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Grand-Place (Grote Markt) Tours

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Grand-Place (Grote Markt)
Arguably Europe’s most beautiful square, Brussels’ Grand Place—in the heart of the historic and hip city—is surrounded by nearly 40 baroque and gothic guildhalls and the stunning Brussels Town Hall. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the large cobblestone square, also known as Grote Markt, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belgium.

The Basics
The central square of Brussels, Grand Place stands out for its unique blend of architectural styles from various eras. It is full of people at almost any hour and is surrounded by some of Brussels’ top attractions, including the Brussels Town Hall (Hotel de Ville) and the King’s House (Maison du Roi), which is now home to the Brussels City Museum. The famous Manneken Pis statue is also nearby. Visit the square as part of a half-day walking tour or full-day city tour, or make it a stop on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Joining a small-group bicycle tour of Brussels is another great way to experience the spectacular square.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Grand Place is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, although access may be limited during special events. Admission is free.
  • The best initial view of the Grand Place may be from the Rue des Harengs, one of six narrow side streets leading to the square.
  • The cobblestone-covered square may be challenging for those in wheelchairs or with strollers.

How to Get There
The Grand Place is easily accessible by public transportation, bike, or car. The closest Metro stops are Centrale, Bourse, and De Brouckere. Public parking is available on the Rue du Marche aux Herbes.

When to Get There
The Grand Place is worth visiting whenever you are in Brussels—and more than once, as the atmosphere varies. Visit on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings for a regular flower market. And watch the calendar for special events that take place throughout the year, including the Winter Wonders event and Christmas market, from late November to New Year’s Day.

Brussels Flower Carpet
Every other year in mid-August, the Grand Place is literally carpeted in more than half a million begonias. One hundred volunteers artfully set up the flowers in colorful patterns covering 19,000 square feet (1,765 square meters) in a remarkably fast four hours. The Flower Carpet, perhaps best viewed from the balcony of the Town Hall, lasts for just one weekend, which includes concerts and sound-and-light shows each evening. A tradition since 1971, the next Flower Carpet will take place in August 2018.
Address: Brussels 1000, Belgium
Admission: Free
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Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the city’s must-see sights and cultural delights on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this tour and disembark at your choice of 22 stops whenever an attraction captures your attention. Absorb the charming ambience and historical highlights of the city from the comfort of an open-top double-decker bus and listen to informative audio commentary in a variety of languages. Hop off the bus to explore alluring attractions like the Grand Place, the European Parliament and the iconic Atomium during this enriching excursion.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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$32.80
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The Grand Brussels Experience Coach Tour

The Grand Brussels Experience Coach Tour

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Discover the legendary landmarks and impressive monuments of Brussels on a bus and walking tour of the beautiful Belgian capital. Set out to explore the sights with a knowledgeable guide; marvel at the medieval majesty of the Market Square; gaze at the remarkable façade of the City Hall; and uncover the secret recipes behind delectable Belgian chocolate during a tasting session included on the afternoon tour. Enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off from selected Brussels hotels.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

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Learn about the history of Brussels and its love affair with chocolate on a walking tour led by a guide. Walk past the Royal Palace and art nouveau architecture of Brussels and stop in exclusive chocolate boutiques for tastings as you go. After sampling truffles, pralines and more, attend a chocolate-making workshop where you learn the secrets behind the sweets.
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  • 4 hours
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Brussels Chocolate Tasting Tour

Brussels Chocolate Tasting Tour

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Enjoy a delicious introduction to Belgium’s chocolate-making traditions on this tasting tour of Brussels. Meet your group directly at the city’s famous Grand Place, and venture to an array of Brussels’ beloved chocolate shops. Learn about local delicacies, discover how chocolate is made, and do plenty of sampling. As you go, you’ll also visit popular Brussels highlights like the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, will tour the lively Sainte Catherine neighborhood, and more.
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  • 2 hours
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Day Trip to Bruges from Brussels

Day Trip to Bruges from Brussels

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Hop a train from Brussels to Bruges with your private guide and spend the day in the home of the Western Renaissance. The day trip is the perfect balance of a planned tour and independent adventure. Take a narrated walking tour through the city center visiting Saint Salvator Cathedral, Grote Markt, and more. Afterward, you have time to explore on your own and take a myriad of photos.
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  • 7 hours
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Brussels all-in discovery tour: beer, waffles, mussels and chocolates

