Discover the Grand-Place, the Galeries Royales and our surroundings

Attractions

Discover the historical center of Brussels

BEFORE OR AFTER OUR VISIT

Grand-Place of Brussels

The Grand-Place (Grote Markt in Dutch) is the central place of Brussels. Internationally-known for its decorative and architectural richness, it’s bounded by corporations, the City Hall and the King’s House.

It is also considered as one of the most beautiful places of the world. It has been registered at the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1998.

ST MICHAEL AND ST GUDULA CATHEDRAL

The St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral is the Cathedral of Brussels. It is located next to the central station. Saint Gudula is the patroness of Brussels. On top of the building and its treasures, the cathedral also offers an underground archeologic site showing this magnificent gothic building from the 13th century.

ROYAL THEATER OF THE MONNAIE / DE MUNT

The royal Theater of the Monnaie is an Opera hall located in the center of Brussels, on the place of the Monnaie. The first building was built in 1700 by Gio Paolo Bombarda and was known as one of the most beautiful theaters of the 18th century. The actual structure built in 1855 by Joseph Poelaert succeeds and replaces the previous one unveiled in 1819 and burned down. This building witnessed the trigger of the revolution in 1830 which brought to the Independance to Belgium.

Ilot Sacré

The "Îlot Sacré" is one of the most popular districts of the historical center of Brussels. Located in the northwest of the Grand-Place of Brussels, the Îlot Sacré is an area created in 1960 following the royal decree to protect the neighbourhood of the Grand-Place and its façades against town-planning and modernization projects. Inside the Îlot Sacré, you’ll discover the culture of Brussels through the narrow streets: The puppet Theater of Toone, Jeanneke-Pis in the Fidélity impasse...

SAINT-HUBERT ROYAL GALLERIES

Close to the Grand-Place, the Queen’s, the King’s and the Prince’s galleries welcome numerous shops of luxury, watchmakers, chocolates as well as restaurants of all sorts, the Royal Theater and the Vaudeville. Every year, over six millions of visitors cross The Queen’s gallery. The skylight of the galleries protects the walkers in every weather.

COMIC ART MUSEUM

Key attraction in the heart of Brussels, the Belgian Comic Art Center honors authors and heroes of the 9th art for over 25 years. Tintin and the Smurfs pave the way to new adventures where creativity has no limits. Magnified by an exceptional art nouveau frame designed by Victor Horta, the Comic art museum is a paying tribute to the pioneers and the vision of the actual comic art.

Manneken-Pis

Manneken-Pis, meaning «the little man who pees» in the Brussels language, is a fountain in the form of a bronze statue of 55,5 centimeters high which represents a little naked peeing boy. It is located in the heart of Brussels close to the Grand-Place, at the intersection of the rue de l'Étuve et de la rue du Chêne. Manneken-Pis is the most popular symbol of Brussels citizens. He embodies their sense of humour (the Zwanze in the Brussels langage) and their independant spirits.

CHOCOLATE MUSEUM OF BRUSSELS

The Choco-story Brussels - it is the Cacao and Chocolate Museum of Brussels dedicated to the chocolate exhibition, the cacao products and their history in Belgium or elsewhere. The Museum has been created in 1998 by Jo Draps - daughter of Pierre Draps – one of the founders of the Belgian Chocolate maker Godiva.

MAURICE BÉJART HOUSE

For over 30 years The choreographer Maurice Béjart lived in this house where his career can be explored through numerous documents. The permanent exhibition called «Béjart Parcours Libre» gives to the visitor the occasion to discover the place where the choreographer lived as well as information of his ballets: programs, posters, handwritten texts, original drawings, photographs, videos...

Brussels SightSeeing - RED BUSSES

Welcome to the heart of Brussels! The departure of the two lines of the «red busses» is located to the central station, a few meters from the Arcadi Café! The first stop of the Line 1 is at the Boulevard de l’Impératrice 54. The first stop of the Line 2 is at the Rue de Loxum 6.