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Welcome to ProBook
A new generation of tourists has arrived: more demanding, better
informed before setting off and sharing opinions on blogs and forums.
This generation is, more than ever, on the lookout for special experiences
that last and in search of emotions that fit with its interests.
That’s why this new edition of ProBook takes you even further in your
discovery of Brussels.
Here, Brussels International - Tourism & Congress presents a Europe
that’s not at all official, the irresistible Brussels-style art de vivre, a
culture in all its guises and colourful events.
As you look through these four chapters, you set off to meet a city with
a surrealist spirit, a warm and friendly atmosphere, gourmet pleasures,
an abundance of culture, a determinedly green approach and a
creative energy that’s catching.
www.brusselsinternational.be
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Contacts
Belgium
Italy
Scandinavia
Ceská Republika
All the information concerning
this brochure:
UFFICIO BELGA PER IL TURISMO
BRUXELLES-vALLONIA
Via Soperga 20
I – 20127 Milano
Tel.: +39/ 02 86 05 66
Fax: +39/ 02 87 63 96
[email protected]
Press Tel: +39 02 86 46 31 36
[email protected]
Trade Tel: +39 02 86 99 29 33
[email protected]
www.belgioturismo.it
DENMARK/SWEDEN
BELGIAN TOURIST OFFICE
FLANDERS - BRUSSELS
Vester Farimagsgade 1 (3rd floor)
DK – 1606 Kobenhavn V – Denmark
Tel.: +45 33 93 03 58
Fax: +45 33 93 48 08
[email protected]
Denmark: www.belgien.dk
Sweden: www.belgien.nu
FLANDERSKÁ TURISTICKÁ
INFORMACNÍ KANCELÁR
Táboritská 23/1000
CZ 130 87 Praha 3
Tel.: +420 267 092 444
Fax: +420 267 092 650
[email protected]
www.flandry.cz
Brussels International
Tourism & Congress - BI-TC
bip — rue Royale 2-4 — 1000 Brussels
Press Pierre Massart
Tel.: +32 (0)475 53 08 07
Fax: +32 (0)2 513 55 18
[email protected]
[email protected]
Trade Anousjka Schmidt
Tel.: +32 (0)2 548 04 57
Fax: +32 (0)2 549 50 59
[email protected]
TURISMO FIANDRE, bruxelles,
belgio
Piazza Santa Maria Beltrade 2
I – 20123 Milano
Tel.: +39/ 199 44 21 11
Fax: +39/ 02 455 50 204
[email protected]
Press Tel: +39 02 97 38 16 97
[email protected]
Trade Tel: +39 02 97 38 17 54
[email protected]
www.turismofiandre.it
Nordic countries
OFFICE DE PROMOTION DU TOURISME
DE WALLONIE ET DE BRUXELLES
Rue Saint-Bernard 30
B – 1060 Bruxelles
Tel.: +32 (0)2 504 02 20
Fax: +32 (0)2 513 69 50
[email protected]
www.belgium-tourism.be
Contacts
United Kingdom
BELGIAN TOURIST OFFICE
BRUSSELS & WALLONIA
217 Marsh Wall
UK-London E14 9FJ
Live operator: Tel.: +44 (0)20 7537 1132
Free brochure line: Tel.: +0800 9545 245 (UK only)
Tel.:+44 (0)20 75 31 03 90
Fax: +44 (0)20 75 31 03 93
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.belgiumtheplaceto.be
TOURISM FLANDERS - BRUSSELS
FLANDERS HOUSE
1A, Cavendish square
UK – London W1G 0LD
Live operator: Tel.: +44 (0)20 730 777 38
[email protected]
Press Tel.: +44 (0)20 7307 7742
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.visitflanders.co.uk
Poland
URZAD PROMOCJI TURYSTYKI
WALONIA-BRUKSELA
UI. KS. I. Skorupki 5 - VI pietro
PL – 00-546 Warszawa
Tel.: +48/ 22 583 70 06 ou 01
Fax: +48/ 22 583 70 03
[email protected]
www.belgique-tourisme.be
Japan
BELGIAN TOURIST OFFICE
WALLONIA - BRUSSELS
Heiwa Daiichi Building
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku,
JP – 102-0093 Tokyo – Japan
Tel.: +81 (0)3 3237 7101
Fax: +81 (0)3 3237 8400
[email protected]
Press Tel.: +81(0)3 3237 7105
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.belgium-travel.jp
TOURIST OFFICE FOR FLANDERS BELGIUM - TOKYO OFFICE
Heiwa Daiichi Building
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku,
JP – 102-0093 Tokyo – Japan
Tel.: +81 (0)3 3237 8031
Fax: +81 (0)3 3237 8075
[email protected]
Press [email protected]
Tel: +81 (0)3 3237 8032
Trade [email protected]
Tel: +81 (0)3 3237 8032
www.visitflanders.jp
United States
BELGIAN TOURIST OFFICE
Brussels - Wallonia
220 East 42nd street – Room 3402
New York, N.Y. 10017 – USA
Tel.: +1 212 758 81 30
Fax: +1 212 355 76 75
[email protected]
www.visitbelgium.com
TOURIST OFFICE FOR FLANDERS BELGIUM - NEW YORK OFFICE
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue, 44th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10018 – USA
Tel.: +1 212 584 2336
Fax: +1 212 575 3606
[email protected]
Press [email protected]
Trade [email protected]
www.visitflanders.us
India
TOURIST OFFICE FOR FLANDERS MUMBAI OFFICE AND
NEW DELHI OFFICE
Represented by Mileage Communications
Pvt. Ltd.
Mumbai: Tel.: +91 22 2673 1108
New Delhi: Tel.: +91 11 26 51 1423
www.visitflanders.in
China
TOURIST OFFICE FOR FLANDERS
Room 612B, Beijing Kuntai International
Mansion, 12-B – Chaowai Avenue,
Chaoyang District – 100020 Beijing
Tel.: +86 10 5879 0785 / 86
Fax: +86 10 5879 0787
[email protected]
www.visitflanders.com.cn
OFFICE DE PROMOTION DU TOURISME
DE WALLONIE ET DE BRUXELLES
Rue Saint-Bernard 30
B – 1060 Bruxelles
Tel.: +32 (0)2 504 02 62
Fax: +32 (0)2 513 69 50
[email protected]
www.belgium-tourism.be
Official carrier
www.brusselsairlines.be
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Summary
Introduction
Destination culture41
Welcome to ProBook
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Contacts2
An essential tool
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Tools for organizers
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Products for the general public
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Two good reasons to come back to Brussels in 2012
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Magritte, Brussels’ most surrealist son
Mont des Arts, culture on top Those heroes who draw the speech balloons
Art Nouveau: a style very much of Brussels
The great classics
Family outings
Quaint museums and houses
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Summary
Capital of Europe9
Walk in the heart of Europe Art Nouveau in the European district
Europe in all its guises
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Art de vivre, the Brussels way17
Louise, upmarket and after-shopping
From exotic to trendy
Gay Friendly
Dansaert, a fashionable district
Saint-Géry, at the heart of design and history
Villages with a city feel
Sunday markets
From 18 to 30 years: Brussels Mania
A forgivable weakness for good food and drink…
Green and ever greener
When evening comes…
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Events57
Ensor unmasked
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Luc Tuymans Retrospective 60
Museum Night Fever
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Art Brussels
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Kunstenfestivaldesarts66
Couleur Café
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Sarah Moon
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Royal Palace of Brussels
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europalia.brasil74
Winter Pleasures
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Essential information79
Guided tours
Temples of Music
Call on any of the Belgian professionals Parking for tourist coaches
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Our Partners & Our Networks
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An essential Tool
We surf, you surf, they surf…
www.brusselsinternational.be
is getting a new image and becoming even more of a must!
The brand new portal to tourism in Brussels now offers you
•the most complete database for visitors:
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a trip planner to help city-trip fans visit Brussels however they want and
an efficient meeting planner for event organisers
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Tools for organizers
Let’s Meet 2011
Brussels, an inspiring
city for your incentives
The reference tool for organizers
Get to know Brussels with its unique atmosphere
Let’s meet 2010
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The meeting planners’ guide to the capital of Europe
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Why is Brussels a favourite destination for congresses,
fairs, meetings, events or conferences? Let’s meet, the
reference tool for organizers, answers all these questions. Contacts, fact sheets, seminar venues,
conference rooms and hotels... Let’s meet is the key to
your success in Brussels.
(Available in EN)
Some of these presented incentive ideas stem from the
age-old culture and tradition of the “Bruxellois” whilst
others borrow from the more cosmopolitan side. They are
specifically arranged for companies and range from fun,
cultural and team spirit games to educational and motivating sessions.
(Available in EN)
Order & info:
[email protected]
Price: free for organizers
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[email protected]
Price: free for organizers
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Products for the general public
Available from the tourist information offices in Brussels.
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Everything on the Belgian Presidency
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In addition to public transport (STIB), some thirty Brussels Museums can be visited free of charge with the
Brussels Card. The Brussels Card is valid for 72, 48 or
24 hours and consists of a smart card, a public transport
ticket and a full-colour guide.
You will enjoy 25% discount in several tourist attractions,
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Brussels designers’ shops in the Dansaert district offer
5% discount on their collections.
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Info for tour operators:
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Price: 40.00 €, 34.00 € or 24.00 €
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•Art nouveau and art déco
•good eating
Six new rooms will be officially opened in June 2012 at the Cinquantenaire Museum.
Gourmets, food-lovers, connoisseurs, Epicureans, sybarites and all the others…
850 m² completely dedicated to Art Nouveau and Art Deco will finally reveal to
the public those countless wonders that have been gathering dust in the reserve
collections of the institution.
… you’ve already got a date in Brussels for an experience that will make your
mouth water. After Fashion & Design in 2006 and the Comic Strip in 2009,
Gastronomy will be Brussels’ promotional trump card in 2012.
Art Nouveau will be there in force in the form of furniture, decorative, everyday or
luxury objects and jewellery by Horta, Hankar, Van de Velde, Wolfers, Van der
Stappen and many others. One of the rooms will even include a complete winter
garden designed by Victor Horta and made of gilded steel, glass and marble.
Holding pride of place will be award-winning chefs, chips and ‘kermesses’ (local
fairs), meltingly good chocolate, plain or sophisticated, beer and its typical local
or legendary cafés…
When it comes to Art Deco, visitors will find, among other things, Val-St-Lambert
crystal, ceramics by Boch Frères (Boch Brothers) and Wolfers silverware. And
to relive the splendour of tables of yesteryear, a dining room will be set up with
all its decorations and accessories.
Other events are also being prepared to recreate the Belle Epoque ambience of
the years around 1900: walks, concerts, film screenings, etc.
This celebration of our gourmet delights will turn the spotlight on the whole sector. From the greatest chef to the humble artisan, each, through his culinary art,
his first-class products and the legendary Brussels creativity, will help to make
Brussels THE food-lovers’ destination to be savoured to the full.
This tempting theme will be applied and adapted to the most varied fields: exhibitions, forums, organised activities and walks revolving around fine food and drink.
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CAPITAL OF EUROPE
Capital of Europ
Capital of Europe
Walk in the heart of Europe 10
Art Nouveau in the European district
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Europe in all its guises
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Walk in the heart of Europe
Practical information
➔ The European Parliament
➔ Tourism Information Brussels - TIB
bip – Brussels Info Place
Rue Royale 2-4 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 513 89 40
Fax: +32 (0)2 513 83 20
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.brusselsinternational.be
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed 25/12 and 1/1
➔ European Parliament
and the Visitors’ Centre
Rue Wiertz 60 – 1047 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 284 21 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 284 35 30
[email protected]
www.europarl.europa.eu
Free visits with audio guides,
Monday to Thursday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.,
Friday at 10 a.m., for group visits on request
© BI-TC
➔ Antoine Wiertz Museum
Brussels is the capital of 500 million Europeans and the city where more than 150 different nationalities coexist in harmony, get on well together and are building an ambitious future. Let’s leave the pentagon-shaped historic centre of Brussels
and set off to meet them.
Place du Luxembourg is a real world agora. During the week, on summer evenings, the café terraces there are particularly
lively, and conversations can be heard in every language.
The Mail leads to the European Parliament where 738 MEPs work on preparing directives, which are then submitted to
the Commission.
Just behind this urban conurbation lies Leopold Park, an extraordinary garden where students, Europeans and local
residents meet up for their lunch break on the grass. The old-fashioned charm of the old caretaker’s lodge contrasts with
the stained-glass windows and fine wood of the Solvay Library, a highly-prized meeting place for conference participants. A
little further up, the Natural Sciences Museum is well worth a detour for its display of iguanodons, and the Wiertz Museum
for its monumental canvasses.
On leaving this interlude of nature and culture, you come to Rue Belliard, home to the Economic and Social Committee
of the EU in the “Delors” building. The Council of Europe occupies the “Justus Lipsus” building.
Meet up on Place Jourdan: its café terraces and many restaurants are ample evidence of the friendly and intermixed
character of Brussels.
This trail in the heart of Europe continues on the next two pages.
(Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium)
Rue Vautier 62 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 648 17 18
Fax: +32 (0)2 508 32 32
[email protected]
Press contact Karin Roedig
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 34 08
[email protected]
www.fine-arts-museum.be
➔ Museum of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 42 38 (24h/24)
Fax: +32 (0)2 627 42 33
[email protected]
Press contact Yannick Siebens
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 41 21
[email protected]
www.naturalsciences.be
➔ Solvay Library
Parc Leopold — 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 738 75 96
Fax: +32 (0)2 736 29 85
www.bibliothequesolvay.be
On the way
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Tourism Information Brussels - TIB
2
Park of Brussels
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Royal Palace (visits in summer)
4
Place and Gare du Luxembourg
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The Mail, the European Parliament and
the Visitors’ Centre
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Wiertz Museum
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Museum of Natural Sciences
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Leopold Park
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Delors building (Committee of the
Regions and European Economic and
Social Committee)
10
Justus Lipsus building
(Council of the European Union)
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Lex 2000 building
(Council of the European Union)
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Charlemagne and Berlaymont
buildings (European Commission)
DON’T MISS
a
Palace of Academies
b
Place Jourdan for its cafés, restaurants,
terraces, chips and its market every Sunday
between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
Tintin arrives in the train station
Right in the middle of the European district, at the entrance to Gare du Luxembourg (train station), the most famous reporter has carved out a place for himself, in black and white, on one of
the walls adjacent to Place du Luxembourg. This fresco of Tintin, drawn in 1932, shows the
arrival of Saint Nicholas in Brussels. It’s worth noting that the railway station is one of the oldest
in Europe and its façade is listed. For the most informed Tintinophiles, note that Gare du Midi is
also adorned with another black and white panel taken from the album “Tintin in America”.
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Art Nouveau in the European quarter
Practical information
➔ H
orta Pavilion
(Royal Museums of Art and History)
Parc du Cinquantenaire – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 72 11
[email protected]
Press contact Bart Suys
Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 73 00
[email protected]
www.kmkg-mrah.be
➔ Autoworld Brussels
© J. L. Vandewiele
Parc du Cinquantenaire 11 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 736 41 65
Fax: +32 (0)2 736 51 36
[email protected]
Press contact Claude Lemmens
Tel.: +32 (0)2 736 41 65
[email protected]
www.autoworld.be
The European Institutions quarter is definitely full of surprises.
A short walk away from the main thoroughfares and modern buildings stands
a set of Art Nouveau buildings in which the people of Brussels take great pride.
This spot, which was very countrified until the 18th century, then became a holiday resort for the local worthies of the city. And, in the 19th century, it turned
into a middle-class residential area. The small lakes, fish ponds, mill and vineyard made way for a series of squares set with Art Nouveau-style townhouses
and mansions with stone arabesques and floral wrought ironwork. Today, it’s a
favourite place for walking and relaxing: Square Marie-Louise with its fountain
and grottos, the waterfall on Square Ambiorix, and Square Marguerite, which
children love.
A surprising contrast with the Berlaymont, which stretches out the 4 points of
its giant concrete and glass star; this is where the European Commission works.
Entering Cinquantenaire Park provides another change of scenery. Created
in 1880 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgium, this area of gardens and
state buildings contains important museum institutions and renowned exhibition
rooms. The three arches of the archway are topped with a classical quadriga…
and a terrace offering you a breathtaking panoramic view of the whole city.
➔ European Commission
Visits only on request, from Monday to Friday
and only for groups (min. 15 pers. and request
made at least 2 months in advance)
Info http://ec.europa.eu
➔ R
oyal Museums of Art and History
Cinquantenaire Museum
Parc du Cinquantenaire 10 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 72 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 733 77 35
[email protected]
Press contact Bart Suys
Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 73 00
[email protected]
www.kmkg-mrah.be
➔ R
oyal Museum of the Army
and Military History
Parc du Cinquantenaire 3 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 737 78 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 737 78 02
[email protected]
Press contact Diane Vanthemsche
Tel.: +32 (0)2 737 78 09
[email protected]
www.klm-mra.be
➔ The Cauchie House
Rue des Francs 5 – 1040 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 733 86 84
[email protected]
www.cauchie.be
➔ Hotel Van Eetvelde
Avenue Palmerston 2-6 – 1040 Brussels
Open on request to Arau
(see Guided Tours p. 80)
On the way
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Square Marie-Louise
2
Avenue Palmerston and
Hotel Van Eetvelde
a
Rue Archimède and its cosmopolitan
restaurants.
3
Square Ambiorix and
the Saint-Cyr House at n°11
b
The beginning of Avenue de Tervueren
for its cafés and terraces.
4
Square Marguerite
c
Rue de Tongres for its tearooms,
for clothes, chocolates, perfumeries...
5
The Berlaymont building
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Horta Pavilion
7
Royal Museum of the Army and
Military History
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Cinquantenaire Museum and the park
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Autoworld
10
The Arcade of the Cinquantenaire and
the panoramic view
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The Cauchie House
DON’T MISS
More information:
www.brusselsartnouveau.be
The Council in a vase
As part of an ambitious project, the Council of the European Union will be housed in a few
years’ time in a brand new building with a surprising architectural style. From the Rue de la
Loi, the building will take on the appearance of a huge cube with a patchwork of wooden
frames and crystalline glass on its facade. Through this large volume, it will be possible to
make out a kind of giant amphora housing the conference rooms. In opaque glass, lit during
the night, it will look like a lantern placed in a box. It also symbolises transparency...
