Until well into the 19th century, the European quarter was mainly a rural area. Today, it is known as a densely built, monofunctional office district, intersected by many city motorways. However, not everything has changed. In a number of places, such as the Square De Meeûs or the Leopold Park, you can still sense what it was like in the past, when the bourgeoisie left the busy heart of the city to build their large mansions here next door to beautifully constructed green parks. In recent years, a lot of effort has been made to diversify the neighbourhood, by introducing more housing, more shops and pedestrian squares. The European institutions have never been more overt to the public than now. And last but not least, the district is home to some of Belgium's most important museums.
This walk is available at the tourist reception offices of visit.brussels.
(Rue Royale 2-4 or Grand-Place – Town Hall).