Historic Walking Areas in Brussels

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Historic Walking Areas in Brussels

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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,392 contributions
    Mont des Arts is an urban leisure area that includes a very nice garden area as well as the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), Square Brussels and the National Archives of Belgium. It extends from Place de l'Albertine to Coudenberg.

    Most visitors likely visit here to see the hillside garden which is nicely landscaped with shrubs, trees and numerous monuments, fountain as well as a delightful Carillon. Unfortunately, the grounds can be quite trashy first thing in the morning but when clean, this is a nice public garden with good views and monument viewing.

    From the southeast, there is an elevated platform with very nice views towards the Grand Place. This is a neat spot early in the morning when the sun rises and begin to put light on the town hall in the distance.
    Written November 23, 2022
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  • June A
    Surrey, UK2,438 contributions
    This is a great place to view the city from with views sometimes out to the Atomium. I came across it completely by accident wandering around getting lost on my last day so couldn't attempt to tell you exactly where in tne city it is!
    Written July 11, 2021
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  • Trainbleu
    Brussels, Belgium28,379 contributions
    Many Tripadvisor members seem unaware that the comics museum ‘Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée’ has its own TA entry, so they post their reviews and pictures of the museum (and, these days, of themselves) here. Parcours BD (‘Beeldverhaalroute’ in Flemish), however, refers to the more than 60 large murals inspired by comics spread all over Brussels. A brochure and a map are available at the visit.brussels tourist office (2.5€) but there is plenty of free information on their website. Unless you explore Brussels on a bicycle it is difficult to see all the murals in one go because they cover a very large area and are not always easy to find (part of the fun, really), We are sure we haven’t seen them all yet. We would advise to make a choice (for instance from the illustrated list on the parcoursbd.brussels website) before setting out with small children. Otherwise, they may tire and be disappointed. The little ones might prefer the comics figurines shown at the Moof Comic’s Museum anyway.

    Some of the murals (why not all?) seem to have their own TA entry. We found entries for 'Tintin Mural Painting' (rue de l’Etuve), 'Victor Sackville Mural' and 'Broussaile Mural' (both at Rue du Marché au charbon). Confusingly the pictures posted often do not show the listed mural. We don’t know what to make of another TA entry for Brussels, ‘The comic strip wall’ at 34 rue des Fabriques because we couldn’t find any corresponding mural.

    We love the Marsupilami and Gaston Lagaffe murals based on the work of André Franquin and the Lucky Luke and Tintin and Captain Haddock murals but our absolute favourite is the 80 metres long mural at Quai des Péniches, along the canal, based on several Italian Corto Maltese albums by Hugo Pratt. It’s not in the centre, but what a sight!
    Written March 1, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK613,140 contributions
    There are lots of squares in Brussels ,obviously Grand Place is the most famous ,amazing architecture and a major tourist haunt but some little square's hold more interest to me ,square's such as Place Anneessens are cool places to visit .
    Place Anneessens is a busy square and popular ,it's not your typical Brussels square ,it's not surrounded by pubs,bars and restaurants which is the norm in Brussels ,there's a few bars here such as Cafe Bulle D'Ore but it's more a meeting place ,there's a great statue here in honour of Francios Anneessens which gives the square it's name ,the architecture is lovely around the square ,the most beautiful building on the square is Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer ,a beautiful piece of architecture indeed,I like to visit this square ,grab a beer and sit outside Cafe Bulle D'Ore and people watch ,it's a great square to check out if you're in the area.
    Written May 31, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK613,140 contributions
    Rue Haute is an extremely long street running through the Quartier Marolles ,great architecture lines this street with some amazing looking old buildings and there's lots of points of interest found along the street,lots of Stolpersteine along this street ,these are brass topped stones that were the final living places of the Jewish population who were deported by the nazi regime during World War Two ,sad ,poignant and a reminder of the way World War Two touched most every part of Europe.
    Also along this street are great pubs,bars and restaurants,as this is a working class district ,the price and quality of drinks and meals in pubs,bars and restaurants are very fair,all in all it's a great street to visit and well worth checking out if you're planning a trip to Brussels.
    Written June 10, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,392 contributions
    The Sablon Neighbourhood in Upper Town generally refers to the area and streets around The Church of Our Blessed Lady of Sablon Church, Place du Grand Sablon and Place du Petite Sablon. Buildings in the area are elegant, streets are lined with fine chocolatiers, nice French brasseries, coffee shops, bars and cobblestone pedestrian walkways. It is a neat area of the city to browse during visits to Brussels.
    Written November 16, 2022
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  • Trainbleu
    Brussels, Belgium28,379 contributions
    The most prominent feature of Place de la Chapelle is the beautiful medieval Church of Our Lady of the Chapel (‘Église Notre-Dame de la Chapelle’ or Église de la Chapelle’ in French). It shows elements of Romanesque and Gothic style. For the rest, the architecture is unremarkable or even downright ugly. The corner buildings of rue Haute (Place de la Chapelle 17) and rue Stevens are particularly ghastly. For architecture lovers the whole neighbourhood is spoiled by the absence of Victor Horta’s Maison du Peuple. This Art Nouveau gem was demolished in 1965 to build the high-rise on rue Joseph Stevens (called 'Tour du Sablon', 'Tour Stévens' or 'Tour du Sablon' ) towering over the neighbourhood.

