Unmissable guided tours in Brussels

17 June 2022
Guided tour of the Grand Place in Brussels

  

Tours with passionate guides are the best way to really get to know Brussels.

Whether they’re original, gastronomic, heritage or are simply unmissable, here are the guided tours that you cannot miss under any circumstances if you’re looking to experience the best of our capital.

Brussels of yesteryear

Discover the richness of the historical heart of Brussels on foot with Claude and Dominique, two guides with a passion for art and history, who founded Discover-b. The walk, which lasts between 2 and 3 hours, can be adapted to suit your wishes. It will include a museum, other more upmarket or more popular districts, and the unmissable classics (Mont des Arts, Place Royale, the Sablon, the Manneken-Pis, the Grand-Place, the Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries, etc.), which form the basis of these tours and give us a view of the past to better understand the city of today.

Guided tour stopping by Manneken-Pis

Bright Brussels

The Cities by Bike promise is a bold one: to show you more in a three-hour bicycle tour than you’d see in three days on foot! Lead by Robin, this team of dedicated guides make good on their promise: the Royal Palace, Matonge, the Atomium, the European Quarter, street art… but also parks and gardens, historical cobbled streets, vibrant squares, Art Nouveau masterpieces... And the cherry on the waffle, a delicious gourmet break is included in the price. In short, you’re treated to a little concentration of Brussels with every pedal stroke.

Guided cycling tour heading towards Mont des Arts

Sweet like chocolate

Another Belgian national treasure is chocolate. Gourmets and chocolate lovers alike cannot afford to miss the chocolate-themed guided tour devised by Brussels Walking Tour. Accompanied by a guide who has more than 15 years of experience, set off on a four-hour chocolate immersion tour, including a three-hour walk through the historic heart of Brussels, where the history of the city and that of chocolate are intricately intertwined. You'll learn all the secrets of the production process and which are the best shops in the city. Moreover, the walk is followed by a one-hour workshop where you can try your hand at making some chocolate and the famous Belgian praline. Warning, this tour is highly addictive.

Beer secrets

Interesting in the secrets behind Belgian beers? Beer Secret has made this its trademark, and offers two comprehensive packages for beer lovers. You can opt for the traditional tasting tour: an exploration, off the beaten track, of traditional beers, combined with other local delights and packed with anecdotes and discoveries of hidden locations. The second option includes a visit to a brewery and a meeting with a brewer. You'll learn everything, from production to distribution, with, of course, a look at the history of the first local beer, lambic. Fun and informative visits to be enjoyed in moderation.

Beer tasting during a guided tour

Architectural mastery

Art Nouveau enthusiasts know that Brussels was the cradle of this movement, which spread rapidly throughout Europe, with its nature-inspired curves, noble woods, powerful wrought iron, rich colours and dazzling skylights. Bravo Discovery offers a comprehensive Art Nouveau tour that starts at the Grand-Place, before moving on to the Châtelain neighbourhood, where some of the movement's most stunning examples were built. This tour is an opportunity to see some of the most beautiful buildings designed by the great masters of the genre, including the legendary Victor Horta. An optional, bonus visit of the famous Horta House can be added to the end of the tour. Every Saturday, the visit is free of charge (tips welcome).

View of the Ciamberlani Hotel, Rue Defacqz

Let yourself be transported

Tired of walking around the city and having to plan your trips to make the most of your stay in Brussels? With TOOTbus you can sit back, relax and they’ll take care of the rest. This electric bus travels through the streets of the capital along two different routes, taking in historic buildings and new, designer constructions; symbols of the city and popular neighbourhoods; and all the capital's must-see attractions. The two routes offer a total of 26 stops, where you can hop on and off as you please. On board, audio explanations are available in numerous languages, and there's even a children's version, so everyone can enjoy the experience.

TOOTbus parked in front of the Atomium

The hidden side of the City of Brussels town hall

Built in the 15th century, City of Brussels town hall is one of the most beautiful in the country. It proudly displays its facades dotted with countless sculptures, its perfect proportions and the incomparable beauty of its tower (whose spire is adorned with the archangel Saint Michael). This tour is your chance to visit the interior, admire the various rooms and galleries (Council Chamber, College Chamber, Wedding Hall, Gothic Hall, Portrait Gallery, Grangé Gallery, etc.) and, at the same time, all the decorations and works of art they contain. Visits are made on Wednesday afternoons and Sundays.