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Brussels: An Architectural Tour of the City

Discover why this under-appreciated capital is worthy of some well-earned architectural accolades
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.3 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Brussels can lay claim to one of the world's grandest squares, gorgeous Gothic churches, and endless Art Nouveau masterpieces, to name... more »

Tips:  This tour's last stop is at the Victor Horta museum. The museum opens at 2pm and runs until 5.30pm however, it is essential to aim to... more »

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To plot your route here, use the city's handy public transportation Journey Planner.

Brussels' pride and joy, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an essential stop.

Resplendent in its ornate Gothic excess (with a touch of Baroque thrown in for good measure), Brussels' architectural icon was originally built in the 13th century. The square was... More

Leave the square via rue de la Colline (towards the south end) to rue du Marche aux Herbes to get to this marvelous shopping arcade just a few minutes away.

This ornate shopping arcade was an architectural coup for the country when it was built in 1847 as it represented the first glass-covered shopping plaza in continental Europe. It was designed... More

Head southeast to rue Bergstraat/Rue de la Montagne. Turn right onto Arenbergstraat/Rue d'Arenberg. Go through the small park to reach the church.

This is the city's best known cathedral and where members of the Royal Belgium family have been married.

The church honors the two patron saints of the city: the archangel St. Michael and the martyr ... More

The next stop is about a 10-minute walk. Head south from the church to Rue du Marquis/Markiesstraaton. Turn left onto Rue de Loxum/Loksumstraat. Continue onto Houtmarkt which becomes Rue Ravenstein/Ravensteinstraat and walk for about 300 meters.

This area centered around the historic square, Place Royale, is known as Kunstberg/the Mont des Arts ... More

Though you could walk, it would take about 40 to 50 minutes. The best way to get to the museum will depend on the time of day and exact day you are traveling. The surest way to find the quickest and most convenient route is via Brussels' Journey Planner (using, for example, BOZAR as your departure point and Musee Horta as your destination).

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