Celebrate 175 Years of Belgium with Eurostar!

14 Jul 2005

Eurostar, the high-speed train operator that links the UK, France and Belgium, today (14 July 2005) announced that it still has £59 return tickets available for travel to Brussels on 21 July. These low-price leisure tickets are ideal for passengers wishing to travel to Belgium, or any Belgian station, to join in the country's 175th anniversary celebrations.
21 July is Belgian national day when people across Belgium celebrate the anniversary of their country's formation. This year's celebrations are extra special, as they will mark the 175th birthday of Belgian independence.
To celebrate the anniversary a range of events are taking place throughout the year. The centrepiece will be the festivities held on 21 July. From 11.00am until midnight the streets of Brussels will be filled with musicians, street performers and special festivals. The day will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display in front of the Royal Palace.
As part of the festivities, some of Brussels' most famous buildings will be opening their doors to the public for free. The Royal Palace and the Belgian Parliament building are among those buildings offering visitors the opportunity to step behind their imposing facades and see a little bit of Brussels that both tourists and locals don't usually visit.
If you are looking to unwind after the 175th anniversary celebrations what better place to do so than at the Bruxelles Les Bains? Following the success of the Paris Plage, Brussels has launched its own city beach. It opens for the summer season on 22 July and will be open daily (except Mondays) until 21 August from 11.00am until 11.00pm. Entrance is free and the beach can be found at Place Sainctelette and Rue de la Dyle.
A large number of other events are taking place throughout the year to mark the 175th anniversary. A major theme will be Brussels' rich Art Nouveau heritage. A series of exhibitions and events will celebrate the tradition of Art Nouveau, which can be seen in the architecture of many buildings throughout the city.
Paul Charles, Director of Communications, Eurostar, said: "Brussels is a great destination all year round but the 175th anniversary celebrations are an ideal reason to take a daytrip or a short break to the Belgian capital."
"Also, with all Eurostar tickets to and from Brussels valid for travel to and from any Belgian station at no extra charge, it is possible to combine your trip to Brussels with a visit to any of the other Belgian towns and cities hosting special events to mark the anniversary."
For more information on the events taking place to mark the 175th anniversary of Belgium visit the Brussels Destination Guide on www.eurostar.com or www.175-25.be.
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Editor's Notes:
1. Eurostar is the fast train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. From 1 September 2005, Eurostar will divide its first-class into separate business and leisure carriages: Business Premier and Leisure Select. Standard Class carriages will remain.
3. Eurostar was named "Train Operator of the Year" at the National Rail Awards 2004; "World's Leading Rail Service" in the 2003 and 2004 World Travel Awards; "Best Rail Network" at the Business Travel World Awards 2004 and "Best Rail Operator" at the Travel Weekly Globe Awards 2004.
4. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
5. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com , call 08705 186186 or contact your travel agent.