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“Beautiful christmas market and lights.Beware pickpockets!!”

Place Ste. Catherine
Ranked #31 of 400 things to do in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
Morpeth, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Beautiful christmas market and lights.Beware pickpockets!!”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

The centre of Brussels is taken over by lots of festive cheer - this year it is 29th November to 5th January. The streets are decorated with zillions of lights, some themed like the signs of the zodiac.The Grand-Place was just beautiful as every half hour the historic buildings were lit up by coloured lighting which seemed to dance to the magical music piped into the square. We returned several times to goggle at the spectacle!!
The market stalls are fairly typical of what can be seen in Germany or France, but lovely nevertheless. We had a ride on the big wheel and the carousels were amazing. The Noel parade was fabulous with the streets lined six deep.
We visited at the weekend and it was so crowded that it was often difficult to walk from one place to another. In the evenings we saw little ones being held aloft to avoid being stepped on and even buggies being held over parents heads.
My husband had his mobile phone stolen from an inner pocket and when we reported the theft at the police station there were several other people reporting thefts on the streets.
I would try to visit during the week to avoid the crush - and recommend extra care of belongings.

Visited December 2013
Thank Susi C
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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“what a dump”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

Avoid Brussels. It is a filthy ,tired place with empty shops, beggars on the streets, surly waiters, rip- off stalls at the Xmas Market, and, to crown it all, a railway station that defies comprehension.. we stayed two hours and that's about 1he 59 too long. Go to Bruges- safer, cleaner and takes pride in itself. Brussels needs to clean itself up. The number of police around is testimony to its dodgy character.

Visited December 2013
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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“You feel like a local”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

More relaxed than Grand Place this is a lovely location to sit and watch the world go by. Beers by the water are lovely but beware if you have a few Duvells! Plenty of places nearby to eat and sample the local delicacies and of course frites and mussels with mayo!

Visited October 2013
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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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“Nice place to visit with many restaurants.”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

The plazas in Brussels are well used and this is no exception. The fountains, churches and other interesting buildings make it a nice place to see, but at night the many restaurants make the choice of places to eat difficult. But then again,we never ate badly while in Brussels, so maybe the choices aren't really that tough!

Visited August 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“Many Restaurants”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

Place Ste. Catherine has many restaurants and one can easily walk to the church. However the church is undergoing renovation and the inside cannot be seen now. The front part of the church has already been cleaned.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank BennyMalaga
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