Mike - Private Guide in BrusselsMember Since 2005
Brussels. The Classical Tour
Culture and History tour in Brussels
Tour Price : €200 Duration : 4 hours Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
Private Brussels Guide Tour
Brussels - The Classical Tour. World Famous "Grand Place" The Town Hall - "Manneken Pis!" - "real Brussels Waffel" - The Grand Sablon - famous Antiques Market - The "Notre Dame" Church - The Justice Palace (Law Courts of Brussels) - Lower Town - Avenue Louise - Fashion Boutiques area - Bois de la Cambre
We recently commemorated our Millennium, I wouldn't confirm the date, due to many controversies, but, for sure, Brussels has reports of churches built in the second part of the 10th Century. Most probably, the town really started to grow around a bridge built on The Senne, river crossing Brussels. Don't get confused with The Seine crossing Paris!
Depending on your time and historical / architectural interests, I would propose you:
The CLASSICAL TOUR (4 hours)
The rate would be 200,00 euros,
40.00 euros per additional hour.
We would start our visit on the World Famous "GRAND PLACE" The Town Hall was built between 1.402 to 1.445 and raises majestically, (visit options ), surrounded by 16th and 17th Centuries mostly well preserved houses with each, proper secrets and history. In the area, we won't miss to pay a visit to our Local National Pride, I present "MANNEKEN-PIS!"
We also will take a break, and savour a "real BRUSSELS WAFFEL" We will continue our visit, passing (stopping) , The Grand Sablon, who became a famous Antiques Market, and admire The "NOTRE DAME" Church, another jewel of the Capital, and his marvellous, original stained glasses! Further, "Up Town" we will admire The JUSTICE PALACE, the biggest in the World.
From there, we also have a nice "vista point" and a great panorama on the Lower Town. We will discover the Avenue Louise, and all the Fashion Boutiques area, to end at the Bois de la Cambre, our "st Central Park" and the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, not only known for its expensive houses but also for the initial building of the first Brussels University. We will gently return to the center, passing the La Cambre Abbey, mostly forgotten beauty on all tours, and pass the European Union area.
Brussels is the Capital of Europe. Also have a little exercise, climbing the stairs of our wonderful "Cinquantenaire" Arch, built in 1887, to commemorate the "Fiftieth Anniversary" of our Freedom. The view "up there" is majestic. We will also pass the "KING'S PALACE" the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, Recently renovated after about 50 years works! To end the tour, this is my pride, we will visit the "popular area" starting Place de la Chapelle to end at Halles de Saint-Gery, (where Brussels started ?) and the St. Catherine (ex-fish marked) area. This part of the town was deserved by "canals" up to the end of the 19th Century, and was the general food market of the City. Unfortunately, all these canals were covered and became streets, but to remember these good old days and the atmosphere, all streets kept their original "quay" name.
This tour can be extended by visiting the Atomium, built in 1958 for the International Exhibition, and the King's Residence.
We also are going to pass plenty of most interesting museums.
All these visits are possible together or individual.
The Grand'place (Grote Markt - Market Square). The Grand Place is the main tourist attraction of the city of Brussels. All through the year it is visited by thousands who like to spend some time wandering around and admiring the beautiful buildings, or sitting down on one of the many terraces having a good Belgian beer Concerts and musical happenings are organized all through the year on the square. The most famous events that take place here are the annual Ommegang (an historical procession at the beginning of July) and the biennial flower carpet.
Manneken pis. - This small bronze statue of a chubby boy urinating into a fountain is known as "Brussels' oldest citizen." The first mention of the statue came from documents dating back to about 1377, but the current version is a copy; the original was kidnapped by French soldiers in 1747. In restitution King Louis XV of France presented the statue with a gold-embroidered suit, the first of a collection of ceremonial costumes that now numbers over 500.
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The Palace Of Justice. - Although this gigantic edifice does not really belong to the Sablon, it nevertheless dominates the area. It was built between 1860 and 1880 by Joseph POELAERT in eclectic style. It is believed to be the biggest building constructed in the 19th century in the world. The palace of justice is situated on top of a hill, which was called "gallows hill" in the Middle Ages. The dimensions of the palace are awesome: it is 105 m high and covers a total surface of 24.000 square meters. It still functions as the supreme court of law for Belgium
Bois de la Cambre. - In the district of Ixelles you'll find the more quiet and tranquil part of busy Brussels. Here you'll find the beautiful Bois de la Cambre (forest), parks, ponds, and the Abbey de la Cambre, which was founded in 1196 by the Sisters of the Cistercian Order. The building however was rebuilt during the 17th and 18th century after suffering extensive damage during the Wars of Religion. The only remaining section of the original is the church itself, which dates back to the 14th century.
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The Vrije Universiteit. - The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is the offshoot of the French-speaking Universit? Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) that was founded in 1834 by a Brussels lawyer with Flemish origins, Pierre-Th?odore Verhaegen. He wanted to establish a university that would be independent from the state and the church and where academic freedom would reign.
The King's House (Grand-Place) - The Dutch name "Broodhuis" (I.e. bread house) clearly shows the origins of this building. In the beginning of the 13th century a wooden building stood in this spot from which the bakers sold their bread. In 1405 a stone building replaced the original wooden bread hall. During the early 15th century the bakers turned to selling their products from house to house, and the ancient bread hall was used more and more for administrative purposes by the duke of Brabant. It became known then as "Maison du roi" (the King's House). During the reign of Emperor Charles V, the king's house was rebuilt in Gothic style from 1515 until 1536.
Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudule. - The city's principal church is a 13th-century edifice with twin Gothic towers and outstanding stained-glass windows. This church can be found at the Treurenberg hill on the edge between lower and upper town. Already at the beginning of the 11th century a church was situated here. In 1047 the duke of Brabant, Lambert II, had the relics of Saint Gudula transferred from the Saint Gorik church in downtown Brussels to the new church at Treurenberg hill. From that moment on the Saint Gudula and Saint Michael church took the lead over all the other churches in Brussels.
In pure Gothic Style, The Town Hall, 13C. and 15C. precious jewell of our World famous Grand' Place
Details of beautifull Baroque facades of Guildhalls surrounding Brussel's Grand Place
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|Tour Price: €200|
|Duration: 4 hours|
|Group Size: 4 tourists|
|Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Swedish|
|Tour package includes:|
|Airport Transfer :||NO|
|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:
It is known that there are a lot of wonderful buildings, monuments, sights in Brussels. I got added evidence due to Mike. Mike perfectly arranged the program so that we were not able to lose any second of our precious time and see everything. The Grand Place is wonderful, as well as all in Brussels. It seems that The Place is interlaced from the white Belgian lace. In general there are a lot of interesting sculptures and monuments in the city. There are official, amusing (like a girl), and romantic sculptures. I liked the city very much, with all of its advantages and disadvantages.