Mike - Private Guide in BrusselsMember Since 2005
Brussels Arts Nouveaux
Culture and History tour in Brussels
Tour Price : €200 Duration : 5 hours Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
Private Guide Tour
5 hours , 200,00 euros,
40.00 for each added hour
In the years 1960/1970, after the International Brussels Exhibition, some building contractors, helped by some local politicians, decided to give Brussels a "new look". At about the same time, Brussels was choosen to become the "Capital of Europe" or Capital of the "European Union" called "Common Market" in these years.
Therefore, Brussels suffered the effects of a real architectural carnage! Magnificent aereas and beautiful houses, just desappeared, often during the night, with no official authorization. The fines or penalties were much cheaper than all the administrative procedures.
An artistic or cultural heritage is a bit like when a till gets empty, we start to appreciate the coins left. The last contractor who destroyed a house, avenue de Tervueren, was sentenced to rebuild the house "like it was"....now, we have a hole there since about twenty years..... But it worked!
Responsible people realized that most of our heritage was gone and, at once, we "discovered" our local, but recent, architectural monuments. I have to cenfess that, as a kid, I never heard the name of "HORTA" as a precursor. For some economical reasons, just like someone inherits a castle, many houses were empty for a while, hard to heat and to maintain, then, finally bought for "peanuts" and restored privately. This way, most of the houses don't accept any visits, but at least reminds proudly!
We will start, or end, our tour at Place Royale, visiting the new "Instruments Museum" This house, alled "Old England" was a sophisticated clothing gallery in the 20th. Century. According to the time of the day, we will visit the Horta Museum. Visits are possible from 02.00pm, on appointment. All together, we will have the opportunity to admire more than 30 "Art Nouveau" heritages.
Marvelous structure of the "Old England " edifice built in 1886. This splendid Art Nouveau Building by the architect Paul Saintenoy and the neo-classical by B. Guimard. This was built for the British firm "Old England ". Today it became a famous Instrumentals Museum
The home of architect and decorative artist Paul Coachie dates from 1905 and has a remarkable facade almost enterely decorated in Sgraffito, a technique similar to fresco painting.
Our Guided Tour in Brussels are waiting for you!!!
|Tour Price: €200|
|Duration: 5 hours|
|Group Size: up to 8 px. extra charge 150.00 Euros|
|Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Swedish|
|Tour package includes:|
|Airport Transfer :||YES|
|Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):||YES|
|Food and Drinks :||NO|
|Other services (fees apply):|
|Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :||YES|
|Translation services :||YES|
|Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :||YES|
|Visa support :||NO|
|This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :||NO|
|Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :||NO|
|Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :||NO|
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Latest Customer's Opinions:
The "Instruments Museum" is in a little comfortable building in style of Art Nouveau. Magnificent building! Thank you Mike, that you offer an excursion in this museum. We liked the excursion. Four floors of museum are filled with musical instruments from all over the world. Here are dulcimers, accordions and bagpipes of various sizes. Very interesting museum and very enthralling excursion.