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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EUROPE IN ALL ITS GUISES
Practical information
➔ At the foot of the Atomium, Mini-Europe
➔ Mini-Europe
Bruparck — 1020 Brussels
Infoline +32 (0)2 474 13 13
[email protected]
Press contact Philippe Van Steenbergen
Tel.: +32 (0)2 474 13 20
www.minieurope.eu
➔ Museums of the Far East:
Japanese Tower, Chinese Pavilion
and Japanese Art Museum
© Atomium & Mini-Europe
Avenue Van Praet 44 — 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 268 16 08
[email protected]
Press contact Bart Suys
Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 73 00
[email protected]
www.kmkg-mrah.be
How can you cover Europe in a single trip? Follow the guide…
Head to the north of Brussels with the Atomium in your sights: this is undoubtedly the Brussels monument that’s been the most famous worldwide since
1958 and the World Fair. Sparkling since its recent renovation, this symbol of our
city hosts numerous exhibitions. In its upper sphere, a restaurant area offers a
360° view over the whole of Brussels and far beyond.
An extraordinary attraction awaits you at the foot of this giant: Mini-Europe.
All the member States of the European Union are represented here by their famous monuments reproduced right down to the tiniest details. Here, you move
around from country to country from one magnificent scale model to another.
Adults can’t believe their eyes, while children get an enjoyable geography lesson
while having fun at the same time. The interactive centre ‘Spirit of Europe’ gives
you a chance to test your knowledge of Europe.
Nearby, Bruparck is a village for relaxation and refreshments and the
Planetarium offers you a flight into the galaxy.
You can also head for the Orient by visiting the Japanese Tower and the Chinese Pavilion nestling in the park of the Royal Castle of Laeken (residence of the
royal family) or treat yourself to a break in the leafy-green setting of Osseghem
Park to admire its surprising open-air theatre.
➔ Atomium
Square de l’Atomium — 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 475 47 77
Fax: +32 (0)2 475 47 79
[email protected]
Press contact Ilse De Braekeleer
[email protected]
www.atomium.be
➔ Océade
Bruparck — 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 478 43 20
www.oceade.be
➔ Kinepolis
Boulevard du Centenaire 20 — 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 474 26 03
www.kinepolis.be
➔ Planetarium
Avenue de Bouchout 10 — 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 474 70 50
[email protected]
www.planetarium.be
➔ King Baudouin Stadium
Avenue de Marathon 135/2 – 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 474 39 43
[email protected]
www.staderoibaudouin.be
On the way
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Atomium
2
Planetarium
3
Océade, tropical water park
4
Mini-Europe
5
Cinema Kinepolis, large cinema complex
6
Osseghem Park
7
Park of Laeken
8
Chinese Pavilion and
Japanese Art Museum
9
Japanese Tower
10
King Baudouin Stadium
and its discovery trail
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Parckdesign at
the Jardin du Fleuriste
Don't MISS
a
The restaurants and cafés of Bruparck
b
The top sphere of the Atomium
for the panorama
c
The Friterie and brasseries on
Boulevard du Centenaire
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Mini-Europe completes its tour of 27 cities
With its model of Ljubljana’s Preseren Square now in place, Mini-Europe has completed its miniature
European enlargement. The famous attraction park has always kept pace with the enlargement of the
European Union by adding the newcomers progressively to its existing monuments. It all started back
in 2003 when Mini-Europe inaugurated Spirit of Europe, its take on the common project symbolised by
the European Union. Since 2004, Mini-Europe has tirelessly kept up with the successive phases of
enlargement of the Union to finally add each of its 12 latest members. 2009 saw Brussels’
Grand’Place fully renovated… with gold leaf, if you please!
© OPT - J.P Remy
© Jean-Paul Remy
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ART DE VIVRE
THE BRUSSELS WAY
Art de Vivre the
Art de vivre, the Brussels way
Louise, upmarket and after-shopping
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From exotic to trendy
20
Gay Friendly
22
Dansaert, a fashionable district
24
Saint-Géry, at the heart of design and history 26
Villages with a city feel
28
Sunday markets
30
From 18 to 30 years: Brussels Mania
32
A forgivable weakness for good food and drink…
34
Green and ever greener
36
When evening comes…
38
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Practical information
© Olivier van de Kerchove - BI-TC
Louise, upmarket and after-shopping
Round off your journey of discovery by exploring the shops!
The upper part of the city, influenced in the past by the bourgeoisie, has almost naturally become a place for upmarket
shopping. Avenue Louise and its shopping arcades, Boulevard de Waterloo, Rue de Namur, Avenue de la Toison d'Or and the
neighbouring streets are a real compendium of creativity and variety. On these legendary thoroughfares, window-shopping
takes you from Brussels designers to Belgian labels, from luxury items to big international names, from classic to trendy:
an essential trail for treating yourself or taking high-quality souvenirs home for your nearest and dearest.
Fancy pretending to be a celebrity for a while or perhaps you don’t have much time? Now it’s possible to benefit from
the services of a Personal Shopper in Brussels, a fashion or design professional who goes with you for half a day or more
to advise you on your choices: the solution for perfect purchases in a special ambience.
For a well-earned coffee break, what could be more enjoyable than sitting comfortably at a café table on a sunny terrace or, in less clement weather, in a hushed bar of a grand hotel; and for those who prefer a break surrounded by nature,
Egmont Park offers the tranquillity of its lawns and greenery.
Late afternoon is the perfect occasion to give yourself a beauty and wellness break: hairstyling, manicure, massage,
gym, this district has everything to offer.
And for an evening as successful as the rest of the day, all you have to do is choose from among the abundance of good
restaurants and pleasant lounge bars in the district.
➔ Personal Shopper
3-h shopping trip rate: 275.00 €
Additional hour: 75.00 €
Languages: FR – NL – DE – EN – ES – IT
Info & booking Anousjka Schmidt
Tel.: +32 (0)2 548 04 57
Fax: +32 (0)2 549 50 59
[email protected]
www.brusselsinternational.be
On the way
1
Leading prêt-à-porter
and fashion houses
c
The Crystal lounge bar (Sofitel):
luxurious interior by Antoine Pinto.
2
Luxury international
names
d
Le Loui:
Brit-style cosy corner.
3
Belgian designers
e
4
The Egmont Park, the Passage
Marguerite Yourcenar and
the Orangerie
The Flat, a very busy lounge bar.
Here, you can have a drink in the dining
room, bathroom or bedroom.
5
The unbeatable panoramic vista from
the Palais de Justice (Law Courts)
Don't MISS
a
Rue Jourdan and Rue J. Stas:
the Louise Village, a haven for café terraces
and restaurants.
b
Chaussée de Charleroi:
restaurants and after-shopping.
Vintage operation for the
Palais de Justice (Law Courts)?
This colossus with feet of granite
built in the 19th century is bigger
than Saint Paul’s in Rome. It’s an
imposing symbol of the Law in
Brussels but its facilities no longer
meet the safety and surveillance
standards that its function requires.
The craziest ideas have been floated regarding its future: concert
hall, hotel, museum, department
store… To solve this Kafkaesque
problem, the Belgian State has set
up a competition for projects open
to architects from all over the
world. Will it be updated or relocated? Time will tell.
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From exotic to trendy
Practical information
➔ Ixelles Museum of Fine Arts
Rue J. Van Volsem 71 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 515 64 21
Fax: +32 (0)2 515 64 24
[email protected]
Press contact Bérénice Demaret
Tel.: +32 (0)2 515 64 21
www.museedixelles.be
➔ Architecture Foundation
Rue de l’Ermitage 55 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 642 24 80
Fax: +32 (0)2 642 24 82
[email protected]
Press contact Bertille Amaudric
[email protected]
www.fondationpourlarchitecture.be
➔ Museum of Architecture - La Loge
© Marcel Vanhulst
Rue de l’Ermitage 86 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 649 86 65
Fax: +32 (0)2 642 24 63
[email protected]
www.aam.be
➔ Flagey
➔Flagey
At Porte de Namur, you enter a quarter nicknamed Matonge after a very well-known place in Kinshasa. Here, the whole
of Africa is offered up to you: you’ll find miles of multicoloured fabrics, and can fill up with exotic fruits, spices from distant
lands and human warmth.
A short walk away, Saint-Boniface district places the emphasis more on the trendy approach, with many small and
fashionable clothing and jewellery shops. A few Italian and Asian restaurants give the café terraces opposite the church the
mixed and colourful appearance of a global café.
After this immersion in different cultures, this trail takes you to the Ixelles Museum of Fine Arts. Its permanent collections vie in quality with the themed exhibitions, which are very popular with the people of Brussels, European residents and
tourists. Many original Toulouse-Lautrec posters are on display there.
Finally, Place Flagey is a huge esplanade which hosts many events. The enormous ocean liner which seems to have
run aground there was once the broadcasting house and is now home to a centre for cultural events, including a hall with
remarkable acoustics and the school of La Cambre, a training ground of Brussels talents in fashion, design and architecture.
A few steps further along, enjoy a little romantic stroll around the Ixelles ponds, surrounded by Art Nouveau and Art
Deco houses.
Place Sainte-Croix – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 641 10 10
Fax: +32 (0)2 641 10 11
[email protected]
Press contact Dominique Delplanche
[email protected]
www.flagey.be
➔ Camille Lemonnier Museum
Chaussée de Wavre 150 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 512 29 68
Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 12.p.m.
+ 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and by appointment
Closed WE, bank holidays, July
Admission free
Guided tour on request
On the way
j
Le Dépôt BD: (2 addresses):
comic strip, bookplates, silk-screen prints,
Manga releases, figurines.
Ixelles’ Museum of
Fine Arts
k
Rue de la Paix:
streetwear and vintage clothing.
4
Flagey: the old radio broadcasting
house converted into a cultural
events centre.
L
Chaussée d’Ixelles:
shop ‘til you drop.
m
4
The Café Belga: “place to be” for artists
and the young trendy crowd.
Chaussée de Wavre:
exotic food and products, hair braiding.
n
Place Flagey: “food market” from Tuesday
to Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and “general
market” Saturdays and Sundays, from
7 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
1
Matonge district
2
Saint-Boniface district
3
DON’T MISS
a
The Architectural Foundation
and Museum:
centres of meetings, debates and
retrospectives, the foundation joins forces
with its neighbouring museum to explore
the keys to the past and future of
architecture.
b
The Camille Lemonnier Museum:
a peaceful atmosphere in the former study
of the famous Belgian writer.
c
Art Nouveau houses: of Ernest Blerot
12, 18, 19, 20 rue Ernest Solvay
17, 19 - 22 rue Saint-Boniface
d
The church of Saint-Boniface:
Brussels’ first church in
the neo-gothic style.
Sounds jazz club: legendary Brussels’
jazz den. Evening concerts.
e
f
Le Bar parallèle:
outside tables and pleasant setting.
g
L’Ultime Atome:
old brewery setting and trendy crowd.
h
Beer Mania:
real temple of Belgian beer in Brussels.
More than 400 kinds.
i
La Bande des six nez:
permanent gallery of comic strip silk-screen
prints and lithographs.
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© JP Lejeune
GAY FRIENDLY
For a few years now, pioneering laws on marriage and adoption for homosexuals have allowed Brussels to come out loud and proud as one of the most gay-friendly
capitals of Europe.
The Brussels gay scene is true to Brussels: discreet, varied, warm and friendly. Saint-Jacques district, near the Grand’Place, is where the gay heart of the capital
beats. But the whole Region, cosmopolitan, easygoing and tolerant, loves to party and speak every language. Brussels is a city on a human scale, which is easy to cover
on foot, making it easier to meet people, even for someone just visiting.
Brussels International-Tourism & Congress is aiming at this target group, in particular through new products. A guide will soon highlight the places and events aimed
at the gay community. The places to go and the tips featured in the guide can be found at www.brusselsgay.be, making this site the real gay gateway to exploring Brussels.
The Brussels Card has also donned its gay colours, suggesting special offers included on the site www.brusselsgay.be
Non-exhaustive instructions for a surprising and attractive capital
Where to stay
A large number of hotels provide weekend
packages and special offers during events
such as The Belgian Pride, La Démence
parties, etc…
www.brusselsgay.be
Shopping
Dansaert: numerous fashion boutiques
and fashion designers’ studios
• h
ang out in one of the many parks,
public gardens or Bois de la Cambre.
Upper part of the city: boutiques of
upmarket Brussels designers and
luxury names
• g
et on a Villo to go wherever the mood
takes you.
The rainbow district
Saint-Jacques and around the Grand’
Place: shops, bars and restaurants
Rue du Marché-au-Charbon:
bars, restaurants, shops
Other suggestions
For a chocolate feast: around
Grand’Place and Grand Sablon
A Personal Shopper can guide you in
your purchases www.personalshopper.be
Characteristic ambiences
• b
uy a Brussels Card: this pass gives
you use of public transport, admission
into a number of museums and good
discounts in many shops.
www.brusselscard.be
• d
ance at Bruxelles-les-Bains
(Brussels-on-Sea) on Sunday evenings.
Quai des Péniches – 1000 Brussels
www.bruxelleslesbains.be
Events
Belgian Pride: May 2011
Big La Démence weekends: Easter,
Whitsun and All Saints’ Day weekends
(parties on Fridays, Saturdays and
Sundays)
www.lademence.com
Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of
Brussels
www.fglb.org
Pink Screen Festival: October 2011
www.pinkscreen.org
Trendy in the Saint-Boniface district
• g
aze upwards to admire the comic
strip heroes in giant format on 40 gables spread around the city (see comicstrip map on page 46).
Very village-like around Places du
Châtelain and Brugmann
Typically local in the working class quarter
of the Marolles
• g
o out until the early hours to one of
the la Démence or other gay parties in
Brussels.
www.lademence.com
Stylish and fashionable:
Place du Grand Sablon
• s
peed into the tunnels during the
roller-skating parade on Fridays in summer.
www.belgiumrollers.com
Cool and colourful:
Saint-Géry with its café terraces
“In” and musical: Place Flagey with its
concert hall with great acoustics and its
packed bars
Brussels Card
Discover the museums with the
Brussels Card!
www.brusselscard.be
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Dansaert, a fashionable district
Practical information
➔ Costume and Lace Museum
Rue de la Violette 12 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 213 44 50
Fax: +32 (0)2 213 44 58
[email protected]
Press contact Leonor da Silva
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 43 74
www.bruxelles.be
➔ Modo Brussels
Rue de Laeken 99 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 502 52 64
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 13 69
[email protected]
Press contact Véronique Heene
www.modobrussels.be
➔ More information
www.shopinbrussels.be
www.afterworkshopping.be: shops open every
Thursday until 8 p.m.
© Jon Martin
High fashion rooms
Fashion is made to go out of fashion. This maxim is sometimes justified but, in Brussels, not as often as elsewhere! Here,
creativity is just like the art de vivre: inventive or even eccentric. Tasteful and high-quality, Brussels fashion is worthy of all
these descriptions and comes up with some timeless collections.
A few years ago, fashion designers emerging from the leading schools of Brussels took over Rue Dansaert and the surrounding area. Over the years, boutiques and studios have turned it into the essential quarter for those who want to look at
and try on clothes and accessories, giving a new lease of life to this once neglected corner of Brussels.
Rue Dansaert is the temple of temptations: for all ages, all styles, all sizes, all budgets and at (almost) all hours of the
day since the shops stay open on Thursdays until 8 p.m. The very active Modo Brussels association is an important asset for
the profession and is dedicated to discovering and promoting Brussels fashion.
And, going back to the sources of this great art, the Museum of Costume and Lace, near the Grand’Place, is well worth a
visit for its collection of old lace and finery, and presents a retrospective film of the great occasions in our couturier history.
This trail can be combined with the design theme on the following page.
To stand out from the Brussels’ hotel
crowd, the Royal Windsor hotel,
situated close to the Grand’Place,
has designed the Fashion rooms.
Thanks to the enlightened collaboration of the Brussels' leading fashion
designers, neutral hotel rooms have
been turned into sumptuous designer
places. Mademoiselle Lucien, JeanPaul Knott, Marina Yee, Kaat Tilley
and Nicolas Woit have left wonderful
examples of their talent and eccentricity there and Xavier Delcour has
completed the last of the twelve
rooms. Makes you want to go to your
room, doesn’t it?
To find out all you want to know
about the Fashion Rooms:
Press contact Micheline Van De Zende
Tel.: +32 (0)475 775 999
[email protected]
On the way
Below you will find a selection of Belgian
and international clothes boutiques that
you’ll pass along the way:
1
2
Ciel mes Bijoux:
vintage Haute Couture jewellery.
Delvaux: luxury leather goods and
accessories.
21
Just in Case: women’s clothes.
22
Houben: clothes for men
and women.
23
Natan XIII: accessories.
23
Nicolas Woit: women’s clothes.
23
Carine Gilson: feminine lingerie, Brussels
studio, each garment is unique.
23
Idiz Bogam: vintage for men
and women.
23
Hoet Design Store: designer specs,
furniture and objects.
24
Stijl: clothes for men and women,
accessories.
3
Gillis: hats.
4
People Shoes Design: shoes and clothes
for men and women.
5
Ramon et Valy: vintage for men and
women.
6
Belles chaussures de mademoiselle
François: high heels and
sexy shoes.
24
Ogotaï: women's clothes.
7
Privejoke: young and urban.
24
8
Conni Kaminski: clothes for women and
men.
Annemie Verbeke:
women’s clothes.
25
Marianne Timperman: jewellery.
9
Foxhole: vintage clothes.
25
10
Supergreen me: ecoshop clothing,
ac­cessories, objects.
Olivier Strelli: clothes for men
and women.
26
11
Bellerose: stylish and relaxed, children.
Diesel concept store: clothes for men
and women.
12
Gabrièle: vintage clothes.
27
Kat en Muis: clothes and accessories
for children.
13
Louise Assomo: women’s clothes.
28
14
Johanne Riss: women’s clothes and
wedding dresses.
Underwear: underwear for men and
women, swimming costumes.
28
Rue Blanche: women’s clothes.
14
Icon: clothes for women.
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15
Christophe Coppens Le Shop: Ladies’
hats and accessories.
Marithé + F. Girbaud: men's and
women’s clothes.
16
Atelier Coppens: men’s hats and
accessories.
17
Y-dress?: women’s clothes.
17
Mademoiselle Jean:
women’s clothes.
18
Azniv Afsar: women’s clothes.
18
The fabulous Marcel de Bruxelles: the
singlet gets an updated image.
19
Mieke Cosyn: wedding dresses.
20
Maison Martin Margiela: clothes for men
and women.
20
Sophie Heymans: jewellery.
DON’T MISS
a
The café terraces and world cuisines at
Saint-Géry.
b
Brussels gastronomy on
Place du Vieux Marché aux Grains
and Place Sainte-Catherine.
c
Seafood restaurants at the
Marché aux Poissons.
d
The Black Tower, remains of the first
fortified wall around the city.
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St-Géry, at the heart of design and history
➔ Galerie Greta Meert
Rue du Canal 13 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 219 14 22
www.galeriegretameert.com
➔ Church of Notre-Dame
aux Riches Claires
Rue des Riches Claires 23 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 511 50 99
Open Saturday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
© JP Lejeune
➔ Church of Sainte-Catherine
These winding streets and houses with Flemish gables saw the birth of Brussels over a 1000 years ago. And yet this is where you’ll find the highest number of
designers per square metre. This very “bruxellois” paradox would not displease
Magritte, who used to assiduously frequent the localities to play chess or put
the world to rights with his surrealist friends.