Brussels all-in discovery tour: beer, waffles, mussels and chocolates

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Discover the cultural delights and delectable bites of Belgium on a culinary tour of Brussels. Accompanied by a gastronomic guide, visit the glamorous Royal Galleries (Galeries Royales St-Hubert) and the gorgeous Grand Place while stopping intermittently at charming cafes, ambient taverns, and refined restaurants for a taste of Belgium’s culinary culture. Savor the rich flavor of local delicacies like steamed mussels, crunchy frites, and sublime chocolate and gain fascinating insight into the culinary and cultural traditions of the country from your expert guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Brussels Chocolate Beer Waffle and Belgian Whiskey All-in-One Tour

Brussels Chocolate Beer Waffle and Belgian Whiskey All-in-One Tour

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Experience Brussels through your taste buds with this tour of the city’s culinary offerings. You'll sample famous Belgian chocolates, delicious speculoos cookies, and all sorts of Belgian beers, from lambics to Trappist ales (Including the exclusive Holy Grail of beers - Westvleteren XII). You'll then get to try Belgian whiskey (yes, it exists). At the end of your trip, you'll enjoy a Belgian waffle topped with chocolate and fruit.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Kickstart Your Trip To Brussels With A Local: Private & Personalized

Kickstart Your Trip To Brussels With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Experience Brussels like a local on this half-day walking tour. Customize an itinerary to suit your interests and let a Belgian host show you the neighborhoods, markets, restaurants, bars, galleries, and landmarks that will ensure a memorable trip to Belgium’s capital city. Taste delicious Belgian beer and chocolate and discover hidden spots you won’t find in guide books.
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  • 3 hours
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Brussels Culinary Evening Tour

Brussels Culinary Evening Tour

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Discover the cultural highlights and delectable bites of Brussels on a culinary tour of Belgium’s capital city. Sample a selection of sumptuous specialties as you visit some of Brussels’ most popular food stops with an expert gastronomic guide; gain fascinating insight into the country’s esteemed cuisine and learn facts about the city’s rich heritage. Enjoy an intimate experience on this small-group tour, on which numbers are limited to only 20 food-lovers.
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  • 3 hours
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Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour and Antwerp Half-Day Trip

Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour and Antwerp Half-Day Trip

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Combine two incredible tours and save money with this Brussels Super Saver for a comprehensive cultural experience of Belgium. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, feast your senses on the architectural majesty of Brussels during a sightseeing tour; see alluring attractions like the Houses of Parliament and the Grand Place before heading to Antwerp to discover revered artworks and sparkling diamonds. Be dazzled by a diamond factory and marvel at some of Rubens’ master artworks at the Cathedral of Our Lady.
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  • 8 hours
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Brussels Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Brussels Private Tour

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Explore Brussels without the hassle of planning on a private tour tailored to your needs and interests. In addition to navigating, your guide provides little-known facts and stories about the city’s top landmarks and hidden gems, from the Manneken Pis to a medieval puppet theater. One beer on the house is included and a range of departure times are offered for your convenience.
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  • 3 hours
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Private 90 minutes Kickstart Tour of Brussels

Private 90 minutes Kickstart Tour of Brussels

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The European Union’s de facto capital, Brussels counts among Europe’s most politically and historically significant cities—but with so much to see and do, knowing where to start can be tough. On this morning or afternoon tour, explore with your private guide and find out what makes Brussels tick. Along the way, discover top attractions including the Grand Place, the Manneken Pis, and the Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private And Personalized Experience: See Brussels With A Local

Private And Personalized Experience: See Brussels With A Local

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If you want the ultimate insider’s experience during your Brussels vacation, meet up with a local host. A tour operator matches you with a native Brusselèèr based on your interests.  You and your vetted guide will set off on a 100% customized itinerary to some of the city’s best and lesser-known points of interests.  Feel free to alter the day’s schedule at any time to meet your needs.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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Historical Tour

Historical Tour

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What if I told you that you could visit Brussels in a 100% electric Tuk Tuk with comfortable seats, 9" LED screens and enjoy the city from another point of view? Discover Brussels in a green, fun and original way and embark on our Tuk Tuk tour for a truly innovative experience! A unique discovery of Brussels by real Brusseleirs on board of a non-polluting vehicle in a private and intimistic atmosphere. Definitely the best Private Tour in Brussels ! And if you want to add some glamour, Champagne is an option !
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  • 1 hour
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Beer Experience in Brussels

Beer Experience in Brussels

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Get to know the history and methods behind Belgium’s famous brewery culture with a 75 minute beer-tasting workshop in central Brussels. Learn about the fermentation and brewing process, and taste five different ales, stouts, and lagers like a pro with the help of an expert beer enthusiast guide.
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The Best Of Brussels Walking Tour

