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The History of Brussels in 8 walks

 

Derek Blyth organises walking tours of Brussels based on his bestselling guide The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels

 

Next walk ::

 

Secret street art ::

discover hidden street art in a two-hour walk in downtown Brussels

 

Date to be announced

 

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The List ::

 

1 Downtown Brussels

Secret churches and hidden alleys

 

From a hidden river to an unknown mediaeval lane, this walk takes you through the oldest part of Brussels to parts that tourists never reach. Departs Place St Géry 23.

 

2 Leopold II and the Congo

 

The Heart of Darkness

 

Discover the forgotten Brussels quarter where Leopold II ran his vast African colony.

 

3 Art Nouveau

 

A new architecture is born

 

See the emergence of a new architectural style in a 2-hour ramble around the back streets of Ixelles.

 

4 Secrets of Saint Gilles

 

Discover hidden architecture, art galleries and secret shops

 

Beginning at the Porte de Hal, this walk takes you into one of the city's most creative communes.

5 The Belgian revolution

 

A night at the opera :: the four days that changed Belgium

 

Walk through the streets where Belgian rebels fought in 1830 and find out how a small revolution helped to create the modern world

 

6 Street art

Find secret street art by Bonom, Roa and the Farm Prod collective

 

Find out about the street artists who work in Brussels, from the man known as “the Banksy of Brusssels” who paints skeletons on apartment walls to the couple who have turned a blank concrete wall into an art gallery. Departs Place Stephanie 6

 

7 Secrets of the Cinquantenaire

 

The birth of a nation

 

Discover the history of Belgium during a two-hour stroll through the 'Central Park of Brussels'. Departs Berlaymont building entrance

 

8 Brussels DC

 

How a village in a marsh became the capital of Europe

 

Find out how Brussels became the capital of Europe in a walk that takes you through the cosmopolitan European Quarter. Departs Berlaymont Building entrance

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Practicalities

Brussels Walks in 2016

 

Scheduled walks begin again in spring 2016. But you can always contact me for an informal walk at just about any time, on any subject you want.

 

Walk the City

 

Spend a day walking in Brussels to discover the sheer joy of discovering a city on foot.

 

Leave the car at home and set off on foot on a guided walk through the streets of Brussels.

 

Programme to be announced in spring 2016

 

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How it works ::

 

The walks are different from most guided tours in that they avoid the overcrowded tourist areas of the city and show instead a side of the city that most people do not know about.

 

No two walks are the same.

 

Each walk lasts about two hours.

 

The walks are normally given in English.

 

The walks take place in all weather.

Private walks

 

You can book a private walk for a few friends to celebrate a special event like a birthday or a wedding. Just drop me an email and we can discuss the possibilities

 

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You said ::

I wanted to thank you again for the tour yesterday! It was exactly what we were looking for and you showed us so many things we would have never found! Thank you for playing along with my rambunctious group of friends, and I hope you continue to do these tours--I will definitely be promoting your site to anyone who plans on visiting Brussels in the future!

Laura Saad

Teacher

 

I just wanted to say a big thank you for the talk and walking tour yesterday evening which everyone thoroughly enjoyed! It really is one of our most popular events at Le Méridien. Looking forward to whenever the next one will be!

Sophie Clarke

Starwood Hotels

 

I just wanted to thank you for the nice talk and walk yesterday evening. I've been in Brussels for more than seven years and still hadn't noticed some of the spots you showed and explained to us.

Valeria

Brussels

 

We wanted to thank you for the great walk we had with our group of students on 14 January 2014. It was a hit: our students absolutely loved it! Even though the weather was quite rough, this was the first group that we've had that was collectively enthusiastic right until the end, regardless of the cold.

Pauline Le Floc'h

International Students Abroad

 

What a treasure trove of knowledge and a delightfully witty one at that! Derek has a delightfully cool approach to the whole tour of street art. And I discovered that Brussels is definitely NOT flat OR boring. He gave his commentary in English. My daughter was too jet-lagged to come along but when I showed her a few pictures and told her about it, she was as turned on by Brussels as me. Now we notice the quirky features of Brussels in a way we would never have done on our own.

Maggie Morgan

Melbourne

 

I want to thank you for the excellent tour that you did last Saturday. My wife and I learned a lot and we will try our best to be a part of your upcoming trips. We will also be purchasing your book as well as telling our friends about the hidden secrets that we are sure that many of them do not know about.

Klaus Ken Shipley

 

Thank you for the great tour through Brussels yesterday. It was very interesting. I am flicking through your book that I bought yesterday. What a gem.

Ramona Butler

 

Thank you so much for your time and enthusiasm and for showing me how much I yet have to discover in this city. I especially liked the banana murals, the mediaeval street, the designers' stores and the hospital square with the white buildings. It helped me imagine how Brussels looked at the time Joseph Conrad referred to it as the whited sepulchre.

Joanna Luczac

 

I was touched by the city that you showed us. I have lived here for a year and I have always felt that there is more to Brussels than I could describe, show or touch. Even though I have read hundreds of books about Brussels. I loved the gorgeous photo exhibition, and the abandoned old fountain lined with rubbish made me cry. Brussels is a magnificent old city, but it's a pity it's not visble on a daily basis. Like the narrow street near the Rue de Flandres that isn't even on Google maps. Every citizen should be obliged to try to see Brussels through your eyes.

Joanna Slocka

 

The walk on Saturday was illuminating and your book is on my list of things to buy. I adore getting to know about my surroundings and our peregrinations were ideal for that.

Nick Hogg

 

You were fabulous. After 15 months here, I've fallen into a bit of a Brussels funk. Your book and the walk were just what I needed to remind me of the quirkiness and absurdity that makes Brussels such a unique place. After the walk, a friend and I enjoyed drinks as you suggested at the Dominican. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon.

Brandee Butler

Your narration is fantastic, it could entertain and enlighten me for hours. In fact, one of my group said, "I'd like to take him out to dinner and just let him talk."

Pam Rubin