    The unusual form of Place de la chapelle is due to the fact that it was built on the grounds of the former churchyard. The cemetary, which was surrounded by houses, was abandoned in 1784 and transformed into a square in 1822. Sadly the Obelisk fountain by French architect Barnabé Guimard (1739-1805) was destroyed in the process. It has been replaced by a replica in 2005. To the same side of the church stands a contemporary statue of Pieter Bruegel by Tom Frantzen.

    Exploring the square by walking around the church we discovered, to our utter amazement, a large and profusely tagged concrete skatepark (Skatepark des Ursulines) at the back of the church. Quite a lot of urban space in the centre of town for a niche activity.
    Written September 4, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK613,140 contributions
    On any trip to Brussels I take I always look forward to walking down Av.De Stalingrad ,a street with fine architecture all along the street and some great pubs,bars and restaurants along.
    Running roughly from Boulevard Jamar down to Rue De Midi ,some of my favourite pubs are found along here including Le Mechoui,Cafe Santana,Cafe Bebo ,Comme Chez Soi,Housiplou,Saint D'Hic and quite a few more ,were Av.De Staligingrad ends and Rue De Midi begins is Fontaine De La Rouppe on Place Fontains Plein ,a beautiful fountain and statue ,all in all it's a great street to check out if you're planning a trip to Brussels.
    Written May 27, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK613,140 contributions
    If there's one street I know I'm going to visit on any trip to Brussels I take it's Rue De Flandre .
    This is a very long street that brings you down to Porte De Flandre and is a bit of a part street ,some great pubs,bars and restaurants along this street including some of my favourite haunts such as Cafe Walvis ,01.Midpoint,Brussels Beer Project,Chez Lutgarte,La Laboureur,Au Daringman,Roskam and quite a few more ,it's a great street to check out if you're planning a trip to Brussels.
    Written June 7, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK613,140 contributions
    On any trip to Brussels I take I always visit the Sainte Catherine District ,it's such a vibrant district of the city .
    Located a stone's throw from Grand Place ,the district gains it's name from the beautiful Sainte Catherine Church that dominates Place Sainte Catherine ,one of the most popular area's of this district after Place Sainte Catherine is the former dock area comprising of Quai Du Commerce,Quai Aux Briques ,Quai Aux Pierre De Tailles and Quai Au Bous A Bruler,lots of great pubs,bars and restaurants around these streets and obviously some of the best restaurants to sample seafood,the architecture in this area is amazing ,I love visiting Sainte Catherine Church and viewing Tour Noir ( Black Tower ) is awesome ,this is what remains of the original 13th century city walls ,come Christmas time you have the magical Christmas Market in this district which is extremely popular ,all in all it's a great district of the city to visit and most definitely well worth checking out if you're planning a trip to Brussels.
    Written June 5, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK613,140 contributions
    There are lots of little squares throughout Brussels ,a cute little square to check out is Place De La Monnaie .
    This square is home to La Monnaie De Munt which is the opera house ,an unbelievably beautiful structure that looks amazing especially at night when illuminated ,around the square are a mix of modern buildings and some quite old structures ,it's busy day or night ,I love some of the great pubs here such as L'Ecuyer and La Lunette ,all in all it's a great square I highly recommend you check out if you're in the area.
    Written June 2, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK613,140 contributions
    As my twin brother Stephen and I always stay in The Bedford Hotel which is actually on Rue Du Midi,we know this street very well ,one of the liveliest streets in Brussels .
    Rue Du Midi runs on from Av.De Stalingrad ,it's a street with lots of boutique shopping outlets ,cool pubs,bars cafe's and restaurants and fantastic architecture ,this street brings you to the busy and bustling Bourse area ,I love nothing better than walking down this street ,it's great dropping into some of my favourite pubs along this street ,all in all it's a great street to check out if hours planning a trip to Brussels.
    Written May 29, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK613,140 contributions
    Anderlecht is a much maligned district of Brussels but home to some very pretty squares such as Place De L'Aviation ( Aviation Square ) .
    This is an architecturally important square in Brussels ,some fantastic buildings here such as La Prevoyance Sociale ,there's also a very beautiful monument to the showmen who perished during World War One ,the square is home to a really modern fountain and there's some great pubs,bars and restaurants surrounding the square ,all in all it's a great square to check out if you're in the Anderlecht District.
    Written June 17, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK613,140 contributions
    Place De La Bourse ( Beursplein ) was the Stock Exchange Square and is a major square in Brussels ,dominated by Brussels Stock Exchange building ,the square was created when the River Senne was covered over ( 1867-1871 ) , the beautification of this district began after the covering of the river and the architecture we see today is testament to that mammoth building scheme ,grand looking buildings on all sides of the square ,great pubs,bars and restaurants and it's very busy both day and night,all in all it's a great square to check out if you're planning a trip Brussels.
    Written June 4, 2022
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK613,140 contributions
    As my twin brother Stephen and I always stay in The Bedford Hotel Place Rouppe is only a few minutes walk away ,it's a cute little square that I always look forward to visiting ,great architecture surrounds the square ,in the centre of the square on the roundabout is Fountaine De La Rouppe ,a wonderful landmark water feature ,the square itself is great ,wonderful pubs,cafés,bars and restaurants ,Saint D'Hic,Houtsiplou,Kaffabar,Sun Cafe II are just some of the great cafés and bars I love dropping into ,it's a square that's got a cool vibe all of it's own ,it's most definitely well worth checking out if you're planning to visit Brussels or in the area .
    Written June 4, 2022
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