Everything you need to know before going to Brussels

Most associate Brussels with beautiful architecture, EU headquarters, French fries and chocolate. The Belgian capital had long been on the "go for the weekend" list, and now was the perfect opportunity to make a dream come true. The last summer days in September made the trip really enjoyable. It was also a bit nervous, because being there, I realized how much I don't know French and how much we want this language to become the one in which we will communicate every day.

How to get to Brussels from Charleroi airport?

One of the easiest ways is airport transfer (taxi), but it is also one of the more expensive options. One way taxi fare from the airport to Brussels is around PLN 350. It is much cheaper to get there by flibco bus (thanks to Iza for hints!). One adult ticket costs 17 euros and can be purchased as soon as you exit the airport. At present, Charleroi Airport is undergoing renovation, so the flibco cash register is moved outside. Tickets can also be purchased at flibco websitewhich is also in English. Buses from the airport leave approximately every 30 minutes.

How to travel from Charleroi airport to Brussels

The flibco bus stops at Bruxelles Midi (Brussels-South railway station), which reminded us very much of the Central Station in Warsaw. Both trains and metro depart from this station. We tried to get to the hotel by metro but unfortunately due to renovation the station close to our hotel (Le Plaza Brussels) was closed. We found out about it when, after 1,5 hours of wandering around the station, we found a machine to buy a ticket and after entering the name of the metro, it turned out that our station was closed. Fortunately, there is a taxi rank near the exit of the station, so we decided not to wander anymore, but to drive faster to the hotel.

How to travel from Brussels to Charleroi airport?

The fastest and cheapest access is via the flibco bus (the same bus we took from the airport). The bus departs from Brussels-South railway station Bruxelles Midi from the exact same place where the airport bus stops. I recommend buying a ticket online (link above), because at the station we did not find a ticket office selling tickets for these buses.

Brussels tourist attractions what to see

I will not fool anyone that Charleroi airport is close to Brussels. The bus trip takes almost an hour (I recommend planning it in case you want to go from Brussels to the airport also by flibco). Unfortunately, we did not understand that the bus at 7:30 am at the airport is at 8:25 (we had a flight at 9:05). Luckily there wasn't a lot of people at the airport so we made it just before the gates closed.

Hotel in Brussels - where to stay?

While in Brussels, we decided to stay at the Le Plaza Brussels hotel (Adolphe Maxlaan 118/126).

Staircase in a tenement house Brussels

This hotel met our expectations 100%. Not only was it very clean but also beautiful inside and out.

Le Plaza hotel Booking

The room itself was very large and comfortable. We decided to use it and take some pictures while the light was perfect. The only downside for me was the bathtub instead of the shower (but for me that's a minus as I'm not a tub fan).

Brussels hotels

What is worth visiting in Brussels?

There are a few must-see spots in the Brussels Center. I will not only describe the places that appear in the guidebooks, but also those that we visited on the way.

Churches Brussels

One such place is definitely the Église Notre-Dame des Victoires au Sablon on Rue des Sablon - it's an amazingly beautiful church worth visiting, as well as the Église Notre-Dame de la Chapelle.

Brussels shopping mall

A must-see is the beautiful shopping center - Galeries Royales Saint Hubert. There you will find luxury brands such as Longchamp and a lot of Belgian chocolate shops with the smell of chocolate from the entrance.

Townhouses in Brussels

I was most impressed by the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula (Cathédrale des Sts Michel et Gudule), in which we spent the most time admiring its beauty. Entrance to the cathedral is free.

Chairs in Brussels
Brussels tourism

If you are going to Parc de Bruxelles, it is worth stopping at the Square of Petit Sablon - a small but very charming park. It was there that we sat on the bench opposite the Statues des Comtes d'Egmont et de Horne and gathered our strength to get to the Prac de Bruxelles.

Tourist attractions in Brussels

On the way to the hotel, we also saw Place Royale Bruxelles and Colonne du Congrès. Unfortunately, we did not go to Mont des Arts because this is where there were dangerous riots.

Nice places in Brussels

Where to eat in Brussels We recommend Aux Gaufres De Bruxelles, where Piotrek ate a vegan burger with Belgian fries and a salad. I, on the other hand, tried Belgian fries and a waffle with chocolate.

What surprised us the most in Brussels?

Brussels is not only about delicious chocolate, beautiful architecture, but also a depressing sight of homeless people sleeping in the streets. Perhaps the biggest surprise was their amount (even when entering our hotel on Monday morning, we saw people sleeping on cardboard). It is a terribly depressing sight that I have not experienced in Poland on such a scale so far. Of course, I see homeless people near the train station in Warsaw, but despite everything, people sleeping on cardboard boxes next to office buildings were really annoying. The second surprise was the large amount of garbage. Unfortunately, Brussels is not one of the cleanest places (of course, it's not dirty everywhere!).

Where to go in Brussels

A huge plus is the freedom to communicate in English. In Brussels, many places are described both in French and also in English (often also in German, so I suspect that communicating in this language would not be a problem either).

Mandatory points in Brussels

Brussels is a place where you can meet people of different nationalities, and a place where you can be in the heart of the riots in an instant (I do not recommend this experience, more info in the featured "Travel" report on Instagram).

Places I would like to see


I have never told you about places I would like to see. I'm not the type of traveler, and every trip stresses me a bit, mainly because I don't like leaving Semir. Taking care of Ushka, I knew the consequences.
Let's move to magical places for a moment. I invite you today to travel around the world.

Indie

I have been dreaming of a trip to India for years. This place fascinates me with its culture and richness of colors. It all started from Bollywood movies to Indian cosmetics and yoga. My fascination with India is so big that we had even one outdoor wedding session in the atmosphere of India. This place is at the top of my travel list of dreams.

Provence

The south-eastern parts of France seem to be beautiful. Extensive fields of lavender (I can already smell this smell!), Which already in the pictures delight with colors. Added to this is lush vegetation. It all makes me in love with those surroundings and they seem to be the perfect place to relax. The village of Gordes also seems to be an ideal place to explore. Construction that impresses with its simplicity and class ... something beautiful. So far, Nice seemed equally interesting to me, but considering that it is not safe there - for now I will give up those areas.
Provence lavender

Paris

This city has always delighted me with its mystery. I regret that I did not go to Paris when it was safe. I hope that the situation in Paris will be stable and we will be able to see the Eiffel Tower with Peter, which apparently does not impress during the day, but in the evening is fabulous.
Of course, the Louvre, delicious food, narrow streets and ubiquitous cafes (macaroons, croissants, pain au chocolat ... yum). All this makes me regret that teleportation is not possible. I would love to eat breakfast in one of the Parisian cafes.
Eiffel Tower Paris

Sicilia

Blue water, paradise beaches, all in a set with high temperatures. Where can it be better? Sicily seems to be the perfect place to forget about everyday problems. For this beautiful monuments, e.g. the amphitheater in Taormina. I think this is paradise on Earth.

sicily trip

Dominikana

Or is the Dominican Republic a paradise? I do not know myself. I know one thing - Dominica must visit the Dominican Republic. And seriously it's me - a fan of high temperatures, lying on the beach and doing nothing I assume that I would feel perfectly right in this place. Waking up and seeing the beach and turquoise water instead of blocks ... dream 😉

Dominican Republic paradise on earth

Let me know in the comments what places are on your travel list 🙂