30 May 2013

Traversing the Ardennes: Grand Place in Brussels

Brussels was our last stop in this trip. After checking out Luxembourg and Ghent for 2 nights each, we headed back to Brussels. While I already blogged about other stuff we've seen in and around Brussels, this was actually the first thing we checked out. After checking in to our B&B and dropping our bags, we headed out and found this place. So what is this place? Well, let me show you the pictures first.

As you can see, the place is impressive. This is Brussels' front yard, so to speak. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. It is surrounded by old buildings that were merchants' houses from back in the days, as well as the city's Town Hall and the building that is called the Bread House. Nowadays, there are cafes and restaurants that occupy the guildhalls, but before, these were the buildings that housed the artisans while they were practicing their trade. You could see which trade corresponded with which building just by looking at the designs on the ornate buildings.

This place is just full of history. Little did we know but one of the buildings apparently was occupied by Victor Hugo when he was in town. Of course, I spent about at least half an hour gawking at the buildings with my head upward, and my camera pointed toward something.

If ever you find yourself in Brussels, do take a stroll through the Old Town and end up here. It's magical, majestic, and very much memorable.


  1. I remember finding it very impressive. I wasn't expecting it, I had barely heard about when I visited Brussels.

    1. Zhu,

      That's the thing. Brussels is so subtle, to the point that I really had no idea what was in store before our trip. Sure, I had a guidebook, and only after reading it did I know the sights one can see in the city.