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Brussels is Officially Bilingual

Aug 18, 2007
Brussels is a little bit of everything, an agglomeration of 19 communes forming one of the three Regions of the federal Belgian state. The capital of the Kingdom of Belgium, the headquarters of the French and Flemish Communities. Brussels is also the home of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union.

Since 1 January 2002 the EURO is the official currency of Belgium, together with 10 other European countries. Around the main town square there are a lot of money exchange booths, banks and automatic money machines. Most shops, restaurants and hotels accept all major Credit Cards.

In recent decades, the arrival of European officials as well as of immigrants and refugees from all over the world have made it a bustling town with a very colourful, varied population, but also one with increasing traffic and parking problems. But fortunately, there are spaces and parks where one can find some quiet and rest away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The world famous peeing boy can be seen every day and night at the corner of Eikstraat Stoofstraat near the Grand Place. Between April and September the town square and its buildings are illuminated at night to the rhythm of classical music.

Created in 1958 as part of the World Fair, the Atomium is one of Brussels most recognisable sights, and at 102 metres tall it affords a wonderful view to those who reach the top. Mini Europe is also worth a visit, with its small scale representations of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and more. Representing Belgian irreverence, Mannekin Pis, the world famous statue, can be found at the corner of Eikstraat Stoofstraat, near the Grand Place.

The country objectively has the best beer in the world. Therefore, your stay in Brussels cannot be complete without a visit to one of the many typical and beautiful cafes and pubs that you will find here. Try the local beers of Brussels Gueuze or fruit beer, cherry beer, raspberry beer, peach beer or a wonderful Trappist beer, made in one of the Abbeys of Belgium. Be Careful when drinking a Trappist beer. These beers tend to be very strong.

Everywhere in the city you will find chocolate shops.

Brussels is officially bilingual, French and Dutch, although French, mother tongue of the majority of the population, is the lingua franca and the most widely used language in Brussels.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Brussels Rental Site
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