Variety has pride of place everywhere in the studios and shop windows: you
go from vintage to ascetic, from contemporary to the sixties and from minimalist to extremely kitschy. Perspex, metal, paper, recovered materials, the finest
wood,… anything’s possible in this universe of shapes and colours.
And every style of art and life are on the menu on this trail: the hustle and
bustle of the Halles Saint-Géry (indoor market halls) to the multicoloured café
terraces but also the tranquillity of the Béguinage district, the rows of façades
which are all different from each other, the Romanesque, Gothic Revival or NeoRenaissance churches (or, like the church of Sainte-Catherine, all three at once).
Not to mention the “la Bellone” house, with its Baroque courtyard covered with
a glass roof for dance shows.
And if you come across a bronze quadruped with one paw in the air on the
corner of a street, you’ve just made the acquaintance of zinneke, the mischievous
mongrel who, in the same way as Manneken Pis, symbolises the rebellious spirit
that’s so much a part of our character.
People feel so comfortable in this ever-changing historic spot that the industrial buildings alongside the nearby canal have been turned into loft apartments.
Life here is as buzzing by day as it is by night.
This trail can be combined with the fashion theme on the previous page.
Place Sainte-Catherine – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 513 34 81
Open every day 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Closed Sunday afternoons
Guided tours by prior appointment with Mr.
Debacker: Tel.: +32 (0)2 218 00 69
Practical information
➔ Maison du Spectacle Bellone-House
Rue de Flandre 46 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 513 33 33
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 61 59
[email protected]
Press contact Valérie Sombryn
[email protected]
www.bellone.be
➔ La Centrale Electrique
European Centre for Contemporary Art
Place Sainte-Catherine 44 — 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 64 35
[email protected]
Press contact Jennifer Garcia Gonzalez
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 64 45
www.lacentraleelectrique.be
➔ L'Archiduc
➔ Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste
au Béguinage
Place du Béguinage – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 217 87 42
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Monday
Rue Antoine Dansaert 6 — 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 512 06 52
www.archiduc.net
A designer’s night sleep
Brussels has seen recently four design hotels spring up. Opposite the Botanic Garden,
the BLOOM! and its resolutely designer and minimalist look for each of the 300 rooms,
decorated by different artists. A stone’s throw away from the Gare du Midi, the Be Manos
is a Black & White design jewel. Its awe-inspiring lamps and its photographs give it an
exclusive feel. The White Hotel, situated on Avenue Louise, is the showcase of young
Belgian designers. Their creations feature in all the rooms – all immaculately white as the
name implies. A small hotel at the heart of the fashion district, the Pacific, the latest to
open its doors, invites guests into intimate surroundings conjured up by Mia Zia, who has
added a touch of the Orient to the ultramodern bathroom fittings.
www.hotelbloom.com – www.thewhitehotel.be – www.bemanos.com –
www.hotelcafepacific.com – Soon, there’ll be another newcomer:
www.pantonehotel.com
On the way
1
Place Saint-Géry: its café terraces and
world cuisines.
2
Church of Notre-Dame aux Riches
Claires: Flemish Renaissance era
(17th century), cultural centre.
DON’T MISS
a
Blondeel: chocolates and tasting.
b
Café Le Roi des Belges:
minimalism and house.
3
Café “De Markten”: former headquarters
of the Val-Saint-Lambert glassworks.
c
Café Zebra: classic, trendy address, lovely
outside table area.
4
Maison du Spectacle - Bellone-House:
house dating from the 17th century.
d
Café Fin de Siècle: the cheap and cheerful eatery par excellence.
5
Anspach fountain
and the Fish Market: the former docks
of the Port of Brussels.
e
Café l’Archiduc: jazz, live music.
f
Café Walvis: an essential meeting place.
6
Galerie Greta Meert: art gallery in an
Art Nouveau house.
7
Grand Hospice Pachéco:
Neo-classical complex (1824).
8
The Béguinage, its square and SaintJean-Baptiste Church
9
The roof of Parking 58: panoramic view
over Brussels.
10
La Tour Noire: remains of the first outer wall
(1250).
11
Church of Saint-Catherine: an eclectic
style by Poelaert, orthodox wedding ceremonies are held here.
11
La Centrale Electrique and its contemporary art exhibitions.
11
Tower of the former Church of
Saint-Catherine
12
Zinneke: statue of a mongrel in Rue des
Chartreux.
Shopping rue A. Dansaert,
rue des Chartreux: fashion, accessories,
interior decoration, etc.
Shopping Place Sainte-Catherine rue de Laeken: fishmongers, old-style
hardware shops and herbalists' shops.
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Villages with a city feel
Practical information
➔ Brugmann district
➔ L’Abbaye de la Cambre
Avenue Emile Duray — 1050 Brussels
➔ Galerie Rodolphe Janssen
Rue de Livourne 35 — 1050 Brussels
www.galerierodolphejanssen.com
➔ Galerie Xavier Hufkens
Rue Saint-Georges 6-8 — 1050 Brussels
www.xavierhufkens.com
➔ Galerie Taché-Lévy
Rue Tenbosch 74 — 1050 Brussels
www.twiggallery.com
➔ Espace Contretype
Avenue de la Jonction 1 – 1060 Brussels
www.contretype.org
➔ Robinson Island
© Jean-Paul Remy
Bois de la Cambre
Sentier de l’Embarcadère 1 – 1000 Brussels
Tel. of the Chalet: +32 (0)2 372 92 92
You only have to take a short walk towards the south of Brussels to come across places which are overlooked by tourists,
out of the ordinary and full of surprises.
Far from the frenetic tempo of the city centre, these districts offer a quality of life that’s the envy of many.
Place du Châtelain, Place Brugmann and the surrounding areas move at the easy rhythm of a village. Everyone knows
each other, they stroll along here at a slower pace to prolong the enjoyment, and the streets are still full of life well after
the offices have closed. There are beautiful residences, gourmet restaurants, craftsmen, art galleries and stylish shops. Yet
you also find everywhere here the very laid back approach so typical of Brussels, a subtle blend of seriousness and a sense
of the ridiculous.
In Bois de La Cambre, you’re in the depths of the countryside. Walking here gives you a choice between majestic avenues
and romantic narrow tree-lined ways, a spot of enjoyable lazing on a lawn area or rowing on a pond: everyone will find their
favourite way of enjoying a moment or two of pure nature.
On the way
CHÂTELAIN DISTRICT
1
Gourmet market:
on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.,
the place to be.
2
Dédée K: a profusion of frills and flounces,
trinkets and knick-knacks.
3
Le Framboisier: a traditional ice-cream
parlour with 50 types of ice-cream and 30
kinds of sorbets, open until 10 p.m. when
the weather’s nice.
4
Tan: a real little organic paradise with nice
things to eat and books to read.
5
And the incomparable restaurants
on Rue du Page and
Rue Américaine.
DON’T MISS
a
Gallery Rodolphe Janssen
b
Gallery Xavier Hufkens
c
Galerie Taché-Lévy
d
Espace photographique Contretype,
mansion in Art Nouveau style.
BRUGMANN DISTRICT
6
The florists here vie with each other in
creating original compositions.
6
Scènes de Ménage: vintage glassware
and objects – Indian dresses and fabrics.
6
L’Antichambre: here, you create your own
fragrance from among the flowery green or
musky “liquids”.
6
Les Précieuses: mellow prices for original
jewellery and accessories.
6
And for refreshments on Place
Brugmann: an old-style milk-bar, a very
professional wine bar and a timeless café
terrace.
Bois de la Cambre
7
After a pleasant stroll in the
fresh air, take a break on Robinson
Island: reach it by ferry boat for a
pastoral snack.
8
Abbaye de la Cambre, a real gem of
greenery and architecture for spending a
little time dreaming and meditating.
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Sunday markets
Practical information
➔ Place du Jeu de Balle
➔ Law Courts (Palais de Justice)
Place Poelaert – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 61 11
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on weekends and bank holidays, July
Guided tours on written request to Korei
[email protected]
➔ Church N-D. de la Chapelle
Place de la Chapelle – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 512 21 40
Open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; in winter 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
➔ Former Church of the Brigittines
Rue des Brigittines – 1000 Brussels
www.brigittines.be
➔ Minimes Church
Rue des Minimes 62 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 511 93 84
[email protected]
➔ Sablon antiques and book market
© Jean-Paul Remy
Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
So close and yet so different, the Sablon and the Marolles districts are a real gold mine for art lovers, collectors or
bargain hunters. They're also overflowing with an infectious “joie de vivre”. The antique and modern art galleries of the
Sablon constitute a chic museum in themselves, where (almost) everyone can chance on that rare and elusive pearl thanks
to its eclectic mix. The nearby Law Courts were wittily re-baptised “the large inkpot” by Victor Hugo. Its panoramic view on
Place Poelaert can be reached in thirty seconds via the bizarre lift that takes off in the very heart of Rue Haute and Rue des
Minimes, at Place Breughel. A constant whirl of activity, the popular Rue Haute and Rue Blaes are thronged with the most
unexpected bric-a-brac and decoration shops, carefully interspersed with typical and welcoming cafés and restaurants.
Lovingly-prepared dishes are served alongside soups and soft cheese sandwiches. The “zwanze” is a must: once you’ve heard
an absurd, incredible or surreal story told in the good old brusseleir accent, you’ll have reached the roots of the Marolles.
All of this local tradition is further enhanced by the fantastic bric-a-brac: the flea market that’s been held every morning for
more than a century on Place du Jeu de Balle!
➔ Flea market
Place du Jeu de Balle – 1000 Brussels
Every day between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., but special on Sundays
On the way
1
The Grand Sablon for its restaurants and
café terraces.
2
Sablon Church
3
Petit Sablon
4
Place Poelaert and panoramic view
over the city
5
The Law Courts
take a peek at the great hall.
6
Minimes Church
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DON’T MISS
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Antiques and book market
on the Sablon (Saturday and
Sunday morning).
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Antique dealers, auction rooms and
art galleries on the Sablon and its
surrounding area.
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The Chocolate-makers on the Sablon.
b
Dandoy, the oldest biscuit shop
in Brussels.
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the house of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
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Interior decoration shops and bric-abrac, Rue Haute and Rue Blaes.
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Place du Jeu de Balle,
the most famous flea market in Brussels,
every morning.
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Rue des Renards and Place du Jeu de
Balle for their popular pubs.
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The Chapelle Church
where Bruegel is buried.
The Square Breughel l’Ancien,
below the Law Courts for its pavement
cafés.
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Ploegmans,
between traditional and trendy over a Faro
and a stoemp.
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Les Halles des Tanneurs, a setting just
waiting to be discovered.
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Les Brigittines, baroque church and its
contemporary copy, now a cultural centre.
Many antique dealers and shops are open from Wednesday to Sunday.
The weekend is the best time to visit this area: markets are held on Sundays and
the shops stay open until around 3 p.m.
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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From 18 to 30 years: Brussels mania
➔ Brussels Mania Party
Even if you’ve just arrived in Brussels, you won’t
feel lonely. Newcomers are welcomed by megaparties to tell them about everything there is to
do, see, eat and for going out.
It’s a chance to dance until the early hours with
more than 1,000 young people just like you.
Freebies include: beer, loads of chips and free
admission to the craziest activities.
Brussels Mania Parties are held twice a year, in
March and October.
➔ Brussels Mania Website
www.brusselsmania.com
➔ Brussels Mania Network
© J. L. Vandewiele
www.facebook.com/brusselsmania
www.myspace.com/brusselsmania
www.twitter.com/brusselsmania
What are the capital’s best “young” tips? Ask Brussels Mania…
Five energetic and very typical local guides take you all over the place depending on your personality and your mood at
the time: real shock troops.
Brussela Cheraton, Poco, Antoine Dansaert, BRU4EVER and Chloe Rasmus will soon become inseparable companions to
you, your personal guides for joining in all the parties, getting all the best tips and knowing all the best bits Brussels has to offer.
Whether you feel like partying, maxing-out on culture, stylish but affordable gear or full immersion into student life in
Brussels, these experts on our city teach you everything you need to know.
Each of them has a story to help you get your bearings and a different perspective of Brussels to offer you.
Your five guides
Brussela Cheraton
Poco
Antoine Dansaert
BRU4EVER
Chloe Rasmus
Queen of the night and alternative
parties. She has a flair for surfing the
cool trends and sharing them with
her friends. She knows the city’s
hotspots like the back of her hand:
the bars that have been given a
makeover, the dynamite DJs, when
and where you have to go to have a
really good time.
You just can’t go out without her!
The whole of Brussels for (next to)
nothing. His motto: Low Budget is
not a Crime!
The eternal backpacker, this is an
expert in resourcefulness. He knows
every nook and cranny of the city
and, above all, how to get the most
out of them. Transport, accommodation, urban and cultural discoveries,
he has fantastic deals and endlessly
good tips.
This avant-garde character bears the
name of a street and even of a whole
city quarter: the fashion and designer
district. This is his patch, where he
feels at home and is bursting with all
the creative energy of the city. He
attends all the private viewings, on
the lookout for new trends. With him,
you’ll learn more about the latest
innovations and talents of the capital
than some natives of Brussels will.
A surrealist robot, worthy successor
of the modern age of a certain
Magritte, who made us see everything from a different perspective. In
a beep-beep, he takes you from one
exciting experience to another and
European life holds no secrets for
him. He’ll dare to do anything and
more.
This Erasmus student is brilliant and
studious. But she’ll go as far as
failing her exams to spend a bit longer experiencing the exciting and
enlightening ambience to be found in
Brussels. She’s popular because of
her good marks as well as all the
great tips she passes on to her
friends. She’ll hold your hand and
open up the doors to student life
here.
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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A forgivable weakness for good food and drink...
Practical information
➔ Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate
Rue de la Tête d’Or 9-11 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 514 20 48
[email protected]
www.mucc.be
➔ H
ouse of the Best Belgian
“Chocolate-makers”
Grand'Place 4 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 888 66 20
www.mmcb.be
➔ B
russels Gueuze Museum - Cantillon
Brewery
Rue Gheude 56 – 1070 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 521 49 28
www.cantillon.be
© Olivier van de Kerchove - BI-TC
➔ Belgian Brewers Museum
Mention Brussels and it’s not long before you start talking about gastronomy. It’s true that this city has taste, know-how
and traditions in the most flavoursome fields.
Let’s start with chocolate, which is indisputably the most well-known and most exported food-lover’s product. Nestling in
little ‘ballotins’ (selection boxes), the individual chocolates are like jewels set with exquisite decorations and filled with soft
centres containing fruit or precious spices. The city has an ever-growing number of master chocolate-makers tirelessly seeking the perfect union to delight our taste buds. Some of them invite you into their workshops for an introduction to chocolate.
As for beer, it’s the favourite beverage of the people of Brussels and all those who pay us a visit here. This daughter of
the hop flows freely from casks or bottles, plain or flavoured, simple or sophisticated. Among the most famous, Gueuze,
Kriek and Faro are prepared according to the oldest traditions and their production secrets jealously guarded; but as their
specific character depends on the water used in their composition, they can’t be made anywhere else. To be enjoyed sensibly!
The chip stalls, also called “friteries” or “fritkots” in Brussels dialect, fill street corners, squares and “kermesses” (local fairs) with an appetising smell. People often queue up there impatiently, mouths watering in anticipation, before finally
getting hold of their paper cones overflowing with golden, salted and crispy chips, which they devour immediately using
their fingers. Sometimes, they add a large dollop of mild or spicy sauce. The first bite is followed by a blissful silence, which
speaks volumes for the quality of the occasion.
Grand'Place 10 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 511 49 87
www.beerparadise.be
➔ Schaerbeek Museum of Beer
Avenue Louis Bertrand 33-35 – 1030 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 241 56 27
http://users.skynet.be/museedelabiere
On the way
Chocolates and biscuits
The delicacies of the Sablon
Côte d’Or, Biscuits Dandoy, Wittamer,
Neuhaus, Marcolini, Godiva, Passion
Chocolat, …
The delicacies at the Manneken-Pis
Brussels waffles, Godiva, Leonidas,
Neuhaus…
The delicacies of the Grand’Place and
surroundings
Chocopolis, Corné, Dandoy, Galler, Godiva,
Planète Chocolat, Biscuits Delacre…
The delicacies of the Saint-Hubert
Galleries: Corné, Belgique Gourmande,
Neuhaus…
House of the Best Belgian “Chocolatemakers: demonstrations and tasting.
CHOCOLATE-MAKERS TO VISIT
Workshop of the chocolate-maker Mary
Chaussée de Wavre 950 – 1040 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 737 72 42
www.mary.be
Discover a purveyor to the royal court in an
extraordinary place.
THE BREWERIES
Brasserie Cantillon
Welcome to this family brewery that is
unique in Brussels, a living museum of
Gueuze, Kriek and many other spontaneous
fermentation beers that are produced inhouse. Here, nothing has changed since its
creation: the welcome is generous and the
brewing activity is booming: Visits, tastings
of the home-made Gueuze-Lambic and the
organisation of public brewing sessions.
Belgian Brewers’ Museum –
Grand’Place
On the most beautiful square in the world,
the high-tech manufacture of today’s beer,
in sound and in images and its development
since the 18th century. Tasting of a Belgian
“surprise” beer in the prestigious surroundings of the House of the Belgian Brewers
dating from 1695.
Schaerbeek Museum of Beer
Take a step back into the 19th century and
discover all the manufacturing secrets of
Belgian beers! Not to be missed: a surprising collection of 1000 bottles, 800 glasses
and original advertising signs and posters.
Exclusive tasting of the “schaerbeekoise”, an
Abbey beer brewed only for the museum.
THE BEST BEER LISTS
THE BEST “FRITERIES” (CHIP STANDS)
Moeder Lambik
Place Fontainas 8 – 1000 Brussels
Rue de Savoie 68 – 1060 Brussels
Over 600 different beers!
Chez Antoine: place Jourdan –
1040 Brussels
L’Atelier
Rue Elise 77 – 1050 Brussels
Chalet atmosphere and beer menu
on the wall.
