Programme

Walking tour

Secret encounters

On this walk you will discover unusual places – some well known, others less so – that have initiated or hosted clandestine encounters. Parc de Bruxelles/Warandepark, where lovers embrace in the shade of tall trees, is also where, on a trip to Brussels, Tsar Alexander I of Russia hid from supporters of Napoleon. The walls of the Royal Palace whisper tales of King Leopold II’s amorous adventures, while Place du Musée/Museumplein can tell of the love codes devised by Charles Alexander of Lorraine, a governor of this part of the Low Countries, to arrange his secret assignations. The Galeries Royales Saint Hubert/Koninklijke Sint-Hubertusgalerijen will reveal memories of French writer Victor Hugo, who concealed his lover Juliette there. The poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, too, met nearby – although their encounters were somewhat livelier! And then there are the alleyways that provided a hiding place for those on the run, plotting a conspiracy or wanting to meet away from prying eyes. The dark interiors of churches made them ideal locations for exchanging secret information, while legendary hotels such as L’Espérance have hosted many a romantic rendezvous over the years.

In cooperation with E-Guides.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:00 and 14:00 (duration: 2 hours).

Starting point: at the exit of Parc/Park metro station, Rue Royale/Koningsstraat, Brussels

Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.

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1 5 Parc - Park
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92 93 Palais - Paleizen
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27 33 38 71 95 Royale - Koning