Walking tour

From plain white to a world of colour: a stroll through a spectrum of architectural styles

This tour sets off from the neighbourhood around the former site of the Brussels Observatory, an area marked by sober neoclassical façades adorned with pale plaster and paint. From there, you will go on to explore the far more colourful eclectic, Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture that can be found on the other side of the Maelbeek/Maalbeek valley, with their polychrome brickwork, white stone and blue limestone highlights, sgraffito and ceramic features, woodwork and stained glass. The tour will also cover the measures implemented to preserve the harmonious balance characterising the area’s architecture, from town-planning rules and the use of certain colour palettes to appropriate maintenance techniques, and more.

In cooperation with Homegrade.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 and 15:00 (French) and at 10:30 and 14:30 (Dutch) (duration: between 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours).

Starting point: Homegrade, Place Quetelet/Queteletplein 7 (tour ends at Square Armand Steurs/Armand Steurssquare – participants can either leave the group here or take the no. 61 bus back to the starting point with the organisers), Saint-Josse-ten-Noode/Sint-Joost-ten-Node

Up to 15 people per tour.

2 6 Botanique - Kruidtuin
92 93 Botanique - Kruidtuin
61 Traversière - Dwarsstraat
65 66 Quetelet