Clémentine: place Saint-Job –
1180 Brussels
Delirium Café
Impasse de la Fidélité 4a – 1000 Brussels
2,500 different kinds of beer, surely a world
record!
www.deliriumcafe.be
Friterie de l’avenue du Parc: avenue du
Parc (barrière St-Gilles) – 1060 Brussels
Le Bier Circus
Rue de l’Enseignement 57 – 1000 Brussels
www.bier-circus.be
Friterie Eugène: Vivier d’Oie –
1180 Brussels
Beer Mania
Chaussée de Wavre 174 – 1050 Brussels
A 400-beer collection + shop.
www.beermania.be
Frit Flagey: place Flagey – 1050 Brussels
Fritland: rue Henri Maus – 1000 Brussels
Fritkot de la Chapelle:
place de la Chapelle – 1000 Brussels
Friterie Fontainas: rue Fontainas
(Porte de Hal) – 1060 Brussels
Friterie René restaurant: place de la
Résistance – 1070 Brussels
La Fleur en Papier doré
Rue des Alexiens 55 – 1000 Brussels
Every possible flavour in the temple of
surrealism.
www.fleurenpapierdore.be
Workshop Zaabär
Chaussée de Charleroi 125 –
1060 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 533 95 80
www.zaabar.be
Discover a chocolate-maker-cum-grocer
who devises original blocks of chocolate in
a very contemporary setting.
Workshop Laurent Gerbaud
Rue Ravenstein 2D – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 511 16 02
www.chocolatsgerbaud.be
New establishment of the traditional chocolate-maker opposite BOZAR.
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Green and ever greener
So easy to reach
More than 60 million Europeans can reach
their “second capital” by train in under
2 hours. Very high-speed railway lines have
supplanted other means of transport
because the new passengers care about
the environment... and comfort.
So, they get back on track whenever the
distance allows.
Five main stations serving Brussels, all
interlinked.
www.sncb.be
www.b-rail.be
Central Station
Carrefour de l’Europe 2 – 1000 Brussels
Midi South Station
Rue de France 2 – 1070 Brussels
For London, Paris, France, Amsterdam
Eurostar, Thalys, TGV
North Station
Rue du Progrès 85 – 1210 Brussels
For Amsterdam
© JP Lejeune
Luxembourg Station
Place du Luxembourg – 1040 Brussels
For Luxembourg
With more than 27 m² of green areas per inhabitant, Brussels is the greenest capital in Europe. The city is a real jigsaw
of leafy-green places: majestic historic parks, welcoming little squares which invite you to take a break and broad shaded
avenues as well as the city gardens that exist in the middle of nearly every block of houses.
So, you have a number of different opportunities to get back to nature.
Thanks to a thorough and effective environmental policy, life in Brussels is greener than elsewhere; communication
campaigns to raise awareness among citizens... and visitors... are going on everywhere. And when everyone starts to think
about the positive habits they can get into on a daily basis, everyone can breathe easy and feel better.
Schumann Station
Rond-point Schuman – 1040 Brussels
Serves European institutions.
Treading softly!
For getting around, those who live in or
come to Brussels have plenty of choice.
Walking, cycling, tram or metro, bus, shared
night taxis… In this way, you can easily get
to museums, concerts and exhibitions,
shopping centres and legendary venues or
meet up with friends at any time of day or
night. And for even greater freedom, get on
a Villo and head off for anywhere you fancy.
There are 180 stations for picking up and
dropping off these hire bicycles. You can
also opt for a themed tour by bicycle.
Tram, metro, bus:
www.stib.be
Bike hire:
www.villo.be
www.provelo.org
Shared taxis (from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.):
www.collecto.org
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Green markets and shops
They’re ethically responsible and environmentally sound: there are numerous green
markets and shops springing up in Brussels
to offer you sustainable treats. Everyone
loves this new way of consuming with a
clear conscience: it’s good for the planet
and for your health. You agree on seasonal
produce, your eyes light up in front of the
stalls, your mouth waters at the delicious
plate of food in front of you and you rediscover how things should really taste.
Organic market:
Place Sainte-Catherine
on Wednesdays from 7.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rue des Tanneurs 58-62 on
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tan, Rue de l’Aqueduc 95,
from 10.30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“Eco-dynamic Enterprise” Label
In order to recognise the efforts of environmentally-aware firms, Brussels has created
an “Eco-dynamic Enterprise” quality label.
1, 2 or 3 green stars indicate the environmental proactiveness of the enterprise.
Hotels, meeting rooms and tourist attractions have quickly grasped the importance
of setting an example by giving their visitors
a greener welcome.
www.bruxellesenvironnement.be
"slow food"
“Slow food” has found fertile ground in
Brussels because home-grown produce
here is delicious. Many chefs have decided
on a cuisine that’s both subtle and authentic.
www.slowfoodbe.be
GREETERS
Why not experience a different kind of
tourism by turning to “Greeters”? These
volunteers, Brussels born and bred or
adopted, guide you, solo, with the family or
in a group, on an individually-tailored journey of discovery. According to your tastes
or interests, they show you unknown quarters, local places of interest, their favourite
places to eat and their great shopping tips.
These special opportunities for meeting and
talking to people leave you with unforgettable memories and the feeling that you
know more than anyone about a city full of
charm.
www.greeters.be
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Find and impressive selection of sustainable shops and restaurants at www.brusselsgreen.be
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when evening comes...
SHOPPING
Afterwork shopping
Every Thursday, the shops stay open until
8 p.m. in the area around the Grand’Place
and the Saint-Géry, Dansaert, Marché aux
Poissons and Saint-Jacques districts.
Chocolate
All the chocolate shops in the tourist areas
are open late into the evening.
Organic market
Tan
Rue de l’Aqueduc 95 – 1050 Brussels
Open until 11 p.m. and beyond
Casino
Viage is a complex that’s wholly dedicated
to leisure activities, games and shows.
Restaurant with panoramic view right in the
heart of the city, bars with a choice of ambiences, private function rooms and a casino
that’s the latest thing…
An unexpected place for a sparkling experience.
© JP Lejeune
VIAGE
Boulevard Anspach 30 – 1000 Brussels
[email protected]
www.viage.be
You’re going to love evenings and night-time in Brussels!
When the offices close up and the conference rooms empty, a different lifestyle begins. While some go home, others
go out. This is the time to explore the soul of Brussels, soak up its cosmopolitan atmosphere and sample those cultural
differences.
Here, in a few short steps, you go from one ambience to another, sometimes exotic, trendy and laid back, sometimes
classy, music-loving and gourmet.
You won’t forget in a hurry sipping a Gueuze on the Grand’Place when it’s all lit up, an incentive evening revolving around
chocolate or crispy golden chips eaten with your fingers from a paper cone.
Spend some time in the casino, start dancing to rock or salsa and you won’t want the night to end.
All kinds of nights out
• a
n exotic trail
Porte de Namur, Matonge, Chaussée
d'Ixelles and Flagey
• a
trendy tour
Place du Châtelain, Rue Américaine,
Place Brugmann
• d
iving into history
Grand’Place – see it again lit up in the
evening – and surrounding areas
• a
cosmopolitan epic
weekdays at Place du Luxembourg and
Place Jourdan
• a
sporty break
Roller and bike parade Friday evenings
in summer
www.belgiumrollers.com
• a
musical interlude
www.lamonnaie.be (opera)
www.bozar.be
www.flagey.be
www.abconcerts.be
www.botanique.be
EVENINGS OUT
• L
e Cercle des Voyageurs
Rue des Grands Carmes 18 –
1000 Brussels
Club restaurant – adventure-style interior
and reading corner to give you wanderlust.
Until at least midnight
• L
e Cirio
Rue de la Bourse 18-20 –
1000 Brussels
Belle Epoque brasserie – classic beers
and the must-have "halfenhalf" (sparkling
wine/white wine).
Until midnight
• L
a Mort Subite
Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7
– 1000 Brussels
Legendary Brussels brasserie - temple to
classic and original beers.
Until half past midnight
• L
'Ultime Atome
Rue Saint-Boniface 14 – 1050 Brussels
Cosmopolitan bar – contemporary interior and lively patrons.
Until 1 a.m.
• L
es Salons
Chaussée de Charleroi 89 –
1060 Brussels
Bar restaurant in a beautiful mansion
house – candles and lounge music
until midnight.
FOR NIGHT OWLS
• H
avana
Rue de l'Epée 4 – 1000 Brussels
Restaurant bar and night club - ambience
and cocktails with exotic flavours - the
barman puts on a show worthy of a
Hollywood film.
Thursday > 2 a.m. – Friday > 5 a.m. –
Saturday > 7 a.m.
NIGHT BUSES
These buses, called Noctis, criss-cross the
whole of Brussels every Friday and Saturday
until 3 a.m.
www.stib.be
• M
apa Mundo
Rue du Pont de la Carpe 2 –
1000 Brussels
Spanish galleon interior and Caribbean
ambience.
Until 1 a.m.
• T
he Wood
Avenue de Flore 3-4 – 1050 Brussels
Restaurant disco bar - designer interior in
Bois de la Cambre.
Dance to rock from 10 p.m. on
• C
afé Belga
Place Flagey 18 – 1050 Brussels
Art Deco brasserie – friendly and trendy
atmosphere.
Jazz on Sundays
Weekdays and Sunday until 2 a.m. –
Friday and Saturday until 3 a.m.
• T
IBV Lounge bar
Rue Tenbosch 2 – 1000 Brussels
Modern interior and extensive choice of
wines and cocktails – different kind of
music every evening.
Weekdays until 2 a.m. – Thursday, Friday
and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
➔ The Cinquantenaire Arcade
© JP Lejeune
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Mont des Arts, culture on top
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Those heroes who draw the speech balloons
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Art Nouveau: a style very much of Brussels
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The great classics
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Family outings
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Quaint museums and houses
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Magritte, Brussels’ most surrealist son
Practical information
➔ Art) & (marges Museum
Rue Haute 312-314 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 533 94 90
Fax: +32 (0)2 533 94 98
[email protected]
www.artetmarges.be
➔ La Fleur en Papier doré
Rue des Alexiens 55 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 511 16 59
[email protected]
Open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight,
Sunday till 7 p.m.
Closed Monday
www.fleurenpapierdore.be
➔
Former Church of the Brigittines
© Jean-Paul Remy
Rue des Brigittines – 1000 Brussels
www.brigittines.be
Any self-respecting native of Brussels has surrealism in his blood; not in
the least Cartesian, but more of an expert in bantering repartee, he cheerfully
handles mockery and paradox. After all, isn’t the biggest character of the city a
little chap, not 2-feet tall, taking a wee on a street corner? René Magritte was
born and lived all his life in this city unlike any other. So it’s no surprise that this
rebellious and creative spirit permeated all his work.
Follow his footsteps to experience his unusual daily life. Start by visiting
the new Musée Magritte Museum which is dedicated to him. Don’t look for any
connection between the sets, characters and objects featured in his paintings
because they’re only linked in them for the purpose of the painting. “Cadavre
exquis” “Golconde” or “Ceci n'est pas une pipe”, each piece of work is a snub
to rational thought.
To prolong this immersion in the incongruous, you then have to explore the
places which exaggerated his creativity, the cafés where he used to meet his
visionary friends for cheerful libations and endless games of chess.
An initiatory trail to view Brussels through the other end of the spy-glass.
➔ Musée Magritte Museum
Rue de la Régence 3 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 32 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 508 32 32
[email protected]
Press contact Karin Roedig
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 34 08
[email protected]
www.musee-magritte-museum.be
➔ René Magritte House (off map)
Rue Esseghem 135 – 1090 Brussels
Tel./ Fax: +32 (0)2 428 26 26
[email protected]
Press contact André Garitte
www.magrittemuseum.be
(Tram 94 from the Musée Magritte Museum)
➔ Editions Jacques Brel
Place de la Vieille Halle aux Blés 11 –
1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 511 10 20
Fax: +32 (0)2 511 10 21
[email protected]
www.jacquesbrel.be
➔ Surrealist guided walks
www.voiretdirebruxelles.be
➔ S
urrealist guided tours of the GBB - Guides Brussels Belgium
www.brusselsinternational.be
➔ Brussels Card
The best way of visiting surrealist Brussels.
A special deal includes free admission to some
museums and a drink at a good price.
www.brusselscard.be
On the way
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SQUARE, Brussels Meeting Centre:
the new Palais des Congrès of Brussels
houses a magnificent fresco by Magritte other special features: the monumental
glass cube from which it takes its name,
and its hanging garden.
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The figures of the acrobats on wheels are
also surreal: the Ursulines
Skateboarding Park is a must for teenage fans of skateboard stunts.
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BOZAR: the Palais des Beaux-Arts (concert hall and cultural centre) that played
host to the first international surrealist exhibition in 1934.
La Fleur en Papier doré: the café
where the Belgian surrealists used to get
together and which has kept all its original
cachet.
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Musée Magritte Museum: 200 of the
painter’s works covering more than 2500
m² of exhibition space. The most important
and most varied collection in the world.
The Editions Jacques Brel:
the whole world of the Great Jacques, who
used to cele­brate offbeat Brussels in song
and with wit.
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Manneken Pis: the symbol of surrealist
Brussels.
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Galerie de la Reine: Magritte used to
go to the cinema there.
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Greenwich: where Magritte used to play
chess. (Closed for renovation works)
Museum of Modern Art: there, you can
see the greatest surrealists, including
Delvaux and Dali.
DON’T MISS
a
Palais de Justice (Law Courts): a masterly
construction right in the heart of the workingclass district, symbolizing a city of contrasts.
b
The Marolles lift: what could be more
surprising than a lift to link the “upper” and
“lower” parts of the city.
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Art) & (marges Museum:
a centre dedicated to exhibiting
“outsider” art in order to promote
the creativity of artists in the shadows:
vulnerable, isolated or simply a long way
from home.
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At no. 207 Rue Haute: this façade with its
surreal floors used to house the very first
Toone puppet theatre.
Galleries of Art on the Web
Recyclart: today’s surrealists share their
tag and trash creations in this centre tucked
away beneath the Gare de la Chapelle
station.
Info: www.neca.be
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A nod from a modern structure
(cultural centre) mirroring the Gothic style
of the church of the Brigittines.
How can you get a wide knowledge
of today’s creations?
You just need to visit the numerous
art galleries, each of which offers
you between 6 and 8 exhibitions a
year. They are generally open every
afternoon, from Tuesday to
Saturday.
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Mont des Arts, culture on top
Practical information
➔ Tourism Information Brussels - TIB
➔ Musée Magritte Museum
bip – Brussels Info Place
rue Royale 2-4 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 513 89 40
Fax: +32 (0)2 513 83 20
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.brusselsinternational.be
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed 25/12 and 1/1
Rue de la Régence 3 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 32 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 508 32 32
[email protected]
Press contact Karin Roedig
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 34 08
[email protected]
www.musee-magritte-museum.be
© Luc Viattour GFDL
➔ Royal Library of Belgium
Mont des Arts was dreamed up by King Leopold II, who wanted to surround
his palace with beautiful things and beautiful minds. Judge from the wealth of
art on offer within a 300m radius: the Musée Magritte Museum, which displays
the world’s biggest collection of works of art by the famous Belgian surrealist
artist; the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, a meeting-place for visitors from all over
the world, house more than 20 000 old and modern works of art; the Palais des
Beaux Arts – BOZAR – (Brussels’ concert hall and fine arts centre) organises
events, exhibitions and festivals, and blends art from past and present.
History enthusiasts can visit the Coudenberg archaeological site, the vestiges
of the medieval palace – in times gone by the residence of Emperor Charles V
- and walk along the old Rue Isabelle, which is now underground. Not far from
there, the ING Cultural Centre hosts high-quality temporary exhibitions and the
church of Saint-Jacques, where the first king of the Belgians swore allegiance
to the constitution.
Nature’s treasures are also here in this quarter: the Park of Brussels, with
its broad tree-lined walks and its secluded leafy-green corners, is undoubtedly
the most well-used in the capital. Below Place Royale, don’t miss the hanging
garden of SQUARE, the new Brussels Conference Centre.
Other must-see places on Mont des Arts: the BELvue Museum, where families can find out about the history of Belgium through workshops and organised
activities. Music and film-lovers are crazy about CINEMATEK, the Film Museum,
with its silent films accompanied by music, not to mention the Musical Instruments Museum, which brings 1200 remarkable instruments together in a surreal
Art Nouveau edifice of metal volutes and glass. At the top, you can find a huge
terrace offering an unforgettable sweeping view over the whole city.
Boulevard de l’Empereur 4 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 519 53 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 519 55 95
[email protected]
www.kbr.be
➔ Musical Instruments Museum – MIM
Rue Montagne de la Cour 2 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 545 01 30
Fax: +32 (0)2 545 01 77
[email protected]
Press contact Damien Filippi
Tel.: +32 (0)2 545 01 54
[email protected]
www.mim.fgov.be
➔ R
oyal Museums of Fine Arts of
Belgium - Museum of Ancient Art
Rue de la Régence 3 – 1000 Brussels
➔ Museum of Modern Art
(Closed for renovation works
from February to November 2011)
Rue de la Régence 3 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 32 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 508 32 32
[email protected]
Press contact Karin Roedig
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 34 08
[email protected]
www.fine-arts-museum.be
➔ CINEMATEK
Rue Baron Horta 9 – 1000 Brussels
Tel .: +32 (0)2 551 19 19
[email protected]
www.cinematek.be
➔ BELvue Museum
Hotel Bellevue
Place des Palais 7 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)70 22 04 92
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 46 23
[email protected]
Press contact Marie Pasteger
Tel.: +32 (0)2 545 08 00
www.belvue.be
➔Coudenberg Museum,
Former Palace of Brussels
Archaeological site and museum
Place des Palais 7 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 545 08 08 / (0)70 22 04 92
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 46 23
[email protected]
Press contact Marie Pasteger
Tel.: +32 (0)2 545 08 00
www.coudenberg.com
On the way
➔ Royal Palace
1
BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts
Place des Palais – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 551 20 20
www.monarchie.be
Info Tourism Information Brussels - TIB
Fax: +32 (0)2 513 83 20
[email protected]
Visits in summer (± 22/07 to 01/09)
1
Cinematek
2
SQUARE, Brussels Meeting Centre
3
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
4
Musée Magritte Museum
➔ Centre for Fine Arts – BOZAR
5
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of
Belgium
6
Musée BELvue
6
Coudenberg Museum, Former Palace
of Brussels
Archaeological site and museum
7
bip - Brussels Info Place
8
Royal Palace
Rue Ravenstein 23 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 00
[email protected]
Press contact BOZAR press
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 84 27
[email protected]
www.bozar.be
➔ ING Cultural Centre
Place Royale 6 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 547 22 92
[email protected]
DON’T MISS
a
Royal Library of Belgium
b
Saint-Jacques on Coudenberg Church
c
ING Cultural Centre
d
Park of Brussels and its pavilions
e
Royal Academy
f
The welcoming café terraces of Grand Sablon
g
Petit Sablon surrounded by 48 statues
representing the old trade guilds of
Brussels.
Press contact
Tel. : +32 (0)2 547 22 94
[email protected]
www.ing.be/art
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
bip - Brussels Info Place is the essential entry point to the Brussels-Capital Region!
