Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, Brussels

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The main seat of city administration since the Middle Ages, Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles may be the first thing to draw your eye in the Market Place. The central tower was restored in the early 1990s, and the exterior is a series of detailed reliefs and sculptures dating back to the 15th century. The exterior is the most impressive part of the building, but a tour through some of the inside rooms doesn't disappoint. Begin your tour in a reception hall, which is free to enter, but a small fee gets you access to the rest of the exhibits. The fee includes a tour guide, and you only need to book 15 minutes in advance. Tours are in Dutch, French, and English daily, but each language is given at a specific time of day, so check the attraction's website for specific times. The building is still the seat of the Brussels mayor, so some rooms are closed to the public. This attractions is part of World Heritage-listed Grand Palace. Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • Brussels awed me! Around every corner is another magnificent building, fantastic restaurants, museum and shops and more! 
    Brussels awed me! Around every corner is another magnificent building, fantastic restaurants, museum and shops and more!  more »
  • We read that tours of City Hall are offered several days a week so we decided to book. Best to do that online the day before, the group has a limit of 25. We booked the English afternoon tour... 
    We read that tours of City Hall are offered several days a week so we decided to book. Best to do that online the day before, the group has a limit of 25. We booked the English afternoon tour...  more »
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  • Such a nice building that still retains all the details of carving. It was finished in many stages starting from 1412. I believe for it to stand great like this for such a long time, a lot of preservation efforts must have been carried out.
  • Brussels is one of the least wheelchair-friendly city I know in Europe (compared to Barcelona, Madrid, London, France, Torino, Milano and many others...) ; many paved streets (which I can understand for an historic city, but still...). Many street intersection lack curb cuts (even in the most touristic area); all that was the case in 2008 when I first visited the city and still remains the same now in 2022. Many museum are not accessible (Only 2 of 6 city museum are), chocolate museum recently moved and I was pushed back as they where afraid to block the elevator because of my wheelchair (which is not one of the heaviest). Taking public transports is also very complex; some bus lines are not, some partially and some totally wheelchair-friendly...

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