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“International gateway to Brussels”

Croydon, England, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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“International gateway to Brussels”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is the international gateway to Brussels. Eurostar from London, TGV from Paris, Thalys from Amsterdam and Cologne ICE from Frankfurt are some of the services that arrive and depart from here.

The subterranean interchange is cavernous, not pretty but functional with shops,cafes and bars. If you leave the station and venture outside, keep your wits about you but if it's Brussels city centre you are after then catch a local train north one stop to Brussels Central where you are almost at the heart of the city centre and the main square and tourist attractions..

Visited February 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“A 34m chocolate train in Bruxelles-Midi station's main hall!!!”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Belgium has a fantastic CHOCOLATE reputation!

But I never expected to see and smell a beautiful chocolate train in Belgium's main international train station!!! The details are perfect.

MORE this week in Brussels regarding the chocolate week : www.brusselicious.be.

This piece of art is worth the ride for kids & adults!

Visited November 2012
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Radford, Virginia
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“Gare Sud in Dutch and Gare de Midi in French. Can be confusing!”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

This station is similar to other European stations. Great to pass through and windy on cold wet days! There are escalators to all the platforms which is good and trains are reliable on time unless they get cancelled then "tant pis!" If you need wifi there is a café by the Eurostar entryway where you can buy a coffee or a beer and get free wifi for one hour. You have to buy the drink first and then ask waiter for a ticket for wifi which will give you a one hour code. I always use this feature when waiting for my train to London as you have to check in one hour before leaving! Good place for breakfast too. There are some souvenir shops, paper shops etc. All a bit pricy. As usual at any European train stations watch out for pick pockets. Do not leave luggage lying around! The train station is in a poor are of town but they are trying to upscale by removing the bad buildings around there. What I love about the station though is that on Sunday only from 8am till about 1pm there is the open air market and you can find some really good bargains. Food, fruit, clothes,spices, herbs, cheeses, meats, knick knacks etc. They have some boudin (white hot dogs but with real meat and healthy for you) with onions in a small French bread which is great and very reasonable. Some vendors have very hot mustard others mild so be careful which you choose! If you want Leonidas chocolates get some from a vendor in town as they charge more here. If you need money changed Western Union will do it by the Eurostar gate but they charge a 10 Euro fee plus the worst exchange rate in Belgium. Go to a local bank if you need to change money! Ing at Port Namur gives the best rates that I have found. Right by exit as you come out of metro.
The station has no notable things of mention. No art. Bored staff and people on duties. Porters are invisible. However this is the only station for going to many places in Belgium so you tolerate it and do the best you can. In August is the Foire de Midi which if you like funfairs is interesting and is there for one month only. If they painted some bright colours instead of drab concrete the place might look better. Cannot say more than that! As is usual, bathrooms exist but make sure you have change. They are very few and far between and cost you even to spend a penny! Madame Pipi will not let you in unless she gets paid! Otherwise tough luck!

Visited November 2011
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