Come here and (re)discover Brussels in the “Experience Brussels!” exhibition. With surprising scenography, this fun and interactive exhibition
is aimed at an audience of any age, whether tourists or natives of Brussels. Through sounds and images, it unveils the Region for visitors, informs
them about how its institutions work, the role it plays in its status as international city and capital of Europe, its urban development, introduces them
to the people of Brussels, what it has to offer in terms of culture and the flavours of this Region, its accents, customs and eccentricities.
At BIP Info, the staff of Tourist Information Brussels - TIB will also help you to find a hotel room to meet your requirements, tickets for your concert,
specialised tourist and cultural information, etc.
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Those heroes who draw the speech balloons
Practical information
➔ La Boutique Tintin
Rue de la Colline 13 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 514 51 52
Open Monday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday to
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday and public
holidays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
➔ Marc Sleen Museum
Rue des Sables 33-35 — 1000 Brussels
[email protected]
Press contact Willem Degraeve
Tel.: +32 (0)2 210 04 33
[email protected]
©Jeep Novak
➔ Scientastic Museum
➔ Quick & Flupke, comic strip wall
Brussels, homeland of Tintin and Spirou, the undeniable forerunners of many
generations of comic strip heroes. The Smurfs, Lucky Luke and the Daltons,
Corentin, Black and Mortimer – to mention only the most famous – have made
children of all ages in every country of the world dream, tremble with fear and
laugh with mirth.
The clear line at the tip of a pencil, Belgian comic strip has given birth to some
great names of the 9th art and its future looks bright because there’s nothing
like deep roots for encouraging new talent to grow.
“Speech balloons” are more or less everywhere in Brussels and especially
at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD), set up in a superb Art Nouveau building. The CBBD regularly puts on themed exhibitions. Don’t miss the comic strip
trail, which leads you across the city, gazing upwards, in the company of these
likeable characters, immortalised in giant format on more than 40 city gables.
But Brussels celebrates its heroes all over the city in countless bookshops and
other little shops packed with pages for poring over, miniatures for collecting,
engravings and lithographs and all kinds of gadgets.
➔ Belgian Comic Strip Center
(CBBD)
Rue des Sables 20 — 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 219 19 80
Fax: +32 (0)2 219 23 76
[email protected]
Press contact Willem De Graeve
Tel.: +32 (0)2 210 04 32
[email protected]
www.cbbd.be
➔ Comic Strip House
Boulevard de l’Impératrice 1 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 502 94 68
[email protected]
Press contact François Deneyer
www.jije.org
Metro station Bourse (level -1)
Bd Anspach – 1000 Brussels
Post: rue de la Jonchaie 23, bte 43
1040 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 732 13 36
Fax: +32 (0)2 736 53 35
[email protected]
Press contact Baudouin Hubert
www.scientastic.be
➔ Maison du Spectacle Bellone-House
Rue de Flandre 46 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 513 33 33
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 61 59
[email protected]
Press contact Valérie Sombryn
[email protected]
www.bellone.be
➔ M
OOF – Museum of Original Figurines
(outside the map)
Nine Event Hall
Boulevard A. Reyers 32 – 1030 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 726 50 21
[email protected]
www.moof-museum.be
On the way
PAINTED WALLS
1-13
This is a shortcut version of the comic strip
trail. To find out more, contact
Tourism Information Brussels – TIB
Town Hall, Grand’Place – 1000 Brussels
or bip - rue Royale 2-4 – 1000 Brussels
or Gare du Midi (Midi Railway station)
Central concourse
[email protected]
11
Belgian Comic Strip Center
12
Marc Sleen Museum
14
Comic Strip House
15
La Boutique Tintin
j
Marché aux Poissons and Place
Sainte-Catherine, excellent fish
restaurants.
k
Rue A. Dansaert and surrounding area,
fashion and design shopping.
L
Comic strip bar of the Radisson BLU
Royal Hotel
d
The bars and taverns around
Place Saint-Géry and
the Rue du Marché-au-Charbon
m
Comic strip shops
Selling new and second-hand comic books,
ex-libris, figurines and collectors’ items for
the die-hard comic fan:
Boulevard Anspach, Boulevard Lemonnier,
Rue du Midi, City 2.
n
The MOOF – Museum of Original Figurines,
the third dimension for heroes usually lying
flat on paper, as well as illustration plates
and original drawings. (off map)
DON’T MISS
a
Scientastic Museum
Discover the magic of science in a fun and
active way.
b
Grand'Place
c
Manneken-Pis
d
Halles Saint-Géry
Former market situated in the historic
centre of Brussels.
e
Zinneke
A mongrel, symbol of the cultural melting pot
that is Brussels.
f
Bellone-House
Come inside to admire its superb interior
courtyard.
g
Place du Béguinage
A haven of peace and tranquillity in the heart
of the city.
h
Place des Martyrs
i
Saint-Hubert Galleries
Hergé Museum
A little jaunt outside the Brussels
Region leaving from Gare Centrale
(train station) will take you directly to
the new Hergé museum in Louvainla-Neuve. This new temple to the
“clear line” offers eight rooms totalling some 2,000 m² of exhibition
space on three floors, in a building
with surprising spaces constructed
on the edge of a wooded area and
dedicated to the father of Tintin.
www.museeherge.com
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Art Nouveau: a style very much of Brussels
➔ Horta Museum
➔ Flagey (Former Broadcasting House)
Rue Américaine 25 – 1060 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 543 04 90
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 76 31
[email protected]
Press contact Thierry Mondelaers
[email protected]
www.hortamuseum.be
Place Sainte-Croix – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 641 10 10
[email protected]
Press contact Dominique Delplanche
[email protected]
www.flagey.be
➔ Hotel Hannon
© Lucie Burton
Espace Photographique Contretype
Avenue de la Jonction 1 – 1060 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 538 42 20
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 99 19
[email protected]
Press contact Evelyne Biver
www.contretype.org
➔ Hotel Hannon
It was in Brussels that the Art Nouveau style originated around the 1890s
thanks to a pioneering architect, Victor Horta, who, along with Hankar, Cauchie,
the Delune brothers, Blérot and twenty or so of their colleagues, established its
worth. This all-encompassing art, which dominated every field until 1920, is not
only found in architecture, it also stamped its mark on furniture, carpets, decorative objects and jewellery.
In reaction to the frenzy of all-out industrialisation, the motifs of the period
stem mainly from nature. Geometry makes way for arabesques, flora climbs
and winds its way up metallic structures, and stone cut into curves seems to
lose its rigidity.
This artistic movement was sudden and fairly brief but it had such power that
it soon became international under other designations such as Modern Style in
Britain or Style Nouille in France.
Brussels has an enormous Art Nouveau heritage in many quarters of the city.
A cycle ride lets you see as many of these gems as possible.
These wonders are the subject of a Biennial, which, by way of exception,
opens up to everyone dozens of public and private premises: schools, swimming
pools, private houses, function buildings and special collections can be viewed
every two years for the last 4 weekends in October.
In 2011, Brussels will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Victor Horta (see p. 8).
Practical information
➔ Hotel Solvay
Avenue Louise 224 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 640 56 45
Fax: +32 (0)2 647 37 33
[email protected]
www.hotelsolvay.be
➔ Constantin Meunier Museum
(Royal Museums of Fine Arts)
Rue de l’Abbaye 59 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 648 44 49
Fax: +32 (0)2 508 32 32
[email protected]
Press contact Karin Roedig
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 34 08
[email protected]
www.fine-arts-museum.be
➔ Abbey of La Cambre
Avenue E. Duray – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 648 11 21
➔ Ixelles Museum of Fine Arts
Rue J. Van Volsem 71 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 515 64 21
Fax: +32 (0)2 515 64 24
[email protected]
Press contact Bérénice Demaret
Tel.: +32 (0)2 515 64 21
www.museedixelles.be
➔ Architecture Foundation
Rue de l’Ermitage 55 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 642 24 80
Fax: +32 (0)2 642 24 82
[email protected]
Press contact Bertille Amaudric
[email protected]
www.fondationpourlarchitecture.be
➔ La Cambre forest
Some roads are closed to cars
on Saturdays and Sundays: during the summer,
bicycles can be hired from Pro Velo
(Carrefour des Attelages).
➔ Bicycle hire
Pro Velo
Tel.: +32 (0)2 502 73 55
[email protected]
www.provelo.org
Villo
Hotline tel.: 078 05 11 10
www.villo.be
On the way
1
Bailli area:
4
Rue de Belle-Vue 42-44-46:
Arch.: E. Blérot
Hotel Tassel: Rue P-E Janson 6
Arch.: V. Horta - 1893-1894
Abbey of La Cambre
The Van Rysselberghe house:
Rue de Livourne 83
Arch.: O. Van Rysselberghe - 1912
Avenue des Klauwaerts 16-15:
Arch.: E. Blérot
Rue de la Vallée 2-4-6-8-10-12-18-20-
Hotel Otlet: Rue de Livourne 48
Arch.: O. Van Rysselberghe - 1894-98
22-24-26-28-32-40:
Arch.: Ernest Delune - 1902-1907
House of Count Goblet d’Alviella:
Rue Faider 10
Arch.: O. Van Rysselberghe - 1882
Rue Vilain XIIII 7: Arch.: F. Tilley
Rue Vilain XIIII 9-11:
Arch.: E. Blérot - 1902
The Ciamberlani house: Rue Defacqz 48
Arch.: P. Hankar - 1897
Hotel Max Hallet: Avenue Louise 346
Arch.: Victor Horta - 1903-1905
House of the painter René Janssens:
Rue Defacqz 50
Arch.: P. Hankar - 1897
Rue du Lac 6:
Arch.: Léon Delune - 1904
Rue Faider 83:
Arch.: A. Rosenboom - 1900
Rue Faider 85:
Arch.: A. Van Waesberghe - 1900
The private house of Paul Hankar:
Rue Defacqz 71
Arch.: P. Hankar - 1893
2
Châtelain area:
Private house:
Rue Africaine 92
Arch.: B. De L. de Fabribeckers
- 1905
The private house and studios of Victor
Horta (museum): Rue Américaine 23-25
Arch.: V. Horta - 1898-1901
3
Brugmann area:
Ixelles ponds area:
Avenue De Gaulle 39-38:
Arch.: E. Blérot - 1904
5
6
Hotel Solvay: Avenue Louise 224
Arch.: V. Horta - 1894-1898
Delune House: Avenue Fr. Roosevelt 86
Arch.: L. Delune - 1904
don't miss
a
Place du Châtelain,
and its café terraces.
b
The Meunier Museum: Rue de l’Abbaye 59
c
Place Flagey, and its cosmopolitan
atmosphere.
d
La Cambre forest
e
Ixelles Museum of Fine Arts
f
Architecture Foundation
The “Les Hiboux” house:
Avenue Brugmann 55
Arch.: E. Pelseneer - 1895
Hotel Hannon (Espace Contrtype):
Avenue de la Jonction 1
Arch.: J. Brunfaut - 1903
The home and studios of the sculptor
Fernand Dubois:
Arch.: V. Horta - 1901-1903
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The great classics
Practical information
➔Grand'Place
➔ City of Brussels Museum
➔ Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudule
(Maison du Roi)
Grand'Place – 1000 Brussels
mail: rue du Poivre 1 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 43 50
Fax: +32 (0)2 279 43 62
[email protected]
Press contact Leonor da Silva
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 43 74
www.brussels.be
Parvis Sainte-Gudule – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 217 83 45
Fax: +32 (0)2 219 96 55
[email protected]
www.cathedralestmichel.be
➔ Costume and Lace Museum
Rue de la Violette 12 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 213 44 50
Fax: +32 (0)2 213 44 58
[email protected]
Press contact Leonor da Silva
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 43 74
www.brussels.be
© JP Lejeune
➔ Belgian Comic Strip Center
The places you really shouldn’t miss include: the Grand’Place with its rounded cobblestones and gilded houses, Manneken Pis, the brazen little chap with
the well-stocked wardrobe, the Galeries Saint-Hubert (shopping arcades), the
first of their kind in Europe, the Bourse (stock exchange), which looks like a
Greek temple, with its Belle Epoque cafés, and La Monnaie opera house. Rue
Neuve and its myriad of stores take you to Place des Martyrs from where you
then reach the gothic Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudule, which frequently
echoes with the sound of its great organ.
But to feel the soul of the city and enjoy art de vivre like a Brussels native,
you have to go into one of the many cafés you come across on the way and sip a
Gueuze, Kriek or Faro, jewels in the crown of Brussels’ great brewing tradition.
The friendly ambience often leads to conversations between one table and the
next.
Rue des Sables 20 — 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 219 19 80
Fax: +32 (0)2 219 23 76
[email protected]
Press contact Willem De Graeve
Tel.: +32 (0)2 210 04 33
www.cbbd.be
➔ Galeries Saint-Hubert
“Brussels on Stage”
Galerie de la Reine 17 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 512 57 45
[email protected]
Press contact Bernadette Callewaert
Tel.: +32 (0)2 502 09 73
[email protected]
www.bruxelles-enscene.be
➔ La Monnaie
Place de la Monnaie – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 229 13 72
[email protected]
Programmes: www.lamonnaie.be
Press contact Claire Jesuran
[email protected]
Guided tours: Saturdays (except on public holidays): at noon
Closed 13/07 to 20/08, Public Holidays
Admission 8.00 e
Guided tours groups (min. 16 pers.)
on written request at least 3 weeks in advance:
Fax: +32 (0)2 229 13 36
➔ Bruxella 1238
Archaeological site
Rue de la Bourse – 1000 Brussels
mail: Museum of the City of Brussels
(Maison du Roi)
Rue du Poivre 1 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 43 50
Fax: +32 (0)2 279 43 62
[email protected]
Press contact Leonor da Silva
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 43 74
www.brussels.be
➔ Audioguided tour around the
Grand’Place
D*Tours: Hire an MP3 player at the
Tourism Information Brussels - TIB
Town Hall, Grand'Place – 1000 Brussels
www.d-tours.org
➔ H
op on, hop off – tourist bus for visits
of Brussels
Tourism Information Brussels – TIB
Town Hall, Grand’Place – 1000 Brussels
[email protected]
Info
On the way
1
Grand'Place
1
City of Brussels Museum
2
Archaeological site, Bruxella 1238
3
Costume and Lace Museum
4
Manneken-Pis
5
Stock Exchange
6
Royal Theatre la Monnaie
7
Place des Martyrs
8
Belgian Comic Strip Center
9
Galeries Saint-Hubert and
Brussels on Stage
10
Place Agora
11
Cathedral of Saints Michel and
Gudule
12
Galerie Bortier
c
Café La Bécasse
Old-style setting, typical beers and
cosmopolitan atmosphere.
d
Café A la Mort Subite
The essence of Brussels, Faro,
Gueuze, Kriek.
e
Café Le Roy d’Espagne
Great choice of beers, listed building
on the Grand'Place.
f
Café Poechenellekelder
Typical café in front of Manneken-Pis.
g
Café Toone VII
Typical bistro and eccentric Brussels
puppets.
h
Brussels specialities:
Around the Grand’Place:
Planète Chocolat, biscuits Dandoy,
Chocolatiers Galler, Neuhaus...
i
Clothes and accessories:
Rue Neuve, Rue des Fripiers,
Rue A. Dansaert, Galeries SaintHubert.
don't miss
a
Café Cirio
Quiet tavern with astonishing
1900 setting.
b
Café Falstaff
Authentic Art Nouveau setting.
Museum Talks
For those who do not have the time to visit a museum but who would still like to discover
its contents, an alternative website has been set up: Museumtalks. Whether you speak
Swedish, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese or simply French, Dutch or
English, you can now discover Brussels’ museums in your own language thanks to the
short, personal and spontaneous comments on objects or works that appear in the collections of museums in Brussels. You can listen to them on your mobile, your computer
or MP3 reader. Enjoy your visit.
www.museumtalks.be
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Family outings
Practical information
➔ Museum of Natural Sciences
➔ Belgian Comic Strip Center
Rue des Sables 20 — 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 219 19 80
Fax: +32 (0)2 219 23 76
[email protected]
Press contact Willem De Graeve
Tel.: +32 (0)2 210 04 33
www.cbbd.be
➔ Musical Instruments Museum – MIM
Rue Montagne de la Cour 2 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 545 01 30
Fax: +32 (0)2 545 01 77
[email protected]
Press contact Damien Filippi
Tel.: +32 (0)2 545 01 54
[email protected]
www.mim.fgov.be
➔ C
oudenberg Museum,
Former Palace of Brussels
© Museum of Natural Sciences
Archaeological site and museum
Place des Palais 7 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 0)70 22 04 92
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 46 23
[email protected]
www.coudenberg.com
A dozen museums and attractions in the centre of and all over Brussels offer
some special moments for sharing. Cultural, original, lively, interactive, indoor or
in the open air, all these places are easy to reach by public transport.
You can forget work, school and other worries and, instead, admire, play,
imagine and fall asleep at night with your head full of dreams. The time’s gone
by so quickly! You’ll have to come back again soon to experience more of Brussels as a family.
➔ Scientastic Museum
Metro station Bourse (level -1)
Bd Anspach – 1000 Brussels
Mail: rue de la Jonchaie 23, bte 43 –
1040 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 732 13 36
Fax: +32 (0)2 736 53 35
[email protected]
Press contact Baudouin Hubert
www.scientastic.be
➔ Museum of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 42 38 (24h/24)
Fax: +32 (0)2 627 42 33
[email protected]
Press contact Yannick Siebens
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 43 77
[email protected]
www.naturalsciences.be
➔ Brussels Urban Transport Museum
Avenue de Tervueren 364 B — 1150 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 515 31 08 / +32 (0)2 515 31 10
[email protected]
Press contact Jacques Laffont
www.trammuseumbrussels.be
On the way
➔ Royal Museums of Art and History - Cinquantenaire Museum
Parc du Cinquantenaire 10 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 72 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 733 77 35
[email protected]
Press contact Bart Suys
Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 73 00
[email protected]
www.kmkg-mrah.be
➔ Royal Museum of the Army and
Military History
Parc du Cinquantenaire 3 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 737 78 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 737 78 02
[email protected]m-mra.be
Press contact Diane Vanthemsche
Tel.: +32 (0)2 737 78 09
[email protected]
www.klm-mra.be
➔ Autoworld Brussels
Parc du Cinquantenaire 11 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 736 41 65
Fax: +32 (0)2 736 51 36
[email protected]
Press contact Claude Lemmens
Tel.: +32 (0)2 736 41 65
[email protected]
www.autoworld.be
➔ Royal Museum of Central Africa
Leuvensesteenweg 13 — 3080 Tervuren
Tel.: +32 (0)2 769 52 00
Fax: +32 (0)2 769 56 38
[email protected]
Press contact Kristien Opstaele
Tel.: +32 (0)2 769 57 08
[email protected]
www.africamuseum.be
IN THE CENTRE
Scientastic Museum
More than 50 simple and funny experiences
for discovering, in an original way, the mysteries of physics, optics and acoustics.
