EthCC Guide to Brussels



Getting there


Brussels Airport is the closest to the city

Aeroport de Charleroi is a one-hour drive from Brussels


Gare du Midi Station (Direct trains from UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany)

Central Station (5 min walk from venue, one train stop away from Midi)

Getting around


Trams, Metros and Buses are big in Brussels! The public transports are operated by STIB and you can pay with a card when you get in or buy prepaid cards - SAFETY NOTE TO PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: Trams always have priority in Belgium (not pedestrians), so be sure to let trams pass before crossing a tram line intersection

Download the STIB/MIVB app to route your journey - it will give you a detailed overview of how to reach your destination with public transportation across the Brussels region.

Ubers aren’t very numerous, Taxis Verts is an alternative similar to Uber (they have an app)

Rent bikes through:Villo!, Dott, Lime and many other apps

Rent cars through: Miles and Rent cars through: Poppy

Rent scooters through: Felyx

Private transportation services (chauffeur with car): Email us we can help!

Taxis 02 349 49 49



Brussels is officially a bilingual region, but French is far more commonly spoken than Flemish (Dutch). English is also widely used, especially in the EU Quarter and expat neighbourhoods (such as Ixelles).

Frens in Belgium


  • Diamond District: Renowned for its vibrant diamond trading.
  • MAS Museum: Offering sweeping city views and intriguing exhibits.
  • Cathedral of Our Lady: Historic and architecturally significant cathedral.

Bruges/the Coast

  • Belfry of Bruges: Iconic tower offering panoramic views.
  • Market Square: Historic and vibrant central square.
  • Belgian Coast: Relax at the sandy beaches and explore coastal towns like Ostend.


  • Old Town: Wander through the charming and smallest city in the world.
  • Topiary Park: Visit the park with sculpted shrubbery.
  • Adventure Valley: Enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking and zip-lining.


  • Old Market Square: Known as the longest bar in the world due to its numerous pubs.
  • University Library: Marvel at the impressive architecture and tower views.
  • M-Museum: Explore contemporary art and cultural history.

Lille (France)

  • Vieux-Lille: Explore the charming old town with Flemish architecture.
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts: Marvel at the impressive art collection.
  • LaM: Visit this modern art museum in the nearby suburb of Villeneuve-d'Ascq.

Luxembourg City (Luxembourg)

  • Casemates du Bock: Historic underground tunnels offering views of the old town.
  • Palace of the Grand Dukes: Visit the city's historic palace.
  • Mudam: Explore modern art in a stunning architectural setting.


  • Gravensteen: A mediaeval castle with a rich history.
  • Saint Nicholas' Church: An exemplary Gothic architecture.
  • Graslei and Korenlei: Scenic canal sides with historical buildings.


  • Citadel of Namur: Explore the impressive fortress and its surroundings.
  • Saint Aubin's Cathedral: Visit this beautiful cathedral in the city centre.
  • Félicien Rops Museum: Discover works of the famous Belgian artist Félicien Rops.

Spa & the Ardennes

  • Thermal Baths: Relax in the renowned thermal baths of Spa.
  • The Ardennes: Explore lush forests, rolling hills, and historical sites.
  • Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps: For motorsport fans, this renowned race track is a must-visit.


  • St. Rumbold's Cathedral: Climb the tower for an extensive city view.
  • Mechelen Toy Museum: A delight for families and toy enthusiasts.
  • Kazerne Dossin: A poignant museum and documentation centre on the Holocaust and Human Rights.

Maastricht (Netherlands)

  • Vrijthof Square: Enjoy cafes and historical landmarks like the Basilica of St. Servatius.
  • Caves of St. Pietersberg: Explore the network of underground tunnels.
  • Bonnefanten Museum: Dive into a mix of old masters and contemporary art.

Rotterdam (Netherlands)

  • Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen): Visit these iconic, cube-shaped houses and even explore inside one to experience its unique design.
  • Erasmus Bridge (Erasmusbrug): An architectural marvel and symbol of the city, offering picturesque views of the skyline.
  • Markthal: A strikingly modern market hall with a variety of food stalls, restaurants, and a unique ceiling mural.