Walking tour

Vanity Fair in Brussels

After the turbulence of the French Revolution and all the upheavals of that period, the people of Brussels were keen to enjoy the finer things in life. Between 1800 and 1830, the city’s flourishing art de vivre attracted many foreigners (including a lot of British expats) and also left its mark on the urban landscape. On this walk, we will track down the places at the heart of this social life, including a cathedral entrance and the city’s forgotten promenades, parks, gardens, mansions, squares and ballrooms. From the urban walkway conceived at the time of Napoleon to the coach workshop converted into a splendid ballroom a few days before the Battle of Waterloo, you will follow in the footsteps of elegant ladies, British officers and Sunday strollers, at a time when a stroll in the fresh air was a complex social ritual.

In cooperation with Once in Brussels.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30, 14:00 and 16:00 (in French) and Sat. and Sun. at 10:00, 13:30, 15:30 (in Dutch) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes).

Starting point: at the exit of Arts-Loi/Kunst-Wet metro station, on the corner of Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat and Boulevard du Régent/Regentlaan, Brussels
Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.
2 6 Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet