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La Grand-Place, Brussels
La Grand-Place, Brussels
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La Grand-Place is the central square in Brussels, Belgium. It is surrounded by public as well as private buildings which were 300 years old, being constructed mostly in the 17th century. These buildings exhibit eclectic and highly successful blending of architectural and artistic styles that characterise the culture and society of Brussels during that time. La Grand-Place is an example of the achievement of a highly successful mercantile city at the height of its prosperity.

The buildings and the square of La Grand-Place were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the 22nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Kyoto Japan on 30 November to 5 December, 1998.

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La Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium
La Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium
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Statue on a building at La Grand-Place, Brussels
Statue on a building at La Grand-Place, Brussels
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Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles
Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles
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What to See in and Around La Grand-Place, Brussels

  1. Hotel de Ville / Stadthuis / Town Hall of Brussels

    Hotel de Ville (Town Hall), Brussels
    Hotel de Ville (Town Hall), Brussels
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  2. Maison du Cygne
  3. Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat / Cocoa and Chocolate Museum
  4. Godiva Belgium (luxury chocolate store)
  5. Hôtel St-Michel
  6. Boutique de Tintin (memorabilia shop on the comic character Tintin)
  7. Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles / