Venue

Venue

Congress Venue – ESPCR Meeting 2019

THE VENUE: PALAIS DES ACADÉMIES
Palais des Académies Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Bruxelles

Originally built for the Prince of Orange between 1823 and 1825, the Palace of the Academies is one of the city’s most prestigious palaces. This place is steeped in history: it was home to the Prince of Orange during the Dutch period and it is now residence to the Royal Academy of Science and Arts and the Royal Academy of Medicine. Located in the heart of the capital, between the European district and the historic center, the building represents a late but pure example of neoclassicism. Its neoclassical style, its harmonious facade, its halls enhanced with gold and marble, its gardens inhabited by statues and fountains make it an exceptional place, ideal to host seminars, congresses or events. For instance, Salle du Trône is the palace most prestigious hall. In the past, his vast ceremonial room was Prince of Orange’s preferred choice for the organization of balls and ceremonies. Another picturesque hall is the Galerie de Marbre, an ancient portrait gallery which offers a breathtaking view of the Royal Palace and the royal district. Its chandeliers, its marble and its barrel vault make it one of the most beautiful halls of the palace. In contrast with the previous halls, Auditorium Albert II offers a more contemporary environment through the bright colors of its chairs and pavement.

HOW TO GET TO THE PALAIS

BY BUS
Line: 38, 54, 71 and 95 (Stop Trône)
BY METRO
Line: 1 and 5 (Stop Arts-Loi), 2 and 6 (Stop Trône)

BY TAXI
Autolux : Tel. (0)2 411 41 42
Taxis Bleus : Tel. (0)2 268 00 00
Taxi Victor Cab : Tel. (0)2 425 25 25
Taxis Verts : Tel. (0)2 349 49 49

BY CAR
There are a number of car parks available in the city centre. The budget for the parking is from 2€ per hour or 10€ for 24 hours.Next to Palais des Académies:

Parc Royal: 7 min. walk

Porte de Namur: 5 min. walk

THE CITY

As the center of European culture and institutions, Brussels is a place to discover. Famous for its chocolates and beers, museums, beautiful parks and architecture, Brussels is also the N°1 destination for congresses in Europe, Europe’s decision-making capital and a city characterized by a multi-layered atmosphere. Ideally located right in the heart of Europe, the Belgian capital is accessible through excellent air, road and rail connections. There are three main train stations serving the city, Brussels Nord, Centrale and Midi, providing train routes all over Europe, especially the Netherlands, Germany, UK and France. The city is also served by the Brussels Airport (Zaventem), which is an international airport just 11km from the center.

HOW TO GET TO BRUSSELS

Brussels has 4 main international train stations:
  • North Station, called Bruxelles-Nord (in Dutch : Brussel-Noord) for Amsterdam
  • Central Station, called Bruxelles-Central (Brussel-Centraal)
  • South Station, called Bruxelles-Midi (Brussel-Zuid) for London (Eurostar), for Paris (Thaly) and France (TGV)
  • Luxembourg Station, called Bruxelles-Luxembourg (Brussel-Luxemburg) for Luxembourg
Brussels has two main airports: Brussels Zaventem Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport.

FROM BRUSSELS ZAVENTEM AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTRE
This airport is located in the area of Zaventem, not far from Brussels city centre. Trains leave from the airport every 15 minutes to Bruxelles-Centrale. STIB Buses #12 and #21: Buses run every 20-30 minutes to the city centre.

FROM BRUSSELS SOUTH CHARLEROI AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTRE
This airport is located 55km southward from Brussels city centre. Brussels City Shuttle: Shuttles operate every 30 minutes to Bruxelles-Midi