Planning a Football Trip to Liege

Planning a Football Trip to Liege? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.

Football Trip to Liege – How to get to Liege & How to get around

Football Trip to Liege – Fly to Liege


International airports near Liege, Belgium

13 km: Liege, Belgium (LGG / EBLG) Liège Airport
43 km: Maastricht, Netherlands (MST / EHBK) Maastricht Aachen Airport
92 km: Charleroi, Belgium (CRL / EBCI) Brussels South Charleroi Airport
92 km: Brussels, Belgium (BRU / EBBR) Brussels Airport

It’s unlikely you will find a direct flight to Liege or Maastricht Airport from the UK but you will easily find cheap flights from most airports in the UK from Charleroi or Brussels Airport. £50 return is possible if you book at the right time.
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Directions from the Airport

Directions from Charleroi Airport to Liege

Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB) operates a train from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Liège-Guillemins every 2 hours. Tickets cost £8 – £13 and the journey takes 1h 18m

Directions from Brussels Airport to Liege

You can take a train from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Liège-Guillemins via Louvain / Leuven in around 1h 12m. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Liège-Guillemins 3 times a week. Tickets cost £2 – £4 and the journey takes 1h.

Taxis from the Airport

It’s a hundred km from either airport so expect to pay between 100 and 200 Euros.

Football Trip to Liege – Travel By Train

The average journey time by train between London St-Pancras and Liège is 4 hours and 18 minutes, with around 9 trains per day. The fastest journey time by train from London St-Pancras to Liège is 2 hours and 56 minutes. The first train from London St-Pancras to Liège leaves at 07:16. The last train from London St-Pancras to Liège leaves at 20:01. There are no direct train services from London St-Pancras to Liège. Travelling from London St-Pancras to Liège by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

Football Trip to Liege – Travel By Ferry

It takes between around 3 hours to drive to Liege from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways

Football Trip to Liege – Travel Around Liege

The centre of Liege is walkable so that is your best bet especially if you want to try the local beer. By bus you can take Urban circuit: buses Nos 1 or 4. One day pass available at the “Maison du TEC” (local transport company information centre).

Football Trip to Liege – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Liege – The Stadium

The Stade de Sclessin (Stade Maurice Dufrasne) is a football stadium in Liège, Belgium. The stadium holds 27,670 people. It is known as Stade de Sclessin, from the name of the district of Liège where it is located, and also Stage Maurice Dufrasne, who was Chairman of Standard Liège from 1909 (when the stadium was built) until 1931. He was known to take players to his home and cook them a meal if they played well, especially at home fixtures.
Belgium have also played here, notably against Estonia in September 2008 in a 2010 World Cup Qualifier and against Gibraltar on 31 August 2017 in a World Cup Qualifier.

Football Trip to Liege – Getting to the Stadium

Stade de Sclessin is located in the south-west of Liege on the banks of the river Meuse. It lies slightly more than 5 kilometres from the city centre and 3.5 kilometres from Liege’s primary railway station Liege-Guillemins.

From Liege-Guillemins take bus 2, 3, or 27 to get to the stadium. Buses leave frequently for the 10-minute ride to the stadium. Get off at stop SCLESSIN.

Address: Rue de la Centrale 2, 4000 Sclessin

Football Trip to Liege – Getting Tickets

Tickets for Standard de Liege matches can be bought at the club office at the stadium. Generally, tickets cannot be bought on the gate of the stadium on the day of the match.

Ticket prices range from €16.00 for a lower-tier seat behind the goal to €32.00 for a central seat at the main stand. Prices are increased for a number of top matches to between €18.00 to €43.00.




Football Trip to Liege – Fixtures

When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.

The standard liege website is rubbish so I’d just use Google’s information.
The schedule for kick-off times in Belgium can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Belgium page (COMING SOON)

Football Trip to Liege – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink



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Football Trip to Liege – Where to stay

In the centre and then everything is walking distance.

Football Trip to Liege – What else to see & do

Just outside of the city there are a number of breweries that are well worth a visit. A must-see-and-drink is the Abbey du Val-Dieu, which revived the tradition of abbey-beers at the site of this Cistercian monastery. Set in typically rural Wallonia – complete with orchards, sheep and wooded valleys – it is just a few miles east of Liege. Val-Dieu brews and serves a typical troika of Belgian beers – a blonde, a brune and a tripel. It’s the Triple (9.0% ABV) that’s the favourite of many, an unfiltered, unpasteurized, rich pale ale brewed according the old monastic recipe. There plenty of other fine breweries set into the rolling hills close to Liege.

Visit Prince-Bishop’s Palace: First erected in the 10th century, it was wiped out by a fire in 1185 but rebuilt shortly after. What you see these days is the re-do by Prince-Bishop Erard de la Marck in 1526. It’s a sort of drive-by attraction where you can only see the facade and the courtyard.

La Batte Market: Do you want to see the marvels of real food on display at the largest and oldest market in Belgium? Chances are you’ll get hungry for some of the towns iconic Boulets à la Liégeoise, meatballs, because you’d have covered a mile’s worth of stalls selling everything from stinky cheeses to flowers and local artisan product.

Coteaux de la Citadelle: If walking the market isn’t enough for you, Stroll the Coteaux de la Citadelle, a hillside area with panoramas of Liège. You can pick up a map of 6 recommended walks from the tourist office. If you’re lucky enough to be in Liège on the first Saturday of October, you can walk it at night when the place is ablaze in candlelight from over 15,000 candles for La Nocturne.

Grand Curtis Museum, built in the 16th century and holds 7000 years of regional and international artifacts and includes an Arms museum. Musée d’ansembourg is housed inside an 18th-century residence and is devoted to the decorative arts.

Football Trip to Liege – Where to Drink

In Liege itself, though, brewing takes a firm second-place to consuming – there are no breweries of distinction, open for the inspiration, and education, of the beer tourist. But what Liege lacks in breweries, it makes up for in brown cafés and beer-shops. Perhaps the best-known is the Vaudree beer-shop and brasserie combination, on the left-bank of the Meuse, across from Outremeuse. This place has a mammoth beer list, running to 900 if you want to count them. And Wallonia’s finest are to be counted amongst them. There is a particularly good representation of the mini-constellation, that the local Saissons beers make, to Belgium’s beer universe.

The Saissons are a peculiarity of the Walloons, so-called because they were generally brewed in the winter, to be consumed in the summer by farm-workers (saissons is Walloon for ‘seasons’). They typically use a mild Pilsner malt, but add a solid dose of spelt grain too, bringing a nutty hint to what are otherwise refreshing, zesty beers.

The area known as “Le Carré” offers numerous options to drink and party 365 days per year, with a young, vibrant, student atmosphere. Also worth a visit: the Place du Marche.

Le Vaudrée II is located on 149 Rue Saint Gilles, just a 4-5 minutes walk from Liège Cathedral. It’s open from early morning until well after midnight on every day of the week, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner accompanied by high quality Belgian beer. On tap, they serve 24 draft beers and on bottle more than 900 different types.

La Maison du Peket, behind the town hall, mainly serves fruit-flavored versions of genièvre, known locally as péquet.

Taverne Saint Paul (8 Rue Saint Paul, Liege). A genuine brown pub, clearly with a bit of history. Located along a small side street by the cathedral, in the centre of Liege. Not a massive selection of beers, but a few interesting ones, and by far the best atmosphere found in any bar in Liege.

Pot Au Lait (Rue Soeurs De Hasque 9, Liege) The place is in the city centre, down an alley off a side street near the main cathedral in the centre. It can be a bit difficult to find? The alley greets you with graffitied walls, and during the summer there are benches and lots of people hanging about outside.

BeerLovers Café & Shop (formally L’Antre du Vaudrée) is a bar and shop where you can sample great beers from a list of about 300 beers. Located in thecenter of Liège, near the Market Square, along the Town Hall.

Football Trip to Liege – Where to Eat

The top culinary specialty of Liege is undoubtedly a plate of boulets-frites, beef and pork meatballs with a pile of those wonderful Belgian fries, often served with rabbit sauce: boulettes sauce lapin. Some favorite food includes:

Herve – for lovers of stinky cheeses

A salade liégeoise – composed of green beans, potatoes, and diced “bacon” (lardon).

The gaufres de Liege – special Belgian waffles. Theseuse a yeast batter that includes a dose of large sugar crystals that disolve upon cooking to become molten caramel.

Pèkèt – often called Walloon Genever, this is a young gin. Much of it is consumed on August 15th in Outremeuse (an island in the river) in a big festival in honor of the Black Virgin.

Café liégeois – a sweet dessert made from coffee flavored ice cream.

Huggy’s Bar has become such a phenomenon in Liège that it recently opened another venue in the city. As it stands you’re sure to find the flavour you’re looking for among their 43 different burgers, whether it’s American-inspired (the Boston Tea Party burger or Dallas Burger), European-flavoured (the Little Italy or Greco Burger), or a majestic triple whopper called the THB Tower 3×3

Ma Ferme en Ville works exclusively with ingredients that are produced within a 50-kilometer radius.

Football trip to Liege – Useful links

https://belgium.beertourism.com/cities/liege




Belgium League Fixtures 2019-20 Announced

Planning a football trip to Belgium next season? Fixtures for the 19-20 Season have now been released.

