectacular architecture in all its glory. The Grand Place is also
home to the elegant Maison du Roi, having served both as the
residence of the ruling Spanish monarchs and also as a guild-house
of bakers. Today the building is open as a museum, featuring
stunning tapestries and paintings from the 16th century, and is
well worth a visit. Another of Brussels's most famous sights is
Manneken Pis, a statue of a little boy urinating, on Rue de
l'Etuve, just a short walk from the Grand Place.