Europe’s most picturesque square, Grand-Place is surrounded by baroque and gothic guildhalls and the stunning 315 foot (96 meter) Brussels Town Hall. The stunning buildings in this UNESCO World Heritage site date mainly from the late 17th century. Grand Place is also known in Dutch as Grote Markt as it was the large central market in Brussels. The surrounding streets still bear the names of the stalls that lined the street: Rue des Bouchers (butchers) and Peperstraat (pepper merchants).  Every second year, in August, the square is filled with an enormous flower carpet. A million begonias are used to create a stunning pattern. Concerts and music recitals are held here throughout the year.

The size and beauty of the square amazes everyone when they first turn a corner to find it unexpectedly in front of them. After the initial shock sit down at a table outside one of the many cafés or chocolatiers and find out why Belgium is justly famous for its beer and chocolate.

Practical Info

Not far from either Centrale or Bourse train station, Grand-Place is at the center of a cobweb of narrow cobblestone streets.

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Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

4.5 star rating: Recommended 267 Reviews

You'll pound the pavement in Brussels on a four hour guided walking tour with a twist as you following the trail of Brussels’ top chocolate shops. A ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.11

Brussels Half-Day City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 279 Reviews

Choose between a morning or afternoon guided coach tour and get better acquainted with Brussels. See the world-famous market square, glance at the ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

From USD $37.33

Brussels Sightseeing Tour Including the European Parliament

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Get to know Brussels, as well as the greater European Union, on this afternoon sightseeing tour that includes a visit to the European Parliament. See World ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.33

Private Tour: Brussels City Sightseeing Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Embark on a private tour through Brussels, chauffeured in your own vehicle by your knowledgeable driver guide. This three hour tour can be customized to your ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.92

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