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Brussels Town Hall (Hotel de Ville) Tours

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Brussels Town Hall (Hotel de Ville)
Dominating the Gothic and Baroque mansions of Brussels’s glorious cobbled Grand-Place from the south side, the spectacular City Hall has a flamboyant Gothic façade and more restrained classical additions lying around a courtyard behind it.

Begun in 1402, this beloved local landmark was largely designed by Flemish architect Jacob van Thienen, but its distinctive lacy central belfry is the work of his compatriot Jan van Ruysbroeck and doubles the height of the façade, reaching up to 320 feet (97 m). It is adorned with a copper statue of St Michael – the patron saint of Brussels – killing a dragon; the belfry is useful to navigate by when lost in the charming tangle of streets of Brussels old city, especially when gloriously floodlit at night. The entire building is encrusted with 294 sculptures of saints and public figures, which were added by 91 different artists during the late 19th century.

A tour of the interior begins with a stunning marble staircase lined with busts of the mayors of Brussels from 1830 onwards and incorporates visits to the Gothic Chamber, Marriage Chamber and College Chamber. They are all largely neo-Gothic in style, thanks to the 19th-century restoration of the town hall, and are decorated with burnished wood paneling and ornate tapestries depicting ancient trades.

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Within walking distance of Centrale and Bourse train stations, the Grand-Place is in a pedestrianized area of Brussels. The City Hall is open for guided English-language tours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings plus Thursday afternoons by prior appointment. Tours on Sunday at 10am and 2pm, and Wednesday at 3pm do not require prior booking. Admission is discounted with the Brussels Card.
Address: Hotel de Ville de Bruxelles, Grand-Place, Bruxelles 1000, Belgium
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Brussels Town Hall (Hotel de Ville)

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Brussels Card

Brussels Card

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Discover the spectacular city of Brussels with a Brussels Card to gain free admission to over 41 museums across the Belgian capital. Enjoy fantastic discounts at a selection of shops and restaurants and peruse the enthralling exhibitions of the city’s museums absolutely free. Select from either a 24-, 48-, or 72-hour card to suit your schedule and upgrade to add a public transportation ticket to your card.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Brussels all-in discovery tour: beer, waffles, mussels and chocolates

Brussels all-in discovery tour: beer, waffles, mussels and chocolates

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Discover the cultural delights and delectable bites of Belgium on a culinary tour of Brussels. Accompanied by a gastronomic guide, visit the glamorous Royal Galleries (Galeries Royales St-Hubert) and the gorgeous Grand Place while stopping intermittently at charming cafes, ambient taverns, and refined restaurants for a taste of Belgium’s culinary culture. Savor the rich flavor of local delicacies like steamed mussels, crunchy frites, and sublime chocolate and gain fascinating insight into the culinary and cultural traditions of the country from your expert guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Brussels Small Group Walking Tour

Brussels Small Group Walking Tour

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See the best of Brussels on a 3-hour walking tour to the area’s top landmarks. In addition to navigating the winding streets for you, your guide offers little-known anecdotes about each stop on the itinerary, from the Grand Palace to the Manneken Pis. This tour is limited to a group of 10 people, which ensures a more personal experience and plenty of time for questions.
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  • 3 hours
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Brussels Private Walking Tour

Brussels Private Walking Tour

Explore the top sites of Brussels with a local guide with this private walking tour of the Belgian capital. You'll start at the famous Grand Place, the city's central square, and make your way to the nearby Manneken Pis statue. You'll then visit the beautiful Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries shopping arcades before heading to the Museum of the City of Brussels, the Town Hall, and the Royal Palace.
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  • 3 hours
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Walk & Explore Bruxelles with the interactive Qula City Trail

Walk & Explore Bruxelles with the interactive Qula City Trail

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Price per group of 2-6 people. Within 2 hours the Bruxelles City Trail will guide you along the best spots in Bruxelles, while playing fun riddles and assignments on your smartphone. Try to set a top score with family or friends and explore the city. There are no fixed starting times or reservations, you pick your own day and time. The Trail is available 24/7 and there is no time limit - you can start, pause and stop whenever it suits you! It's offered in multiple languages (Eng, Ger, Fr, Ned, Sp, It and more).The City Trail is great fun and the most affordable outing for families and groups of friends. How does it work? With your booking, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to play the Trail on your smartphone. Android or IPhone compatible. Once at the starting point, you begin your quest through the city, it's that easy!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private 4-hour City Tour of Brussels with driver and tour guide w/ hotel pick up

Private 4-hour City Tour of Brussels with driver and tour guide w/ hotel pick up

Resultado de imagen de why visit brussels? Voted many times round as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, it is definitely a reason to visit the EU capital. Surrounded by exquisite buildings, it's listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lined with restaurants and lively cafes.
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  • 4 hours
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Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Brussels with official tour guide

Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Brussels with official tour guide

Voted many times round as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, it is definitely a reason to visit the EU capital. Surrounded by exquisite buildings, it's listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lined with restaurants and lively cafes.
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  • 4 hours
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