Brussels

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    The Grand Place, starting place on any Brussels school trip.
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    Capital of the European Union, Brussels is an excellent destination for groups studying government & politics.
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    The distinctive steel spheres of Brussel's Atomium.
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    Mini-Europe makes for an interesting excursion on a Brussels school trip.
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    Brussels' Old England department store, home to MIM and the world's largest collection of musical instruments.

We had a fantastic time. The whole experience was awesome. There are some students who would like to come again. And they have been besieged in school with other students asking them questions about the visit.RK, Bishop Fox School

Capital of Belgium, capital of Europe, Brussels is a fabulous city within easy travelling distance of the UK. This is a city where centuries-old, traditional Flemish architecture goes hand in hand with an abundance of Art Nouveau and space-age structures, where French and Flemish are equally at ease and the hard-hitting political might of the European Parliament and NATO pack a punch for Brussels’ role on the international political, economic and diplomatic stage.

Yet amidst the beautiful buildings and powerhouse institutions, there’s plenty of culture too, with a wealth of art museums from the Old Masters to comic strip heroes. Science too is well represented with a number of fascinating options guaranteed to being this diverse subject to life. Brussels also enjoys something of a reputation on the gastronomic front, boasting a prowess for chocolate making, beer production and its famous moules-frites!

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and hotels in and around the Belgian capital. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Brussels school trip itinerary and budget.

Brussels School Trip – Subject Suitability

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group but here is a suggestion for a Brussels school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Coach

Day 1 – Travel by coach down to Dover for your short-sea crossing to Calais. On arrival, journey to Belgium, arriving at your Brussels hotel in time for dinner. (Journey time Calais to Brussels approx. 3 hours.)

Day 2 – This morning you’ll enjoy a walking tour of all the main sights in central Brussels including the beautiful Grand Place, the Bourse, Mont des Arts, Old England Department Store – home to the Museum of Musical Instruments – and the cheeky Mannekin Pis statue.

This afternoon is devoted to visits of your choosing. For the politically minded, you may wish to visit the European Parliament’s Visitor Centre or even enjoy a tour of its plenary chamber (for ages 14+) and meet an MEP.

Or, you might like to do some art appreciation in the Royal Museums of Fine Art – three museums in fact devoted to ancient art, modern art, and the art of René Magritte – or the Belgian Comic Strip Centre.

Day 3 – Another day to spend as you wish with visits to suit your subject focus. Why not devote your day to science with excursions out of the city to do a spot of astronaut training at the Euro Space Center, or some hands-on experiments at Technopolis or the House of Science and Aquarium in Liège?

Equally, if you’ve got a head for business, you could consider tours of the Audi production plant in Brussels, or the Coca Cola Visitor Centre just south of Antwerp. Or if fashion is your passion, head north to the city Antwerp, Belgium’s fashion centre, or visit the Museum of Costume and Lace.

Day 4 – There’s a little time for last-minute shopping this morning before heading off to see the futuristic spheres of the Atomium. Continue on to Calais and your homebound ferry.

