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9 Hour layover in Brussels

I'll be traveling from Africa to Italy with a nine hour layover in Brussels in early January. I'm very nervous about leaving the airport, but I almost went crazy with a mere 5 hours in the Brussels airport before. Can I safely leave the airport and see the old city center and make it back in comfortable time? If my bags are checked through to Italy, is there any reason I would need to retrieve them before departing airport, or can I simply take my carry-on and head out? Thanks in advance!

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Brussels would be one of the easier cities on a layover. The train station is right in the airport. Take the train to Brussels Central and you can walk to the Grand Place. Your bags should be checked through.

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There's 2-3 trains per hour from the airport to the city, and the trip is short. You will have more than enough time to take in a museum or two. I would recommend the Musical Instrument Museum and the Royal Museum of Military History- huge display here on the world wars.

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If the European Parliament is in session, try to get there to watch it live. You get a tour of the parliament building too.