Grand PlaceCurrently Open
- Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +32-25138940
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids, Architecture , Heritage Building, Hall
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. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Brussels itinerary 2 days.
- Entry is free.
- 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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95% of people who visit Brussels include Grand Place in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
40.67% of people start their Grand Place visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Grand Place
58.1% of people prefer walking in order to reach Grand Place
Buildings were very beautiful, and plenty to see/do/eat, including (very sadly) a number of homeless families with young children. In such a developed place/country, with so much money and food being exchanged each and every day, it was both remarkable and shocking to see young children on the side of streets with nothing but blankets whilst all around them, tourists from all over the world spent ridiculous amounts on truffles, chocolate and waffles.
The center of the city. Should be visited to see all the beautiful buildings around. Especially nice to visit this place on Christmas holidays, when light show is combined with sound effects.
During the day, it's all gold and sparkly. The architecture is very intricate, especially in the two buildings that french bombs (unwillingly) spared. The night show is specifically spectacular, with all the different lights changing to the music.
A beautiful mus-see of Brussels! Highly recommend checking the agenda before visiting - prior to Christmas there is an amazing projection mapping show, the jazz festival in the summer, medieval parade in July etc. Well worth a visit!
The most famous Square in Belgium is the pinnacle of the amazing Christmas atmosphere in Brussels. The buildings are all lit up and perfectly choreographed light and music show ensue on the hour to make this the most amazing magical Christmas destination. The huge array of chocolate shops on the square along with the Christmas markets make this a wonderful treat.