Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

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Brussels: Guided Walking Tour

1. Brussels: Guided Walking Tour

Get an overview of the fascinating city of Brussels, with a tour through the medieval and Baroque city, the industrial city, the bourgeois city, and on to modern Brussels. This tour ensures you get to see all the parts of this multi-faceted city. With your informative tour guide, learn about the city’s museums, where the best bars and local beers are, and where to buy the best chocolate at a reasonable price. Your guide will also answer any practical questions you might have about restaurants, attractions, nightlife, or even just getting around on public transport. During your walking tour of the city, the tour will be split into two different areas: the Upper City and Lower City. The tour is structured this way to help you better understand the origins and historic development of Brussels.  During your tour of the Lower City, you will see highlights such as The Grand Palace, The Everard t'Serclaes monument on Charles Buls street, The Manneken Pis and Grands Carmes street, Marché au Charbon street, Anspach Boulevard, The covering of the Senne, Riches Claires street and Grande Île street and The Saint-Géry island amongst many others.  Whilst perusing through the Upper city, you'll notice a very different style. During this portion of the tour you will see landmarks such as The Grand Place, the power of merchants, The Galeries Royales St Hubert, The Mort Subite, The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula (visit inside: stained glass windows, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, the pulpit), The Royal Park, the Royal Palace, the Royal Square and The Palace of Coudenberg amongst many others.

Brussels: Grand City Bus Tour

2. Brussels: Grand City Bus Tour

Who hasn’t dreamt of seeing Brussels? A tour of Brussels is a good introduction to Belgium. Discover the ancient buildings of the city and its splendid modern part on board the bus. Your tour will begin at the majestic Grand Place from where the coach will take you to Saint-Michael’s cathedral.  Visit the widely known Atomium and pass by the Chinese pavilion and Japanese Tower. From the Royal Residence you will return to the city center to visit the Sablon area, with its numerous antique shops, while passing the Palace of Justice and Royal Palace. The next part of your tour covers the district in which you will see the headquarters of the European Parliament and Commission. Choose between a private and a shared option.

Brussels: Highlights of Brussels Exploration Game

3. Brussels: Highlights of Brussels Exploration Game

Explore Brussels and see its top sights in this exploration game. Solve challenges on your phone and be led to popular locations like the European Parliament, the Royal Gallery, and more. Travel to the Parc du Cinquantenaire and start the game at the statues in the middle. You’ll take on the role of a Dutch sailor who has found himself in Brussels after following a map. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and directions on your phone will take you to the next location and puzzle. It will take you between 1-1.5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Grand Palace.

Brussels: Mysteries and Legends Half-Day Walking Tour

4. Brussels: Mysteries and Legends Half-Day Walking Tour

Take a tour of Brussels that gets deep under its skin, exploring its secret societies and hidden symbols. Your private 4-hour walking tour starts at the luxurious Godiva chocolate store before diving into the city’s lesser known attractions and peeking at its famous sights from a new perspective. You will explore the Grand Place, considered by many as the most beautiful square in the world. Discover why it was built the way it was and the significance of the figure seven. Keep a lookout for the Zodiac sign on one of the buildings and learn the history of the city’s Freemasons. You will visit a Freemason’s grave in the Cathedral of St. Michael and search for a legend in its colorful church windows. The tour will take you uptown to the park opposite the Royal Palace to learn the meaning of hidden inscriptions. Hear about the concealed city below the Palace and get to know the founder of the Templars, Godfried of Bouillon. Walk a stretch of the trail of the pilgrims' route to Santiago de Compostela.

Brussels: Famous People City Exploration Game

5. Brussels: Famous People City Exploration Game

Discover exciting sights in Brussels and learn about its famous inhabitants by solving challenges and unlocking stories on your phone. See the Maison Du Roi, Hotel Amigo, the Jacques Brel Sculpture, and more, while learning about the Lumiere brothers and other known residents. The city game starts at Maison Du Roi. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. It will take you between 1-1,5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. Play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game. The game concludes at the Marie Curie Sculpture.

Brussels: Private 4-Hour History Walking Tour

6. Brussels: Private 4-Hour History Walking Tour

Discover the historic center of Brussels with a local and certified tour guide on a private walking tour. Conveniently have your guide pick you up from your hotel and begin your walk to explore the city. See Brussel's most important landmarks like the Grand Place buildings in the main square, the Manneken Pis statue, and the Galeries Royales. Hear the story about the city's iconic chocolate shops, visit the main cathedral, the Park of Brussels, and the Royal Palace. Head off the beaten track to the affluent neighborhood of Sablon and see its beautiful art galleries and antique shops. Also stop by the Justice Court for its panoramic view and more.  Customize your tour with your guide to suit the interests and needs of you and your group.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 208 reviews

Thiago our guide was very informative with a nice personality, not only did he cover all historical events, also gave his local knowledge of best restaurants and hidden bars to visit Thiago made the tour relaxing and interesting BUT We had six people in our group and My husband and I was the only ones that paid in advance, when we arrived we found out that the other 4 people hadn’t paid due to it being a free walking tour Found this very annoying that a company can take money in advance and then offer it for free on the day Had we’d known it was free we would not have booked and just turned up

Dear fellow travellers, I would like to recommend Mario as a tour guide. He is knowledgeable about the place and explained most details along the tour. Furthermore, he will give some of the best places to eat, drink and buy chocolates in Brussels. Definitely a short but nice tour. Thanks, Patrick Manlangit

The individual spoke spot on English and was very knowledgeable about the details of the history of the buildings and surrounding area

Super cool game! Absolute recommendation to discover Brussels playfully and attentively.

The guide was great. Wish we would have had time to do the upper town. Would recommend.