Hip Guide to Belgium

Whether you come for a historical tour, a religious pilgrimage, or a taste of Belgian culture, you will find a warm welcome in Belgium. The Hip Guide to Belgium offers highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.
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Shopping Centers and the Malls of Brussels

Got an urge to go shopping for something special?
Well here are some choices for designer fashions, gifts, and more:

Anspach Center
Boulevard Anspach
100 Brussels

Basilix Shopping Center
420 Avenue Charles-Quint
1082 Brussels

City 2
Rue Neuve 123
1000 Brussels

Espace Galerie Louise
Av de la Toison d’Or Goulet Louise
1050 Brussels

Fort Jaco Shopping Center
1384 Chee de Waterloo
1180 Brussels

Galerie Toison d’Or
Av de la Toison d’Or
1050 Brussels

Galerie Saint Hubert
Galerie de la Reine
1000 Brussels

Shopping Center de la Bascule
Chee de Waterloo 699
1180 Brussels

Wesland Shopping Center
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Golfing in Belgium near Brussels

Golf in Brussels

Brussels is surrounded by the beautiful green countryside of Belgium, and offers some fine golfing for enthusiasts. Contact the Federation Royale Belge de Golf online at www.golfbelgium.be for more information about golfing.

Here is a list of the best near Brussels:

Royal Amicale Anderlecht Golf
18 Holes
Rue Scholle 1, 1070 Brussels
02 521 16 87
Fax 02 521 51 56

Golf du Chateau de la Bawette
27 Holes
Chee du Chateau de la Bawette 5
1300 Wavre
010 22 33 32
Fax 010 22 90 04

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A Quick History of Belgium, Brussels, and Bruges

A Quick History of Belgium, Brussels, and Bruges

Around 57 BC Rome extended its empire into the area now known as Belgium; it was inhabited by a Celtic tribe calling themselves the Belgae. Julius Caesar named the region Gallia Belgica, and Rome held power here until the fourth century AD, when the Franks took control. Word was that the Franks (a Germanic tribe) were actually Roman mercenaries, who were paid off with a reward of this area, which was called Gaul by then.

The Franks established their own dynasty, the Merovingian, and made its capitol in Tournai. By the year 500 AD the Romans had been completely eliminated from the area, which included Belgium, as well as large areas of France and Germany. The emperor Clovis adopted Christianity, and gained the support of the Church. (There are some fascinating footnotes to this historical period to be found in Dan Brown’s excellent novel “The Da Vinci Code”).

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Telephone Numbers for Brussels and Belgium


Fire and emergency medical services : 100

Police : 101


Poison control center : 070/245.245

Burn center : 02/268.62.00

Red cross : 105

Dentists on call : 02/426.10.26

Doctors on call : 02/479.18.18


Telephone welcome : 106 (NL) – 107 (FR)

Alcoholics anonymous : 02/537.82.24

Info-drugs : 02/227.52.52

Child Focus (Missing children) : 110

Info-aids : 02/511.45.29

Suicide prevention : 0800.32.123


For a telephone Number in Belgium :

1207 (NL) – 1307 (FR) – 1405 (EN) – 1407 (D)

For a telephone number abroad :

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