Porte de Hal

Porte de Hal, Brussels: Hours, Address, Porte de Hal Reviews: 4/5

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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC973 contributions
This "castle" looking structure is part of what was once the old city walls. Inside is a nice museum, very clean and easy to follow. Currently there is an exposition about the painter Breugel.

The museum is dedicated to the medieval period when the outer walls still enveloped the city of Brussels. Paintings, artifacts, armor, etc., from sever centuries ago are on display. Note the placards/description signs for the items on display are only in French and Flemish (Dutch).

Two cool things I enjoyed were the virtual reality booths and the panorama of the city from the rooftop. The virtual reality is set during the medieval period and is pretty neat. At the the end of the tour you find yourself on the rooftop with excellent panoramic views of Brussels.

Overall a fun museum. Given the small size, probably no more than 1 to 1.5 hours needed, even with the audio guide (which I recommend!).

Obligatory giftshop near the exit.
Written December 15, 2020
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Bianca W
London, UK1,054 contributions
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The Halle Gate is one of the original medieval city gates, it's been done up as a great museum with many exhibits over several floors. The architecture itself is worth a visit, and the exhibitions are very well curated as well.
You can climb all the way to the top to enjoy a beautiful view over the city as well.
Definitely worth a visit if you're into history.
Written April 10, 2022
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Alex L
Moscow, Russia333 contributions
Family
Awesome must visit sight ! The tower is breath taking , with the audio guide you get to dive in to the medieval times and experience and share some of the historical moments as well as embrace some of the struggles of that era . An amazing exhibition of famous painter Bruegel takes you into a virtual reality tour unlike any other . Enjoy his art macabre and make your way to the top of the tower for a breath taking view of the city . One of the best tours i have done . This was a great pleasure ! Merci beaucoup !
Written February 23, 2020
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JRMADA
United States785 contributions
We spent about 2 hours going through the exhibit here and it is well worth it. This is a medieval museum with lots of artifacts and weapons on display. The structure is impressive and fun to go through. A must when in Brussels.
Written June 20, 2022
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tbolton123
St. Neots, UK243 contributions
Visited today. It's one of the last remaining medieval gatehouses of the city wall. Each level reveals a large exhibition space show casing different aspects of Brussels past. Main highlight is the spiral staircase taking you forever upwards to the top. Brilliant views from the top (outside) and the roof space breathtaking for its internal architecture. Ps. Don't forget the sub-level for swords and bows and arrows and very clean toilets!!!
Written June 21, 2015
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Doubutsu
Newark, DE64 contributions
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Although it resembles a small castle, this 14th century building is in fact the last of seven gates in the medieval city walls that protected Brussels. It was used as a prison afterward. Note that the wide road that rings modern Brussels was built where the wall once stood. Porte de Hal (aka Hallepoort in Flemish or Halle Gate in English) has been beautifully restored and is about a 10 minute walk from Brussels Midi Station. (There is also a metro station nearby with the same name.) The appearence was originally much more austere until a 19th century restoration/upgrade.

The self guided tour begins in the basement with a selection of medieval weapons and armor. Text is in French and Flemish only. I believe there was an English audioguide available for an extra fee. Upper floors have other artifacts and there was a temporary art exhibit as well. Photography is permitted only without flash. One thing I liked was the stone spiral stairwell on the street side of the building- each floor has a unique statue of a figure in armor. Be sure to visit the top floor, which opens onto ramparts with a panoramic view of the city. Notable are ports presumably designed to drop boiling liquids on besiegers, covered with plexiglass to prevent mischief. You can also access the interior of the roof with its intricate heavy timber framework.
Written August 14, 2011
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Marco B
London, UK372 contributions
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The Halle Gate was my first port of call on our recent long weekend in Brussels/Antwerp.This is an absolutely, amazing tourist attraction and I would have to rate as one of the best things I have seen in my long weekend to Belgium.The Halle Gate looks like a Fairy Tale castle.Spread over several floors and at the top a 360 degree fantastic panoramic view of Brussels.The basement has medieval weaponry on display and is also where the toilet facilities are located.
The next floor is great with full suits of armour for both knights and horses,fantastic carvings,,a glass see through floor viewing section and the architecture of the building itself with all its fine arches.
The staircase is breathtaking,spiral steps,surrounding the central shaft with windows looking out on to it,with intricate statues on each floor of the shaft.One of the finest staircases I've ever seen.
The next floor has a St George and the Dragon statue,pictures,a variety of posts with vircular emblems at the top,etc.
The floor above this is dedicated to doll houses,it is nicely done,but not really my cup of tea and seems a little out of place with the rest of the medieval museum/building.
Then you have the 360 degree panoramic view from atop of the battlements.Full boards that explain all the landmarks that you can see.The battlements surround the central tower where you get to view the amazing,wooden trussed celings.
All in all an amazing fairy tale attraction that is well worth the 7 Euros entry fee.
The only thing that is missing is English as an option on the information boards,but i will not let that detract from awarding this superb attraction 5 stars.
Written September 2, 2018
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JimmyRiddle119
Belfast, Canada32 contributions
Friends
Recommended if perhaps you have an early afternoon train from Gare Du Midi. Gives a good taste of medieval Brussels history, but no more than a taste.
Written February 13, 2016
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MarcMich
Hasselt, Belgium915 contributions
Couples
Unfortunately, Brussels doesn't have many remainders, as old as the Hallepoort, which is about 600 years old. It's worth visiting the museum (closed on Monday - like most musea in Brussels) inside which also gives some history on the city. From the Hallepoort you can easily walk either towards the Avenue Louise shopping area, or to the Marolles traditional neighborhood.
Written June 10, 2015
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Gee231205x
Gillingham, UK786 contributions
Couples
The Porte de Hal is a gate house which remains from the original wall around the city of Brussels. it is an imposing structure close to the Gare du Midi (station). We arrived 20 minutes before closing and were informed by the man at the ticket desk (in perfect English) that we wouldn't have time to go round the museum part but could go to the observation deck for free, which was very kind. We took a very small lift up the inside of the tower, it is slightly claustrophobic so be warned. The lift opened out into a room full of disney figurines in plastic boxes which as we were unable to read the signs beside them was slightly confusing. There was a chance to see a couple of the inside rooms and then take a walk around the top part of the tower to take in the 360 view available. Worth a visit in good weather and the park just beneath the tower was nice for soaking up the sunshine. There are some signs to to one side of the tower, near the pond which may have once been a moat which tells you a little bit about its history in English.
Written April 23, 2014
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  • Mon - Thu 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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