We have detected the Javascript function of your browser is disabled.
Please activate it to browse thalys.com in normal conditions.

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

Destinations

A deal worth trying?

Useful information

Marolles

Brussels

www.lesmarolles.be/quartier


Is this local secret a favourite of yours? Click on the heart to add it to your guide.
I’m adding it to my guide 18 have added it

Take a stroll around the Marolles, a working class neighbourhood where workers and artists rub shoulders. We’ll start our journey at the Palais de Justice above. Take the glass elevator and quietly descend.

Melting pot

We're now on a square where cafés and stalls bloom. There is a surprising trompe-l’œil on a wall. We continue to the left, on Rue Haute, where we take our time. There are good brasseries including the Melting Pot café, where a series is filmed. If you look up a little further on you'll see a fresco of Quick and Flupke on a wall. They're watching the brigadier, the Waterer Watered. We descend deeper to the right, along Rue Blaes, an alley that leads to the heart of the district.

Shopping for antiques like Tintin

Take the cobblestone street down to the Place du Jeu de Balle, the flea market where Tintin found the first model of the Unicorn. All sorts of things can be haggled for here. You can go to Les Bains, in a corner of the square, to relax. Feeling a little hungry? Try La Brocante, a typical brasserie where a reindeer smokes a pipe and musicians play on Sundays. Continue down Rue Blaes to find some amazing design and second-hand shops. Now we’re at La Chapelle church. We're done walking, at least for today!

Gabriel, 32 TENNIS PRO

I teach tennis in the city and also write about culture for a number of publications. I love to travel and meet people. My city? It's an improv concert in a down-to-earth bar, an exhibition built on a work site, a play performed in the heart of the old city... My little extra: combining sport and culture!

You might also like ...


Send this article to a friend
Your First and Lastname
Your Email
Your friends Emails
Message
Great travel deals
 
0 Favourite(s) in my guide
Find your write-ups in your personalised favourites guide. When your guide is ready, just print it out or save it.

Find your deals on the map
Things to do in Brussels
Benefits and discounts
Useful information

Your coming stay