The Belgian First Division A is the top league competition for association football clubs in Belgium. Following the 2015–16 season it was renamed from the Belgian Pro League (officially known as Jupiler Pro League (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʒypilɛr ˈproː ˈlik]). Contested by 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Belgian First Division B. Seasons run from late July to early May, with teams playing 30 matches each in the regular season, and then entering play-offs 1 or play-offs 2 according to their position in the regular season. Play-offs 1 (also known as the title playoffs) are contested by the top 6 clubs in the regular season, with each club playing each other twice. Play-offs 2 (also known as the Europa League playoff) are contested by teams ranked 7 to 15 in the regular season, divided in two groups of 6 teams playing each other twice (three teams from the Belgian First Division B also take part in playoff 2). The team finishing in 16th place is relegated. As of 2014 the league was sponsored by AB InBev, brewers of Jupiler beer, and officially known as Jupiler Pro League.

The season starts on the weekend of the 26th to 28th  July and runs for 30 weeks finishing mid May.  There will be a winter break with the last fixtures of the first half of the season taking place after the Christmas fixtures on the  26th and 27nd December and the season starting again three weeks later on the weekend of the 16th January

Team changes

2018–19 Belgian First Division B champions Mechelen will replace relegated Lokeren in this season of Belgium’s top division. As part of the 2017–18 Belgian football fraud investigation, Mechelen were at first not allowed to take part in the First Division A, but execution of that penalty has been suspended until the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sports either reverses or confirms that decision on 25 June. In case of confirmation of the verdict, runners up Beerschot, will take the extra place in the First Division A.

Stadiums and locations

Matricule Club Location Venue Capacity
1 Antwerp Antwerp Bosuilstadion 12,975
3 Club Brugge Bruges Jan Breydel Stadium 29,042
7 Gent Ghent Ghelamco Arena 20,000
12 Cercle Brugge Bruges Jan Breydel Stadium 29,042
16 Standard Liège Liège Stade Maurice Dufrasne 30,023
19 Kortrijk Kortrijk Guldensporen Stadion 9,399
22 Charleroi Charleroi Stade du Pays de Charleroi 14,000
25 Mechelen Mechelen AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne 16,700
31 Oostende Ostend Versluys Arena 8,432
35 Anderlecht Anderlecht Constant Vanden Stock Stadium 21,500
216 Mouscron Mouscron Stade Le Canonnier 10,571
322 Genk Genk Luminus Arena 24,956
373 Sint-Truiden Sint-Truiden Stayen 14,600
4068 Waasland-Beveren Beveren Freethiel Stadion 8,190
4276 Eupen Eupen Kehrweg Stadion 8,363
5381 Zulte Waregem Waregem Regenboogstadion 12,500

Top Games

  • National derbies

    • Derby of Belgium:
      • Anderlecht vs. Standard Liège – 1/9/19
      • Standard Liège vs. Anderlecht – 12/12/19
    • Flemish derby:
      • Club Brugge vs. Anderlecht – 19/9/19
      • Anderlecht vs. Club Brugge – 16/1/20
    • Wallonian derby:
      • Standard Liège vs. Royal Charleroi – 26/9/19
      • Royal Charleroi vs. Standard Liège – 27/2/20

    City derbies

    • Bruges derby:
      • Cercle Brugge vs. Club Brugge – 14/9/19
      • Club Brugge vs. Cercle Brugge – 5/3/20

    Provincial derbies

    • Limburg Derby:
      • Sint-Truiden vs. KRC Genk – 26/9/19
      • KRC Genk vs. Sint-Truiden – 28/11/19
    • West Flanders Derby:
      • KV Kortrijk vs. SV Zulte-Waregem – 17/10/19
      • SV Zulte-Waregem vs. KV Kortrijk – 27/2/20
    • Battle of Flanders:
      • Club Brugge vs. KAA Gent – 3/10/19
      • KAA Gent vs. Club Brugge – 19/12/19

 




Planning a Football Trip to Antwerp

Planning a Football Trip to Antwerp? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.

Football Trip to Antwerp – How to get to Antwerp & How to get around

Football Trip to Antwerp – Fly to Antwerp

Antwerp Airport offers daily flights to and from London City airport.

The nearest major airport that you will be able to fly to is Brussels. Read about flying to Brussels in our guide to Planning a Football Trip to Brussels

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Directions from the Airport

The railway station Antwerpen-Berchem is located near Antwerp Airport and provides national train connections. International trains depart from the railway station Antwerpen-Centraal.

Please visit www.nmbs.be for more information on train connections.

Bus 51, 52 or 53 brings you from Antwerp Airport to Antwerpen-Berchem railway station in 10 minutes where you can take bus 21 and 32 or tram 9 and 11 to Rooseveltplaats (Roosevelt Square), near Antwerpen-Centraal railway station.

Hourly direct trains link Antwerp central station with Brussels airport, with a travel time of approximately 35 minutes (45 minutes on weekends and public holidays). Single adult tickets are €11,20 (Aug. 2014).

Charleroi Airport – Belgian Railways sell a combined expressbus + train ticket: from Antwerp Central Station the trip takes 2 hours and costs about €20.

Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS). There are two options to take the train from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Antwerp central station. First, the regular intercity Amsterdam -Brussels service runs 16 times daily.

Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) is the third largest airport of Germany. There is no easy train connection to Antwerp, but since June 2014, a bus service by Deutsche Bahn railways connects Antwerp directly to Düsseldorf Airport 3 times daily.

Taxis from the Airport

Upon arrival of scheduled flights taxis are available at the exit of the airport building. In case the number of taxis is insufficient, you can ask the Airport Security Service to call additional taxis.

The journey takes about 10 minutes and costs about 16 euros

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Football Trip to Antwerp – Travel By Train

In 3 to 4 hours the Eurostar high-speed train and Thalys or Intercity Brussels will take you from London St. Pancras to Antwerp Central Station with a change of trains in Brussels-Midi. Tickets start at around £35 via Voyages SNCF.

Football Trip to Antwerp – Travel By Coach

Megabus.com offers frequent, reliable bus service to Antwerp and other destinations in Europe like Rotterdam and Ghent

Eurolines offers two coaches per day from London Victoria to Antwerp. You can leave at 8:00 and arrive at 16:20 or at 21:30 and arrive at 8:00am on a Friday and Saturday. Return on the Sunday is possible leaving at either 11:50 and arriving at 18:30 or at 21:00 and arriving at 5:30 but there doesn’t seem to be anything after that until Thursday

https://www.eurolines.co.uk/assets/timetables/eurolines-belgium-timetable.pdf

Football Trip to Antwerp – Travel By Ferry

All three of the UK to Belgium ferries will get you within 75 miles of Antwerp, then it’s an easy drive that wont take you much more than an hour.

The closest DFDS Seaways ferry port to Antwerp is Dunkirk. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways.

Football Trip to Antwerp – Travel Around Antwerp

Antwerp is a pocket-sized city. Many of the attractions are within walking or biking distance of each other. Another way of getting around the city is on the trams and buses of De Lijn. A word of caution though – the city centre itself is not terribly kind to car travel, especially the congestion-prone ring road. You may want to consider parking the car up, once you’ve arrived in the City of Diamonds.

The city has a dense network of tram and bus lines connecting the main town to the suburbs, as well as shorter journeys within the centre itself. There are 12 lines in all on the tram network, which includes 4 lines running underground section, called the Premetro.

This also includes a tunnel under the Scheldt, to get you over onto the Left Bank of Antwerp. But the best way to enjoy the city on the move is probably by walking or cycling – like most Belgian cities, Antwerp rewards those who amble around using just their own two-feet.

Tip: buy your tram or bus ticket in a point of pre-sale (newsagent’s, supermarket, the vending machines at the various stops or in the visitor centres of Visit Antwerp), where tickets are cheaper.

You can also buy an Antwerp City Card, which includes the use of public transport in the city for the time your card is valid.

Football Trip to Antwerp – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Antwerp – The Stadium

Royal Antwerp play at the Bosuilstadion. It hosted the 1964 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final second leg, which sealed the victory of Sporting Clube de Portugal against MTK Budapest FC. It also hosted the UEFA Euro 1972 semifinal between Belgium and West Germany, won by West Germany. A large number of friendly international games of Belgium were played at the Bosuil, many of which against the Netherlands. However, the stadium has not hosted an international game since a friendly match Belgium against Brazil in 1988.

The stadium also known as the Tawny Owl is composed of four separate stands, and on 08/27/2015 a total capacity of 12,975 people .

Stand 1, the AVT Stand : seats, press box, grandstand and lodges. Stand 1 is one of the ancient stands of Tawny Owl (° 1923), and was completely renovated between 2013 and 2015. On Sunday 23/08, the stand was first put into use again. Current capacity: 2373 places.

Stand 2 : seating. The legendary wooden benches are imbued with the football sense. Stand 2 is known for its authentic football experience and the inimitable atmosphere that is created there by the Antwerp fans. Actual capacity: 7760 places. Permitted capacity: 6810 places.

Stand 3 Vic Mees Tribune : seating. The latest addition to the Bosuil Stadium was opened in 2001 and provides the modern football fan all the comforts that one would expect from a football evening. She is also very suitable for families. Since 2012 visiting supporters were housed in box Z5 (858 places) of Stand 3, separated by a wall of plexiglass and nets. Current capacity, incl box Z5:. 2992 places.

Stand 4 / business seats : seats. Opened in 1991, this lodge complex was ahead of its time. The Business Seats are well equipped with comfortable seats, so you should not miss thanks to the speakers of the football atmosphere of the Tawny Owl. In addition, you may, expect during and after the game on an extensive catering service. The Seats are ideal for our business partners, sponsors and VIPs. Current capacity: 800 places.

