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2018 Europe Day 10: Brussels – Pullman Brussels Centre Midi

February 12, 2020

Continue from where I left off from my Europe travelogue; after spending Christmas Eve and Christmas at Berlin, we set off to visit Brussels, the capital of Belgium!

To get to Brussels, we decided to take a train from Berlin Central Station.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Berlin Hauptbahnhof | joanne-khoo.com
Berlin Hauptbahnhof | joanne-khoo.com

We reached the station at around 11:45. Decided to walk around the station to look for food, and we eventually stumbled upon Curry 36.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof | joanne-khoo.com
Berlin Hauptbahnhof - Curry 36 | joanne-khoo.com
Berlin Hauptbahnhof - Curry 36 | joanne-khoo.com
Berlin Hauptbahnhof - Curry 36 | joanne-khoo.com

Had our last currywurst with fries before we left Berlin!

Berlin Hauptbahnhof | joanne-khoo.com

Subsequently, I also came across The Body Shop. Told the Husband to give me a minute, and I quickly went in to get myself a moisturiser. The weather was seriously drying out my skin, and I’m desperately in need of a body moisturiser.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof | joanne-khoo.com
Berlin Hauptbahnhof | joanne-khoo.com

Made it to the platform to board the 12:50 train to Köln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne Central Station) where we would require to change the train to Brussels.

Berlin to Brussels | joanne-khoo.com
Berlin to Brussels | joanne-khoo.com

It was a very comfortable ride as we had ample space for our legs and the tray table was of a reasonable size for our laptops.

Berlin to Brussels | joanne-khoo.com

With the estimated time of arrival at 17:09, the journey took us slightly more than four hours.

Köln Hauptbahnhof

Köln Hauptbahnhof | joanne-khoo.com

📍Köln Hauptbahnhof

Alighted at Köln Hauptbahnhof / Cologne Central Station.

Since we had sometime before having to board our next train, we decided to get some food at the station. I remember the station was fairly packed. With our two big luggage, we were quite anxious trying to locate the platform to board our next train and to find something to eat.

Currywurst in Germany | joanne-khoo.com

The Husband initially wanted to get McDonald’s / KFC but was put off by the long queue. In the end, we decided to take away some chicken nuggets and currywurst again. This was very well our last currywurst before we leave Germany!

Train to Brussels | joanne-khoo.com

After all the rushing, we managed to make it just in time to board our train to Brussels!

Train to Brussels | joanne-khoo.com

This was how we stored our luggage on the train.

Train to Brussels | joanne-khoo.com
Nuggets and Currywurst | joanne-khoo.com

Enjoying my last currywurst while on our way to Brussels, Belgium!

Brussels, Belgium

Pullman Brussels Centre Midi

Pullman Brussels Centre Midi | joanne-khoo.com

We subsequently reached Brussels at around 19:30 and went straight to check-in at our hotel. The hotel we were staying at was Pullman Brussels Centre Midi, and it was located right within the Brussels South Railway Station (Brussels Midi/Zuid).

I love the strategic location of the hotel and how much convenient it brought us. After travelling for the entire day, it was nice not having to push our luggage any further and having to walk/take a separate train to get to our accommodation.

Pullman Brussels Centre Midi - Classic Room | joanne-khoo.com
Pullman Brussels Centre Midi - Classic Room | joanne-khoo.com

We got the Classic Room, and it was both spacious and comfortable for the two of us.

Pullman Brussels Centre Midi - Classic Room | joanne-khoo.com
Pullman Brussels Centre Midi - Classic Room | joanne-khoo.com
Pullman Brussels Centre Midi - Classic Room | joanne-khoo.com
Pullman Brussels Centre Midi - Classic Room | joanne-khoo.com
Pullman Brussels Centre Midi - Classic Room | joanne-khoo.com

Comes with complimentary beverages in the mini fridge.

Pullman Brussels Centre Midi - Classic Room | joanne-khoo.com
Pullman Brussels Centre Midi - Classic Room | joanne-khoo.com
Pullman Brussels Centre Midi - Classic Room | joanne-khoo.com

After settling down our belongings, we made our way out at 20:30.

Brussels 24-hour Metro Tickets | joanne-khoo.com

One of the first things we did was to purchase our 24-hour Metro Tickets. Price at €7.50 each, we thought it was worthwhile getting it since we plan to go sightseeing and see ourselves travelling quite a bit by metro the following day.

Purchase of the 24-hour Metro Tickets can be done via the self-help ticket machine and payment can be by bank card (VISA/Mastercard) or coins.

Brussels Metro Station | joanne-khoo.com

All ready to explore Brussels, but we ended up taking the wrong train and went the opposite direction. Thankfully, we figured that out and alighted to board the next train to head to our destination.

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Brussels, Belgium | joanne-khoo.com

Christmas Market

Brussels Christmas Market | joanne-khoo.com

Right in front of Brussels Stock Exchange.

Brussels Christmas Market | joanne-khoo.com
Brussels Christmas Market | joanne-khoo.com
Brussels Christmas Market | joanne-khoo.com
Brussels Christmas Market | joanne-khoo.com

I don’t remember us spending much time at the Christmas Market. Probably just fifteen minutes? Instead of shopping, we decided to find a place and settle down for dinner. We saw both McDonald’s and Pizza Hut but eventually decided to have the latter for dinner.

Brussels Pizza Hut | joanne-khoo.com
Brussels Pizza Hut | joanne-khoo.com
Brussels Pizza Hut | joanne-khoo.com

Dinner was a quick one, and we decided to make our way back to the hotel right after we were done eating at Pizza Hut. I’m not sure why, but somehow we didn’t feel safe/comfortable walking down the street and train station at night. Hence, we figured we would call it a night and head back early to the hotel to rest. We then spent the following day exploring Brussels – checking out the famous spots like the Atomium, Royal Palace of Brussels, Manneken Pis and more.

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