The Belgian Comic Strip Center
The main residence of the most famous
heroes of the 9th art was built by Victor
Horta. As well as permanent collections,
there are themed exhibitions, a little shop
and a café-restaurant.
The Musical Instruments Museum –
MIM
1,200 instruments from all periods and
every continent are on display in the former
Old England stores. You can listen to all of
them using ingenious infra-red helmets. A
superb renovation and an original purpose
for this Art Nouveau wonder all made of
glass panes and metal volutes. On the top
floor is a terrace offering a sweeping view
and a restaurant.
Coudenberg Museum, Former Palace
of Brussels
A key archaeological site in Brussels. The
vestiges of the chapel of Charles V, Rue
Isabelle and even a grand ceremonial room
have been unearthed. This huge room was
the Aula Magna of the Dukes of Burgundy
and would later become that of Charles V.
THE CINQUANTENAIRE
AND THE EUROPEAN DISTRICT
The Museum of Natural Sciences
A spectacular scene arrangement was
necessary for these worldwide stars: the
iguanodons unearthed in Bernissart
(Hainaut) at the end of the 19th century
greet you from the height of their 65 million
years. The Evolution Gallery helps adults
and children to understand our origins and
how we’ve evolved. Creative workshops
and a little area for budding archaeologists
are also provided.
The Royal Museums of Art and History,
the Cinquantenaire Museum
Here, in half a day, you cover millennia of
civilisations, discovering masterpieces from
Egypt, Greece, Ancient Rome, the Far East
and Pre-Columbian America. Creative workshops for children curious about the talents
of their forebears.
The Royal Museum of the Army and
Military History
With armour, uniforms, flags and weapons
from the past, only the rattle and clinking of
weapons is missing to relive the military
exploits of past centuries. But the present is
also represented with armoured vehicles
and more than 80 very impressive flying
machines.
WOLUWE - TERVUREN
Brussels Urban Transport Museum
Here you’ll find everything that’s run on rails
in Brussels since 1869. Horse-drawn or
electric-powered, 150 trams and other
vehicles tell the story of our extraordinary
public transport. Now and then, some forerunners are brought back into service to
take you on a nostalgic ride.
Royal Museum of Central Africa
This large and impressive building that
looks like a palace was built in the reign of
Leopold II. It houses the biggest African
collection in the world. It’s packed with
specimens of wildlife and plant life as well
as traditional objects, masks, amulets,
weapons and lifelike statuettes: a tribute to
those very talented anonymous craftsmen.
DON’T MISS
The little steam train in Forest
http://ptvf.fte2.org
Skating outdoors in Bois de la Cambre
www.boisdelacambre.info
Take part in the Roller-skating Parade
on Fridays in summer
www.belgiumrollers.com
Mini-Golf at the Mellaerts Ponds
Autoworld
With their shiny chrome, the 400 vintage
cars of this collection put on a great show
of gleaming bodywork and fine leather
seating.
Defy the laws of balance at the Skate
Park (skateboarding)
www.brusk.be
Enrol in the creative workshops of
BOZAR Sundays
www.bozar.be
Explore the world of comic strip figurines at the MOOF
www.moof-museum.be
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Quaint museums and houses
Practical information
Beautiful little places just a few minutes from the centre.
Built in 1930 by the architects Polak and Hoch on the prestigious Avenue des Nations (which then became Franklin
Roosevelt), the villa of Baron Louis Empain is a gem in the purest Art Deco style. The same enthusiasm and curiosity prompted
by this modern luxurious building at the time are still evident today since the reopening of the recently restored premises.
Villa Empain is the international head office of the Boghossian Foundation for dialogue between the cultures of East and
West. Exhibitions, concerts and conferences are held in a stylish interior of all the finest materials and elegant rooms.
They say that the spirit of this great humanist of the Renaissance still floats around in Erasmus House. Around 1521,
he settled in Anderlecht in this large medieval building with the appearance of a priory. It was faithfully restored a few
years ago and contains many valuable documents and works of art from the period. This is a real journey through time.
The perfect way to round it off is by visiting the medicinal and philosophy garden: a place full of charm for spending a little
while meditating, just as the master of this house used to do.
Once upon a time the residence of a Dutch banker and his wife, the van Buuren Museum was built in 1929 in the Art
Deco style, which was all the rage at the time. The use of space, the lights and the materials that were chosen give this
place an almost palpable soul. The greatest masters of painting created the impressive collection of works hanging from
the dado rails: Breughel, Van Gogh, Wouters and Permeke. In the garden, you enter a wonderful treasure chest of plant life
once dreamed up and maintained by Alice van Buuren.
The old studio of the artist, the Constantin Meunier Museum has a very powerful feel about it, just like that prolific
creator of the 19th century whose monumental works are found more or less everywhere in Brussels. Jealously kept in
this house, his paintings, sculptures, engravings and drawings tell us of working-class life in those days, sometimes joyful,
sometimes sorrowful.
The Ixelles Fine Arts Museum is famous for its unique collection of original posters by Toulouse-Lautrec. Those feminine icons beribboned with Art Nouveau scrolls are unquestionably the forerunners of our stars of advertising. The 19th
and 20th century rooms are devoted to Impressionism, Fauvism and Surrealism, Abstract, Pop Art and Contemporary Art.
Past, present... and future in a single journey.
At the Antoine Wiertz Museum, the vessel is as surprising as the contents. This house, though modest in size, exhibits
enormous canvasses expressing the mystical and allegorical inspirations of the artist as well as romantic and visionary
sketches.
The owner of the Clockarium is quite a character, exhibiting nearly 1,000 Art Deco mantelpiece ornaments. Period,
kitsch, rococo, gilt and enamelled: surprising clocks which run... well... like clockwork.
By its name alone, the Plasticarium conjures up colour: the Museum of Plastic set up in an Art Deco house contains
the best of what was being made in the Golden Sixties. This is the kingdom of flashy and pop, of furniture and decorative
objects in surprising shapes.
Situated in the north of Brussels, the house where René Magritte lived and worked for nearly 25 years is now a favourite place for surrealism buffs. A symbol-packed ambience for experiencing a creative moment among numerous personal
objects and original works by that most irrational son of Brussels.
➔ Villa Empain
Boghossian Foundation
Centre for dialogue between the Eastern and
Western cultures
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 52 30
Fax: +32 (0)2 648 09 43
[email protected]
www.villaempain.com
➔ Clockarium
Boulevard A. Reyers 163 – 1030 Brussels
Tel./Fax: +32 (0)2 732 08 28
[email protected]
Press contact Inge Taillie
Tel.: +32 (0)475 55 20 26
[email protected]
www.clockarium.com
➔ Erasmus House
Rue du Chapitre 31 – 1070 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 521 13 83
Fax: +32 (0)2 527 12 69
[email protected]
Press contact Kathleen Leys
Tel.: +32 (0)2 521 13 83
www.erasmushouse.museum
➔ David and Alice van Buuren Museum
Avenue L. Errera 41 – 1180 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 343 48 51
Fax: +32 (0)2 347 66 89
[email protected]
Press contact Isabelle Anspach
Tel.: +32 (0)2 343 48 51
www.museumvanbuuren.com
➔ Antoine Wiertz Museum
(Royal Museums of Fine Arts)
Rue de l’Abbaye 59 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 648 44 49
Fax: +32 (0)2 508 32 32
[email protected]
Press contact Karin Roedig
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 34 08
[email protected]
www.fine-arts-museum.be
(Royal Museums of Fine Arts)
Rue Vautier 62 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 648 17 18
Fax: +32 (0)2 508 32 32
[email protected]
Press contact Karin Roedig
Tel.: +32 (0)2 508 34 08
[email protected]
www.fine-arts-museum.be
➔ Ixelles Museum of Fine Arts
➔ René Magritte House
Rue J. Van Volsem 71 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 515 64 21
Fax: +32 (0)2 515 64 24
[email protected]
Press contact Bérénice Demaret
Tel.: +32 (0)2 515 64 21
www.museedixelles.be
Rue Esseghem 135 – 1090 Brussels
Tel. / Fax: +32 (0)2 428 26 26
[email protected]
Press contact André Garitte
www.magrittemuseum.be
➔ David & Alice van Buuren Museum
© Marcel Vanhulst
➔ Constantin Meunier Museum
The only collection of its kind, the Plasticarium – Museum of Plastic – is well worth a
report of its own. Located in an Art Deco house, it contains an anthology of the most
colourful things from the Golden Sixties. Flashy orange armchairs, curvy furniture,
pop implements, various strangely-shaped objects... this magnificent collection of
hundreds of pieces is “a utopia of all things plastic”. As Roland Topor used to say, “it
slides, it’s smooth and it’s beautiful”. That says it all.
Admission for groups only and booking is essential.
Tel.: +32 (0)2 344 98 21
➔ Villa Empain
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
© georgesdekinder.com
Vintage pop culture
© Marcel Vanhulst
➔ Zinneke Parade
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Events
Events
Ensor unmasked
58
Luc Tuymans Retrospective
60
Museum Night Fever
62
Art Brussels
64
Kunstenfestivaldesarts66
Couleur Café
68
Sarah Moon
70
Royal Palace of Brussels
72
europalia.brasil74
Winter Wonders
76
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Ensor unmasked
Until 13th February 2011
James Ensor would have been 150 this year and, still, some facets of his work are yet to be discovered. Here, his drawings are compared
with his paintings to reveal the genesis of the masterpieces and the apocalyptic hallucinations of this genius artist.
Gilbert and George - Jack Freak Pictures
Until 23/01/2011
These two eccentrics ‘made in London’ are experts in monumental photomontages in bright and compartmentalised colours,
creating emblematic, symbolic or violent effects. Following a long tour, which, among other places, took in Chicago, Beijing
and the Guggenheim in New York, Bozar invites you to see their new small exhibition: 89 mythical variations on the theme of
the Union Jack.
Francis Alÿs: A story of Deception
09/01 – 31/01/2011
Francis Alÿs was born in Antwerp in 1959 and now lives and works in Mexico City. This first big one-man exhibition in Belgium
includes videos, paintings, drawings and documents. On apparently aimless walks, Alÿs observes and records everyday incidents and gestures and turns them into poetic images or utopian interventions that shake the fate of our world.
Don’t miss...
Destination Mars
Until 31/03/2011
Mars the mysterious… Its little green men who inhabit our imagination, its red dust and its storms... Has life existed on that
planet? Take your first steps on Mars in stunning landscapes thanks to the robots and probes that criss-cross it and sound it
out, trying to answer that question.
6 Billion Others
Until 03/04/2011
5,000 filmed interviews directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand in 75 countries by 6 reporters who set off to meet others. From the
Brazilian fisherman to the Chinese shopkeeper, from the German artist to the Afghan farmer, all answered the same questions
about their fears, their dreams, their times of adversity and their hopes: a vast portrait of humanity today.
Be a Star
Until 25/04/2011
The Atomium, this infinitely large reproduction of the infinitely small hosts an absorbing exhibition full of sound and light recreating the sky. The “expo” sphere of the “Ato” is divided into two hemispheres: one for recumbent dreaming, immersed in a film
starring actual stars, the other for fun, interactive info.
➔ The Intrigue - James Ensor
Practical information
➔ Ensor unmasked
➔ Destination Mars
Espace culturel ING
Place Royale 6 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: + 32 (0)2 547 22 92
[email protected]
www.ing.be/art
Museum of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 42 38 (24h/24)
Fax: +32 (0)2 627 42 33
[email protected]
www.naturalsciences.be
Press contact Yannick Siebens
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 43 77
[email protected]
Press contact
Tel.: +32 (0)2 547 22 94
[email protected]
➔ Gilbert and George – Jack Freak Pictures
BOZAR
Rue Ravenstein 23 – 1000 Brussels
Reservation Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 00
Fax: +32 (0)2 511 79 77
www.bozar.be
Press contact BOZAR press
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 84 27
[email protected]
Contact for group organisation
Tel.: + 32 (0)2 507 84 11
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Alberta Sessa
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 20
[email protected]
➔ Francis Alÿs: A story of Deception
© Lukas-art in flanders
Wiels
Avenue Van Volxem 354 – 1190 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 340 00 50
Fax: +32 (0)2 340 00 59
www.wiels.org
Press contact Angie Vandycke
Tel.: +32 (0)2 340 00 51
[email protected]
Contact for group organisation
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 42 34
Contact for venue hire Isabelle Van Loo
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 45 34
[email protected]
➔ 6 Billion Others
Tour & Taxis
Avenue du Port 86 c – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 549 60 49
Fax: +32 (0)2 549 60 41
www.6milliardsdautres.be
Press contact Vincent Bayer
Tel.: +32 (0)2 423 51 78
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Jean Vandamme
Tel.: +32 (0)2 420 60 69
➔ Be a Star
Atomium
Square de l’Atomium – 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 475 47 77
Fax: +32 (0)2 475 47 79
[email protected]
www.atomium.be
Press contact Ilse De Braekeleer
[email protected]
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Luc Tuymans Retrospective
From 11th February to 8th May 2011
Following a long tour in America, 75 key paintings by this famous Belgian visual artist are making their way home again. Using a
blend of multimedia technologies and traditional paintings, Luc Tuymans holds up a remarkable mirror to us of the story of memory
and of the media. The impacts of huge events such as the Second World War, September 11th, post-colonialism in the Congo: his
paintings are not a simple chronicle of daily life; implicitly, they pose the big questions of our times.
America it’s also our History!
Until 09/05/2011
There has always been a great love story between Europe and the United States: an inevitable swing of the pendulum has
established itself between these two nations, which have influenced each other in numerous fields.
This exhibition is a fascinating multimodal museography with graphic frescoes, audiovisual productions, exceptional objects,
photographs, interactive and tactile systems and visual recordings, not to mention numerous contemporary works of art which
map out the journey.
Don’t miss...
Between Heaven and Hell: Death in the Middle Ages
Until 24/04/2011
Since far back in the mists of time and from the moment man became aware of his life, he has feared death. What will his fate
be on the other side? This questioning has evolved over the course of the centuries and, in the Middle Ages, the Grim Reaper
was part of everyday life. This omnipresence had a considerable influence on art and literature, which, in turn, reflected hope
and dejection, the dread of oblivion or faith in a better life. Visiting these questions from the past could well provide an answer
to those of the present.
BRAFA
21/01 – 30/01/2011
This annual gathering of aesthetes has become a must: 120 first-rate exhibitors provide an opportunity to see… and buy
unique antique, contemporary, ethnic and classic pieces. The valuation sessions held during the event attract a lot of visitors
wanting to find out the value of their possessions. All in the magnificent setting of Tour & Taxis and in a friendly ambience.
Biodiversity in the City
Until 31/12/2011
By the end of the century, 80% of the world’s population will be living in an urban environment. So, in order to build a harmonious
future, it’s important to initiate an urban culture in respect to biodiversity. And, to this end, the Museum of Natural Sciences is
holding an exhibition aimed, above all, at this city-dwelling public. The new Gallery of Biodiversity in the City is both fascinating
and educational, placing the emphasis on what needs to be done today in order to preserve our life tomorrow.
Practical information
➔ Luc Tuymans Retrospective
➔ BRAFA
Bozar
Rue Ravenstein 23 – 1000 Brussels
Reservation Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 00
Fax: +32 (0)2 511 79 77
www.bozar.be
Press contact BOZAR press
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 84 27
[email protected]
Tour & Taxis
Avenue du Port 86 c – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 513 48 31
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 06 86
[email protected]
www.brafa.be
Press contact Bruno Nélis
Tel.: +32 (0)4 365 75 77
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Jean Vandamme
Tel.: +32 (0)2 420 60 69
Contact for group organisation
Tel.: + 32 (0)2 507 84 11
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Alberta Sessa
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 20
[email protected]
➔ America it’s also our History!
Tour & Taxis
Avenue du Port 86 c – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 549 60 49
Fax: +32 (0)2 549 60 41
[email protected]
www.expo-europe-usa.be
Press contact Emilie Derom
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Jean Vandamme
Tel.: +32 (0)2 420 60 69
➔ Biodiversity in the City
Museum of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 42 38 (24h/24)
Fax: +32 (0)2 627 42 33
[email protected]
www.naturalsciences.be
Press contact Yannick Siebens
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 43 77
[email protected]
Contact for group organisation
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 42 34
Contact for venue hire Isabelle Van Loo
Tel.: +32 (0)2 627 45 34
[email protected]
➔Between Heaven and Hell:
Death in the Middle Ages
© The nose © Luc Tuymans
Royal Museums of Art and History – Cinquantenaire Museum
Parc du Cinquantenaire 10 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 72 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 733 77 35
[email protected]
Press contact Bart Suys
Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 73 00
[email protected]
www.kmkg-mrah.be
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Museum Night Fever
26th February 2011
This initiative of the Brussels Museums Council introduces museum collections in a different light. Artists, academies, associations
of young people and students get busy organising concerts, special guided tours, electro-architectural performances and original
new workshops. And anyone electrified by the evening can hit the dance floor at BOZAR until the early hours.
Don’t miss...
The Publiart Adventure
22/03/2011 – 02/10/2011
The press and advertising have been bedfellows for more than 150 years. But it wasn’t until 1950 that an advertising agency
was set up with the declared intention of putting the authors of comic strip and their characters to work. In 1950, Raymond
Leblanc, founder of the Lombard publishing house and of the Tintin magazine, set up the Publiart agency run by Guy Dessicy.
This exhibition presents its collection: a whole host of treasures that stand out as landmarks in the story of this agency and that
of the 9th art.
Accademia Carrara
18/02/2011 – 06/05/2011
The Accademia Carrara was founded in 1796. It preserves more than 1,800 works, including a large number of absolute masterpieces of Italian Renaissance painting from the 18th century. The paintings exhibited here come from this prestigious academy and from the Antwerp Museum of Fine Arts; they provide a fascinating view of the process of mutual enrichment of the
Flemish masters and the masters of the Venetian schools. From the first innovations of the Quattrocento artists to the subtle
colour palettes of Titian, Memling or Rubens: 4 centuries of rich pictorial tradition are waiting to be (re)discovered through the
artistic dialogue between North and South that existed at that time.
Ars Musica
03/03/2011 – 03/04/2011
If you love high-quality contemporary music, make a note in your diary! In 2011, this festival will, more than ever, be a unique
platform of cultural gatherings. Fifty or so concerts showcasing Belgian creativity, very talented musicians and international
orchestras: an innovative, lasting and convivial programme of events.
Anima 2011
04/03 – 13/03/2011
A key annual rendezvous of animated film: a magical festival to delight kids and grown-ups alike. More than 100 screenings,
an animated night, advanced showings and, by way of grande finale, the awarding of the Cartoon d’Or. Magical and unforgettable carnival holidays.
