Brussels

Should we talk about Bruxelles or Brussel? The Capital of Europe speaks two official languages, French and Dutch, and when you walk through its streets you not only hear, but also see and smell what Europe is about. A real “melting pot” with its own unique character and a very welcoming society.

The heart of the city is populated by hardly 1 million inhabitants although its metropolitan area attracts over 2 million. Still relatively small compared to other European capitals, it is in fact a ‘sizeable’ nice city to live in.

Being at the crossroads of cultures (the Germanic in the North and the Romance in the South) it has always played an important role in Europe and much more as headquarters of many European institutions.

Its historic centre with the Grand Place or Grote Markt is the highlight attraction of the city and the starting point for any visit. Nineteen districts make up the variety of environments and atmospheres that you can experience in Brussels. From historic to administrative as well as trendy, chic, alternative… the choice is yours. Anywhere you walk you will find chocolates and beers to delight yourself with.

TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT

Right in the heart of Europe, Brussels has superb air, road and rail connections. More than 60 million Europeans live within 300km of Brussels, less than two hours by high-speed train. For those who fly in, it takes only 20 minutes from the airport to the city centre. And when you have arrived, it’s easy to move around the compact city, by public transport or on foot. For more information on hours and prices, check this links:

Visit Brussels: http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/content/508/getting-to-brussels.do and http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/essential-brussels/move-in-the-city.do

European Union : http://bit.ly/1u5iL1t

WOMEN’S NETWORKS AND EVENTS

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PWN Global is a dynamic fast-growing offline and online networking and leadership development platform for professional women of all sectors and industries. With over 3,500 members and more than 90 nationalities, our volunteer-led organisation delivers over 600 events a year in our community of 25 city networks. We welcome you to our events; as a mentor or mentee; to explore our rich knowledge and resources; to learn, grow and leave your legacy, whilst volunteering across the Federation and our City Networks. Find out more about our city networks, here ; join our mission, here ; or, sign up for our monthly event mailer and quarterly newsletter, here. If you want to find out more from a ‘live’ person, don’t hesitate to contact Rebecca Fountain, PWN Global’s Head of Global Marketing and Communication.

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BEAUTY AND FITNESS

Brand new in Brussels! The nap bar is a space dedicated to relaxation therapy – quick, efficient and answering our modern life style.

For further information –  http://www.pauz.be/en/index.html.

SAFETY and emergency services

With more institutions, administrations, representations and official governmental bodies than probably any other city in the world, safety is not an issue!

ambassador: ANA ESCARPENTER

Ana_EscarpenterSpanish, from Madrid, living in Belgium for almost 20 years I enjoy the international atmosphere this cosmopolitan city offers. What brought me here? After studying European Tourism Management in England and France I started working in Barcelona for a marketing consultancy company specialized in tourism promotion. That was the beginning of a long exciting story which is now taking a turn into the meetings industry whereby technology is used to enliven the events and the participants’ experience.

This year I have discovered the world of start-ups and now I closely follow the movement taking part in many activities.

Another network that keeps me busy is Professional Women International which organises talks for women wishing to advance in their careers. In my leisure time I instruct and lead groups of sportive women practicing Nordic walking in the beautiful forests that surround Brussels.

Feel free to email me directly with any questions or follow me on Twitter.

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