Walking tour

The golden Grand-Place/Grote Markt (fully booked)

It may look like a medieval square, but the Grand-Place/Grote Markt we see today is actually the result of a massive rebuilding project undertaken in the late 17th century following the bombardment of Brussels by Louis XIV’s troops in 1695. Two contrasting visions for the city’s reconstruction emerged at this time. Maximilian II Emanuel of Bavaria, the governor of the Southern Netherlands, hoped to seize this opportunity to give the square a more modern look, while the guilds preferred an individualistic, conservative and ornamental design. The square has now been restored to its former, multicoloured glory and is once more the jewel in Brussels’ crown. Come and get a fresh insight into this architectural masterpiece and the history behind it!

In French only.

In cooperation with Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines (ARAU).

Practical information

Sun. at 9:00, 10:30 and 14:00 (duration: 1 hour).

Starting point: in front of the entrance to Saint-Nicolas/Sint-Niklaas Church, Rue au Beurre/Boterstraat, Brussels

Advance booking required: call 02 219 33 45 (Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 15:00). Up to 25 people per tour.

1 5 De Brouckère
3 4 Bourse - Beurs
29 46 66 71 86 88 De Brouckère
48 86 95 Bourse - Beurs