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About Brussels


Brussels is the capital of Belgium and lies in the Brussels-Capital region between Flanders and Wallonia. Brussels is most famous as the administrative capital of Europe, home to the EU Parliament, EU Commission and NATO. Not only does the city hold historical significance, but with over 180 nationalities it is arguably the most diverse city in Europe. It boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites including Grand Place and Stoclet Palace; visitors are also invited to try the local produce, such as Trappist beer and haute confectionery.

The official language of the Conference is English, however, Brussel’s is legally bilingual between Dutch and French. Most public signs and residents also speak English.

Time Zone
Belgium follows Central European Time (CET) which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Temperatures are relatively mild during the whole year. Brussels’ average temperature between in September is 13-18 °C, 55-64 °F. Medium weight clothing is recommended plus rainwear.

Belgium, like most other European countries, has 220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs.

Useful links


Art Nouveau: Horta Inside Out (art nouveau) 
Various venues

Arts & Cinema 
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

The Reopening of the Royal Museum for Central Africa 
The reopening of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, after five years, is a major event. The Museum, showing a new respect for the whole continent of Africa, has been completely revamped in order to combine its magnificent setting and extensive collections with a modern, visitor-centred approach. The new entrance pavilion includes a shop and a restaurant. Every detail – including the splendid gardens – has been renovated.

Roller Bike Parade (urban) 
Every Friday from June to September, this wacky parade passes through various Brussels communes along roads normally reserved for traffic.

Recyclart Holidays (urban) 
The Recyclart arts centre’s summer festival offers concerts, DJ sets, free haircuts, a crafts market and wild photo shoots interspersed with textile printing and bakery workshops every Thursday and Friday evening, indoors and outdoors.


The STIB-MVIB operates within the Brussels-Capital area, serving Metro, Tram and some bus routes. There are 4 Metro Lines, 2 pre-Metro lines, 15 tram lines and 50 bus routes.

Single Trip Ticket
A single ticket costs €2.10. These can be purchased at a BOOTIK, Go Easy, KIOSK or GO Vending Machine, or at all train stations. For a return journey of €4.20, the return must be made 24 hours from the validation of the first journey. 24/48/72-hour tickets are available, and there is a bus service connecting Brussels Airport to the city centre.
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From Brussels Airport, there is a train station below the terminal connecting you to Gare Central, in 30 minutes. From Gare Central one can find Metro lines 1 and 6, as well as major tram and bus links. It is a short walk to The Square from here. Costs for a single journey are €8.70 for an adult standard ticket. Tickets and timetables are found at
From Charleroi Airport, you can take any train to the Charleroi-South Station, before taking the bus directly to Brussel South Charleroi Airport. This journey takes around 90 minutes, and costs €31.60 for a single adult standard fare. More information available here.

Buses in Brussels generally run from 5:30 to 24:00 throughout the week. On weekends, expect buses to start around 6:00 until 24:00. On Friday and Saturday night, ‘Noctis’ buses start from after midnight until approximately 2:30. There are 11 night bus routes in Brussels, each one arriving and departing from Gare Central.
From Brussels Airport, Monday to Friday 8 pm, the Airport Line is operated as an express service with number 12 and serves the major stops. On weekdays after 8 pm, and weekends, the Airport Line is operated as a regular service with number 21, serving all stops. Tickets are €4.50 for a single fare purchased prior to the journey. From Luxembourg, Bus 38 towards Gare Central will take you to The Square Meeting Centre.
From Charleroi Airport, there is a shuttle service operating every day from to Gare du Midi in Brussels. The first departure is from 3:30 and services run every 30 minutes. Tickets are €28 return, details to be found here.

Car Rental
Brussels offers many well-known international car rental companies. Rental cars can be found in the arrivals gate at Brussels Airport; there are also a few car rental desks at Charleroi.

Taxis can be found permanently outside the arrivals hall at Brussels Airport. The fare to the city centre is usually around €50. From Charleroi, the fare is priced higher at approximately €120, however, pre-booked private taxis are available for a reduced rate. See the website here.




Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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