Walking tour

Neoclassical Brussels – a city all dressed in white

From the mid-18th century onwards, Brussels underwent a radical transformation. The medieval city had had its day: it was time for an overhaul to bring it into the modern world! For a prime example of the changes made to the urban landscape, you need look no further than the Royal Quarter. The upper city’s rough, winding streets were quickly levelled to make way to beautifully airy, tree-lined avenues, Charles V’s private hunting ground (warande) became a place for people to walk and stroll, and bright, modern buildings were erected to the delight of the ruling classes. In barely a century, the people of Brussels saw the old imperial quarter take on a modern face, as its feudal disarray was replaced with the results of a carefully thought-out, well-structured urban planning process. The ‘white city’ was born! As you wander through the streets of 21st-century Brussels, take a moment to admire, understand and appreciate the neoclassical urban space and its architecture.

In French only.

In cooperation with Once in Brussels.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30, 14:00 and 16:30 (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes).

Starting point: in front of the entrance to the Palace of Charles of Lorraine, Rue du Musée/Museumstraat, Brussels
Advance booking required at (in the ‘Activities’ dropdown menu, select ‘Discoveries and lectures’ and click on ‘Heritage Days: Neoclassical Brussels – a city all dressed in white’ to book your place). Up to 20 people per tour.
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