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Very handy during my 10 days in Brussels
on August 23, 2005
Came in very handy during my 10 days in Brussels. Durable and quick to fold/unfold; fitted in the front hip pocket of my travel shorts. Shows all the little streets, main tourist sites and hotels, although the small print can be hard to read. Includes a street index. Street names are in French only (contrary to what the previous reviewer said), but that's adequate, as Brussels scrupulously signposts every street in both French and Flemish, and the predominant spoken language is French. The lamination is suitable for sticking on tape flags or even scotchtape for writing notes on.
Shows Metro stations as color-coded dots but doesn't explicitly show the lines connecting them, so I had to refer to a transit map initially to be certain how the Metro lines ran. However, Brussels' transit network is complex enough that you will need to carry a separate transit map anyway if you plan to use the trams or buses as well as the Metro.
The city tourist office gives out a free map of the city center that is actually easier on the eyes, but covers a much smaller area, lacks a street index and doesn't show Metro stations.
Update April 2012: The map has been revised since I wrote my review above. I notice the current edition shows the Metro lines explicitly.