Football Trip to Antwerp – Getting to the Stadium

Access route organized bus transport

from Ghent: A14-E17 Ghent / Antwerp> Kennedytunnel> Breda / Bergen-Op-Zoom> E34 / E313 towards Hasselt> exit Wommelgem> down left at the roundabout> under the bridge> reception by motorcyclists> escorted to the rendez -vouspunt August of Wielelei> escort to the Bosuil Stadium.

from Brussels: E19 / A12 Brussels-Antwerp> Breda / Bergen-Op-Zoom> E34 / E313 towards Hasselt> exit Wommelgem> down left at the roundabout> under the bridge> reception by motorcyclists> escorted to the rendezvous point August of Wielelei> escort to the Bosuil Stadium.

from Genk: E34 / E313 Liège-Antwerp (Baudouin Motorway)> direction Antwerp> exit Wommelgem – down left at the roundabout> under the bridge> reception by motorcyclists> escorted to the rendezvous point August of Wielelei> escort to the Bosuil Stadium.

Road access personal transportation

from Ghent: A14-E17 Ghent / Antwerp> Kennedytunnel> Breda / Bergen-Op-Zoom> E34 / E313 towards Hasselt> Wommelgem> exit down> turn left at the roundabout under the bridge> straight Autolei> Krijgsbaan> Houtlaan> Merksemsebaan> left> Bisschoppenhoflaan> Jan Welter Hitting> left> vehicle parking near the stadium.

from Liège / Genk: E19 / E34 / E313 Liège-Antwerp (Baudouin Motorway)> direction Antwerp> exit Wommelgem> down> turn right at the roundabout> Krijgsbaan> Houtlaan> Merksemsebaan> left> Bisschoppenhoflaan> Jan Welter Hitting> left> vehicle parking near the stadium.

Football Trip to Antwerp – Getting Tickets

You can buy tickets online via the club website.

Football Trip to Antwerp – Fixtures

When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.

Plan your Football Trip to Antwerp with our full list of fixtures.

The schedule for kick-off times in Belgium can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Belgium page (COMING SOON)

Football Trip to Antwerp – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink



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Football Trip to Antwerp – Where to stay

Definitely try and stay in the Grote Markt area, in the old town. The area around Central Station is all fast food restaurants and cheap shops, the diamond district excepted.

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6 Must See Attractions on your Football Trip to Antwerp

When planning a football trip to Antwerp it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.

Self-guided Walking Tours in Antwerp, Belgium

The Olympisch Stadion was built as the main stadium for the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp. For those games, it hosted the athletics, equestrian, field hockey, football, gymnastics, modern pentathlon, rugby union, tug of war, weightlifting and korfball (demonstration)events. It is currently used as the home ground of FCO Beerschot Wilrijk, a Belgian football club.

The Plantin-Moretus Museum is a printing museum in Antwerp, Belgium which focuses on the work of the 16th century printers Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus. The museum is a UNESCO World Heritage site as the as the first industrial printing works in history. Granted by Unesco in 2005, the museum demonstrates the entire book production process from the 15th to the 18th century.

MAS Museum (next to the port). MAS contains different collections – each telling the story of Antwerp’s place in the world. You can spend a day riding its exterior escalators, exploring its airy terraced spaces and feasting – book well ahead – at the Zilte, its exotic restaurant.

Not far from the port, Rubens House, The Rubenshuis is the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp. It is now a museum.

The Grote Markt, Antwerp’s compact main square is pedestrianized, so you can safely admire the monumental fountain and the magnificent buildings surrounding the square.

Still the tallest building in Antwerp (123 meters), the gothic Cathedral of Our Lady was started in 1352 with the first stage of construction ending in 1521. The cathedral houses some impressive huge paintings by P.P. Rubens, and is on the list of Unesco World Heritage sites. P.P. Rubens works in the church include : Raising of the Cross, and, Descent from the Cross

The Saint Paul’s church was consecrated in 1571. In 1679 a new baroque tower was built after a fire. The church has been damaged extensively over the last few centuries, last by a great fire in 1968. Now however, it has been restored. The church contains a vast array of works of art, with paintings by P.P. Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens etc. The work by P.P. Rubens is “Adoration of the Shepherds”.

Stadhuis (tours Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 12am-3pm; Bfr30/48p; 220 8211). Completed in 1564, Antwerp’s town hall is widely recognised as one of the most important buildings of the northern Renaissance. Tours can be arranged through the tourist office.

Boat trips (until 1 May Sat & Sun only, after 1 May daily; 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm; adults Bfr25/pounds 4; children Bfr150/pounds 2.50). A one-and-a-half-hour tour up and down the Schelde river offers a relaxing way to take in the cityscape and Antwerp’s huge dockland area, which has traditionally formed the basis of the city’s wealth. In summer there are romantic early-evening tours (see Information).

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp is closed for renovation until 2019. Consequently the holdings can, for the time being, not be displayed at the familiar building in Antwerp’s Zuid or ‘ South’ quarter.

10 Great Pubs in Antwerp

Billies Beer Kafeteria – Kammenstraat 12, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

Paters Vaetje is one of the better brown bars, and is situated under the watchful eye of the Cathedral. This cozy old bar in the middle of the historic centre of Antwerp welcomes all who like anauthentic atmosphere. We can be found next to the Cathedral of Our Lady, at the Blauwmoezelstraat 1.

Bette’s Pic-Nic – Lijnwaadmarkt 14, Antwerp 2000, Belgium

‘t Oud Arsenaal – Something you must visit when in Anterp is the street market on Wapper and Graanmarkt, just off the main shopping drag Meir. A seconary reason for having a look at the market is Oud Arsenaal, very handily placed half way along it. The bar – with a lovely leaded glass screen at one end – offers only limited standing opportunities. An impressive array of beer memorabilia hides all the vertical surfaces. Below, a long bench, a succession of tables crushing in front of it, stretches the length of the wall.

In De Vagant you can enjoy a wide range of Belgian jenevers (they serve over 200 different ones!). The café is situated on a picturesque street, with a stunning view of the Cathedral.

Kulminator is an excellent specialist bar, a pioneer in beer aging. The beer selection is outstanding. Just the new beers would make it an excellent beer pub. What tips it over into the wonderful, is an unrivalled choice of old beers.

Pakhuis is a huge brewpub that stretches over two floors of an old warehouse. The cavernous interior has bare brick walls and a parquet floor. The spartan central bar has tiled sides and no barstools. The ground floor houses the stainless steel brewing vessels, which rest againt one wall.

Stamineeke – Of the many pubs on Vlasmarkt, Stamineeke is the one true specialist beer café. It’s a two-storey affair, in another 17th century house in the Antwerp style.

Het Stookpe – A pub opposite the De Koninck brewery and used by its workers. Opened in 1955. It claims that the Koninck is pumped directly from the brewery to the pub.

Celtic Ireland, Groenplaats 1 – Located in Groenplaats, this Irish pub gets crazy. It is an open, wooden bar with a good selection of beers available.

De Groote Witte Arend, in a secret courtyard near the Jordaens house, is in a former convent. The background music tends to be Vivaldi or Telemann, the atmosphere is genteel without being snobbish. De Groote Witte Arend specializes in Trappist and other strong beers.

Bier Central serves more than 3,000 beers in a bottle and more than 20 other beers on tap. The menu features an array of traditional Belgian dishes such as mussels, oven-baked Brussels endives, and beef stew prepared with Belgian beer.

Pelgrom, +32 (0)3 234 0809 [38]. This building combines both an impressive bar in the basement, plus the ‘poortershuis’, which is a replica of the house of businessmen in Antwerp during the 17th century.

5 Recommended Antwerp Restaurants

Rooden Hoed Corner of Oude Koornmarkt and Tempelstraat. The oldest restaurant in Antwerp, specializing in seafood, especially mussels. Very popular with locals, but few tourists, so you know it’s good. Mains starting at €20.

Bia Maria – Fish, rolled in tempura or panko, comes in different tastes (all of them are delicious). Combined with the seaweed salted chips and matching sauce, you have the option to order some sides too. If you’re with a bunch of people, order them all. If you have to make a choice, go for the minty mushy peas. The freshness of the peas goes great together with the fish and chips. (Maalderijstraat 1, Antwerp

Black Smoke – Black Smoke is a new restaurant (opens on November 4) on the roof of our city brewery ‘De Koninck’ (check the Brewery De Konick article). Belgian people prefer their meat in 4 categories: blue (almost raw but warm), saignant (bloody inside, crusty outside), A point (pink inside, crusty outside), bien cuit (well backed inside, crusty outside). Tip: if you order you meat, try to use those terms. ‘Medium’ is not a well defined term in Belgium (it’s between saignant and à point).(Boomgaardstraat 17)

De Talorkes – Traditional Belgium dishes at good prices (Lange Koepoortstraat 61)

Balls & Glory -What do they serve: meat and vegetarian balls. Balls!? Yes, Belgian people love eating minced meat, and Balls & Glory rolls and stuffs them with delicious sauce (e.g. mushroom and pepper, chicken and truffle, cauliflower and pickles, …). The balls are accompanied with a fresh funky salad or with mashed potatoes. (Godefriduskaai 30)

Useful Links

http://www.visitantwerpen.be/detail/public-transport

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2227634/Antwerp-city-breaks-Belgiums-best-kept-secret-true-treasure-trove.html

A Budget Friendly Food Tour of Antwerp

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/belgium/722917/Antwerp-Weekend-to-remember.html

http://www.spottedbylocals.com/antwerp/category/activity/restaurants/

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/48-hours-in/48-hours-in-antwerp-1855089.html

http://www.europeanbeerguide.net/antwpubs.htm

http://www.beertutor.com/city_guides/antwerp.shtml

http://belgium.beertourism.com/cities/antwerp

http://www.gpsmycity.com/gps-tour-guides/antwerp-2513.html

http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/antwerp-antwerpen-anvers-b-a-aaa.htm

The 10 Best Bars and Cafés in Antwerp, Belgium

http://www.arrivalguides.com/en/Travelguides/Europe/Belgium/Antwerp/barsandnightlife

http://www.adrianbell.co.uk/pubs/antwerp/




Planning a Football Trip to Ostend?

