Hôtel de Knuyt de Vosmaer (fully booked)
Standing proudly on the corner of Rue du Congrès/Congresstraat and Rue de la Presse/Drukpersstraat, Hôtel de Knuyt de Vosmaer is a remarkable building. Built by architect Joseph Naert in 1878-79 in a heavily Renaissance-inspired eclectic style, it boasts three ornate façades of blue limestone linked by corner turrets.
The opulent interior decor was designed for Hector de Knuyt, the landowner’s son who commissioned the building, and for Édouard Empain, who purchased it in 1881. Empain set up a bank there, turning the upper floors into a private apartment for himself. A businessman specialising in transport, he invested significant capital in the Congo. In 1902, he was appointed by Leopold II to build a vast rail network linking the main settlements in the country, leading him to establish Compagnie Chemins de Fer du Congo Supérieur aux Grands Lacs Africains (Upper Congo/African Great Lakes Railway Company). In return, he was granted substantial land and mining rights.
Having been carefully restored, Hôtel de Knuyt de Vosmaer now houses prestigious rental offices. (Listed – 04/10/1983)
Sat.: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00.
Sun.: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00.
Sat.: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30.
Sun.: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 15:30, 16:30.
In collaboration with Brussels Chatterguides.
Guided tours in French Belgian Sign Language:
Sat. at 14:00 & Sun. at 14:30. In cooperation with Arts & Culture.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Rue du Congrès/Congresstraat 33-33a, Brussels
Guided tours and by reservation only