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  • Address: Hotel de Ville de Bruxelles, Grand-Place, Bruxelles 1000, Belgium
  • Hours: Tuesday 10am-5pm, Wednesday 10am-12pm, Thursday 2pm-5pm
  • Admission: €5

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Brussels City Hall (Hotel de Ville) Tours

Dominating the Gothic and Baroque mansions of Brussels’s glorious cobbled Grand-Place from the south side, the spectacular City Hall has a flamboyant Gothic façade and more restrained classical additions lying around a courtyard behind it.

Begun in 1402, this beloved local landmark was largely designed by Flemish architect Jacob van Thienen, but its distinctive lacy central belfry is the work of his compatriot Jan van Ruysbroeck and doubles the height of the façade, reaching up to 320 feet (97 m). It is adorned with a copper statue of St Michael – the patron saint of Brussels – killing a dragon; the belfry is useful to navigate by when lost in the charming tangle of streets of Brussels old city, especially when gloriously floodlit at night. The entire building is encrusted with 294 sculptures of saints and public figures, which were added by 91 different artists during the late 19th century.

A tour of the interior begins with a stunning marble staircase lined with busts of the mayors of Brussels from 1830 onwards and incorporates visits to the Gothic Chamber, Marriage Chamber and College Chamber. They are all largely neo-Gothic in style, thanks to the 19th-century restoration of the town hall, and are decorated with burnished wood paneling and ornate tapestries depicting ancient trades.

Practical Info

Within walking distance of Centrale and Bourse train stations, the Grand-Place is in a pedestrianized area of Brussels. The City Hall is open for guided English-language tours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings plus Thursday afternoons by prior appointment. Tours on Sunday at 10am and 2pm, and Wednesday at 3pm do not require prior booking. Admission is discounted with the Brussels Card.

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