Planning a Football Trip to Ostend? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.

Football Trip to Ostend – How to get to Ostend & How to get around

Football Trip to Ostend – Fly to Ostend

Ostend-Bruges International Airport, is a very small airport with very few flights. At present (late 2016) there are no direct flights from the UK.

The nearest major airport that you will be able to fly to is Brussels. Read about flying to Brussels in our guide to Planning a Football Trip to Brussels

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Directions from the Airport

An airport bus (number 6) makes the short journey to Ostend railway station. Buses for the airport leave from platform 15. There are around 3 trains an hour from Ostend to Bruges. The journey takes 15 minutes and costs approximately €4. Buses usually take much longer. Ostend train station is close to the ferry terminal and the bus station.

Taxis from the Airport

A taxi to Ostend from the airport costs € 10 to € 15

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Football Trip to Ostend – Travel By Train

In 4 to 5 hours the Eurostar high-speed train and Thalys or Intercity Brussels will take you from London St. Pancras to Ostend Central Station with a change of trains in Brussels-Midi. Tickets start at around £50 via Voyages SNCF.

Football Trip to Ostend – Travel By Coach

Eurolines provide coaches to Bruges from London. They offer a service leaving at 7:00 and arriving in Bruges at 14:25 and another leaving at 10:00 which arrives at 21:45 Tickets start at around £52 each way. From Bruges, Ostend is only 17 miles away and the train takes 15 minutes.

Football Trip to Ostend – Travel By Ferry

Transeuropa Ferries offer four sailings every day, with each taking four hours to reach their destination from the port of Ramsgate.

Football Trip to Ostend – Travel Around Ostend

Most points of interest in town are close together. You can easily reach them by foot or by renting a bicycle from the rail station for €9 per day. De Lijn bus lines 5, 6, and 39 go along the seafront to the west; if you want to get to points farther along the coast, in either direction, take the Coast Train from a stop next to the rail station. You can pick up a taxi at the rail station, or call Taxibond (+32 (0) 59.70.27.27)

Football Trip to Ostend – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Ostend – The Stadium

Albertpark is a multi-use stadium in Ostend, Belgium. The stadium holds 8,000.

Football Trip to Ostend – Getting to the Stadium

Alberpark Stadium is located approximately 3.3 km from the city centre within the district of Mariakerke-Bad.

Alberparkstadion is primarily served by Oostende Northlaan and Mariakerke Bad tram stops as these two are the closest to the ground.

Football Trip to Ostend – Getting Tickets

You can buy tickets online via the club website 

Football Trip to Ostend – Fixtures

When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.

Plan your Football Trip to Ostend with our full list of fixtures.

The schedule for kick-off times in Belgium can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Belgium page (COMING SOON)

Football Trip to Ostend – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink



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Football Trip to Ostend – Where to stay

Most people only pass through Ostend; Bruges, Antwerp or Brussels are close by and are much bigger cities with greater attractions. If you do stay in Ostend or need to because of kick-off times, the centre is the best bet.

You may find cheaper accommodation for your Football Trip to Ostend if you book a hostel via our sponsors HostelWorld.com

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Football Trip to Ostend – What else to see & do

When planning a football trip to Ostend it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.

Football Trip to Ostend – What else to see

The Coastal tram makes over 70 stops on its journey from De Panne to Knokk, including several within Ostend city centre. It is a great way to get out and explore the Belgian Coastline with services running every 10 minutes throughout summer.

The best Ostend Bars

The Langestraat (and its sidestreets) is your best on finding an open bar in Ostend. There are lot’s of pubs, bars and clubs with a very unique style squeezed into this one street. The better bars are listed below.

‘t Botteltje, Louisastraat 19. Something of a landmark in Ostend, it serves litteraly hundreds of beers (Belgian and foreign). Take a seat in one of the booths and let the waiters recommend you something.

Lafayette, Langestraat 12. If Marvin Gaye were still alive, Lafayette would probably be his favourite bar in Ostend (ask any local about Marvin Gaye’s connection to Ostend, if you have enough time on your hands). Plays non stop soul and funk music. Quiet during the afternoon, sweaty and loud at night.

Manuscript, Langestraat 23. A small bar that’s relatively quiet till around midnight. When other bars start closing, locals usually head over here for the afterparty until 7am. There’s also a nice, sunny terrace during summer.




Planning a Football Trip to Bruges?

Planning a Football Trip to Bruges? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.

Football Trip to Bruges – How to get to Bruges & How to get around

Football Trip to Bruges – Fly to Bruges

The nearest airport to Bruges is Ostend-Bruges International Airport, located close to Ostend on the Belgian coast. Bruges is 25km from the airport. This is a very small airport with very few flights. At present (late 2012) there are no direct flights from the UK.

The nearest major airport that you will be able to fly to is Brussels. Read about flying to Brussels in our guide to Planning a Football Trip to Brussels

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Directions from the Airport

An airport bus (number 6) makes the short journey to Ostend railway station. Buses for the airport leave from platform 15. There are around 3 trains an hour from Ostend to Bruges. The journey takes 15 minutes and costs approximately €4. Buses usually take much longer. Ostend train station is close to the ferry terminal and the bus station.

From Brussels Airport or Charleroi Airport you will probably need to get a train to Brussels Sud station unless you time it to get a direct train from Brussels airport. It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes roughly to get the train from Brussels airport and closer to 3 hours from Charleroi.

Taxis from the Airport

A taxi to Ostend from the airport costs € 10 to € 15. A taxi journey to Bruges takes longer and is therefore more expensive, the price is about € 70.

Don’t even think about a taxi from Brussels airport to Bruges.

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Football Trip to Bruges – Travel By Train

If you arrive into Brussel Midi on the Eurostar from the UK and intend to head on to Brugge (Bruges), you will now need to purchase such travel when purchasing the Eurostar ticket – that is, to include rail travel within Belgium

Reaching Bruges by train is easy; Bruges is only 3 hours 20 minutes from London St Pancras via the Eurostar to Brussels and a NMBS train from Brussels to Bruges, prices start at £29 via Voyages SNCF.

Football Trip to Bruges – Travel By Coach

Eurolines provide s coaches a day to Bruges from London leaving at 7:00 which arrives at 14:25

For an overnight coach you will have to get it to Brussels and then get the train from there in the morning.

Football Trip to Bruges – Travel By Ferry

Transeuropa Ferries offer four sailings every day, with each taking four hours to reach their destination from the port of Ramsgate.

Football Trip to Bruges – Travel Around Bruges

The best way to explore Bruges is on foot. Built in a bygone era before the motor car, the Old Town was never designed to accommodate vehicles and is best avoided. If you want to get from A to B quickly then follow the locals’ lead and get on your bike – two wheels are definitely better than four in Bruges.

Most main attractions are within a five- to 15-minute walk of each other. We recommend the main tourism office at the Concert Bowl (Concertgebouwl, ‘t Zand) as a starting point, where you can pick up free do-it-yourself walking tours and itineraries.

Boats also tour the city by water. Tours are typically a half hour and give you a great ducks-eye-view of the center of Bruges. An individual ticket costs €6.90 (Children 4-11 years €3.20, children under 4 are free).

Football Trip to Bruges – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Bruges – The Stadium

The stadium was built in 1975. It currently has 29,042[2] seats. It is named after Jan Breydel, an instigator of the Bruges Matins, the insurgency that led to the Battle of the Golden Spurs. Prior to 1999 and the Euro 2000 Championship the stadium was known as Olympiastadion, the Olympic stadium in Dutch, and had 18,000 seats. During December 2015 the surface of the pitch it has been changed with an Hybrid Grass (a mix of natural and artificial grass) named Mixto Hybrid Grass Technology, a 100% Made in Italy product.

Football Trip to Bruges – Getting to the Stadium

By bus from the main railway station, take either line 5 or 15 in the direction of St.-Andries. The ride takes about 15 minutes and it is a further 5 minutes walking from stop Sint-Andries.

Football Trip to Bruges – Getting Tickets

You can buy tickets online for Club Brugge via the club website 

For Club Brugge each stand has its own ticket office where you can buy tickets on a match day, they rarely sell out for league games.

You can order Cercle Brugge tickets by invoice via email kaartenverkoop@cerclebrugge.be or on the day of the game go to the ticket office at the stadium open at one and a half hours before the game. 

Football Trip to Bruges – Fixtures

When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.

Plan your Football Trip to Bruges with our full list of Club Bruges fixtures and full list of Cercle Bruges fixture s or

Check the Pro League website when planning your football trip to Belgium for latest fixture information.

The schedule for kick-off times in Belgium can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Belgium page (COMING SOON)

Football Trip to Bruges – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink



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Football Trip to Bruges – Where to stay

Stay in the centre so that you can walk to all the bars and restaurants and see all the sights.

You may find cheaper accommodation for your Football Trip to Bruges if you book a hostel via our sponsors HostelWorld.com

In many cities the most cost effective accommodation choice for groups is to hire and apartment. Our sponsors Citybase appartments specialises in serviced apartments. The link below offers online apartment search and booking for destinations around the world.

Football Trip to Bruges – What else to see & do

When planning a football trip to Bruges it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.

What else to see

If you want to see all the sights consider a City Card (bruggecitycar.be) which costs £29 for 48 hours – or £26 if you’re 26. It gets you into all of the museums and attractions.

