SICV&GIS 2018

Welcome to Brussels

Also known as the Centre of European culture and institutions, the vibrant and multicultural city of Brussels offers a unique blend of culture and global experiences. One of the favorite destinations in Europe, the city is well known for its famous chocolate shops and old breweries, its luxurious fashion boutiques located near Rue Antoine Dansaert and its extraordinary urban design, a mix of tradition and art nouveau.

Brussels is also considered the “Greenest Capital in Europe”; the city, immersed in the green, offers a great show of rare beauty with its parks and gardens.
Moreover, the city hosts some almost 90 museums like the Muséè de la Ville de Brussels on the Grand Place, the Magritte Museum and the Centre for Fine Arts, also known as Bozar.

Join us in the heart of Europe!

How to get there

By air By Air

Brussels National airport serves 238 international destinations and is located 20 minutes by train from the Central Station that is only 3 minutes by walk from SQUARE building.

There is quick and direct link between the SNCB station under the airport terminal and the main stations in Brussels (Brussels-Nord, Brussels-Central and Brussels-Midi). Direct trains run every 15 minutes in both directions. It takes just 17 minutes to travel into Central Brussels.

By train By Train

Brussels has excellent high-speed rail links from major European cities including Paris, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. The Central Station is located near Mont-des-Arts Park. All trains, busses and railway lines converge in this area. More info at the following link www.belgianrail.be

By car By Car

Since January 1st 2018 the Brussels-Capital Region has become a Low Emission Zone (LEZ). If you are entering the city in a car or van, check here to find out whether you are allowed to drive your vehicle within the LEZ.

Reaching the city by car, there are two 24H car parking that offer more than 1700 places. The Albertine Car Park is located under the SQUARE building and it has a direct access to the structure. Both garages have recharging facilities for electric vehicles.

Taxi

Main Brussels taxi companies’ telephone numbers:

Autolux

  • +32 (0)2 411 41 42
  • +32 (0)2 512 31 23

Unitax-Brabant

  • +32 (0)2 715 40 40

Climate

Winter in Brussels is mils, in December temperature in Brussels can be around 7°

Currency and Bank services

The currency in Brussels is Euro.

ATMs (cash machines) can be accessed 24 hours a day. All banks are closed at weekends and on public holidays.

There are plenty of currency exchange offices, banks and cash machines throughout the city.

Letters of invitation & visa requirements

Participants are invited to check with their local embassy regarding any Visa requirements to enter Belgium. Application for letters of invitation will be accepted by the Organizing Secretariat OIC by October 1st. These documents cannot grant any financial support by the organizers.

Telephone

The international dialing code from abroad is +32. For international calls, dial 00 + national code + area code + personal number.

Time zone

Brussels is in the Central European Time (CET) time zone.