Join us and discover some of the historical and powerful places of Brussels! In this experience we will take you to the heart of the European Union, a modern yet commemorated neighborhood where important decisions are made. Then, from the European Quarter all the way to the Cinquantenaire Park and its Royal Museum Complex, learn about history in an absolute way! And finally, see the iconic Atomium monument of Brussels and the role it played in the Universal Exhibitionsin the year 58!
What to expect – Itinerary:
Our guide will meet you at Grand Place at 10:30. Then we head off towards Central Station to take the subway in direction to Merode. As we leave the station, we will stroll through the famous Tervuren Avenue until reaching the Cinquantenaire Park. As we enjoy the monument’s architectural design built by King Leopold II, we will also see and talk about the Royal Museum Complex it shelters. Some of these are the Royal Museum of Art and History, Autoworld Museum, Brussels Air Museum and the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History.
We then continue towards the heart of Europe, where we will arrive at Robert Schuman’s roundabout in which two out of the three main European Union’s institutions are based; the Berlaymont being the seat of European Commission, and the Justus Lipsius (actual Council to the European Union) with its new building known as “the egg in space”. Here, is where the Heads of State and Member States’ representatives hold the famous European Summits.
We leave this emblematic area to visit Leopold park, a former zoo. Here we currently find the House of European History museum in a recently restored building. Interestingly, it was built by philanthropist Eastman Kodak, who invented the photo film and founded several dental institutes for poor children in some European cities. Additionally, we find the Ernest Solvay building, today an elementary school where the medallions of the engineers who worked for Kodak are located.
Then, we will see some European Institutions such as the Economic, Regional and Social Committees of the Union and the European Parliament. The latter has two locations, one in Brussels and the second in Strasbourg (the Brussels-based building is an unquestionably architectural beauty), known as the ‘whim of God’. Here we will have a break.
Then, we will go by subway to the most visited monument in Brussels: the Atomium, a 100-meter tall structure located on the Heysel esplanade, which houses the Belgian pavilions of the 1935 and 1958 Universal Exhibitions. This area also houses the Mini Europe park and the Roi Baudouin Stadium.
Finally, we conclude our tour by giving you the appropriate recommendations to move around Brussels, visit the near-by attractions or simply stroll through the Laeken park, the former Royal Domain of Laeken where Empress Maria Teresa of Austria’s favorite daughter used to reside, and even Napoleon. Today it is the permanent residence of the Kings of Belgium.
Please keep in mind, at the end of April and beginning of May, the Royal Palace permanent residence of the Kings of Belgium opens its doors to visit the famous Royal Greenhouses. Do not forget to visit it!
Practical information: Free tour:
Price: Inscription fee: 2,50€.
The guided tour: Free tour (pay what you want). Please, note that we recommend a minimum of 15 euros per person.
This guided tour is conditioned to a pay-as-you-wish fee. Bravo Discovery offers you Brussels’ top guides. With us, you will value our team’s quality. At the end of your visit, you will pay what you consider our guides deserve for their services.
When: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Starting time: 10:30 a.m.
Meeting point: Grand-Place in front of the City Hall. Find our guides! They hold a white umbrella.
Duration: 4 hours.
Language: English (also available in French and Spanish).
- Professional guides (English-speaking).
- 4 hours of services.
- Transportation by subway (please come to the visit with a metro ticket already purchased. We recommend that you buy a day ticket for this tour).
- Food and drinks (optional).
Private guide: 200€ (for groups of 20 people maximum. For larger groups, please contact us).
Private transport (optional):
Minivan (from 1 to 6 people): 200€
Bus (from 7 to 20 people): 400€
Possibility of transport by subway 10€ pp (on-site payment).
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
To book on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, please send us a message.
The choice is yours (to be agreed with the guide).
The choice is yours (The Grand-place of Brussels, your hotel or any other place in the city centre of Brussels).
English (also available in French and Spanish).
Professional guides (English-speaking).
4 hours of services.
Exclusive and private tour.
Tours defined according to your needs. Can be included: transport, museum admissions, meals, drinks…
Terms of service
To ensure your participation, we recommend booking your tour as soon as possible.
Inscription fee: 2,50€
Pay what you want: Bravo Discovery offers you Brussels’ top guides. With us, you will value our team’s quality. At the end of your visit, you will pay what you consider our guides deserve for their services.
The number of participants is limited (groups of more than 7 people have a cost of 15 € per person).
Participation in the “Free tour” is completely voluntary.
Without prior booking, our guides reserve the right to refuse participation in the tour depending on the availability.
We kindly ask you to be at the meeting point 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time.
Private tour: guided tour with a private guide (groups of maximum 20 people).