Brussels City Hall

Without doubt the most beautiful edifice on the Grand Place, Brussels City Hall was heavily damaged by Marshal Villeroy’s bombardment in 1695. It was quickly rebuilt, with a wing being added at the rear. In the 19th century, it was adorned with 290 statues during a campaign of restoration initiated by architects Suys and Jamaer. The latter also focused on renewing the interior decoration, which wonderfully illustrates the history of Brussels. The external border of the carriage entrance leading to the courtyard features fine foliage decoration reminiscent of the stylised cabbage leaves that can be found on the capitals in Brabant Gothic churches. The panelling in the Gothic room and Wedding Room is enhanced with similar decorations, sculpted in the wood. While the steps overlooking Grand-Place feature lions that were added in 1770, Tritons support the fountains personifying the Meuse and Scheldt rivers. Brussels City Hall boasts a rich collection of tapestries mainly depicting historical, mythological and religious scenes. The borders of these masterpieces, which were woven in Brussels, are packed with fruit, flowers and foliage decoration, illustrating the abundance and wealth of Belgium’s regions. Of particular interest is a depiction of a hunting scene with Coudenberg Palace in the background and the spire of city hall in an idealised natural setting. (Listed 09/03/1936)

Guided tours focusing on the presence of nature in the building and in the works of art that it contains. Sunday only at 15h00 and 16h00 (English). Please note that bookings must be made on the same day in front of the office of visit.brussels located on the ground floor of City Hall. In cooperation with visit.brussels and Association des Guides de _Bruxelles et de Belgique.

Practical information

  • Grand-Place
    1000 Brussels
    • Sunday only from 10h00 to 17h00 (last admission at 16h00)
      access is only permitted on guided tours (20 people per group)
    • M
      Gare Centrale/Centraal Station
    • T
      Bourse/Beurs
    • B
      Gare Centrale/Centraal Station
    • B
      Bourse/Beurs