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Private Tour: Battle of Waterloo from Brussels
"Your private tour starts with pickup from your Brussels hotel by luxury private minivan. After a 40-minute drive south arrive in the city of Waterloo. It was here where in the year 1815 one of the most significant battles in European history took place — the Battle of Waterloo.Listen as your guide explains the history of the battle during which the French army fell to the Duke of Wellington’s British and Prussian forces leaving 12000 dead and 35
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Brussels Rail Day Trip from London
"Take the inclusive sightseeing tour and enjoy the medieval architecture that makes Brussels such a visited European city. Don't miss the Grand Place the city's central hub lined with guild houses and flowers adorning the ground like a carpet. You will also see the Atomium and maybe have lunch at one of the gourmand restaurants.Travel through the European Union district featuring Parliament bu the popular bronze statue of a young boy peeing into a fountain.You have the option to hop-on and off as many times as you like at any of the 13 strategically placed stops for your own sightseeing. With bus departures every 30 minutes and the ent this is the perfect way to orientate yourself with Belgium's capital.""""At just under two and half hours why not take the opportunity whilst in London to take a day trip by Eurostar over to the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Brussels! A Hop on Hop off card is included
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Private Tour: Brussels Sightseeing Tour
"Depart your Brussels hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle for your 3-hour tour. If there’s anything you want to see more of let your guide know: your tour is private so the itinerary can be tailored to your interests.Stop at the Grand Place Brussels' magnificent medieval main square. Stroll by the baroque and Gothic buildings as you hear about their history and walk to the Statue of the Peeing Boy (Manneken Pis) to learn why this quirky monument of a urinating boy was placed here in the mid-1600s.Drive to the Laeken district home to the main residence of Belgium’s royal family. Pass St Michael’s Cathedral
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Grand' Place & guild houses Tips (52)

Wonderful place

Favorite thing I use to say that this square is the most beautiful that I know. Great proportions well balanced and harmonized buildings, precious details. The only sad thing was its dark look.

You may imagine my pleasure, when I saw that the buildings are being cleaned, and the white stone is now shining almost as much as the shining gold in some facades.

Perfect. Well done!

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solopes
May 15, 2016

GRAND PLACE - DE GROTE MARKT

Favorite thing As we came out of a side street, we came upon a beautiful sight - the GRAND PLACE 0r De Grote Markt, the central square of Brussels. As it was evening, all the buildings were lit up in all its glory. There was the Gothic Town Hall, the St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral, the The King's House or Broodhuis and the wonderful Guildhalls. And of course, the famous chocolatier - GODIVA.

Grand Place is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Picture #4 was taken by IanGrace. I have her permission to put it here on VT. Thank you so much - it is an awesome picture.

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LoriPori
Mar 28, 2012

BRUSSELS TOWN HALL

Favorite thing The Brabantine Gothic style BRUSSELS TOWN HALL is located in the famous square - Grand Place. Its tower which rises to 96 meters or 310 feet, is absolutely beautiful, especially in the evening when the whole building is lit up. The spire is topped by the archangel Saint Michael, the patron saint of Brussels. He is seen slaying a dragon.
The facade is decorated with numerous statues depicting nobles and saints.

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LoriPori
Mar 08, 2012

Grand Place.

Favorite thing Grand Place, or Grote Markt (in Flemish) is the main square in Brussels.

This beautiful square was first laid out after the construction of the town hall (1402-1455). On august 13th 1695 it was bombed to ruins by the French. In the following four years the city guilds rebuilt it.

Today it is surrounded by several guild houses from the late 17th century, by the town hall and the Broodhuis (or Maison du Roy). Some guild houses house restaurants or cafes.

The Maison du Roy houses the City Museum. There you can see the collection of costumes of the Manneken Pis.

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Maurizioago
May 30, 2009
 
 
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History of the Grand Palace in Brussels

Favorite thing When you reach the Grand Place central market square, it would be nice to know how this place came about and retained such a wonderful collection of architecture.

The Grand Place was first laid out after the construction of the town hall, at the centre of the city's commercial district. Neighboring streets still reflect the area's origins, named after the sellers of butter, cheese, herring, coal and so on. The original Grand Place was a medley of buildings constructed between the 15th and 17th centuries in a variety of styles.

The French (in an effort to draw the League of Augsburg's forces away from their siege on French-held Namur in what is now southern Belgium) launched on August 13, 1695 a massive bombardment of the mostly defenseless city centre with cannons and mortars, setting it on fire and flattening the majority of the Grand Place and the surrounding city. Only the stone shell of the town hall and a few fragments of other buildings remained standing. That the town hall survived at all is ironic, as it was the principal target of the artillery fire.

The square was rebuilt in the following four years by the city's guilds. Their efforts were regulated by the city councilors and the Governor of Brussels, who required that their plans be submitted to the authorities for their approval. The result was a remarkably harmonious layout for the rebuilt Grand Place, despite the ostensibly clashing combination of Gothic, Baroque and Louis XIV styles.

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jumpingnorman
Mar 28, 2009

Golden Figures Decorate Grand Place Roofline

Favorite thing All the buildings in Grand Place are beautifully decorated, however we particularly admired the Le Roi d'Espagne showpiece built in 1676 by the wealthy Guild Of Bakers. The octagonal copper dome is topped by a dancing golden figure.

The golden horse with rider stands out against the sky and looks very spectacular.

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Mikebb
Jan 19, 2009

Guild Houses Of Grand Place

Favorite thing The outstanding memory of our 5 day visit to Brussels was the magnificent historic buildings of the Grand Place. Many of the Guild Houses were built during the 11th century, however in 1695 all but the Town Hall were destroyed by cannon fire and subsequently rebuilt.

