I will be a single passenger travelling in very early April and my preferred choice of routing involves connecting at Brussels Gare du Noord Railway station. Unfortunately these connections are not at the most popular time. Outward I expect to arrive at 0515 on a Tuesday and leave on an ICE train at 0633 and then returning I will arrive at 2126 Saturday evening and leave at 0015 Sunday morning - nearly three hours later. Both are very unusual times.
I have read so much about pick pockets, beggars etc that I am not sure if this is sensible. Is there a café, secure seating or something similar open at these times on the station? I have looked at the ones that I can find out about & all have very limited opening hours and are closed when I will be there. So...
1) Is it sensible to be there at all
2) How do I make it less onerous/ more pleasurable.