Brussels Central Station, Brussels

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Brussels Central Station is a metro and railway station in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium. It is the second busiest railway station in Belgium and one of three principal railway stations in Brussels First completed in 1952 after protracted delays caused by economic difficulties and war, it is the newest of Brussels' main rail hubs.HistoryFor a long time Brussels North and Brussels South were the primary railway stations in Brussels (Brussels North slowly supplanted the original Groendreef/Allée Verte Station near the same site). However, they were joined only by an inadequate single track running along what is today the route of the Brussels inner ring road. Many proposals were put forward to link the two stations more substantially before a law was passed in 1909 mandating a direct connection. Victor Horta was awarded the design of the Central Station building complex in 1910. He finished the initial version in 1912. The Putterie district began to be razed to make way for the underground station and building complex. However work was halted by the First World War. Financial constraints limited work after the war, and in 1927 the government suspended the project altogether. In 1935 a new office dedicated to the project was set up and work resumed. The Central Station was planned as a hub in the connection. However, the Second World War slowed construction again. The interruptions and delays to construction left large areas filled with debris and craters for decades. The station was finally completed in October 1952 based on a modified design by Victor Horta.
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  • A super clean and efficient station, with great regular services to the airport. There’s also an awesome departures board in the entrance hall.  more »
  • When you buy a train ticket, valid for 3 days, so you can get to the time you want and not pay fine by change of time, the best!
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  • Like other trouble was due to arrive in about 30 minutes from the airport, took a little time, but we arrived. One way €10 surprised by the weak step three large suitcase I went back! Staff and official vehicles dropped slightly from home without stair 3 steps and narrow salt, elderly and disabled people overdo it?
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  • Very cosy
  • Nice location, beautiful building
  • Not mega easy to find for visitors (only via elevator, not the stairs) old-fashioned building. Close to Central station, parking is less close.
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  • Great place to rent a professional meeting place outside his business.
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  • Pleasant office space in the heart of Brussels.
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It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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