Walking tour

Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal station, the centrepiece of the North-South connection

On an average day, over 60,000 passengers get off trains at Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal, making it Belgium’s second busiest railway station by this measure. Designed by Victor Horta and completed by his student Maxime Brunfaut, it was inaugurated in 1952 following the construction of the North-South rail connection through the centre of Brussels. Built above underground railway tracks and spanning five levels to accommodate the sloping terrain, the station building, although designed in a plain, functional international style, is nevertheless a monumental and high-quality piece of architecture. While the central station is now a vital gateway to, and meeting point in, central Brussels, the North-South connection resulted in the demolition of entire neighbourhoods and the forced eviction of their residents. Join us for a tour of the station, and of the surroundings that form an inextricable part of its history and bear the scars of its construction to this day.

In cooperation with La Fonderie.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30, 13:00 and 15:00 (in French); Sat. & Sun. at 11:00, 13:30 and 15:30 (in Dutch) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes).

Starting point: in the middle of Carrefour de l’Europe/Europakruispunt, in front of Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal station, Brussels
Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.
1 5 Gare Centrale - Centraal Station
29 38 63 64 66 71 86 Gare Centrale - Centraal Station