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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
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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 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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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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$104.83
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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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$33.30
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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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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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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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$71.79
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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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$176.07
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Brussels Small Group Walking Tour

Brussels Small Group Walking Tour

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See the best of Brussels on a 3-hour walking tour to the area’s top landmarks. In addition to navigating the winding streets for you, your guide offers little-known anecdotes about each stop on the itinerary, from the Grand Palace to the Manneken Pis. This tour is limited to a group of 10 people, which ensures a more personal experience and plenty of time for questions.
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  • 3 hours
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$49.34
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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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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, 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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Intro to Chocolate Workshop -- Kid's Play!

Intro to Chocolate Workshop -- Kid's Play!

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Get an insider’s introduction to one of Belgium’s most cherished products during this hands-on, chocolate-making workshop. Designed for adults and their children (up to ten years old), the intro-level class teaches step-by-step instructions in handmade chocolate art. Learn how to temper chocolate and craft tasty disc-shaped chocolate mendiants. Then, taste your designs or pack them as gifts.
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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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Eat Like A Local In Brussel: Private & Personalized

Eat Like A Local In Brussel: Private & Personalized

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Enjoy a delicious introduction to Brussels’ classic dishes—and venture to locals-frequented eateries that many tourists overlook—on this private food tour of the city. Meet your guide at a location that works best for you, and get ready to explore. You’ll visit family-owned brasseries, will explore traditional cafes, will drop by cozy taverns, and more. As you go, learn more about the city’s rich culinary scene and enjoy upwards of six dishes, plus beers or soft drinks.
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  • 3 hours
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$145.82
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A Half Day In Brussels With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Half Day In Brussels With A Local: Private & Personalized

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The best way to get to know Brussels is with a local guide and this private half-day tour ensures you’ll enjoy their undivided attention. Devise your own custom-made itinerary and take in the sights, explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, or get insider tips on where to eat, shop, or party in the Belgian capital.
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  • 4 hours
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$110.06
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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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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$20.14
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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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$90.77
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Brussels Private Walking Tour

Brussels Private Walking Tour

Explore the top sites of Brussels with a local guide with this private walking tour of the Belgian capital. You'll start at the famous Grand Place, the city's central square, and make your way to the nearby Manneken Pis statue. You'll then visit the beautiful Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries shopping arcades before heading to the Museum of the City of Brussels, the Town Hall, and the Royal Palace.
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  • 3 hours
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$164.94
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$164.94
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Private 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour in Brussels

Private 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour in Brussels

Make the most out of your stay in Brussels by discovering the best this city has to offer in a fully customizable tour! At the desired time, an experienced English-speaking professional driver will pick you up in a private vehicle ready to immerse you into the Belgian lifestyle. Your tour will start in the heart of Brussels, the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. A rather odd but funny attraction at the same time is the Manneken Pis fountain. Further down, you will have the chance to admire the Église Catholique Notre-Dame-du-Sablon. The Royal Palace of Brussels and the Parc de Bruxelles are not to be missed. Take a moment to relax in the Parc du Cinquantenaire. 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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.48
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$82.48
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Cool Guided Brussels BikeTour

Cool Guided Brussels BikeTour

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See more in 3,5 hours by bike than in 3 days on foot! No boring explication - fun facts - short stops - pleasure and experience. See the 10 different views of Brussels just like your are visiting 10 different cities ;-)
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$30.42
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Belgian Beers ROY'S Tour !

Belgian Beers ROY'S Tour !

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The Brussels Beer Tour is an activity around the historic center with a beer expert guide in small groups. The meeting point will be at the Manneken Pis for a tasting of two beers to choose from over 14 beers ranging from light and fruity to dark and strong. Jeff the Bartender will take pleasure to serve you a good beer in the rules of the art and during that time your friendly guide will tell you the stories and traditions of these divine beverages. To understand everything about beer, you have to know its history, you ‘ll visit the National Museum of Beer to discover all the brewery equipment used in the 18th century. Then you will go to a prestigious Brussels institution: Le Roy d’Espagne. Enjoy a selection of three beers in association with an assortment of a local snacks. During this experience, your five senses will be stimulated, and you will never taste a beer the same way!
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  • 3 hours
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$48.67
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Small-Group Highlights of Brussels Bike Tour

Small-Group Highlights of Brussels Bike Tour

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Experience the best of Brussels by bike on this half-day cycling tour. Learn about the city's background and culture from a guide as you pedal your way through the most charming and historic neighborhoods with a small group of no more than 14 people. See a dozen different landmarks including the Grand Place, Manneken Pis, the European Parliament, and Mont des Arts, stopping for delectable Belgian fries and a refreshing beer along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$42.59
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