London – Brussels
Go from London to Brussels, or Brussels to London – in either direction, the journey is part of the fun. Thanks to Eurostar, the world’s finest rail service, you can be in either city in just 2 hours, 4 minutes. This route is offered approximately every two hours. During the peak summer season, up to 10 trains can run daily to Brussels.
You’ll travel through the world famous chunnel. The length of the tunnel is 31 miles long, but only 23 miles are underwater. The average depth is 150 feet under the seabed. The Eurostar only spends 20 minutes of its journey in the tunnel. And when you emerge, you’ll be in the capital of quirky sites.
Belgians love their cartoons, and you can see many on display at the Belgian Centre of the Comic Strip. You probably won’t get the jokes, but that’s almost part of the fun. The Atomium, built for a 1958 fair and recently remodeled, is really a giant atom.
Perhaps the tourist attraction with the most folly is a little boy that can’t hold it in. The Mannekin Pis fountain is three blocks from the Grand Place, and stands not-quite-fully-dressed. What is covered of the little pisser is usually a silly costume – many of which are sent to him from fans the world over. Cases of his outfits are on display at the City Museum and are also worth the trip.
Get a Brussels Card before leaving home so you’ll have access to the extensive local public transit network as well as entrance to museums. And Brussels has some of Europe’s unheralded best.
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts features Flemish and Belgian works that span from the 14th to 18th centuries. Showcased are masterpieces by Breughel, Bosch and Rubens. The Musical Instruments Museum is one of Europe’s best dedicated to music. With a pair of free headphones, walk through a history of Western musical instruments.
With Eurostar, you can have a traditional English Breakfast and be in Brussels for a dinner of brothy mussels. Talk about flexing your traveler muscles.