As our hotel was close by we visited the Grand Place daily. It is good to see that the buildings are available to the public, the Hotel De Ville (Town Hall) is used as the Toursist Information centre and musuem with daily tours.

For more detail visit: http://www.ilotsacre.be/site/en/default_en.htm

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Mikebb
Jan 17, 2009

Brussels for everyone

Favorite thing The food and night life has left a positive and lasting effect on me. There is nothing like relaxing in a restaurant before hitting the town for the night in a club (open til 6/7am). I would warn women that high heals are just too difficult to wear on the cobbeled streets. I insisted on wearing heals all the time but nearly broke them each time I left the hotel.

Fondest memory The care-free, safe enviroment of people having a good time.

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Caroline.N
Nov 01, 2006

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Norali

"More than a decade in Brussels"
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"Say Brussels?? K! let's go to find The Soul"
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breughel

"BRUXELLES - BRUSSEL - BRUSSELS"
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"Gothic treasures , art nouveaux - a royal city!"
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Belgian Best-Known Landmark

Favorite thing This is 1 of Belgian best-known landmarks, with the Town Hall and the King's House, which houses a museum, as its most famous buildings.

It's always crowded with people strolling and taking pictures or just sitting at its outdoor cafés.

At night, the buildings are illuminated by floodlights which makes an impressive spectacle.

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viddra
Sep 25, 2005

Christmass time in Brussels

Favorite thing Maybe one of the nice moments to visit Brussels during Winter time is the period starting from a couple of days before Christmass till New Year's end.
The city hall is beautiful enlighted (as ever) and the surrounding decoration and lights will add to the nice scenery.

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irisbe
Nov 02, 2004

On Grand-Place: Hotel de Ville de Bruxelles

Favorite thing This is a close-up of an important part of the City Hall :). Have a look!

Most of time, in Belgium, city halls are located on the very Grote markt or Grand-Place according to the language of the area you are visiting, so is Brussels' Hôtel de ville - Stadhuis.

Construction is reported to begin on this gothic styled building in 1402. Also, it seems that it was the only building to survive the 1695 bombing during the French occupation of Brussels.

Click here to see the whole building in case you haven't seen it yet :)

Fondest memory It's in this building that you will find the Tourism Information center. Not to mix up with another info bureau in neighbouring area.

For the cowspotting in July 2003, I agreed with Dannie (irisbe) to meet at Tourism Information center. Seems I didn't understand her explanation, I was waiting for her in front of a building housing "Office de promotion du tourisme Wallonie- Bruxelles" and "Toerisme Vlandeeren" Infopunt on Rue march? aux herbes.

I was waiting for a long time there. Finally, I went on Grand-Place to ask to some tourists with a guidebook where stands the Information center. Then, they saw in their book that there were two information bureau regarding tourism: one on Grand-Place and another one on Rue March? aux herbes.

It was time to spot a red-haired woman across the King's house... and we finally met, after some long wait, within just 50 meters distance one to each other. Silly! Of the two, it was the local who mixed up things.. :)

If you are a tourist in Brussels, looking at some information on events in Brussels, go to the city hall building. At the basement level, spot this part, right side to the main entry, where you would find guides, leaflets... We picked there the leaflets we used for the Artoncows exhibition... Of course, you'll have to enter the building :)))

Town Hall - Grand'Place / Grote Markt
B-1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32-2-513.89.40
Fax: +32-2-513.83.20
E-mail: info@brusselsinternational.be
Website: www.brusselsinternational.be

Opening hours:
Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, summer 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,winter from 10. a.m. to 2 p.m;1/1 to 28/2closed on Sunday.
Closed: 25/12 and 1/1

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Norali
Jun 02, 2004

BRUSSELS TOWN HALL

Favorite thing This is a masterpiece of Gothic civil architecture from the 15th Century.

It is also famous for the richness of its interior.

Painting, sculptures and tapestries evoke local and national history in one of the most sumptuous environments in the country!

INFORMATION AND GUIDED TOURS ON RESERVATION tel.: +32 2 279 43 50

fax: +32 2 279 43 62

Fondest memory JUST BEING THERE and....let me tell you that I am often there because it is only 1 1/2 hrs. drive from my house in the deep SW of The Netherlands, near the Belgian Border......

PLEASE, ENJOY MY TRAVELOGUES!!

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eden_teuling
Mar 26, 2004

Things to Do Near Brussels

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Hallepoort - Porte de Hal

The last remaining of the cities medieval towers. This one built in 1381 served as a prison until 1847 when it was converted to the Royal Museum for art and history, today its a museum featuring the...
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Place de Jue de Balle

I go here whenever I am in the city, and ususally come back with at least one thing that I really don't want. It's a great place to be nosey and rummage around. Its open daily, although I've learnt...
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Musée Bruxellois de la Gueuze & Cantillon Brewery

This is much better than the beer museum at the grand place! This is actually a still functioning gueuze beer brewery, and the only place where 'real gueuze' is still being made. You get a tour...
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Palais de Justice Bruxelles

This huge building is set upon a hill overlooking the city and houses the Belgium supreme court. It was built by the architect Poelart in 1883 and is larger that St. Peters in Rome. Great city views...
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Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle

The oldest church in Brussels, its construction began in 1210 and was completed by the end of the 13Th century. It reflects the transition between Romanesque and Gothic styles. A Baroque bell tower...
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La Fleur en Papier Doré / Het Goudblommeke in Papier

Not to miss is the historical pub La Fleur en Papier Doré/Het Goudblommeke van Papier at the Cellebroersstraat 55. It was once the artistic café and meeting place of Brussels’s surrealists. Magritte,...
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