Craenenburg – Probably the best-known café in Bruges, due to its location and history: it was here that Margaret of York stood to watch jousting tournaments in honour of her marriage to Charles the Bold in 1468.

De Halve Maan – The sole working brewery in Bruges, run by one family since 1856, and a brewery museum as well as a bar. Records from 1564 also note the existence on Walplein of a brewery called Die Maene (The Moon).
enjoy the view of theMarkt before the tourists arrive. On Wednesdays there’s an open market here well-equipped with locally made jams and a dozen chocolate praline stands

Try a visit to the Dali museum for €10

The Historic Centre of Bruges is a testimony to the wonderful architecture the town has. As soon as you are in this square, you are consumed by the gothic buildings and how impressive they are. It represents, in one place, the culture and identity of Bruges.

The Markt is the heart of Bruges and home to the Belfry which stands out across the square and is magnificent when lit up. You can climb the 366 steps to the top and enjoy a panoramic view of Bruges. Surrounded by restaurants and cafes, it is a great place to dine and enjoy a strong, local beer and, of course, take in the scenery.

The Basilica, located in the Markt, is stunning on the inside; you can enter for just two euros. The Relic of the Holy Blood claims to be Christ’s blood preserved and is paraded around Bruges in a grand procession with thousands of spectators, on Ascension Day.

10 of the Best Bars in Bruges

‘t Brugs Beertje or the “Little Bear” (brugsbeerteje.be). Boasting more than 300 types of beer, including everything from chocolate to cherry flavours, there’s plenty of choice in this old-fashioned, characterful wooden bar.

Cambrinus serves the magnificent Menu of the Brewers (£22), consisting of Trappist Cheese Croquettes, followed by Flemish carbonades prepared with “Gulden Draak” Beer served with applesauce, and to finish, a crème brûlée perfumed with the dark Abbey beer of Ename (cambrinus.eu).

Staminee De Garre is a wood-panelled establishment hidden away down a narrow alleyway off Breidelstraat (De Garre 1). Draught beer starts from about £3 a glass and every drink is served with a portion of cheese cubes.

Comptoir des Arts, a jazz/blues club/art gallery/beer bar/whiskey bar mashup started by an ex-employee of ‘t Bruges Beertje. Their website dares customers to “enjoy without moderation,” and with around 100 beers and some very interesting whiskey, you might want to.

De Kelk, an odd bar about a ten minute walk from the Markt (central square). The decor is a bit tacky (but delightfully so, and in a fairly refined manner), with the usual Belgian beer signage complemented by a rack of vintage Champagne bottles and rare beer bottles peppered throughout the room.

De Garre. Situated just off the main square —this is the only place in Belgium that serves the excellent Tripel De Garre (brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge). De Garre 1, 8000 Brugge, Belgium

Café Rose Red – Cordoeanierstreet 18 – Somewhat more sophisticated than the other beer bars that we visited in the city but perhaps therefore a bit less of a relaxed vibe. Very friendly service. Good beer list, with lots of lambics, not so much on tap

‘t Brugs Bieratelier or ‘t Brugsche Bieratelier (as it says on the sign above the entrance). This is a small beer pub which opened up five months ago, on December 1st 2012.

Brouwerij Fort Lapin – Just north of old town Bruges, in Koolkerkse Steenweg 32, a new brewery called Brouwerij Fort Lapin made their debut early 2012 with the Fort Lapin 8 – an 8% abbey tripel beer. Their beer labels carry a pair of rabbit ears above the “o” in Fort, which harks back to the French meaning of the name – “fort lapin” means “strong rabbit”.

Poatersgat – The beer connoisseur’s favourite bar in Bruges, as small inside as its reputation is large, this has become a beer-lovers mecca since it was established some 20 years ago.

You get a view of the square from the Duvelorium bar without having to pay entry to the Historium museum It’s the perfect place to relax from the hectic tourist crowds (for some reason the bar was almost empty when we visited around 2pm!) and taste some of Belgium’s best beers.

The Bauhaus stand out one of the best beer bars in Bruges is the fact that they offer a beer tasting experience every evening with a guide that can properly explain the difference between Trappist beers, Abbey beers, Tripels, Ales and more for just 12.50 EUR.

Football trip to Bruges – Useful links

http://beer-trotter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/around-bruges-in-less-than-80-beers.html?m=1

http://www.arrivalguides.com/en/Travelguides/Europe/Belgium/Bruges

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/may/17/travel-tips-go-off-tourist-trail-in-beautiful-bruges-deals-of-the-week-joanne-oconnor

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/belgium/8788711/Bruges-Belgium-a-cultural-guide.html

http://guides.tripomatic.com/download/tripomatic-free-city-guide-bruges.pdf

http://www.nytimes.com/travel/guides/europe/belgium/bruges/overview.html

https://www.insightguides.com/destinations/europe/belgium/bruges/top-cafes-and-bars

http://thetwoscoops.com/travel/a-mini-guide-to-bruges-best-pubs/

http://awanderingcasiedilla.com/2015/02/16/fairytale-dining-in-bruges-8-magical-places-that-wont-make-you-broke/

http://www.eurocheapo.com/blog/bruges-weekend-itinerary.html




Planning a Football Trip to Ghent?

Planning a Football Trip to Ghent? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.

Football Trip to Ghent – How to get to Ghent & How to get around

Football Trip to Ghent – Fly to Ghent

Ghent is only 45 minutes from the international airport of Zaventem ‘Brussel Airport’, where flights arrive from and depart to more than 70 destinations.

On the lowest level you will find the airport’s own railway station, Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven, accessible by lift and escalator from the arrivals hall. There are several connections to Ghent.

Brussels South/Charleroi airport is 70 minutes from Ghent. There are more than 20 bus connections from the airport to the capital every day. From there frequent train connections to Ghent are available. There are also bus connections from the airport to Charleroi-Sud railway station. Trains for Ghent can also be boarded there. A ticket that combines the bus and train services can be purchased at the Airport Ticket Desk.

Nine times a day a shuttle bus travels between Charleroi Airport and Bruges via Ghent, making our city more accessible to tourists visiting Flanders via Charleroi Airport. The bus service is offered by Flibco.com, a company specialised in transport to city-trip destinations from transport hubs. The bus stops near the Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station, where you can easily hop onto tram no. 1 and head to the historical city centre. You can book a seat on www.flibco.com

The other Belgian airports (Ostend, Antwerp and Liège) receive flights from various European cities and have easy direct connections to Ghent.

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Football Trip to Ghent – Travel By Train

Ghent is easy to reach by train from all Belgian and European cities and is only half an hour from Brussels South Station.

The two main stations in Ghent are:

Gent-Sint-Pieters Station
From here tram no. 1 will take you direct to the city centre, temporary stop ‘Korenmarkt’
Visitors arriving in Ghent by train at the Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station can browse information at a digital 3D information point.

Dampoort Station
From here, buses 3, 17, 18, 38 and 39 will also take you direct to the city, stop ‘Korenmarkt’.

From Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station you can reach the station Brussel Zuid in half an hour (by ‘IC’ Inter City or ‘IR’ InterRegio train). Here the Eurostar and Thalys high-speed trains can rush you to Paris (1½ hours) and London, Amsterdam or Cologne (2½ hours).
It takes around 3 hours to get the train from London St Pancras to Ghent via the Eurostar. Tickets start at around £50 via Voyages SNCF.

Football Trip to Ghent – Travel By Coach

Eurolines provide coaches to Ghent from London. They offer an overnight service leaving London around 21.30 and arriving at around 13:00 the next day. They also offer a service leaving at 10:00 and arriving in Ghent at 23:45 although this may not run at the weekend. Tickets start at around £52 each way

Football Trip to Ghent – Travel By Ferry

It takes between 1 and 2 hours to drive to Ghent from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways.

Football Trip to Ghent – Travel Around Ghent

The car-free city centre is tailor-made for the pedestrian and the cyclist. With bus and tram you can reach any part of the city quickly and easily (even on weekend evenings) and taxis are also readily available. Of course, you can also rent a car to explore the surroundings.

The hop on hop off water tram gives you a different way to visit the city’s attractions. There are six stops: Castle of the Counts, Graslei-Korenlei, Museum Site, St Peter’s Abbey, St Bavo’s Cathedral and Veldstraat. When you buy a CityCard Gent, the day pass for the hop on hop off water tram is included in the purchase price. More information on http://www.hoponhopoff.be

The public transport in the city is well organised, with a comprehensive network of trams and buses. From early in the morning until late at night, the buses and trams will take you anywhere in and around Ghent. A free map with the service in Ghent can be asked for at the so-called Lijnwinkels (the shops of transport company ‘De Lijn’), located at the main bus terminals: near Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station, near Korenmarkt and at Gent-Zuid (Ghent South). This map is also available at the Inquiry Desk Visit Gent. Buy your ticket in advance at the ‘Lijnwinkels’ or from the vending machine at the bus stop. The Lijnwinkel Gent-Zuid is open from Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. That also applies to the one at Gent-Sint-Pieters, except for a lunchbreak from 0:15 till 0:45 p.m. The Lijnwinkel near the Korenmarkt is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. till 0:15 p.m. an from 0:30 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.

Football Trip to Ghent – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Ghent – The Stadium

Since July 2013 Ghent’s football club, KAA Gent, plays its home matches at the brand new Ghelamco Arena. This stadium was built on the club’s new premises, by the junction of the E17 and E40 motorways, just outside the city. The arena, which seats 20,000 supporters, is Europe’s most modern stadium.

