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Due to work on the high-speed line in The Netherlands, trains will not stop at the Schiphol station.

The Schiphol station can only be reached by local trains departing from Rotterdam. To reach Paris, Brussels or Antwerp, you must purchase a ticket from Rotterdam. Print then your travel confirmation to travel free between Rotterdam and Schiphol. This will be your ticket.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Thalys International Team

Select Rotterdam station

Due to work on the high-speed line in The Netherlands, trains will not stop at the Schiphol station.

The Schiphol station can only be reached by local trains departing from Rotterdam. To reach Schiphol, you must then purchase a ticket to Rotterdam. Print then your travel confirmation to travel free between Rotterdam and Schiphol. This will be your ticket.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Thalys International Team

Select Rotterdam station

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Parc Sobieski
Avenue Jean Sobieski
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Parc Sobieski was originally part of Léopold II's royal gardens and was solely reserved for a handful of privileged people. That time is long gone! Now everyone can pretend to be a king or queen there.

His Majesty's fruits

Leopold II was particularly fond of Parc Sobieski because of the Court fruit grown there. The second king of the Belgians had greenhouses built in the royal park to grow grapes. Orange, peach, apricot, pear and apple trees were also grown in pots and provided living fruit baskets where guests could go and pick their own dessert. A real feast!

A natural place

The royal orchard was no longer productive by 1975 and the Donation Royale made it available to Plan Vert, on condition that it turn it into a public garden. This was good news for the residents of Brussels who have been able to admire the pond and the remaining fruit trees. One item of note: the meadow is only cut once or twice a year and is left as a natural area. It's a nice contrast to the rest of the park which is impeccably maintained by the gardeners.

Sophie, 31 FASHION ADDICT

I work as a fashion consultant, tear through the papers every morning, race off to concerts whenever I can and claim ""belgitude"" as a guarantee of original quality! My little extra: new shops, trendy concept-stores, organic restaurants and artists' workshops.

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