The concept of Brussels as the crossroads of Europe has never been more relevant than it is today. With the accession of ten new EU member states in 2004 and Romania and Bulgaria to come in 2007, Brussels is a true cosmopolitan hybrid - ever developing and ever burgeoning. Continuing expansion of high-speed train links and Brussels airport also makes it an important transport hub. This all means that Brussels has more residents and visitors pouring in than ever before. But whilst cranes dominate the skyline, the old city centre remains defiantly unchanged. This mix of Euro-modernism and Belgian cultural tradition sets the future trend for Brussels as it comes to terms with the new and rigorously protects the old. "Time Out Brussels" gives the visitor an insight into the way the city works and lives and deconstructs the myth that Brussels is just a faceless bureaucratic city with a nice old square in the middle. Our resident writers brim with local knowledge and are keen to share it.
Gary Hills lives in Brussels and London and has been Consultant Editor and writer for two previous Time Out Brussels guides. He has also contributed to Time Out's Europe by Air and Time Out Online and was a chief reviewer for the Time Out Brussels & Antwerp Eating and Drinking guide.