Have you ever thought you can also dive in a pool? Boring? It depends on the place and Nemo 33 is definitely an exciting dive destination worth checking out during the winter in Europe!
Nemo 33: the first deepest scuba diving pool in the world
Nemo 33 in Brussels, Belgium, is the most amazing diving pool and the deepest one in the world… Well, it used to be since the opening of Y-40 in Italy in June 2014. It is supposed to be 33m deep but my dive computer said 34,4m before they installed a platform so last time I went there I had a maximum depth of 32,4m! The fresh water is heated by solar panels at 33°C so you can dive there in swimming suits even in the middle of the winter.
As a passionate underwater adventurer, scuba diving in a swimming pool was not really on the top of my list of places to dive. Yet, because I met there many good friends at the first World adventure Divers gathering and because it is always good fun, it’s always a pleasure for me to go back especially during winter time.
This pool is actually equipped with a tunnel, caves with air pockets and windows looking at the bar! One of the advantages of diving there is the price of the entrance (25 €) which includes gear so you don’t need to bring anything (for information Y-40 in Italy is much more expensive with a single entrance at 35€)!
Nemo 33 is my favourite place to organise World Adventure Divers’ meet up in Europe
Nemo 33 is kind of an unofficial World Adventure Divers’ headquarters in Europe. I have organised already 4 gatherings there. Brussels, being the capital of Europe, it makes it easy for all our my European friends to join. Be careful, Nemo 33 is a very popular place, so I recommend booking for your group or coming early in the morning to get the last spots of the day.
The Thai food served at the restaurant is incredibly tasty and they have home-made cakes to die for. The cocktail menu is also worth a try and especially the Aqua Lung cocktail! But only if you’re finished diving and if you’re not driving home!
Top things to do in Brussels
Beyond Nemo 33, Brussels is an incredible cultural city to discover the time of a long weekend (I recommend 3 days if you are spending an entire diving at Nemo 33).
These are my favourite things to do in Brussels :
- Tasting chocolate from the best chocolate maker in Europe: Pierre Marcolini, in Place des Sablons.
- Drinking a Delirium Tremens or one of the 2000 other beers offered in the bar of the same name.
- Eating giant chocolate and whipped cream waffles on Grand Place or just some Belgian fries (because no, there are not French)
- Wandering around Place du Jeu de Balle flea market.
- Walking around the city looking for Art Nouveau style buildings or the many comic strip mural paintings.
- Visiting the Magritte Museum and the Comic Strip Museum (Musée de la Bande-Dessinée).
How to go to Brussels and Nemo 33?
Brussels can be easily reached by Thalys high-speed train from Amsterdam or Paris to Brussels Midi Station. Book your train ticket 3 months in advance to get the best fares.
Nemo 33 is the south suburbs of Brussels, in the town of Uccle. You can easily get there by tram. Have a look at the map above to find your way or use the journey planner of public transportation of the city of Brussels.
Where to stay in Brussels?
I tried many different hotels in different areas in 6 trips to Brussels, but I finally think the first one where I stayed on my first trip is definitely the best. The Hotel Bloom is located next to the Botanical Garden and is a 15-minute walk to the historic centre of Brussels. It’s a design hotel with great deals to grab if you book online. Good to know, the tram station “Rogier” of line 4 is very close and goes directly to Nemo 33 in 40 minutes.
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