Grand' Place & guild houses, Brussels
The best you'll find in Brussels is the 'Grande Place'. Unlike other Belgian cities, the capital has changed a lot because of its importance in the European Union ans as an important city. That means that has lost a part of the 'charm' that you'll find in other Belgian villages... however, only the Grande Place is good enough to forget this: it's really beautiful to see those great buildings, the incredible gothic Townhall... and the houses of (métiers). For example, the 'King of Spain's House' a very interesting brewery in the heart of Brussels.
La Grande Place
Grand Place is the place to go to with someone who has never been to Brussels before but having said that, I also take most of my friends to the proper beer cafés in town.
Fondest memory: What I miss when I'm not in Brussels? HM...most certainly not the rain and the filthy streets but OH yes; the surrealism! Everywhere you go there are signs of it and best of all was the 2001 Christmas installation in Grand Place. Colourful, illuminated donkeys, sheep and cows! Could only be Belgium and I love it.
The Grand Square are formerly home to the craft guilds, whoes rich guildhouses line the square, topped by golden figures which glistened with sunshine.
the Maison du Roi (King's House)
King's House faces to the Town Hall across the Grand Square.
THE FLOWER CARPET
Every two years, during the third week of August, Belgian begonia cultivators decorate the Market Place with a beautiful flower carpet.
The next flower carpet will take place in August 1998. Each year there is a different decoration theme.
Favorite thing: see the market place. This is the heart of the old town and has an orthogonal shape measuring 110 by 68 meters. The City hall with its elegant belfry dominates this rather impressive square.
see still the Market place.
Facing the City Hall is the impressive so called “Broodhuis” (in those days a depository for the baker’s guild) and is surrounded by the 17th century’s guild houses. Nowadays during daytime there is a flower market, whereas in the evening the place is brightly illuminated.
visit the city hall.
This is the most remarkable building of Brussels and one of the most beautiful gothic buildings of Belgium. The leftwing is a design from Jacques Van Thienen dated 1402; the rightwing had been built in 1449 by an unknown architect. The tower measures 90 meters in height and the wind vane measures up to 5 meters visualizing Saint Michael stabbing down a dragon. You can find more in the travelogue.
Favorite thing: walk through the cemtre, and when you are around Gran Place, look for a close street full of restaurants, your eyes will be happy of that, you will see the best fruits and seafood shown in front of any restaurant.
Go to the Grand'Place... incredibly beautiful and historic, and right in the middle of the city. You will find so many places to see, shop, and eat within easy walking distance...
Fondest memory: Having dinner at the Aux Armes de Bruxelles on my first trip to Brussels... the meal was terrific!!! Many thanks to Vinnie Gambini!
Sitting on a summer morning in the Grand Place having a coffee and watching all the activities around. This is Brussels.
I bought a painting of the buildings in the Grand Place, opposite where we sat. To add to an everlasting memory
Go to the Grand Place day or night! This square is arguably Europe's most ornate. The soaring lines of the Gothic Town Hall dominate one side, in contrast with the elaborately decorated Baroque guild halls that surround it. There's a daily flower market, a bird market on Sunday morning, and frequent musical performances.
Fondest memory: It was great the day we were there as there were many Scottish still in town from the World Cup game. They were crazy but fun.....but best of all they spoke English!
Grande Place, the main square of Brussels
Fondest memory: The old, very beautiful square, surrounded by the ancient houses of noble and rich commercial people. The buildings seem to compete with each others by their fine styles and architecture.
At the spring time there are flower festivals at the Grande Place.
enter Grand Place, the heart of the city where I think Europe's most impressive market square is. The gothic church-like edifice of the Town Hall and the Maison du Roi (King's House) faces each other across the square, surrounded with baroque guild houses embellished by magnificent gables and sculptures. The latter houses Musee de la Ville which covers the city's history and exhibits every piece of clothing ever worn by Manneken Pis. The facades of most buildings are of blackish-brown stone, against which the glistening ornamentation beautifully contrasts. I simply got lost in beauty on this square spinning around, around and around and around.
Visit the flower carpet at the Grand Place in Brussels.
It is set up every 2 years. This year it was from 14/08/2002 till 18/08/2002.
For more info you can take a look at www.flowercarpet.be
For more pics take a look at the travelogue.
Fondest memory: This year was the first time that I visited this flower carpet.
During this weekend, Sabsi & Bea were in Brussel for 2 days, so we decided to meet.