The old stadium was built in 1920 and was officially opened on 22 August of that year by the Dauphin of that time, Prince Leopold. The stadium was named after Jules Otten, one of the founders of KAA Gent, which was called La Gantoise at that time. K.A.A. Gent played its home games at the stadium for 90 years, before moving to the new Ghelamco Arena, which is situated at the Ottergemsesteenweg. It was planned that the new stadium would be ready by the 2007-2008 season, but due to many delays, it wasn’t opened until 2013. The new Arena with 20,000 seats was officially inaugurated on 17 July 2013.

Football Trip to Ghent – Getting to the Stadium

Ghent played their home matches in the Jules Ottenstadion in Gentbrugge from 1920 until 2013, when they moved to the Ghelamco Arena.

    • Grab a train which stops in Gent Sint-Pietersstation
    • Take “bus 65 – Gent Arteveldepark”
    • Get off at the “Gent Akkerhage” sto
    • Walk 120 meters to get to the Ghelamco Arena- See more at: http://www.esportsfestival.com/location-route#sthash.akZIua2Q.dpuf

Football Trip to Ghent – Getting Tickets

Tickets for KAA Gent matches can be bought at the ticket office at the Ghelamco Arena, either in advance or on the day of the match.

Ticket prices range from €20.00 for a seat behind the goal to €40.00 for a central seat at the main stand. Tickets for the sides are increased with €10.00 for the matches versus Club Brugge and Anderlecht, though tickets for the end remain €20.00.

You can find a seating map here. Email tickets@kaagent.be for more information.
Tickets can also be bought by re-sellers such as Ticket Bis and Viagogo.

HotFootballTickets.com – was created to provide Football fans in Europe as well as fans from all over the world an easy and simple way to purchase online from the convenience of their home or Offices, football Tickets at excellent prices with delivery directly to their Home or Hotel.

Buy your football tickets on the official site of LiveFootballTickets.com. We offer tickets for the best matches in England and European leagues online.

Football Trip to Ghent – Fixtures

Plan your Football Trip to Ghent with our full list of fixtures or the Belgium Premier League website.

The schedule for kick-off times in Belgium can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Belgium page (COMING SOON)

Football Trip to Ghent – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink



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Football Trip to Ghent – Where to stay

Ghent is quite small so stay in the centre and you will be able to walk to all the bars, restaurants and sights.
You may find cheaper accommodation for your Football Trip to Ghent if you book a hostel via our sponsors HostelWorld.com

In many cities the most cost effective accommodation choice for groups is to hire and apartment. Our sponsors Citybase appartments specialises in serviced apartments. The link below offers online apartment search and booking for destinations around the world.

Football Trip to Ghent – What else to see & do

When planning a football trip to Ghent it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
STAM – Ghent City museum

Ghent has something from every period of history and that also applies to the STAM – Ghent City museum: the 14th-century abbey, the 17th-century monastery and the new 21st-century development together form the Ghent City museum. Unmistakably contemporary against a unique historical background, the museum tells the story of Ghent through inspiring collection pieces and interactive multimedia. Past, present and future are illustrated in a clear and interesting trail, detailing Ghent’s transformation from a medieval metropolis into a city of knowledge and culture.

Graslei

Ask ten inhabitants of Ghent what the most beautiful place in their city is and nine will answer the Graslei. Today this medieval port with its unique row of historical buildings, which are reflected in the long river, is the meeting place par excellence. Young and old, inhabitant and visitor, everyone meets on one of the many café patios or simply by the water. This is the thriving heart of the inner city.

Beguinages

The Old St Elizabeth Beguinage is no longer walled. In 1874 it was replaced by the Great Beguinage in Sint-Amandsberg, just outside the city. The Small Beguinage, O.L.V. ter Hoyen dates back to 1235 and is one of the best preserved from before the French Revolution. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

“The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”

The Van Eyck brothers painted this unique altarpiece in 1432. It is the highlight of the Flemish Primitives and a milestone in art history. The Polyptych survived the Protestant Iconoclasm, fell into French hands under Napoleon and was requisitioned by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. But it has now been hanging peacefully for more than 50 years in the place where it belongs: St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Though admittedly, the ‘Just Judges’ panel, which was stolen in 1934, is still replaced by a reproduction.

Patershol

The Patershol quarter is the medieval heart of the city. The Friary of the Calced Carmelites, dating back to 1329, was fully restored at the end of the last century and reopened as an exhibion space. Thirty years ago, you could buy a little house here for next to nothing. Today, the Patershol is one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods. For good dining, you can choose from one of the many restaurants which have sprung up in the medieval alleys. From Japanese to Thai, to delicious traditional Flemish cooking, you’ll find everything here.

Dr. Guislain Museum

A museum in Belgium’s oldest psychiatric hospital, built in 1857: you’d be crazy not to pay it a visit. In this wonderful oasis you will find a permanent collection that illustrates the history of psychiatry and an international collection of outsider art or art brut. The temporary exhibitions are also always worth visiting.

Football Trip to Ghent – Eating & Drinking

De Hopduvel, (has now moved from 10, Rokerelstraat) The new address is Coupure links 625.Open; Tue – Sat: 10:00 – 12:30, 13:30 – 18:00 Sun: 10:00 – 12:00 Closed Mondays. In the 1980’s it was owned and run by the eccentric Toon DENOOZE, who also commissioned beers to be made to his recipes. Belgians have a love of puns, Flemish for a noose is Stropken, so Tony used the pun on his surname and called his beer Sropken. The Hopduvel is a Tardis of a pub. The entrance looks like the front door of a suburban terraced house and you walk into a huge establishment of many rooms with a list of almost 125 beers kept and presented in immaculate condition.

DE DULLE GREIT, 50, Vrijdagmart, Open; Sunday: 12.00 – 19.00, Monday from 16.30 – 01.00, Other days: 12.00 – 01.00 Named after the huge 16 ton canon which looks over the river Leie, it translates as Mad Margaret. Loud and busy at weekends, other times it is possible to have a quiet drink and contemplate their list of around 200 beers.

Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant ; Groentenmarkt 9; Open; Daily: 11.00 – 02.00 – Another pun, “The Waterhouse at the Beerside!” Friendly, helpful staff with an excellent choice on a well set out list of around 150 beers, 14 on draught with a special beer of the month featured.

DE GENTENAAR Vlaanderenstraat, not a huge beer list, just a comfortable old pub, the oldest in Ghent and the last of its kind left in the centre.

GALGENHUISJE Groentenmarkt “The Little Gallows House”, where the condemned prisoners went for their last drink. It has a list of about 60 beers. One of the claimants to being Ghent’s oldest bar itdates back to the 17th Century and it probably could also win the competition to be the smallest. A bonus there is a superb restaurant in the basement set in the 13th century cellars.

‘t Dreupelkot Groentenmarkt 12, One of only 5 or 6 Genever bars in Belgium. Owned by Pol, who is to be found behind the bar. Although no beers are sold, the list of over 150 Genevers is excellent. They are listed under the various distillers (20+) with strength and flavour shown ranging from 20 degrees fruit based genevers (grapefruit, lemon, cherry…) up to a 50 degree Thor. A classic must visit bar.

Den Trollekelder, Bij St. Jacobs 17; Open all days: 16.00 – 03.00, A split-level bar with a beer list of around 140 beers with a nice spread of Lambics. Seven draught beers including two house beers. The full list of Trappists beers.

Aba Jour; Oudburg 20; An Art-Deco bar with cane chairs and a nice atmosphere. There is a small overspill bar down steps near the water’s edge from where you can watch the barges and boats go by. Westmalle Dubbel, La Chouffe and one from Dupont on draught plus about 60 other beers including a good spread of Lambics and Trappists.

‘t Gouden Mandeke, Pensmarkt 9;- 13th Century grain cellar at the end of the meat market has about 35 beers and a nice feel to the place.

‘t Vosken; Sint Baafsplein 19; Open 7/7 – Well worth a visit to see what beers they have usually from the extended Palm portfolio. Next door you will find ‘The Bridge’ which serves good traditional Flemish food until 22.30 each day and has enough good beers to keep you happy.

To try the best fries in Ghent, go to Frituur ’T Puntzakje(Kleine Vismarkt 9) and have your chips with a tasty sauce made of mustard, beer and beef stew (ask for Stoverije).

Amadeus (Plotersgracht 8; 09 225 1385;www.amadeusspareribrestaurant.be) which specialises in eat-as-much-as-you-can spare ribs. For €13.95, you get a rack of ribs with Amadeus’ lovely herb butter sauce – when you’ve finished, just raise your hand and another rack will be brought to your plate.

Football trip to Ghent – Useful links

http://www.simonseeks.com/travel-guides/24-hours-ghent-beer-cruise-ceiling-shoes__168903

http://belgium.beertourism.com/cities/ghent

http://www.dedullegriet.be/en/

https://penne4yourthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/where-to-eat-in-ghent-belgium/

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/feb/10/top-10-food-shops-restaurants-ghent

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/48-hours-in-ghent-757374.html

https://www.finedininglovers.com/stories/ghent-food-guide/

http://www.48houradventure.com/2010/12/07/48-hours-in-bruges-and-ghent/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2285214/Belgium-city-breaks-Ghent-quirky-city-charm.html




Planning a football trip to Brussels

Planning a Football Trip to Brussels? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.

Football Trip to Brussels – How to get to Brussels & How to get around

Football Trip to Brussels – Fly to Brussels

Multiple airlines fly to Brussels every day and you are able to fly direct from Brussels from most large airports in the UK

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Directions from the Airport

Football Trip to Brussels arriving at Brussels Airport (info via http://www.brussels.info/airport-to-brussels/)

Brussels is 12 kilometres (7 miles) from Brussels Airport.

