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National Holiday 2012

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National Holiday 2012

We will be staying in Brussels starting on July 20 and leaving to Paris on Tuesday July 24. While we will be looking to partipate in the celebration we were wondering what the effect of a holiday on the weekend will do with normal business.

I assume designated tourist areas will be open but what areas in Brussels are designated.

Will supermarkets be open? Do Belgian's get the Monday off?

Do trains go on holiday service including Monday?

Any knmowledge of closing that may affect our travel plans during the weekend would be appreciated

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1. Re: National Holiday 2012

< I assume designated tourist areas will be open but what areas in Brussels are designated. >

There aren't "designated areas" but shops, restaurants etc that cater to tourists will be open. Ordinary "high street" shops will be closed.

< Will supermarkets be open? >

Small convenience store type shops yes - but not full-size supermarkets. (There is one supermarket in the centre of Brussels that is open on Sundays - I don't know if it will open on 21st though).

< Do Belgians get the Monday off? >


< Do trains go on holiday service including Monday? >

No - only Saturday 21st.

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2. Re: National Holiday 2012

Normally on a Saturday shops would be open, but on 21 July they will be closed, as it's a public holiday. There is no "designated tourist area" but tourist shops, selling souvenirs, chocolates, etc., will be open, and these are largely located around the Grand' Place. Public transport will be running according to the Sunday timetable and some buses and trams will be re-routed/not running during the military parade in front of the Royal Palace.

Officially, Monday is not a public holiday therefore public transport will be running as on any other weekday and shops and supermarkets will be open (unless, in the case of smaller shops, they are on vacation, as this is July). Museums are closed on Mondays anyway, but not, for example, the Atomium.

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