The Best Of Brussels Walking Tour

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Do You know why Brussels is becoming such a trendy spot? Why does it have a nickname “The European Village”? There are many surprising attractions. You can find almost 90 museums, amazing squares, parks, fascinating walks, trendy restaurants, and bars. You will hear interesting facts about Belgian mentality. How do they differ from the Dutch and the French? You will learn about Belgian cuisine: mussels, french fries, flemish carbonate, rabbit in beer, waffles, speculoos and of course the chocolate.
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  • 2 hours
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Winter Wonderland: Christmas In Brussels

Winter Wonderland: Christmas In Brussels

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Discover the magic of Brussels at Christmas time by exploring the city with a like-minded local. Your tour will be completely bespoke, based on your interests, which means you’ll make the most of your time. Your Brussels local will enhance your experience compared to traveling alone, as you’ll get insider tips on the best places to see Christmas lights, the most interesting Christmas market stalls, and advice on local food.
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  • 3 hours
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$134.46
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The Best Of Brussels Walking Tour

The Best Of Brussels Walking Tour

Do You know why Brussels is becoming such a trendy spot? Why does it have a nickname “The European Village”? There are many surprising attractions. You can find almost 90 museums, amazing squares, parks, fascinating walks, trendy restaurants, and bars. You will hear interesting facts about Belgian mentality. How do they differ from the Dutch and the French? You will learn about Belgian cuisine: mussels, french fries, flemish carbonate, rabbit in beer, waffles, speculoos and of course the chocolate.
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  • 2 hours
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Private tour : Christmas market in Brussels

Private tour : Christmas market in Brussels

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Discover Brussels and its nice Christmas market in the city center (from November 30th till December 31st,)   Meet your guide and your driver in the lobby of your hotel and have a private and personalized tour in Brussels (full day), discover the historical city center with its Grand Place and Manneken Pis, the Cathedral, the Atomium, the justice court, the EU district, Place Sainte Catherine and Saint Géry area and many more places...
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$578.11
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Brussels Pub Crawl

Brussels Pub Crawl

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Meet likeminded travelers and visit some of the best Brussels pubs, clubs, and bars—stopping by places you might not have discovered independently— during this Brussels pub crawl. An ideal way for solo and budget travelers to get to grips with the city after dark, you’ll also benefit from drinks discounts you wouldn’t get if visiting alone.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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The Ultimate Brussels Chocolate Experience

The Ultimate Brussels Chocolate Experience

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Chocolate lovers need look no further than the Ultimate Chocolate Experience walking tour in Brussels. You set the pace on this immersive cocoa experience.  Follow your private guide to the city's top chocolate boutiques, including a stop at the city’s oldest chocolate shop.  Learn all about the chocolate making process from plant to praline, as you sample up to eight cocoa flavored treats, all prepared locally.
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  • 3 hours
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$142.53
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Must See Brussels With A Local: Private & Personalized

Must See Brussels With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Experience Brussels like a local on this all-day walking tour. Customize an itinerary to suit your interests and preferences and let a Belgian host show you the neighborhoods, markets, restaurants, galleries, and landmarks to ensure a memorable trip to Belgium’s capital city. Taste delicious Belgian beer and chocolate, discover hidden spots you won’t find in guide books, and see top attractions like Mannekin Pis, Sint-Michiels Kathedraal and the Atomium.
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  • 8 hours
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$172.10
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$172.10
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Brussels

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Brussels

Make the most out of your stay in Brussels by discovering the best this city has to offer in a customizable tour! At the desired time, an experienced English-speaking professional driver will pick you up in a private vehicle ready immerse you into the Belgian lifestyle. Your tour will start in the heart of Brussels, the Grand Place. A rather odd attraction is the Manneken Pis fountain. Further down, you can admire the Église Catholique Notre-Dame-du-Sablon. The magnificent Royal Palace of Brussels and the Parc de Bruxelles are not to be missed. Except for its unique looks, the Atomium also offers an escalator to the upper sphere that is the best spot for photographers. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. At the end of the ride, your friendly Welcome driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 4 hours
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$158.99
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$158.99
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Brussels, So Delicious, sweet and spicy - Small Group Tour

Brussels, So Delicious, sweet and spicy - Small Group Tour

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Indulge your sweet tooth on a food tour of historic Brussels that includes tastings at a variety of eateries loved by locals, from a chocolate and waffle shop to an authentic pub. In addition to navigating, your guide provides an inside perspective on the city’s rich history and top landmarks and leaves you with recommendations for the duration of your stay.
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  • 3 hours
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$45.54
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