Grand Place, Brussels

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Grand Place, Brussels - Address, Phone Number

Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Phone: +32-25138940

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At first the site of various markets, the Grand Place gained political importance once the Brussels City Hall was built here. Still, seeing the ways it was almost destroyed, it’s almost surprising that the Grand Place exists today. The French Army flattened it in 1695 with cannon and mortar fire. It was rebuilt more harmoniously (but with clashing architecture like Baroque and Goth) before being ransacked again in the 18th century by French Revolutionaries. It was built back again in the 19th century and this time it persevered. Today it’s known as one of the most beautiful squares in the world. In 1998, it was named a UNESCO World heritage Site. As different parts of the square catered to different markets, the names of the streets leading off from the square still reflect the items once sold off their respective corners.

As a hangout, the place is sort of unbeatable, especially in the evening. The square and its pretty buildings are all enchantingly lit up. And if you’re lucky, you might catch a music and light show. Also, there’s a daily flower market there that always delights. You’ll find people lounging about quite readily in the square. It’s always lively. Do check out the City Hall which is 96 metres high and capped by the statue of St. Michael killing a demon. A symbol of municipal power. And also the Breadhouse which is also called the King’s House or the Maison du Roi. Built as a symbol of ducal power. Every two years, a flower carpet of a million begonias are set up to cover the whole square – an event very popular with the tourists.

Grand Place Ticket Prices

  • Entry is free.

How To reach Grand Place by Public Transport

  • By Bus: The Plattesteen bus station is a short walk away.
  • By Tram: Trams 3, 4 and 32 stop at Bourse light rail station.
  • By renting or hiring a car/taxi.

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  • Beautiful buildings in every direction. Literally 360 degree astonishment. Little shops and restaurants up the nearby alleys are stunningly quaint. Would have loved to have someone there with me but there is always next time. Magical place.

  • Earned the nickname "most beautiful square in the world" for a reason. The seasonal flower carpet is something you have to see if you're around at that time. Plenty of street artists around, a few terrace and restaurants and lots of legends and history. Enjoy

  • Centre of Antwerp and everything in Antwerp stars from here. From there around two PM starts a Spanish and an English free walking tour. It nice to have the idea of the city from a local people. I liked the tour and the city. By the way, you get to buy lots of souvenirs at the city centre :D

  • You can’t miss this central square if you visit Brussels. Just walk around and take in the beautiful buildings all around the square. Nice restaurants and many boutiques in the alleys.

  • It truly is a very beautiful square. All the guildhouses and other buildings around this square have a legacy of their own. Make sure you have a guided tour to know that better. If not interested in history you'll still find this square interesting as it's dotted with many cafes & restaurants and there's so much happening there.

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