Train – The normal metro tickets are not valid for travel on the Airport Line (train line) between the airport and Brussels; therefore you have to buy special trip tickets from the railway stations and at the airport railway station on Level -1 before boarding the train. Check the latest ticket prices at www.b-rail.be. There are three stops within the city at each of the main railway stations Brussels-Nord, Brussels-Centrale and Brussels-Midi. At each of these stations there are metro lines, buses and trams that connect to other parts of the city. Go to the website for Brussels public transport at www.stib.be. The train takes around 20 minutes from the airport to the centre.

Bus – Every airport bus departs and arrives at the bus station at Level 0. There are a number of public, private buses and the Airport Express. Airport Line – The Airport Line is a public Brussels Airport bus operated by STIB that take you from and into the European district of Luxemburg and the city centre. There are two buses: Line 12 and Line 21. Line 12 (operates Mon-Fri until 8pm) is express only travels to main stations – the only metro stop is Schuman (EU Headquarters) and the last stop is Luxemburg station. Line 21 (operates after 8pm on weekdays and on weekends) has many more stops and ends at Hertog / Ducale, the metro stops are Schuman and Trone. The last stop is close to the city and just outside the Royal Palace – 10 minutes walk from Brussels Centrale. Fares are €3 outside the bus; €4 on the bus; €21 for 10 trips. www.stib.be

Airport Express Bus – There are two bus companies that operate ‘airport express’ buses to and from Antwerp and between three cities in the Netherlands Breda, Rotterdam and Utrecht and Brussels Airport. www.aiportexpress.be operates between Antwerp and Brussels Airport there are buses every hour and price is €10 one way – travelling time is 45 minutes. www.brusselsairportexpress.be operates between the three cities in the Netherlands and Brussels Airport – travel times vary and prices start at €25 one-way and only €37.50 return. Book your tickets online.

Football Trip to Brussels arriving at South Charleroi Airport

Many budget airlines such as Ryan Air land at Brussels South Charleroi airport. This is actually about 55 kilometres south of Brussels so stretches the description a little bit, remember to add an extra hour if you’re flying in our out of this airport. Be careful also if you are leaving on an early morning flight. Public transport may not be available and unless you have 4 people in the taxi it can be an expensive trip as you can expect to pay up to 160 Euros for the trip. Try to agree a price in advance. There are some websites where you can book a taxi in advance;

http://charleroiexpress.be/en

Bus – Every 30 minutes a shuttle coach leaves the airport to take you to the main Brussels railway station (Brussels Midi). The shuttle coach stop is at the crossing of rue de France and rue de l’Instruction. WE STRONGLY ADVISE TO TAKE THE SHUTTLE FROM BRUSSELS MIDI RAILWAY STATION AT LEAST 3 HOURS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE OF YOUR FLIGHT (EXCEPT FOR SHUTTLE AT 4.00AM). THIS COSTS AROUND 14 EUROS

Train – At Charleroi airport there are two ticket dispensers where you can buy a single or a return ticket (return on the same day) valid for “any Belgian destination”. This ticket covers a journey in a TEC bus (from the airport to Charleroi-Sud station) and a train journey (from Charleroi-Sud to any station in Belgium). The two ticket dispensers are placed outside the airmort, near Door 2. Two methods of payment are accepted: cash or credit/debit card. Timetable and informations on rail services: www.sncb.be

Taxis from the Airport

Taxi – Brussels AirportAll permanent taxi stands are located outside the Arrival Hall. It will cost approximately €35 to travel into the city centre (such as Brussels Centrale). Avoid getting into unlicensed vehicles posing as taxis which may overcharge you for their services. There is not a distinctive taxi look. Taxis are different makes and colours so look out for the yellow and blue license emblem and the triangular stand at the top of the taxi.

A taxi from the airport to Charleroi-Sud Train station should cost 20 Euros. From here you can get into Brussels Centre on the train in under an hour. A tax from Charleroi Airport to Brussels centre can cost 200 euros so if you plan to travel this way make sure you negotiate a reasonable fare in advance.

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Football Trip to Brussels – Travel By Train

Travelling by train from London to Brussels is very easy, with Eurostar offering six to ten departures per day on this route. Tickets start at around £30 and the journey takes between 2 and 3 hours, you can book tickets via Voyages SNCF.

Football Trip to Brussels – Travel By Coach

Eurolines provide coaches to Brussels from London. They offer an overnight service leaving London around 20.00 and arriving at around 5:15 the next day. They also offer a service leaving at 6:00 and arriving in Brussels at 12:30 and another one leaving at 8:00 and arriving at 16:30 on a daily basis.

Football Trip to Brussels – Travel By Ferry

It takes between 2 and 3 hours to drive to Brussels from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways.

Football Trip to Brussels – Travel Around Brussels

If you stay in the centre then you might not need to use Public transport as the city centre is fairly compact. The public transport system is made up of the metro (underground trains), buses and trams that criss-cross the city. All of these services are operated by the same company STIB and therefore share the same ticketing system. This makes it easy to make transfers and to purchase tickets. Intercity trains are operated by a separate company SNCB but all the railway stations are connected to metro stations, tram stops and bus stops.

This site has maps to the Underground that you can print: http://www.stib.be/netplan-plan-reseau.html?l=en

Football Trip to Brussels – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Brussels – The Stadium

Constant Vanden Stock Stadium

The stadium opened in opened in the summer of 1918, but was initially named in honour of the first president of the club, Emile Versé. Originally the ground had only one wooden stand but this was expanded through the 40’s and 50’s until the ground eventually held 40,000 fans. The stadium held the Euro 1972 semi-final between Hungary V Soviet Union but was not selected as a Euro 2000 venue as it’s capacity is less than the 30,000 required. The ground was developed in 2013 to add an extra ring and increase the capacity above 30,000.

http://www.stadiumguide.com/constantvandenstock/

Stade Fallon

Fallon Stadium is located in one of the greenest and most pleasant places in the Belgian capital. The site covers about 22 hectares. It includes among other things six football fields with synthetic 3 and 12 tennis courts (including 5 seats). The Stade Fallon has a history, as was the home of the White Star AC and Racing White . The latter played there until 1973. The biggest game played at the stadium was in 1972 when 10,000 supporters watched Racing White play CUF Barriero in the Uefa Cup.

Football Trip to Brussels – Getting to the Stadium

Getting to Constant Vanden Stock Stadium for Football Trip to R.S.C. Anderlect: Address: 1070 Anderlecht, Belgium

The Metro is the easiest way to reach the stadium. Take line 1b 9 stops in the direction of Erasmus and align at Saint-Guidon. It takes around 15 minutes from Gare Centrale. The ground is 500m from the station along Rue de la Pocession. A taxi from the Grand Place to the stadium should be around 15 Euros.

Getting to Stade Fallon for Football Trip to Royal White Star Bruxxels: Address: Chemin du Struykbeken 1, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert

Take the Metro No 1 from De Brouckere near the Grand Place in the direction of Stockel (15 mins, 12 stops). Align Vandervelde and walk to Stade Fallon through Parc Malou.

Football Trip to Brussels – Getting Tickets

Constant Vanden Stock Stadium – Online Ticket Shop

Ticket Office Opening hours – Monday-Friday 09.00 – 17.30 & Saturday 10.00 – 12.00

Opening hours on matchdays

  • Weekdays : 09.00 until start of the game
  • Weekend : Three hours before the match until the start of the game

Ticketing Info – Buying tickets or a season ticket for the home matches of R.S.C. Anderlecht is only possible on presentation of an identity card (or a recto-verso copy).

RSC Anderlecht often sell out so it’s worthwhile contacting the ticket office in advance to try and reserve a ticket. The club allow English-based supporters to reserve tickets in advance by emailing them at ticketing@rsca.be or by calling the ticket office on +32 2 529 40 67. Do this well in advance of the game.

The biggest games are against their traditional rivals Standard Liege and Club Brugge. The Classic: Standard Liege-RSC Anderlecht: http://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/clubs/rivalries/newsid=107186/index.html

The Belgium government is very much against Ticket Touts and has passed legislation outlawing it. As such we could not find any tickets outside the ground for the Anderlecht v Standard Liege game in 2013. In the past when playing English teams, Belgium’s police have warned anyone found in the vicinity of the ground during the whole of the matchday without a ticket would be arrested. Carrying an ID card in Belgium is also mandatory so don’t forget to keep your passport on you.

Stade Fallon

Tickets costs between 10 and 15 Euros. Couldn’t find an online shop but it’s the Belgium second division so I’d be surprised if you struggle for a ticket.

Tickets for Anderlecht games can also be bought by re-sellers such as Viagogo.

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Football Trip to Brussels – Fixtures

Plan your Football Trip to Brussels with our full list of fixtures or the Jupiler Pro League website website.

The schedule for kick-off times in Belgium can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Belgium page (COMING SOON)

Football Trip to Brussels – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink



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Football Trip to Brussels – Where to stay

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Football Trip to Brussels – What else to see & do

When planning a football trip to Brussels it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.