Practical information
➔ Museum Night Fever
➔ Ars Musica
Info
Brussels Museums Council
Rue des Bouchers 46 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 512 77 80
Fax: +32 (0)2 512 20 66
[email protected]
www.museumnightfever.be
Press contact Stéphanie Masuy
Info and Tickets
➔ The Publiart Adventure
Galerie Louise 203/1 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 219 26 60
Fax: +32 (0)2 219 88 14
[email protected]
www.arsmusica.be
Press contact Séverine Provost
[email protected]
Tel.: +32 (0)2 644 61 91
Belgian Comic Strip Center
Rue des Sables 20 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 219 19 80
Fax: +32 (0)2 219 23 76
[email protected]
www.cbbd.be
Press contact Willem De Graeve
Tel.: +32 (0)2 210 04 33
➔ Accademia Carrara
BOZAR
Rue Ravenstein 23 – 1000 Brussels
Reservation Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 00
Fax: +32 (0)2 511 79 77
www.bozar.be
Press contact BOZAR press
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 84 27
[email protected]
➔ Anima 2011
Flagey
Place Sainte-Croix 18 – 1050 Brussels
Info and tickets Folioscope
avenue de Stalingrad 52 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 534 41 25
Fax: +32 (0)2 534 22 79
[email protected]
www.awn.com/folioscope
Press contact Françoise Cathala
Tel.: +32 (0)2 534 41 25
franç[email protected]
Contact for group organisation
© Mark
DieterMelkenbeek
Telemans
Tel.: + 32 (0)2 507 84 11
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Alberta Sessa
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 20
[email protected]
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Art Brussels
From 29th April to 2nd May 2011
A work of art may be a sculpture, a painting, a photograph, a video or all four at the same time. Art Brussels is inviting more than 100
art galleries to come and present the works of their artists, all trends together. This exhibition of new talents, who aren’t yet the talk
of the town, therefore offers original new and affordable works of art.
Eurantica
25/03/2011 – 03/04/2011
From the antediluvian to the contemporary, antique dealers from all over Europe choose their finest pieces for this very famous
fair. It’s not only collectors of rare objects who frequent the aisles: anyone who loves beautiful and authentic things simply has
to wander from stand to stand among these wonders.
Don’t miss...
BIFFF
07/04 – 19/04/2011
The organisers of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival definitely have an eye for tracking down cinematographic
nuggets of horror, science fiction and thrillers of all kinds. Far removed from Internet piracy and illicit copies, the BIFFF is an
oasis of good films which get your adrenalin pumping. The programme includes: a body-painting and fantasy make-up competition, a manga market, a zombie parade and a vampires’ ball. We’re not scared at all... honest!
Jane Alexander
22/04/2011 – 31/08/2011
Humanimal World is the first one-woman exhibition of this South African artist committed to fighting discrimination and violence, having suffered terribly from it herself. At the same time human but revealing their animalistic side, the disturbing creatures of her sculptures and photomontages symbolise societies that call themselves civilised but remain so close to the primitive world.
Jordi Colomer
29/04/2011 – 12/06/2011
Scanning the four corners of the planet, the eye of the protean artist Jordi Colomer explores the infinitely small and the monumental, the boundaries between the timeless subjectivity of man and the contemporary urban space. A real dramatisation of
wandering and of the outdoors, his work is a hymn to life, and that passion is more apparent than ever in this new photo-video
project.
Practical information
➔ Art Brussels
➔ Jane Alexander
Brussels Expo
Parc des Expositions - Heysel – 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 474 82 77
[email protected]
www.artbrussels.be
Press contact Gerrie Soetaert
Tel.: +32 (0)475 47 98 69
[email protected]
La Centrale Electrique
European Centre for Contemporary Art
Place Sainte-Catherine 44 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 64 35
[email protected]
Press contact Jennifer Garcia Gonzalez
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 64 45
www.lacentraleelectrique.be
➔ Eurantica
➔ Jordi Colomer
Brussels Expo
Parc des Expositions - Heysel – 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 474 84 77
[email protected]
www.eurantica.be
Press contact Hélène van den Wildenberg
Tel.: +32 (0)495 22 07 92
[email protected]
BOZAR
Rue Ravenstein 23 – 1000 Brussels
Reservation Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 00
Fax: +32 (0)2 511 79 77
www.bozar.be
Press contact BOZAR press
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 84 27
[email protected]
Contact for group organisation
➔ BIFFF
28th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
Tour & Taxis
Avenue du Port 86 c – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: + 32 (0)2 507 84 11
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Alberta Sessa
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 20
[email protected]
Info and Tickets
© Lieve
Art Brussels
Soete
Tel.: +32 (0)2 201 17 13
Fax: +32 (0)2 201 14 69
[email protected]
www.bifff.net
Press contact [email protected]
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Kunstenfestivaldesarts
From 6th to 28th May 2011
Dozens of Brussels theatres and arts centres open for this determinedly urban and cosmopolitan festival. Its purpose: to encourage
dialogue between linguistic communities through creative works by artists who share their personal view of the world with an audience prepared to expand its field of perspective.
Queen Elisabeth International Competition 2011
05/05 – 21/05/2011
This prestigious international music competition was founded in 1937 for the purpose of discovering talented young performers. The list of prize winners of this exceptional artistic competition is not based on the deliberations of a panel of judges but
on the confidential marks awarded by each of its members.
Following on from the violin and piano, to which the previous years were dedicated, in 2011 the competition is devoted to
singing and, for nearly a month, Brussels will be the capital of beautiful voices.
Don’t miss...
Fête de l’Iris (Brussels’ Day of Celebration) and Europe Day
07/05/2011 – 08/05/2011
Europe Day takes place every year on the same date in all the EU member countries. It was on this day in 1950 that Robert
Schuman signed the declaration which marks the beginning of European construction. Brussels, capital city to 500 million
Europeans, is taking the opportunity to open up all its institutions to enable everyone to get to know those places usually reserved for important meetings. Far from the administrative image all-too often ascribed to it, Brussels seizes the opportunity to
show its human, cosmopolitan sides and its sense of celebration.
Nuits Botanique
13/05 – 22/05/2011
With rock, electro, French chanson and other unclassifiable styles, the Nuits Botanique (Botanic Nights) cast a magical spell
on your May evenings. This high-quality festival is an event that guarantees a stimulating programme and exciting discoveries.
The concerts are spread between the Art Deco Rotunda, the Orangery, a marquee erected in the gardens or at the Cirque
Royal: so many surprising venues and so many stars or very talented young people who perform there.
Belgian Pride
14/05/2011
Very colourful parade full of wit, shows, concerts and surprises of all kinds. Belgian Pride is a giant fiesta of rainbow colours as
well as an opportunity to highlight, with humour, the many prejudices that the homosexual community still has to face on a daily
basis.
Practical information
➔ Kunstenfestivaldesarts
➔ Nuits Botanique
Several venues in the city
Info quai du Commerce 18 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 219 07 07
Fax: +32 (0)2 218 74 53
www.kfda.be
Reservation Tel.: +32 (0)70 222 199
[email protected]
Press contact Anne-Sophie Van Neste
Tel.: +32 (0)2 226 45 79
[email protected]
[email protected]
Le Botanique
Rue Royale 236 – 1210 Brussels
➔Queen Elisabeth International
Competition 2011
The Royal Conservatory of Music
Rue de la Régence 30 – 1000 Brussels
Centre for Fine Arts - BOZAR
rue Ravenstein 23 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 213 40 50
Fax: +32 (0)2 514 32 97
www.cmireb.be
Press contact [email protected]
Tel.: +32 (0)2 213 40 50
Info and Tickets
Tel.: +32 (0)2 218 37 32
[email protected]
www.botanique.be
Press contact Pascale Bertolini
Tel.: +32 (0)2 226 12 42
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Emmanuel Giltaire
[email protected]
➔ Belgian Pride
Rue du Marché-au-Charbon 42 – 1000 Brussels
[email protected]
www.thepride.be
Press contact Jochen Vandeworp
Tel. +32 (0)476 27 55 14
[email protected]
➔ Fête de l’Iris and Europe Day
Brussels
Jazz Marathon
©©Via
Intolleranza
II - Ch. Schingensief - Uraufführung, KFDA
Several places in the city
Info tel. +32 (0)2 552 00 00
www.fetedeliris.be
www.europa.eu
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Couleur Café
From 25th to 27th June 2011
A colourfully mixed, altruistic, tropical and spicy festival! A cocktail of music from here and elsewhere with more than 50 concerts in
3 marquees. Couleur Café is, above all, a gigantic fiesta with all the brass bands, dance competitions, creative workshops, themed
exhibitions, souks, restaurants and exotic cocktails you could wish for. A multicultural and off-the-wall ambience, just like Brussels
itself. We’ll ‘zouk’ until the morning. A ‘caliente’ festival!
Jeff Wall - The Crooked Path
26/05/2011 – 11/09/2011
Presented in large light-filled boxes, the works of Canadian Jeff Wall take on an impressive iconographic character and the
importance that he has always wanted to assign to photography within the artistic world. He makes extensive references to
the history of art but this exhibition is a “back road” between 25 of his photographs and the canvasses of modern and contemporary greats such as Manet, Picasso, Dali or Wiener.
Don’t miss...
Brussels Jazz Marathon
27 – 28 – 29/05/2011
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The 2011 edition of the Brussels Jazz Marathon will therefore be delighting jazz lovers for the 16th
time. Four open-air podiums, dozens of clubs and cafés: 3 days of musical madness with 160 concerts and 450 musicians.
The Brussels 20 km race
29/05/2011
Athletic? Then, get your trainers on! The Cinquantenaire esplanade is expecting 25,000 participants for the start of this race,
which covers the loveliest avenues of the city and leads through Bois de la Cambre. See Brussels from a different angle by
running, walking or... just applauding the brave souls!
Roller & Bike Parade
Friday evenings from 3rd June to 23rd September 2011
This parade offers roller-skating enthusiasts a unique opportunity to glide along in complete safety on an urban route cleared
of all motor vehicles. This ride, now open to bicycles too, takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and goes through 13 different
communes. There’s even a “beginners” option. Do it with the family, your loved one or among colleagues.
➔ Couleur café
Practical information
➔ Couleur Café
➔ The Brussels 20 km race
Tour & Taxis
Avenue du Port 86 c – 1000 Brussels
[email protected]
www.couleurcafe.be
Press contact Irène Rossi
[email protected]
[email protected]
Contact venue for hire Jean Vandamme
Tel.: +32 (0)2 420 60 69
Esplanade du Cinquantenaire
Info and registration Brussels Promotion
place de la Chapelle 17 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 511 90 00
Fax: +32 (0)2 511 37 15
[email protected]
www.sibp.be
➔ Jeff Wall – The Crooked Path
From the city centre to Bois de la Cambre
Tel. : +32 (0)2 741 63 20
www.belgiumrollers.com
Press contact Carl De Moncharline
Tel.: +32 (0)477 799 618
➔ Roller & Bike Parade
Info
BOZAR
Rue Ravenstein 23 – 1000 Brussels
Reservation Tel.: + 32 (0)2 507 82 00
Fax: + 32 (0)2 511 79 77
www.bozar.be
Press contact BOZAR press
Tel.: + 32 (0)2 507 84 27
[email protected]
Contact for group organisation
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 84 11
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Alberta Sessa
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 20
[email protected]
➔ Brussels Jazz Marathon
All over the city
Jazztronaut
Boulevard Léopold II 184d – 1080 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 456 04 84
[email protected]
www.brusselsjazzmarathon.be
Press contact Inghe Berckmoes
Tel.: +32 (0)2 456 04 88
[email protected]
© Leen van Laethem
Info and tickets
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Sarah Moon
From 15th June to 14th August 2011
Following design studies and a few years modelling, Sarah Moon became a fashion photographer, working together with Cacharel.
Her photographs published in the leading magazines earned her a certain level of fame but she then turned to a more personal
style of photography imprinted with wild nature or childhood memories, with a particular aesthetic quality that sometimes leaves
you speechless. This exhibition presents mainly this latter trend as well as a few mythical snapshots of seventies fashion and some
cinematographic images that have become legendary. A visual treat: soak up the subjects and the moods captured by the lens of
this grande dame of photography.
Bob De Moor and the Sea
14/06/2011 – 15/01/2012
One fine morning in 1956, Hergé and Bob De Moor boarded the cargo boat Reine Astrid for a North Sea cruise, thus paving
the way for the creation of the Tintin album “Coke en stock”. But above and beyond his very important collaboration with Hergé, Bob De Moor, who was born in Antwerp, always loved the sea and boats, as the margins of his school exercise books
showed early on. His hero, Cori the ship’s boy, never stops looking at the sea, dreaming of boats and thinking up seafaring
tales. His extensive and original body of work is among the most important in European comic strip art.
Don’t miss...
Midis Minimes
Weekday lunchtimes in July and August 2011
What a great idea, offering a musical break in the middle of summer lunch times! 35 minutes of harmony to the sound of the
most eclectic kinds of music and voices, as the works cover the period from the 14th to the 21st century and a territory extending from Asia Minor to the Far West. This initiative, which encourages an intelligent approach to listening to music, begins
with a very brief commentary and then makes way for an emotional experience.
Polish Contemporary Art
01/07/2011 – 18/09/2011
Despite a turbulent history shaped by destructive domination, Poland is a land with a flourishing culture, which, down through
the centuries, has displayed a spirit that rebels against any order imposed from outside. Polish artists have responded to oppression with absurdity and fantasy; in order to endure the chaos of their reality, they created a culture of the irrational. This
exhibition prompts a dialogue among contemporaries of international renown and seminal works of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Ommegang
03/07 and 05/07/2011
This great folkloric procession is one of the most important events in Brussels history and culture. Because the Ommegang
recreates a famous celebration organised in 1549 on the Grand’Place in honour of Charles V and his son Philippe II. The
whole of the royal court parades before your eyes in all its finery: more than 1,000 extras in period costume, dozens of horses,
carts and giants. Horse-drawn carriages and flag throwers are also at the party in the magical setting of the Grand’Place.
Practical information
➔ Sarah Moon
➔ Polish Contemporary Art
Le Botanique
Rue Royale 236 – 1210 Brussels
BOZAR
Rue Ravenstein 23 – 1000 Brussels
Reservation Tel.: + 32 (0)2 507 82 00
Fax: + 32 (0)2 511 79 77
www.bozar.be
Press contact BOZAR press
Tel.: + 32 (0)2 507 84 27
[email protected]
Info and Tickets
Tel.: +32 (0)2 218 37 32
[email protected]
www.botanique.be
Press contact Pascale Bertolini
Tel.: +32 (0)2 226 12 42
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Emmanuel Giltaire
[email protected]
➔ Bob De Moor and the Sea
Belgian Comic Strip Center
Rue des Sables 20 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 219 19 80
Fax: +32 (0)2 219 23 76
[email protected]
www.cbbd.be
Press contact Willem De Graeve
Tel.: +32 (0)2 210 04 33
Contact for group organisation
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 84 11
[email protected]
Contact for venue hire Alberta Sessa
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 20
[email protected]
➔ Ommegang
Grand-Place – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 512 19 61
Fax : +32 (0)2 502 68 35
[email protected]
www.ommegang.be
Info
➔ Midis Minimes
© Noël au Portugal - Sarah Moon
© Franquin / Marsu Productions.
Church of Minimes / Conservatory
Info Tel.: +32 (0)2 512 30 79
[email protected]
www.midis-minimes.be
Press contact Séverine Provost
Tel.: +32 (0)2 644 61 91
[email protected]
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Royal Palace of Brussels
From ± 22nd July to mid-September 2011
It’s a tradition: when the royal family goes away on holiday, it leaves the doors to its administrative palace wide open so that everyone
can admire its treasures. Marble floors, crystal chandeliers and period furniture, not to mention the ceremonial room with the ceiling
covered in scarab elytra. Magnificent souvenirs from the past and contemporary artists rub shoulders in this “office” of the King, which
is an essential visit of the summer.
Brosella Folk & Jazz Festival
09/07 and 10/07/2011
This festival is a compendium of goodies! Not only is it free but it’s also held in a place full of charm: an open-air theatre right
beneath the Atomium. Jazz, folk and other kinds of exhilarating music resonate on these summer evenings spent in the light of
paper lanterns. And the little ones haven’t been forgotten either: numerous activities are organised just for them.
Don’t miss...
Bruxelles-les-Bains (Brussels-on-Sea)
Mid-July to mid-August 2011
Just imagine: a beach of fine sand, coconut palms, pétanque areas, cocktail bars, straw huts… and yet you’re in Brussels. It
looks so much like the South of France that this trail is nicknamed La Croisetteke.
Adults soak up the sun while the kids have a great time joining in the organised activities, sports games and enjoying the fountains. Some evenings are open for live music beneath the starry skies: almost a month of sunshine and chilling out in the heart
of the capital.
Mini-Europe by Night
16/07/2011 – 13/08/2011
As soon as night falls, Europe’s leading cities adorn themselves with their most beautiful illuminations and you can visit them
all at once. Big Ben in the heart of London, the canals of Venice or Amsterdam, the TGV (high-speed train) that speeds across
France, the Berlin Wall which collapses or Vesuvius which becomes active again: the 350 animated scale models of MiniEurope are the stars of a real fairytale land, concluding every Saturday with a fireworks display.
Brussels Summer Festival
12/08/2011 – 21/08/2011
When Manneken Pis picks up his guitar, everyone starts rocking’n’rolling in Brussels during the BSF! This one-of-a-kind festival takes over the city, which has a great time in all kinds of ways and at great prices. Three giant stages on Mont des Arts as
well as more than 30 indoor live music events in bars and clubs and a special party at Bruxelles-les-Bains.
A very classical section is now planned with concerts in churches, public buildings or museums to delight music-lovers.
➔ Royal Palace
Practical information
➔ Visit of the Royal Palace
➔ Mini-Europe by Night
Place des Palais – 1000 Brussels
www.monarchie.be
Info Tourist Information Brussels - TIB
Tel.: +32 (0)2 513 89 40
[email protected]
Bruparck – 1020 Brussels
Infoline Tel.: +32 (0)2 474 13 13
Press contact Philippe Van Steenbergen
Tel.: +32 (0)2 474 13 20
www.minieurope.eu
➔ Brosella Folk & Jazz Festival
➔ Brussels Summer Festival
Théâtre de Verdure
Parc d’Osseghem (near the Atomium)
1020 Brussels
Info Tel./Fax: +32 (0)2 270 98 56
[email protected]
www.brosella.be
Press contact Isabelle Fagot
[email protected]
Tel.: +32 (0)498 11 08 22 / +32 (0)2 763 49 00
Several places in Brussels
Info Tel.: +32 (0)2 552 00 00
[email protected]
www.bsf.be
Press contact Katia Serres
[email protected]
[email protected]
➔ Brussels on Sea
© Royal Palace
Quai des Péniches – 1000 Brussels
[email protected]
www.bruxelleslesbains.be
Press contact Katia Serres
[email protected]
[email protected]
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Europalia.Brasil
From 4th October 2011 to 15th January 2012
The 23rd Europalia will be dedicated to Brazilian arts and culture. Above and beyond the clichés of carnival and the Amazon forest, a
brand new side to Brazil, with a wealth of variety, will have top billing. Hundreds of events will take place in different venues in Brussels and elsewhere: exhibitions, concerts, theatre, dance, cinema and literary gatherings.
