Brussels walking tour provides you an orientation to the de facto capital of the European Union. It is an excellent option if you only have a short time in Brussels or if you are staying a couple days and want to enhance your visit with a local guide.
Over the last few years, Brussels has become one of the must-see cities in Europe. While it has a large city vibe, the old town retains a medieval small town feel. After meeting your guide at your hotel, you immediately began your tour in the old town.
The Grand Place is the main square in the old town and it is a wonderful example of the blending of architectural and artistic styles that is typical in this region. The square is a mix of public and private buildings dating from the late 17th century. It is here where the social, political and commercial heart beat of Brussels has existed for hundreds of years.
A centerpiece of the Grand Place is the medieval Town Hall which dates back to 1405. The building was burned down in 1695 but was rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style and is a stunning site. The tower of the town hall looms over 300 feet above the square.
Also in the Grand Place you see magnificent Italian Baroque style Guild Houses and the Maison du Roi, which despite its name, was never a royal residence, but rather law courts. It was at this spot where public executions took place in medieval times. Today the building houses the city museum.
Nearby you visit the Grand Sabon Square which is lined with houses from the 16th to 19th centuries. Here you admire high-end antiques stores, typical restaurants and chocolate sellers. You have the chance to sample the famous Belgian chocolates, which tastes far better than the boxed versions you've tried before. On weekends there is an antique market which brings the square to life with its big crowds of curiosity shoppers.
To end your tour you visit the popular Manneken Pis Statue. This small statue of a boy relieving himself is the most photographed sight in the city. Tradition has dignitaries from around the world bringing costumes as a gift for the king and the small statue. Maybe when you see it, he will be wearing a hula skirt, a sombrero, a kimono or you name it.
If time is available, your Brussels guide can join you to sample the famous local Belgian Beers. Recently their popularity around the world is bring even more visitors to this delightful city.
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