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Brussels: A Culture and Arts Tour

Explore this unassuming capital's unique and impressive mix of museums, art centers, and streetscapes
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.8 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Often overshadowed by European capitals with seemingly more star power, this under-appreciated city has got a decidedly eclectic... more »

Tips:  This safe and easily navigable city has few potential hazards. But if you do go out at night, be cautious around busy metro stations... more »

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There is nothing novel about including La Grand Place on a tour of Brussels, but this UNESCO World Heritage site is the historic, architectural, and cultural heart of Brussels--and, well, it is simply beautiful to behold.

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The Belgian Comic Strip Center is about a 15 minute walk from Grand Place. Turn onto Rue de la Colline/Heuvelstraat (southeast corner of Grand Place). Turn right onto Rue du Marché aux Herbes/Grasmarkt and continue to Bergstraat/Rue de la Montagne for 250 meters. Turn right onto Arenbergstraat/Rue d'Arenberg then left onto Bld de l'Imp... More

It's about a 20 minute walk from the Comic Center to the museum. Head southeast on Rue des Sables/Zandstraat back toward the roundabout where you will take the 1st exit onto Bld de Berlaimont/de Berlaimontlaan and walk for about 300 meters. Continue onto Bld de l'Impératrice/Keizerinlaan for 400 meters. Make a slight left onto Infante... More

Head southwest on Rue de la Régence/Regentschapsstraat for 140 meters then turn right on Rue Bodenbroek/Bodenbroekstraat which becomes Pl. du Grand Sablon/Grote Zavel. Destination will be on the right.

Is it really possible to understand Brussels's culture without an up-close-and-personal study of the chocolate for which it is so famous?... More

The next walk should take about 15 minutes. Head northwest on Pl. du Grand Sablon/Grote Zavel. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Rue Lebeau/Lebeaustraat for 180 meters. Go through Pl. de la Justice/Gerechtsplein and turn right onto Bld de l'Empereur/Keizerlaan. Take the stairs for 130 meters (stairs are to your left) and continue onto Rue ... More