Neighbourhood walk: Bailli-Chatelain

16 March 2022
Rue de Bailli, avec vue sur l'église de la Trinité

In the Bailli-Chatelain neighbourhood you’ll find some of the absolute highlights of the Brussels Art Nouveau. You'll also come across other architectural styles such as eclecticism or neoclassicism.

The architectural heritage exudes style and grandeur. Among the remarkable buildings are Hotel Tassel designed by Victor Horta; the house of Paul Hankar; Hotel Ciamberlani also designed by Hankar; several bourgeois manor houses; an exotic private house designed by Adrien Blomme; Blomme's personal residence; Octave Van Rysselberghe's residence and many others. Also on the subject of art, make sure you stop at the area's many contemporary art galleries, including the impressive Patinoire Royale.

But that's not the only reason why Bailli-Chatelain is so popular with the expat community: it's relatively close to the European institutions, contains a lot of nice shops and eateries, and the green Bois de la Cambre is right next door. This forest, an offshoot of the Sonian Forest, played a major role in the small industry that developed there: joineries. Woodworking attracted the makers of carriages, and carriage building evolved into body work, which gave way to car sales.

Duration of walk: 2hrs
Starting point: intersection of avenue Louise and rue du Bailli,
trams 92, 93 and 81

The map for this walk is available in French, Dutch and English.
In collaboration with Brukselbinnenstebuiten