Guided tours

Guided tours

Accompanied by a guide, follow in the footsteps of the great characters and atmospheres that left their mark on the 16th century!

  • Customs and habits of the Renaissance: Focus on the Maison du Roi

    Once upon a time there was a bakery that became the Maison du Roi (“King’s House”) and eventually turned into a museum. Its lacy facade hides architectural secrets, symbols of the city’s history and the presence of the Duke. Inside are models, statues in bronze and wood, old stones, altarpieces and paintings that reveal themselves to the most determined visitor. When the Maison du Roi speaks of history, the past and neighbourhoods of Brussels shine in a new and brighter light. It really does have some surprises in store!

    Practical information:
    From 18/06 to 10/07
    Meeting point: In front of the Maison du Roi on the Grand-Place - 1000 Brussels
    Price: €160 for a guide for 2 hours. Possibility of including a visit of the Maison du Roi as an extra. Depending on the price conditions of our partners.

    Info: info@itineraires.be or +32 (0)2 541 03 77
    Booking required

  • On the footsteps of Lamoral, count of Egmont, and Philippe de Montmorency, count of Hornes

    Lamorel d'Egmont and Philippe de Hornes; two names that signify rebellion against the austere Spanish yoke in the second half of the 16th century. For the 450th anniversary of the beheading of these two heroes and heralds of pacification and religious tolerance in our regions, we offer a route to meet their companions, symbols of the domination of the Duke of Alba, places of this tragedy narrated by Goethe in the 19th century.

    Practical information:
    From 18/06 to 10/07
    Meeting point: In front of the Churh of Sablon - 1000 Bru
    Price: €160 for a guide for 2 hours

    Info: info@itineraires.be or +32 (0)2 541 03 77
    Bookings: required

  • Anderlecht: Memories of the Beguines, Saint Guidon and Erasme

    When dear old Guy first set foot in Broeck, sauntering around the Rinck, which would later become known as place de la Vaillance, little could he have imagined that his devotees would end up building him a magnificent collegiate church. Or that crowds would crane over this trapezoidal tomb. That his life story would be re-enacted based on suppositions and guesswork, intrigued as we all are by tombstones of uncertain origin. How could he have envisaged that the Beguines would pay homage to his humble lifestyle by the city gates, or that one of the world’s most renowned Humanists would come to re-emerge from the shadows of the collegiate church that still bears his name today? There can be no doubt, this little sacristan from Laeken was full of surprises! He even made it his business to bless animals… enough to make Saint Hubert, the patron saint of hunters, green with envy. Only Peter has the key to the mystery.

    Practical information:
    From 18/06 to 10/07
    Meeting point: In front of Erasmus House, 31 rue du Formanoir -  1070 Brussels
    Price: €160 for a guide for 2 hours. Possibility of including a visit of Erasmus House and the Beguinage as an extra. Depending on the price conditions of our partners

    Info: info@itineraires.be or +32 (0)2 541 03 77
    Booking required

  • Bruegel and his Marolles

    Discover the Marolles of the 16th century on this walking tour... and more specifically this emblematic character of our artistic culture: Bruegel. Pieter Bruegel, who lived in Antwerp, fell in love with the daughter of his master Pieter Coecke van Aelst. To allow the marriage, his future mother-in-law insisted that the couple live in Brussels. After a few months engaged, the couple made their union official in Chapel Church in the Marolles. A witness to a troubled political and religious period, Bruegel was a contemporary of Charles V, his successor Philip the Second, the Duke D’Albe, and would witness the execution of the Counts of Egmont and Hornes.

    Practical information:
    From 18/06 to 10/07
    Meeting point: In front of Chapel Church on place de la Chapelle - 1000 Brussels
    Price: €160 for a guide for 2 hours

    Info: info@itineraires.be or +32 (0)2 541 03 77
    Booking required

  • Brussels, fortified town

    Imagine Brussels in the Renaissance: the city is protected by a wall... or rather two. The first city wall dates from the early 13th century, and the second from the 14th century. Starting with a wall 4km long and seven gates, Brussels grew to need an 8km wall! The two walls coexisted until the Renaissance. This itinerary follows the change from a lordly precinct to a bourgeois town. What were the customs of its citizens at that time? What impact did it have on each side of the two walls and their respective expansions? You’ll never look at these ruins in the same way again!

    Practical information:
    From 18/06 to 10/07
    Meeting point: In front of Hale Gate - 1000 Brussels
    Price: €160 for a guide for 2 hours. Possibility of visiting the Crossbow Guild Museum as an extra. Possibility of visiting the Halle Gate Museum as an extra. Depending on the price conditions of our partners

    Info: info@itineraires.be or +32 (0)2 541 03 77
    Booking required

  • Behind the scenes of the Ommegang

    Two hours before the Ommegang, you get to see the final preparations for this commemorative spectacle. Prepare for a first-hand experience, with your guide on hand to explain the background of the Grand Serment (Great Guild) of the crossbowmen, sword fights on horseback, the guilds of the day, the rites of Charles V’s court and more. And after this introduction, we invite you to see the Ommegang pageant set out on its way to the city centre.

