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The Original Free Tour of Brussels

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on February 15, 2022

We work with superb local guides in some of the world’s best cities to bring you incredible walking tours, pub crawls and other unmissable experiences! The local expert guides perform the FREE Tour on a tips-only basis, requiring them to provide nothing but the best tour every time, and ensuring that you have an unforgettable experience.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

This 2.5-hour Brussels Free Tour will show you all the top attractions in the old city. Local experts will take you to must-see spots such as iconic Grand Place, the Mannekin Pis, and the birthplace of everyone’s favourite comic adventurer, Tintin. Join us as we explore the political capital of Europe the way Brussels was meant to be seen; by walking along ancient royal buildings, through the cobblestone streets, and up the hills to the museum quarter.

Your Brussels Free Tour starts in front of the tower of City Hall on Grand Place/Grote Markt and finishes by Mont des Arts. Navigating this trilingual city can be daunting, even for the most experienced traveler!

From the heart of trade to the centre of politics

Brussels today might be known as the political powerhouse of Europe, but it got its start as a trade capital. 

Despite being occupied by Germany in both World War I and II, the city remained relatively undamaged. After the war, Brussels underwent extensive modernisation and is now home of many international institutions, making it one of the most important cities in Europe. We lead you through the winding streets and discover the sites of the beginnings of the city over 1,500 years ago.

Brussels comic art scene

No other country has produced more comic artists than Belgium – Tintin, Spike and Suzy and the Smurfs are all created by Belgian artists. Get a brief insight into the history of comic art in Brussels and even see your favourite characters painted on the sides of buildings!
 
Highligths:

  • The tower of City Hall on Grand Place/Grote Markt
  • Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grand Place and Town Hall
  • Learn about the history of Brussels at the Maison du Roi
  • See the 217 year old Stock Exchange building
  • Window shop at Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
  • Giggle at the Belgian humour of the Manneken Pis statue
  • Visit the La Monnaie, home to the National Opera of Belgium
  • See the oldest church in Brussels, Saint Nicholas’ Church
  • Find the library and Nation Archives found in the Mont des Arts
  • Discover Brussels’ comic art scene

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  • Meeting point:
    Grote Markt, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
    Grote Markt, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
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    SANDEMANs Red Umbrellas in front of the tower of City Hall, Grand Place

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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William 27 Sep 2022
Chicago
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Travelled in couple - Aug 2022

Do it

Mareike 04 Sep 2022
Bonn
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Travelled in couple - Aug 2022

Great tour with Adrian today! Apart from that, I wished the description had mentioned a break and a duration of up to 3 hours for better planning.

Amy 31 Aug 2022
Portage
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Travelled in group - Aug 2022

Tom was awesome. He had good humor and great information presented well. The tour was an awesome introduction to Brussels history and places and helped us totally en...

Yosef 31 Aug 2022
Côte Saint-Luc
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Travelled alone - Aug 2022

Adrien has a great sense of humour and knows his stuff on Brussels and just Belgium in general.

Sophie 30 Aug 2022
Rugby
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Travelled in couple - Aug 2022

Fantastic tour, thank you Fraser!

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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.