Walking tour

Meeting places past and present

This walk through meeting places past and present will explore two Brussels neighbourhoods with a rich and surprising historical and architectural heritage: Martyrs/Martelaars (around Rue Neuve/Nieuwstraat) and Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges/Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Sneeuw (around Place du Congrès/Congresplein). Did you know that there were public baths, a theatre and a market on this and that spot 100 years ago? What has become of these meeting places today?

As you follow the route, map in hand, your eyes will be opened to two very different neighbourhoods with buildings in the classical, neoclassical and eclectic architectural styles. You will pass a number of architectural gems, including the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, the architectural complex of Place des Martyrs/Martelaarsplein, the Hôtel de Knuyt de Vosmaer mansion and several grand town houses. You will receive a map featuring information about these two neighbourhoods, whose history is closely bound up with that of Belgium itself. The map will allow you to walk the route without a guide. You will also be invited to make your own map of the two neighbourhoods and to take photos of the meeting places past and present along the way as part of a collective effort to create a lasting memory of these locations.

In cooperation with the associations/cultural and educational venues involved as partners in MaN’Aige, residents of the Martyrs/Martelaars and Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges/Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Sneeuw neighbourhoods, and the Notre-Dame aux Neiges/Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Sneeuw neighbourhood committee.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. from 10:00 to 17:00 (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes).

Starting point: Place des Martyrs/Martelaarsplein (stopping off at Jacques Brel Youth Hostel, Rue de la Sablonnière/Zavelput 30 and returning to Place des Martyrs/Martelaarsplein), Brussels
The whole route takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to complete but you are free to break off at any time. You will do the walk without a guide. This activity is also suitable for children and accessible to people with reduced mobility.
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29 71 86 Arenberg
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