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The so-called House of the...

Favorite thing The so-called House of the Dukes of Brabant in the Grand Place - actually a group of 7 houses, each with a different name. The ensemble is called 'The Dukes of Brabant' because on the first floor, under the windows, the statues of the dukes can be seen. No duke or king actually lived here. The names of the houses are: The FAME - The HERMIT - The FORTUNE - The WINDMILL - The TIN POT - The HILL - The BEURS

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sandysmith
Aug 24, 2002

The spire of the Hotel de...

Favorite thing The spire of the Hotel de Ville in the Grand Place

Brussels was originally built around the Grand Place. The central area of the city near the Grand Place has a pleasingly distinctive style of architecture. Miscellaneous events such as expositions are held in the Grand Place. Modern Brussels is built outward from the Grand Place.

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benzerga
Aug 24, 2002

THE TOWN HALL

When entering...

Favorite thing THE TOWN HALL

When entering the Market Place from one of the seven side-streets, one's eyes are drawn automatically to the gothic tower of the town hall pointing skywards. Up to this day the 'Hotel de Ville', or 'Stadhuis' is considered to rank among the most beautiful city halls in the Low Countries.

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benzerga
Aug 24, 2002

A beautiful evening at Grande Place

Fondest memory We were sitting outside a cafe on Grande Place on a saturday night when the lights went out and music started. The illumination of the flowers of the Tapis des Fleurs took place and it was an atmosphere to die for. A hot summer night, a cold drink, beautiful music and lights....

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Aug 24, 2002
 
 
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come to the world famous...

Favorite thing come to the world famous Grand-Place to chill out. Yes, this is indeed one of Europe's finest medieval squares... and the main tourist attraction of the city of Brussels. Magnificent Renaissance-styled houses formerly belonging to guilds and corporations (as I've been told) line the square.

On Sundays, this whole area turns into a lovely flower and bird market respectively. Others (like the locals and tourists alike) are seen spending their time wandering around and admiring the beautiful buildings.... Some were even spotted sitting down on one of the many terraces having a good Belgian beer. :-) At other times throughout the year, concerts and musical happenings are organized and, I guess THE most famous events that take place here are the annual Ommegang (a historical procession at the beginning of July) and the Flower Carpet Show.

Hm, I think I can stay here all day and never feel bored!

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Krystynn
Aug 24, 2002

Fondest memory Take a closer look at the enchanting Hôtel de Ville (the Gothic Town Hall) building here at the Grand Place.

If you strain your eyes.... and focus it to the top of the tower, you'd see a copper statue of St Michael slaying the devil! Can you see it?

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Krystynn
Aug 24, 2002

Fondest memory Standing in front of the buildings in this square, and seeing the beautiful facades was an awesome sight. When I was a child I had a jigsaw puzzle of the buildings, taken during a flower market, that I did over and over again. To see it in reality was one of my best memories of this beautiful city.

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Travel_Gal
Aug 24, 2002

You won't avoid the Grand Place

Favorite thing The Grand Place is the probably the most famous place of Brussels, and, when you're standing in the middle of it, you quickly understand why... It's just hectic !!!

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Town Hall

Favorite thing You will find the town hall in the Grand Place... The town hall is a beautiful building with lots of decorations...great for photos... :)

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CandS
Sep 19, 2003

Market square (Grand Place - Groote Markt)

Favorite thing Beautiful set of Guild houses dominated by the Town hall and the King's house. Sit down on one of the terraces, have a good Belgian beer and admire the square!

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Zuzka
Jul 02, 2003

Grand Place...

Favorite thing Spend some time wandering around at the Grand Place, the main square of Brussels, it is really beautiful!

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CandS
Apr 12, 2003

Explore!

Favorite thing The beautiful Grand Place, right in the center of the city, has a flower market most days and is a good place to start from - just walk in any direction - somehing interesting will turn up.

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Jan 08, 2003

Things To Do in 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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