Many of you will wonder, how did it came to my mind and went to this unknown city, where they are so many popular destinations in the world. Especially, the Belgians may think: Why did she go to that poor and indifferent city, where we have so many beautiful places in the rest of the country?
The reason I came to Charleroi
My trip had a purpose: to visit Bruges in holiday season. My flight had arrived few minutes before midnight on Brussels South Charleroi airport. So we decided to spend the night in Charleroi to a hotel next to the station and the morning after we would hop on a train and go to Bruges. This whole plan was just to avoid inconvenience at the night of our flight.
After the experience I had, I think it would be better if we had took the bus from the airport and go straight to Bruges. Our hours on Charleroi were a waste of time. But generally I’m a positive person and I try not to take all things in the wrong way so I tried to enjoy my staying there. So, I’m presenting you below, the experience I had in my short visit in Charleroi.
Short description of the city
Charleroi has two parts, Ville Haute (upper town) and Ville Basse (down town). The are we stayed is Ville Basse. The most picturesque part of this area is the point where Sambre river passes through. On the one side there beautiful tree lines and from the other side is the building of the central train station, which is a very beautiful building from 1874 and renovated in 2011.
We stayed for 1 night at the hotel Hotel Ibis Charleroi Centre Gare. It cost us 70 for 1 night , 2 persons without breakfast. We chose it for its ideal location next to the train station. The room was small, but for 1 night it was bearable But personally I liked the view from the window when I woke up, The elegant bridge above the river with the combination of the train station building and the background of the sunset. It made my day.
I didn’t got the change to eat an appropriate meal in this city, so I cannot have an opinion if they have a good food option. The only meal I had the chance and the time to enjoy in Charleroi is the breakfast in one of the most widely know chain-brand cafe in Belgium, Panos cafe. So in conclusion, this town is not for tourists, not for travelers. I’m not gonna say it’s awful, It’s just that I went there during holiday season and all I felt there was not joy, but misery and other negative emotions. So if you happen to get there because of the low-cost fare airport, don’t visit the city. Just hop on to a train or a bus and go to a city more beautiful and interesting.