Brussels' European Quarter with SNCB Europe
Europe in Brussels
For anyone who ever wondered what it's like, here's the place where all the rules and regulations come from. Truly the capital of Europe, Brussels is as cosmo as they come. The once sleepy neighbourhood of Etterbeek now houses the EU's institutions and all the other things that come with running the 27 countries of the union.
Etterbeek was once a quiet little working class suburb. The colossal buildings of glass and steel now dominate this hilly enclave, only walking distance from the city centre. People are dashing in and out of serious-looking buildings and shouting into their phones, making rules, taking brakes, giving handshakes, lobbying, protesting, commissioning, politicking. But it's not all business.
Place du Luxembourg
Follow a guided tour of the Capital of Europe’s beating heart. Take in the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and all the think tanks, NGOs, noisy protestors, interns, hangers on… Listen to 30 or more languages being spoken in the pubs around the square of Place du Luxembourg, where Europe’s civil servants loosen their ties after a day at Europe’s helm. Watch out for lobbyists smooching among the well heeled crowd of workers from 27 member states of Europe (the Itailians are the best dressed, of course). Meet your fellow Europeans at the centre of Europe.
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