Design September
September 2011
Creative, functional and aesthetic: design, initially an industrial art, is a whole combination of very appealing qualities. Fifty or
so events are organised around this discipline, which is applied to the most diverse sectors: from furniture to decorative objects, from graphic art and design to architecture, from consumer product packaging to fabric prints.
Don’t miss...
Belgian Beer Weekend
02/09 – 04/09/2011
In the days when Brussels did its own thing, every village around the city had its own brewery and, although there aren’t as
many of them today, the masters of the brewer’s oar still form a respected brotherhood.
And to celebrate this brewing tradition with the pomp and ceremony worthy of the occasion, the lagers, the white beers, the
amber ones, the fruity ones and the strong beers, all these daughters of the hop parade on the Grand’Place for a weekend of
(preferably sensible) enjoyment.
Klara Festival
02/09 – 16/09/2011
Classical music, contemporary dance, cinema: like any self-respecting international festival, every year the Klara Festival
comes up with its share of discoveries and surprises. There are established talents and other brand new ones, there are grand
concert halls or the individual salon inviting you in, there are free concerts in railway stations… and the magic of music creates
unforgettable encounters and emotions. General theme for 2011: the organisers have decided to let us dream and to awaken
the utopian spirit that slumbers in each of us.
Heritage Days
17/09 and 18/09/2011
The streets of Brussels are a real jigsaw of spectacular façades and exceptional buildings of all styles. But how can we find
out what’s hidden behind the walls? For a whole weekend, the general public can finally get to see the interiors with unexpected decors and ingenious layouts. With the theme which serves as the unifying thread each year, some places not normally
open to the public open their doors to the delight of inquisitive visitors. Two tips for visiting as many historic and unusual places as possible: a carefully-chosen itinerary within a programme that’s always full and… comfortable shoes.
Van Damme Memorial
16/09/2011
This great celebration of sport in Brussels is part of the world athletics tour organised by the Diamond League. Every year, you
can follow the great names of the stadium from all over the world there and miracles are achieved every time: Belgian, European and even world records are often equalled or beaten. And to complete the show, a fireworks display and a concert salute all the successes of the day.
© Catedral-Metropolitana-de-Brasilia2©Christian-Knepper
Practical information
➔ europalia.brasil
➔ Heritage days
Several venues in the city
Info Europalia International
Galerie Ravenstein 4 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 504 91 20
Fax: +32 (0)2 504 91 21
[email protected]
www.europalia.eu
Press contact Inge De Keyser
Tel.: +32 (0)2 504 91 35
in[email protected]
Info Tel.: 0800 40 400 (brochures)
Tel.: +32 (0)2 204 24 49
[email protected]
www.monument.irisnet.be
Press contact Brigitte Vander Brugghen
Tel.: +32 (0)2 204 24 49
➔ Van Damme Memorial
King Baudouin Stadium
Avenue de Marathon 119 a – 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 474 72 30
Fax: +32 (0)2 474 72 32
[email protected]
www.memorialvandamme.be
Press contact Walther Kippers
Tel.: +32 (0)475 64 44 82
➔ Design September
Several places in Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 349 35 95
www.designseptember.be
Press contact Hélène van den Wildenberg
[email protected]
Tel.: +32 (0)495 22 07 92
➔ Belgian Beer weekend
Grand’Place
Info Brewers House
Grand’Place 10 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 511 49 87
Fax: +32 (0)2 511 32 59
[email protected]
www.belgianbeerweekend.be
➔ Klara Festival
BOZAR,…
Info
Rue Ravenstein 36 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 548 95 95
Fax: +32 (0)2 548 95 90
[email protected]
www.klarafestival.be
Press contact Herlinde Deconinck
Tel.: +32 (0)2 548 95 97 /+32 (0)498 016 041
[email protected]
www.festivalbrxl.be
➔europalia.brasil
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
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Winter Wonders
25th November 2011 to 1st January 2012
The magical illumination of the Grand’Place, the Christmas market of the European regions in the heart of the city, the Baroque
merry-go-rounds on Place Sainte-Catherine, the big wheel and the ice rink at Marché aux Poissons, dozens of stalls for stocking up
on gifts and treats. Winter Pleasures is the perfect name for it!
Brussels Museums Nocturnes
22/09/2011 – 22/12/2011
To enjoy a different kind of autumn evening, why not experience a personal remake of the film “Night at the Museum”? Minus
the scary bits, plus the culture… Every Thursday from September to December, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., half a dozen museums
open up their doors, workshops and behind the scenes for you: tailor-made guided tours to please inquisitive minds.
Art Nouveau Biennial
The last 4 weekends in October 2011
As it does every two years, this biennial provides an almost unique opportunity to explore more than fifty interiors in Brussels.
This sixth event is expanding its horizons by adding to its programme the Art Deco gems of our capital. Amazing mansions,
school buildings, public and industrial premises, stores and cinemas… An architectural diversity which demonstrates the
wealth of these two styles in our urban fabric.
Guided tours are organised every weekend, including some by bicycle in order to explore as much of this priceless heritage as
possible.
Skoda Jazz Festival
October/November 2011
Things are going well for this jazz festival, which is one of the top 3 in Europe. Its success is thanks to the famous names which
are on the billing every year, including Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck and our very
own national… and international Toots.
© Magic Monkey
Don’t miss...
Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night)
01/10/2011
For a few years now, a great long night has been getting the centre of Brussels moving. Nuit Blanche has become an autumn
classic with hundreds of cultural, sports, music and festive activities; night owls love it and there’s more of them every year.
Practical information
➔Winter Wonders
Shopping in Brussels
➔ Biennale Art Nouveau
Grand’Place, Bourse, Sainte-Catherine,
Marché aux Poissons
Info Tourism Information Brussels – TIB
Town Hall
Grand’Place – 1000 Brussels
or bip - rue Royale 2-4 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 513 89 40
Fax: +32 (0)2 513 83 20
[email protected]
www.plaisirsdhiver.be
Press contact Katia Serres
[email protected]
[email protected]
Info
➔ Brussels Museums Nocturnes
Brussels Museums Council
Rue des Bouchers 46 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 512 77 80
Fax: +32 (0)2 512 20 66
[email protected]
www.brusselsmuseums.be
Press contact Mieke Deceuninck
Info
Several places in the city
Voir et Dire Bruxelles
bip – Brussels Info Place
Rue Royale 2-4 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 563 61 51
[email protected]
www.voiretdirebruxelles.be
➔ Skoda Jazz Festival
Several venues in Brussels
Jazztronaut
Tel.: +32 (0)2 456 04 60
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.skodajazz.be
Press contact Inghe Berckmoes
Tel.: +32 (0)2 456 04 88
[email protected]
Info
➔ Nuit Blanche
Several venues in Brussels
Info Xavier Genicot
[email protected]
Tel.: +32 (0)2 279 64 24
www.nuitblanchebrussels.be
➔ www.brusselsinternational.be
© JP Lejeune
➔ Park of Brussels
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Temples of Music
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Call on any of the Belgian professionals
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Parking for tourist coaches and coach hire 84
Official carrier
www.brusselsairlines.be
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Guided tours
Whether on your own, with your family or in a group, there is always a means of discovering Brussels “your way”.
On foot, by bike, bus or horse-drawn carriage or even by boat, you’re bound to find a tour that suits your personality
among this range of associations... or why not try something completely different for a change?
Under the name “Voir et dire Bruxelles”, a few associations have pooled their knowledge of
and enthusiasm for the city by creating individual themed tours.
www.voiretdirebruxelles.be
➔ A
rau (Atelier de Recherche et
d’Action urbaines)
➔ Itinéraires
Boulevard A. Max 55 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 219 33 45
Fax: +32 (0)2 219 86 75
[email protected]
Since 1979, the Arau guides, specialising in
architecture and town planning, have been offering themed guided tours explaining the growth
and development of Brussels from every angle.
Rue de l’Aqueduc 171 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 541 03 77
Fax: +32 (0)2 541 03 73
[email protected]
www.itineraires.be
Brussels as seen through the eyes of its
celebrities … real or fictional. Through
music with Jacques Brel or the mysteries of
the Freemasons narrated by Victor Horta
➔ Arkadia.be
➔ Pro Velo
bip – Rue Royale 2-4 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 563 61 53
Fax: +32 (0)2 563 61 60
[email protected]
www.asbl-arkadia.be
Learning by looking. Guided tours led by art
historians with a passion for the subject, to help
you see, understand, experience and love even
more the treasures of Belgian and Brussels
heritage.
Rue de Londres 15 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 502 73 55
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 86 41
[email protected]
www.provelo.org
A pleasant and active way of exploring the city
with neither windscreen nor roof in your way,
giving you a completely unimpeded view.
➔ Chatterbus
Rue des Thuyas 12 – 1170 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 673 18 35
Fax: +32 (0)2 675 19 67
[email protected]
www.busbavard.be
The chatterbus trails: original, fascinating and
friendly guided walks for exploring, dreaming
about and loving Brussels…
➔ Brukselbinnenstebuiten
Rue du Houblon 47 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 218 38 78
[email protected]
www.brukselbinnenstebuiten.be
On a constant quest for the unusual and avantgarde, these really are guides who can lead you
off the beaten tracks.
➔ Culturama
Baron de Vironlaan 140 – 1700 Dilbeek
Tel.: +32 (0)2 569 27 74
Fax: +32 (0)2 569 31 44
[email protected]
www.culturamavzw.be
Themed tours of museums, the metro, the city
centre, architecture, literature, the fine arts,
folklore, gastronomy, the age of Bruegel and
Charles V. Tours on foot or by bus.
➔ Dédale Culture
Avenue de la Nivéole 10 – 1020 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 268 42 26
Fax: +32 (0)2 268 21 14
Theme walks, bus tours and Brussels by night.
➔ La Fonderie
Rue Ransfort 27 – 1080 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 410 99 50
Fax: +32 (0)2 410 39 85
[email protected]
www.lafonderie.be
An original approach that highlights the work and
daily lives of the people of Brussels. Their studies
and programmes evoke the economic, social and
industrial life of Brussels. The present and future of
the region and its inhabitants are considered on the
basis of historical analysis. The “Fonderie” trails
combine urban and port routes, which present an
original point of view and access to unusual places.
➔ Klare Lijn
Rue du Village 40 – 1070 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)493 50 40 60
Fax: +32 (0)2 520 83 93
[email protected]
www.klarelijn.be
The Klare Lijn guides love Brussels. The aim of
the guides is to create a dialogue about the city,
its specialities, the architecture, the people and
the literature. A tour with commentary turns into
a relaxing time for the visitors.
➔ Korei
Sentier du Verger 18 – 1120 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 380 22 09
Fax: +32 (0)2 380 22 09
[email protected]
www.korei.be
Korei shows you around, sways you and banters with you in the chiaroscuro between architecture, literature, currents of thought and the
savoir-vivre of the 18th century to the present
day. Stories told in a particular place in the city
or by a fireside, in a museum or at an exhibition.
➔ Onthaal en Promotie Brussel
Rue des Princes 8-10 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)800 13 700
[email protected]
www.uitinbrussel.be
Need more information about classic walks?
Looking for a specific programme? This organ­
isation covers around fifteen guide associations
and will help you to find what you’re looking for.
Churches in Brussels
➔ Animation Chrétienne et Tourisme (ACT)
Rue du Bois Sauvage 13 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 219 75 30
Fax: +32 (0)2 219 68 30
[email protected]
www.actasbl.be
Discover the history and wealth of the churches
of Brussels in the company of specialist guides.
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Brussels by boat
Brussels Segways Tour
Horse-and-carriage tours
➔ Brussels by Water / Rivertours
➔ Brussels Segways Tour
➔ Calèches Carlos Moens-Stassens
Boulevard d'Ypres 84 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 218 54 10
Fax: +32 (0)2 218 54 50
[email protected]
www.rivertours.be - www.scaldisnet.be
Every week, Brussels by Water organises guided boat trips and day excursions in Brussels
and from Brussels to other cities and regions of
Belgium. Boats are a unique means of transport
that let you explore Brussels and the surrounding areas in an unusual way.
Information and reservations from May to September
Watermolen 1 – 9300 Aalst
Tel.: +32 (0)53 70 05 04
Fax: +32 (0)53 78 63 27
A short ride around the city centre to the clipclop rhythm of horses’ hooves. Only for groups
and on request.
➔ O
fficial Guides GBB Guides Brussels Belgium
Town Hall of Brussels
Grand’Place – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 548 04 48
Fax: +32 (0)2 514 45 38
[email protected]
www.brusselsinternational.be
To experience anything from the Brussels of
Charles V to the European Capital, hire the ser­
vices of an official guide in any of 10 languages.
➔ Vizit
Tel.: +32 (0)9 233 76 89
Fax: +32(0)9 225 23 19
[email protected]
www.vizit.be
Walks for lovers of food and culinary experiences in Brussels and the Marolles district.
Information and reservations for groups throughout the year
Tel: + 32 (0)470 52 64 56
Fax: +32 (0)2 706 56 03
[email protected]
www.belgium-segwaytour.be
Head off to discover the Brussels tourist trail on
board a Segway, a playful, ecological, surprising and very fun machine to discover the capital
of Europe and its various points of interest in
only 2 hours.
➔ A
ll the associations of “Voir et Dire
Bruxelles”
➔ Onthaal en Promotie Brussel
Coach tours with
regular departures
➔ “Hop on, Hop off”
Tourist bus
Tourist Information Brussels – TIB
Town Hall – Grand’Place
1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 513 89 40
[email protected]
Every hour, double-decker buses leave from the
Gare Centrale and public transport stops to
explore the city.
Audio-guides
➔ D*Tours
Avenue des Klauwaerts 30 – 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 345 09 59
[email protected]
www.d-tours.org
An audio trail, colourful and historic, comical
and curious, entertaining and dream-like in the
working-class district of the Marolles, on the
history of the Grand’Place or the delightful
Place Sainte-Catherine district.
Now available to download on the website
www.brusselsinternational.be
© BI-TC
Tours Exclusively for
groups
Tourism Information Brussels - TIB
Town Hall – Grand’Place – 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32(0)2 513 89 40
Information about tours
for children and young
people
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temples of music
LA MONNAIE
ANCIENNE BELGIQUE
Place de la Monnaie — 1000 Brussels
Boulevard Anspach 110 – 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 548 24 24
[email protected]
Press contact Kevin Mc Mullan
[email protected]
www.abconcerts.be
© J. Latteur
© Diongre - Samyn
© J. Jacobs
Reservation
Tel.: +32 (0)70 23 39 39
Fax: +32 (0)2 229 13 84
Press contact Claire Jesuran
Tel.: +32 (0)2 229 12 10
[email protected]
Educational service Sabine de Ville
Tel.: +32 (0)2 229 13 75
Fax: +32 (0)2 229 13 36
[email protected]
www.lamonnaie.be
FLAGEY
HALLES DE SCHAERBEEK
Place Sainte-Croix — 1050 Brussels
Reservation Tel.: +32 (0)2 641 10 20
Call center: Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
On the spot:
Tuesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday and Monday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Closed on public holidays
Every day, 1 hour before events open
Press contact Dominique Delplanche
Tel.: +32 (0)2 641 10 10
[email protected]
www.flagey.be
Rue Royale Sainte-Marie 22b – 1030 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 218 21 07
Tel.: +32 (0)2 227 59 60
[email protected]
Press contact Delphine Neuprez
Tel.: +32 (0)2 226 40 07
[email protected]
www.halles.be
BOZAR - CENTRE FOR FINE ARTS
BOTANIQUE
Rue Ravenstein 23 — 1000 Brussels
Rue Royale 236 – 1210 Brussels
Reservation
Info and Tickets
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 82 00
Press contact Eve-Marie Vaes
Tel.: +32 (0)2 507 84 27
[email protected]
www.bozar.be
Tel.: +32 (0)2 218 37 32
[email protected]
Press contact Pascale Bertolini
Tel.: +32 (0)2 226 12 42
[email protected]
www.botanique.be
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Call on the Belgian professionals
Professional Conference
Organizers
➔ ABITO
Belgian Association of
Destination Management Companies
➔ BAPCO
Belgian Association of Professional
Conference Organizers
[email protected]
www.abito-incoming.be
[email protected]
www.bapco.be
Events Agencies
Special Venues
➔ ACEA
Association of Communication Events
Agencies
➔ Brussels Special Venues
www.venues.be
www.aceaweb.be
➔ The new Congress Palace of Brussels: SQUARE
© Square
Destination Management
Companies
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Coaches
➔ Parking for tourist coaches
To enable visitors to make the most of the Capital,
the Brussels-Capital Region and the City of
Brussels, in consultation with the Belgian
Federation of Bus and Coach Operators and
Travel Organisers (FBAA), organise parking for
tourist coaches in Brussels.
Passengers can board and alight at short-stay
parking locations (maximum 30 minutes) situated
on: Rue Cardinal Mercier, Rue de Loxum and
Boulevard du Centenaire.
At the medium-stay parking locations, the parking
period is limited to a total of 5 hours a day, enough
time for passengers to visit a place of interest, a
tourist attraction or an event. They are situated at:
Rue Ducale, Bruparck, Boulevard Pacheco,
Avenue de Madrid, Quai de Willebroeck and
Boulevard de l’Abattoir-Poincaré.
Long-stay parking locations for periods of more
than 5 hours, where it is possible to stay for one
night, are situated at:
Avenue de Madrid and Quai de Willebroeck.
There is also a supervised car park at the
Avant-Port de Bruxelles (10 to 20 spaces):
MABRU - Quai des Usines 22/23 –
1000 Brussels
Open 24 h/24 – 10.00€ a day
Info Tel.: 02/215.51.69
➔ Coach hire in Brussels
De Boeck: +32 (0)2 513 77 44
Open Tours: +32 (0)2 466 11 11
Autocars Renard: +32 (0)2 465 55 50
Autocars Dierickx: +32 (0)2 465 67 12
LMB: +32 (0)2 734 92 16
Modern Car: +32 (0)2 420 10 00
Published by
Brussels International Tourism & Congress - BI-TC
bip - rue Royale 2-4 — 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 513 89 40
Fax: +32 (0)2 513 83 20
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.brusselsinternational.be
Brussels International cannot be held
responsible in the event of involuntary
errors and omissions, despite the care
taken and the checking carried out when
producing this brochure (August 2010).
Graphic design Ab initio Brussels
www.abinitio.be
Concept VCG
Edition October 2010, for the year 2011
© BI-TC
Editor
Philippe Close
President, Brussels International —
Tourism & Congress
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