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
Grand Place - Review
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.
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Grand Place
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
Grand Place Trips
Grand Place, Brussels Reviews
This square is absolutely gorgeous! The place is surrounded by historical buildings, all of which are eye-catching. I also got the impression that it is a good meeting spot for people to come relax. Plenty of opportunities to go people watching too!
If you like old architecture, Grand Place is not to be missed. It was smaller than I expected it to be but still very worthwhile and all the buildings were cohesive because of the gilt accents. I went during the Brussels Flower Carpet, held every two years, but I have to say the 2018 carpet was a little bit disappointing. I saw the original design by the Mexican artist and it was very colorful, but the interpretation didn't live up to the original. There were many winding streets to wander down and overall, Brussels is incredibly beautiful.
It is one of the most beautiful squares I have seen in my life. Each and every building has some interesting detail and each of them is enhanced by the light falling on it. It is worth visiting the square several times or at least during the day and at night to be able to appreciate its whole beauty.
I can't describe this place. It is like stepping back in time, European architecture is beautiful and combined with the cobbled streets, outdoor markets and horse carriage rides makes it a magical place to go to. There are shops around which sell all the things Brussels is famous for and they offer great places to eat, drink and visit. They even offer free city tours
I love it here. One of my favorite places in the world. Walking into it just hits you and takes your breath away. The artisan finishes and gold is beautiful.