    Practical information:
    Dates: 10 June to 18 July
    Meeting point: Société Royale de l’Ommegang – 180 rue des Tanneurs - 1000 Brussels
    Price: €160 for a guide for 2 hours.

    Info: info@itineraires.be or +32 (0)2 541 03 77
    Booking required

  • Discover the City of Brussels’ Town Hall

    The City of Brussels’ Town Hall is one of Belgium's finest civic buildings. Not only because of the numerous sculptures adorning its walls, but also because of its perfect proportions and the incomparable beauty of its tower, the spire of which is topped by the archangel Michael. Brussels laid the foundation stone of the magnificent Gothic edifice in the spring of 1402. It was destroyed by a fire in 1695, when the city was bombarded by Marshal de Villeroy.

    Practical information:
    Dates: 19 & 26 June and 3, 6 & 10 July
    When: Wednesday: 13:00 in French / 14:00 in English / 15:00 in Dutch
    Sunday: 10:00, 15:00, 16:00 in English / 11:00 in Dutch / 12:00 & 14:00 in French
    Price: €8
    Where: in the courtyard of the Town Hall, Grand-Place – 1000 Brussels

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    Info: boxoffice@visit.brussels

  • Vivre l’Ommegang (FR)

    Ommegang is a historical and religious procession, practiced since the 14th century, and includes all the main representatives of the city at the time. Every year, the people of Brussels celebrate the tradition through a re-enactment of the Ommegang of 1549, organised for Emperor Charles V and his son Philip.

    At the event, the two Brussels crossbowmen guilds organise a shooting competition, a larger-than-life Charles V comes to greet the Virgin at the Church of Our Lady of the Sablon and more than 1,400 other characters parade from the Sablon to the Grand-Place. Dressed in period costumes, your guides will enable you to relive this unmissable event of Brussels folklore, commenting on this exceptional piece of history. Like sports journalists commenting on a bike peloton going by, they will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Ommegang!

    Practical information:
    Dates: 29 June &  1July
    When: 18:30
    Price: €25pp
    Meeting point: Square du Petit Sablon - 1000 Brussels

    Booking required: melanie@onceinbrussels.be
    Info: www.onceinbrussels.be or + 32 2 850 60 90

  • The Renaissance at the Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula (FR/ NL)

    The cathedral reached the height of its splendour in the 16th century, during the Renaissance, particularly during the reign of the Habsburgs and Charles V. The magnificent stained glass windows in the choir and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel are a testament to this.

    With a guide, discover the richness of the Renaissance style through the works of art and furniture that decorate one of the most prestigious religious buildings in Brussels.

    Practical information:
    Dates: from Monday to Saturday from 18/06 to 10/07
    When: 10:00 to 17:00
    Price: free
    Meeting point: entrance to the Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula - 1000 Brussels

    Booking required at least one week in advance
    Info: 02/219 75 30 or etkt@skynet.be

  • An exceptional monument: The Halle Gate (FR/NL)

    The Halle Gate is a fairy-tale monument that’s more than 600 years old. It’s the last vestige of the second stage of fortifications that used to surround Brussels. Once a gate, later remodelled to resemble a medieval castle, today it’s a museum! Step inside and (re)discover a stunning collection of artworks that, together with the building itself, tells the story of Brussels, an ancient city at the crossroads of Europe. At the top of the Gate, the walkway along the crenelated parapet offers a spectacular panorama of the city. Looking closely, you might just spot the traces of where the city merged and expanded into the surrounding countryside. Read on to find out more about some exceptional museum pieces.

    Practical information:
    Dates: 19 June & 3 July
    When: 14:00
    Price: €13 / €11
    Meeting point: 150 Boulevard du Midi - 1000 Brussels

    Booking: Buy your ticket online or on site.
    Infos: Porte de Hal | Porte de Hal (hallegatemuseum.be)

  • Discover how manuscripts are made at the KBR museum (FR/NL)

    Parchment, copying, illumination, binding. Each manuscript is unique and requires the work of numerous craftsmen and artists. Through the collections of the KBR museum, discover the origins of this craft, the stages of manuscript production and a whole series of anecdotes and surprising facts related to it.

    Practical information:
    Dates: 3 July
    When: 14:00
    Price: €15 (KBR museum admission included)

    Meeting point: KBR museum – Mont des Arts - 1000 Brussels
    Info: www.kbr.be