Travel Options

  • By coach with short-sea ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. Schools from the north may prefer to take overnight sailings from Hull to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam, to make the coach journeys much shorter.
  • By Eurostar from London St Pancras, Ashford or Ebbsfleet International direct to Brussels.
  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Brussels.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Grand Place – The heart of Brussels, this cobbled square, lined with some of the finest examples of Flemish architecture from the guild houses to the Gothic Hôtel de Ville, is a must.
European Parliament – Known as the Parlamentarium, the visitors centre is the largest of its kind in Europe. Exhibits include interactive multimedia displays, a video wall offering messages from MEPs and a 360° surround-screen digital projection of the parliamentary chamber known as the hemicycle. Groups can also take a tour of the plenary chamber (for those over 14 years of age only) and get involved in role-playing exercises.
Mannekin Pis – One of Brussels’ most photographed sights, this bronze statue of a urinating boy is said to symbolise the rebellious spirit of the people of Brussels.
 Musée Old Masters Museum – Founded in 1801 by Napoleon Bonaparte, Brussels’ Fine Arts Museum houses a wealth of 15th to 18th-century paintings, sculptures and drawings by the likes of Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Jordaens, Hals and Rubens.
Musée Magritte Museum – Dedicated to the work of Belgian Surrealist artist, René Magritte, there’s around 200 works on display in this neo-classical mansion, situated on the Place Royale.
Atomium – Brussels’ most popular attraction, the Atomium was built for the 1958 World Fair and its nine stainless steel spheres were designed to replicate a single unit of iron crystal blown up 165 billion times.
Mini-Europe – Set at the foot of the Atomium, this attraction offers a tour in miniature of Europe’s cities, from Big Ben in London to the canals of Venice. There’s also a section dedicated to the EU.
Audi Brussels Production Plant – An opportunity to visit the Brussels production plant of this leading car manufacturer, where a two-hour tour will show you the processes behind the production of the Audi A1.
Musée des Instruments de Musique (MIM) – Containing the world’s largest collection of musical instruments, this museum is housed in the Art Nouveau Old England former department store.
Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire – home to the Musée du Cinquantenaire, this museum displays a plethora of historical and anthropological artefacts covering every civilisation from prehistoric times to the present day.
Museum of the National Bank of Belgium – Find out about the history of different means of payment, the role and significance of money in the economy, the tasks and activities of the National Bank within the European framework, the features of euro banknotes, and, finally, money as a cultural phenomenon.
Belgian Brewers Museum – Situated on the Grand Place, this museum pays homage to one of Belgium’s most famous exports. Visitors will discover brewing equipment used in the 18th century and, in complete contrast, the museum’s new hi-tech brewing centre.
Concept Chocolate – An introduction into the art of chocolate making.
Belgian Comic Strip Centre – Renowned as the world’s first museum dedicated to comic strip art, Brussels’ Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée pays homage to the history of Belgium’s long and celebrated association with the ‘ninth art’, particularly Hergé, creator of Tintin.
Museum of Original Figurines (MOOF) – Another museum dedicated to cartoon characters, this time in 3D version.

Brussels school trip images courtesy of www.visitbrussels.be, www.atomium.be, SABAM, Axel Addington, www.milo-profi.be.

 

Musée Horta – Dedicated to the Art Nouveau architect, Victor Horta, who designed over 100 buildings in and around Brussels.
Muséum des Sciences Naturelles – Situated close to the European Parliament, this Natural Sciences Museum not only contains one of the finest dinosaur collections in the world, but also a special presentation on the Arctic and Antarctic regions and marine mammals.
Experimentarium – Situated at the Université Libre de Bruxelles – this science centre aims to renew young people’s interest in science and to show the fascinating role that chemistry and physics can play at many levels in our day-to-day lives.
AutoWorld – Home to over 250 vintage European and American automobiles dating from the late 19th century through to the 1970s, the collection showcases the history and development of the automobile over the course of a century.
Museum of Medicine – Offers a variety of artistic and historical items illustrating the evolution of the art of medicine and curing.
Costume & Lace Museum – Brussels is famous for its lacemaking and this museum presents major collections of lace, costumes and accessories from Brussels, Belgian and European fashion circles dating from the 17th century to the present day.

Elsewhere

Bruges – Approx. 90 minutes northwest of Brussels, Bruges is famous for its fairy-tale beauty, its cobbled streets and canals. A canal cruise is a must.
Antwerp – City of Rubens, Antwerp is also famous for its diamond and fashion industry. The MoMu fashion museum is a popular visit.
Coca Cola Visitors Centre – Just south of Antwerp lies the European visitor centre dedicated to this beverage’s global success story. Go behind the scenes in our high-tech production and distribution centre. Learn about the history of Coca-Cola, future innovations and its commitment to sustainable packaging and recycling.
Waterloo – Site of the famous battle in 1815, there are a number of interesting visits in and around the town including the Wellington Museum, Lion’s Hamlet and Napoleon’s Last Headquarters.
Stella Artois Brewery – Perhaps one of Belgium’s most famous beers, groups can enjoy a guided tour of the brewery at weekends.
Euro Space Center – A space-themed discovery and recreation park, visitors have the opportunity to become an astronaut for the day, take a moon walk, conduct science experiments and visit the Planetarium.
Technopolis – With more than 350 exhibits, Technopolis shows how science and technology lies hidden in everyday objects. There’s a science garden, children’s science centre, and for 8 – 14 year olds, the Xplora and Inspirience exhibits are designed to make the link between science, technology and future careers.
House de Science – Situated in the southern city of Liège, discover the fascinating and multi-faceted world of science as you journey through chemistry, physics, biology and astrology.
Aquarium Museum – Also situated in Liège, this museum is renowned as a centre for excellence in marine biodiversity, housing almost 2,500 fish and species of marine life between 46 tanks.