Guild Houses
Guild Houses
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,547 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best of Grand Place
    Brussels' Grand Place is one of the most beautiful city squares in Europe and the world. The row guildhalls gleaming at night is an iconic photo of the Belgian capital. Do visit it both day and night to get a complete picture. It is surprisingly lively after dark.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • tk3232
    Sugar Land, Texas3,828 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gilded houses were not "gilded" during our visit
    Smart to start your visit to Brussels from this square Grand Place to enjoy the history and grandeur of the city and its building which are usually called "Guild Houses". Magnificent Town Hall (Hotel de Ville), impressive King's House (which now houses the City Museum), Swan House and other fancy smaller building giving the square its uniquely grand medieval character are former guild halls (now mostly shops and restaurants). They have impressive gabled roofs topped with statues, and gray stone facades trimmed in gold. Unfortunately, in September there were no evening performances such as a light and sound show, and there were no “gilded houses” illuminated with gold colors and lights.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Nick F
    Greece124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very beautiful and elegant
    The Grand Place square, 110 m long and 68 m wide, is surrounded by 29 buildings of the Houses of various craft and trade guilds, built at the end of the 17th century. The citizens smile that thanks to King Louis 14, on whose orders almost the entire city was destroyed, the new version of the square has become even more beautiful. Built in the Flemish Baroque style, the guild buildings are richly decorated with statues and sculptures, ornaments and reliefs. For me, the most interesting buildings are located on the right, when looking from the Town Hall. There are 6 guild houses on this side of the square, the names of which you can learn on your own or from your guide😎.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 30, 2024
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Nick F
Greece124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Grand Place square, 110 m long and 68 m wide, is surrounded by 29 buildings of the Houses of various craft and trade guilds, built at the end of the 17th century. The citizens smile that thanks to King Louis 14, on whose orders almost the entire city was destroyed, the new version of the square has become even more beautiful. Built in the Flemish Baroque style, the guild buildings are richly decorated with statues and sculptures, ornaments and reliefs. For me, the most interesting buildings are located on the right, when looking from the Town Hall. There are 6 guild houses on this side of the square, the names of which you can learn on your own or from your guide😎.
Written January 30, 2024
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Brussels' Grand Place is one of the most beautiful city squares in Europe and the world. The row guildhalls gleaming at night is an iconic photo of the Belgian capital. Do visit it both day and night to get a complete picture. It is surprisingly lively after dark.
Written June 15, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,027 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We returned to this splendid square many times day and night. At night it was especially spectacular with the lights on the classic buildings. Really gorgeous architecture. Lots of bars and restaurants all around.
Written September 18, 2020
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Ioannis Vasileiadis
Athens, Greece140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Maybe the most impressive square! Guild houses and Grand place are so impressive especially during the Christmas holidays. If you visit Brussels during the winter , you must be there with all these lights during the night! The spectacle is truly incredible!
Written December 13, 2021
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Michael H
Fort Walton Beach, FL189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
In the Grand Place of Brussels are the guild houses. Each house has a history of certain guildes, or medieval trade unions. Home to brewers, cheese farmers, bakers, tanners, carpenters, ironworkers, and textile traders, the Grand Place helped centralize the business community.

Each guild would establish industry standards, set prices for services or products, and serve to protect the workers of that trade. Boatsmen row is unique as all of the buildings look like the back of galley ships.

Be sure to see "The Swan" as this is where Frederich Engels and Karl Marx wrote "The Communist Manifesto" and were subsequently exiled from Brussels. In 1852, Victor Hugo resided in "The Pigeon" while he finished "Le Miserables". Every house has a unique history and architecture on the outside. Enjoy Europe's best square!
Written June 27, 2014
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natalija
Belgrade, Serbia1,388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
A number of historic guild houses can be found on the Grand Place in Brussels Belgium.
Built in the late 1600s, guild houses existed for trades such as haberdashers, boatmen and bakers.
Written August 2, 2019
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TriedAndTested812
Nottingham, UK76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Stayed in a hotel near by so saw this in the day and the night. Its beautiful with all the surrounding buildings light up and great cafe's near by with a few singers who come and play guitar and walk around the square.
Written August 30, 2019
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LSF Chicago
Chicago, IL274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The Grand Place is the gorgeous main square in Brussels. Along one side are the facades of the guild houses built in the late 1600's. They include the shipbuilders, breadbakers, archers, and on the other end the beermakers. They are all beautiful buildings, so much so that they pretty much bankrupted themselves building these houses.
Written September 4, 2019
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Leonardo Malta
Campo Grande, MS158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
This is the famous square surrounded by sidewalks and buildings of the Belgian and European Union Administration, besides good restaurants such as the hard rock. During the night, the lights that illuminate the buildings are a spectacle and the whole place is visible 360 degrees.
Written August 29, 2018
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hezi m
Israel120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Different views for those historical buildings, standing from the 17th century. Note the asymentry in the cathedral building...
Written March 7, 2018
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