Top 5 spots to discover Brussels’ architecture
The capital of Belgium is known for its Art Nouveau architecture and style, and has several buildings to explore while taking a stroll up and down its cobbled streets. As new buildings emerge, the style of the old and the new create an interesting blend of architecture in Brussels. See the highlights through guided tours, events or just your own random adventure. Check out the top 5 spots to discover Brussels through its architecture.
The Horta Museum is located in the private house of famous artist Victor Horta. His house, consisting of two properties, was also his working studio, built between 1898 and 1901 in Art Nouveau style. See the interior and ornate, well retained decorations and details.
Hortamuseum 25, rue Américaine 1060 Brussels
The magnificent building of Solvay Library was inaugurated as a library in 1902. Its rich history including an epidemic, knights, kings, development and restauration has led to this being a popular place to visit. The library has undergone grand-scale restorations where extensive research has been conducted in order to be able to recreate the original architectural elements and interior pieces.
Parc Leopold, rue Belliard 137, B – 1040 Brussels
A magnificent manor house built in 1903 it is now the home of the Contretype, an organization dedicated to photography exhibitions. Inside the building, you will see the astounding works of Jules Brunfault, in true Art Nouveau style. Heavy, red velvet paired with grand murals, patterned floors and ornate painted windows meet the eye.
BOZAR – Palais des Beaux Arts
Famous Belgian architect Victor Horta planned and designed the Center for Fine Arts as part of an urban development project. Today, the building houses a cinema, concert and exhibition halls to best display the arts. The building itself is impressive but most of the structure is built under ground because the king did not want the building to compromise his view from his residence.
The Autrique House is allegedly the first manor-house created by Victor Horta. When it was built in 1893, it became an instant representation of the evolution of the great architects of Belgium. The museum has been closed for a period whilst undergoing renovation until 2015. See the beautiful colors, decorated with sober and traditional furniture and ornaments, which tell the story of the everlasting evolution of style.
Chaussée de Haecht, 266 1030 Brussels
Architectural highlights at every corner
Whether you prefer a guided tour or a self-guided expedition, there are plenty of buildings worth a visit. Brussels’ Architecture is a website containing over 270 listings of buildings in Brussels on a map, so you can easily plan your excursion. Pick and choose off the list and create your own Brussels tour with some suitable music to accompany you, and enjoy!
The month of architecture
With Art Nouveau and Art Deco Event you can discover the city’s most famous and noteworthy architectural gems. Several tours will be available for visitors, running normally during the month of March. Choose your package based on your favorite style or place, to experience the ultimate architectural tour of Brussels. Most of the tours end just in time for either lunch or dinner, so find a charming spot to grab some food and reflect on the events of the day.
A fairytale city
Belgium is the country with the most castles per square mile. If you wish to explore properties of a larger size than the manor houses, you can head for the castles where you can daydream about being a resident whilst enjoying a cup of tea in the tearoom or lavish garden. Return to the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi or Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Airport after a long day of exploring and plan your next expedition.