You can take a free tour that covers all the main sites – http://www.newbrusselstours.com/daily-tours/free-tour-of-brussels.html

Here is another walking tour shown on a useful map. – http://www.planetware.com/map/belgium-brussels-walking-tours-map-b-b51.htm

Lonely Planet lists the Top 3 attractions as: Grand Place, Musee Magritte, Rue des Bouchers (but you are recommended not to eat here), http://www.lonelyplanet.com/belgium/brussels/sights

The King Baudouin Stadium (formerly Heysel Stadium) is situated on the Heysel in Brussels, in the district of Laeken. Every year, the Stadium welcomes 2 major sports events: the Cup Final of Belgian football and since 1977 the Memorial Ivo Van Damme as well as various concerts. It also welcomes the Red Devils, the Belgian national football team. The King Baudouin Stadion is the biggest stadium of Belgium. Visits are possible all year long from Monday till Thursday, from 10 am till 5 pm, on Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, on booking, except during big events. The visit can be made alone or with a guide. There is a route taking you from the pitch to the control tower and the press room. The stadium reveals its history by means of various interactive tools. Price and reduction : 6 euro for adults, 4 euro for children, students, seniors, Avenue de Marathon 135, 1020 Brussels

It may be a controversial sight in the city, but Brussels’ Palace of Justice is free to explore (at least those areas open to the public). Bigger than St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, this giant building towers over the Marolles neighbourhood below. Beside the Palace of Justice, is one of the best free views of Brussels at Place Poelaert, named for the building’s architect. Place Poelaert 1, 1000 Brussels

While many of Brussels’ major museums charge entrance fees, if you are flexible with your dates, you can visit many of them for free on the first Wednesday of the month. Participating museums include: The Museum of Musical Instruments, The Magritte Museum, Cinquantenaire Museum (Royal Museums of Art and History) and many others. You can see a full list here.

Atomium – Unmistakable symbol of Brussels and Belgium and unique feat in the history of architecture: the Atomium is today the most popular attraction in the Capital of Europe. Built for the 1958 World Exhibition, the Atomium is shaped on the model of an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. Beyond surreal walks through tubes and spheres, the Atomium houses a permanent exhibition about its history as well temporary exhibitions for a broad public (sciences, design, society). The upper sphere offers unique and spectacular views across the city skyline. At night, 2970 lights offer a fairy dimension to the 102m high building. The panoramic restaurant is daily open until 11pm. http://www.atomium.be. Square de l’Atomium, 1020 Brussels

Manneken Pis [ˌmɑnəkə ˈpɪs], is a famous Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain’s basin. It was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619. rue de l’Etuve / Stoofstraat 1000 – Bruxelles

Football Trip to Brussels – Eating & Drinking

Bars we were recommended in walking distance of the Grand Place

Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas: With 40 or 50 craft beers on tap and gorgeous artisanal cheeses to match: Place Fontainas 8

Le Roy d’Espagne: The former headquarters of the Guild of Bakers, dating from 1697, takes its name from Charles II of Spain, ruler of the Spanish Netherlands at the time: 1 Grand Place

Le Falstaff – It is one of those typical cafés in Brussels (created in 1903) like the Corbeau or the Bonnefooi, where you basically are sitting in the first cafés ever created in Brussels, high walls, wooden columns and really old yet lovely and warm atmosphere! 19 Rue Henri Maus

A La Mort Subite. A tavern called “Sudden Death” may sound alarming, but it in fact refers to a dice game played by clients of an earlier bar. Built in 1928 with a grandeur reminiscent of the Belle Époque, this is a good place to sample a full range of Brussels and Belgian beers, as well as wines, coffee and “petite restauration” (bar snacks and light meals) Address: 7 Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères

La Fleur en Papier Doré is purported to have over 1,150 beers. This is one of the few surviving traditional pubs called estaminets; slightly off the beaten track, it’s a great place to get a feel for the Brussels of bygone days. Light snacks are offered to accompany fine Belgian beers, including the unique Brussels beer called gueuze: Cellebroersstraat 55, 1000 Bruxelles

La Becasse, “The Lark”, is hidden away at the end of a narrow passage, just near the Grand Place. The bar is famous all over the city for its “jeune lambic blanche”, a refreshing white beer served in a stone jug. The waiters wear monastic-style uniforms and prepare the house speciality – delicious open sandwiches of sourdough bread with Ardennes ham or smoked herrings. Rue de Tabora 11, Taborastraat 11, 1000 Bruxelles

Le Corbeau (The Raven) is the place serious beer drinkers head for. You can try weird and wonderful brews like Guillotine, Verboden Frucht (Forbidden Fruit), Delirium Tremens, as well as exotic Kriek or Framboise, which respectively taste of cherry and raspberry. But if you really want to impress the locals, order a “Chevalier”, which comes in a glass that is about two feet long! Le Corbeau is also a good bet for a cheap lunch, serving plats du jour like “carbonade de boeuf” (beef braised in beer), and “stoemp”, similar to a Lancashire hotpot. Rue Saint Michel 18

The Poechenellekelder is right opposite Brussels’ most famous – and kitsch – monument, the Mannekin Pis statue, and most people’s first reaction would be that it is a classic tourist trap to be avoided at all costs. But go down the steep steps that lead into “The Puppet Cellar” and you’ll soon realise that you’ve stumbled on a wonderfully authentic bar. The decor is more like a surreal museum than a pub. Apart from the usual beers, they also prepare strange traditional snacks like “tete pressee”, a tasty brawn, and “kannibal”, the Belgian version of steak tartare served on an open sandwich. Rue du Chêne 5

A l’Imaige Nostre-Dame, Tucked away at the end of a long alleyway, this cosy saloon is a firm favourite with a raucous, colourful crowd of Brussels locals, and there is a great atmosphere at any time of the day. Rue Marche-aux-Herbes 8

Delirium Café: Holder of a Guinness World Record for having over 2000 beers on display. Impasse de la Fidélité 4, 1000 Brussels,

You can also look for the Little Delirium Café which is on Rue du Marché aux Fromages 7. There are a couple of bars and several kebab shops on this street.

Celtica, Rue du Marché aux Poulets 55, 1000 Brussels. I first visited here in 2001 when Manchester United played Anderlecht. Returning for a stag do 7 years later we were happy to find they had not put prices up and beer could still be had all day for 1 Euro or 2 Euro for a bottle of Chimay, checking their website now I see that prices have not gone up since then. I was so drunk the 3 days I spent there the first time I didn’t realise it had an upstairs. In fact it has a disco upstairs which is lively until 5am.

Recyclart is strange in that it’s housed in an old train station. During the day you can still catch the odd train there, but now it’s mostly known as an arts centre/music venue. The old ticket booths have been turned into the bar during concerts. It all looks rather underground-like, although it’s publicly funded. But they have some cool gigs and parties every now and then. Located in the abandoned train station Brussel-Kapellekerk/Bruxelles-Chapelle, downtown Brussels. http://www.recyclart.be/fr/english-summary

Amadeo – The place for Ribs. (Sint-Katelinjnestraat) Between the Bourse and Marche aux Poissons is a restaurant that specialises in ‘spare ribs a volonte’. This means as much ribs as you like served with Baked potato and a side salad. As if all you can eat ribs wasn’t good enough the sell you wine by the centimetre in litre and half bottles.

Places to watch English Football – Celtica (http://www.celticpubs.com/celtica/celticabxl.html), Fat Boys (http://www.fatboys-be.com/), O’Reillys (http://oreillys.com/brussels/), Six Nations Pub & Restaurant (http://www.sixnations.be/), Churchills (http://www.churchills.be/home/)

Le Goupil-le-Fol is a bar in an old brothel. It’s spread out over two floors, in different rooms with carpets and old couches and old junk from the flea market on the wall. It’s quite cosy, a nice place to hang out with a group of good friends – although you’ll also find some couples necking in the couches. Their selection of drinks is very limited and not cheap but they have some absolutely delicious fruit wines. Rue de la Violette 22, Brussels 1000, Belgium

Porte Noir – It’s an atmospheric setting – down some steps into the old brick vaults of a convent that used to sit above it, to three rooms with bench seating, bottled beer in fridges, and about 10 Belgian beers on draught. They have a beer list so you can browse through this to decide on your next one, or ask the staff to help you choose if they’re not too busy. This place can get busy on a Friday and Saturday night, but it’s usually worth grabbing the edge of a trestle table if you can. Sometimes there is live music, and it’s a great place to spend a few hours getting acquainted with a variety of Belgian beer. It can be vibrant until quite late on a weekend evening but be aware that it doesn’t open until 5pm each day (closed Sundays). Cellebroersstraat 67, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Le Coq has a list of 35 beers including Trappists for around 3 Euros, and some such as Boon Kriek even cheaper: Auguste Ortsstraat 14, 1000

Cheap Eats

Restaurant de la Bourse –They offer an unpretentious café space, with menus in 3 languages including English. Lots of Belgian cuisine. They have a good selection of dishes and sometimes specials – including on occasion rabbit cooked in kriek (cherry beer), stoofvlees (also called carbonnade – a beef in beer stew). Rue de Flandre 32

Fritland – In the heart of (touristy) Brussels, you’ll find this excellent frietkot, or fries stand, that serves fries in all shapes. Try the mayo, not ketchup, as it is the choice condiment in Belgium. 49 rue Henri Maus

Noordzee isn’t even really a restaurant but a fish-seller that happens to sell some of the best seafood snacks in the city. The fish soup is incredible on a cold day. The mussels, shrimps, calamari and oysters are all as fresh as it gets and washed down with a chilled glass of white wine or champagne. The menu depends on the season and the catch of the day. Rue Ste Catherine 45

Football Trip to Brussels – Useful Guides

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Football Trip to Brussels – Useful Links

http://www.brussels.info/red-light-district/

http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/front/home/display/lg/en/section/visiteur.do

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2008/feb/19/brussels.bars

http://www.beerlycoherent.com/2010/12/top-ten-places-for-beer-in-brussels.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destination/belgium/brussels/35342/Brussels-nightlife.html

http://thepathslesstravelled.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/follow-up-the-graveyard-of-brussels-football-in-the-shadow-of-anderlecht/

RSCA.BE – Official website of RSC Anderlecht

http://www.stadiumguide.com/koningboudewijn/

Brussels, Belgium: in search of the perfect frite – Telegraph

Brussels’ best cafe bars

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