December 7, 2003
Part of the problem for me was that our hotel was in the lower part of the city and many of the museums are in the upper. I could get from the Grand Place up to the top of the hill but some how the bus trip, even on the local buses didn’t make the relationship of one to the other clear.
There are two options for the Basic Brussels tour, "Hop on, Hop Off" or Brussels Discovery. The cost of both tours is the same: $12.50 for adults, $11.50 for seniors and students, and $8 children. Since the buses look the same, we assumed it wouldn’t matter and took the Brussels Discovery.
The bus picked us up at our hotel and dropped us back at their De Boeck Station. It’s a good idea to know where that is so you don’t get totally lost. Our bus is an open-top bus in the good weather and it had a canvas cover for winter, this cover sounded at times as if the wind was going to blow it right off. We of course had opted to sit in the front seats on the upper level of the bus.
We almost got off at Centenary Park
and it’s a good thing we didn’t, because on the Discovery Tour, if you get off, there is no getting back on. This is just a tidbit to help you understand the differences in the tours. We had a live tour guide, but we had headphone tours that we listened to for most of the trip.
I highly recommend this tour, because the Atomium is one of the stops, and actually, it is quite a distance from the Grand Place and all the museums. You also get to drive by the Royal Palace, where the family actually lives, and you get to see the Chinese Pavilion
and the Japanese Tower as well. You cover quite a bit of ground, and it will give you a good idea of what you might want to come back and visit. The audio also gives you quite a lot of Belgian history, which I’m sure most of us could use a refresher course on.
To check out their website, go to Brussels City Tours.
From journal Brussels A Grande Adventure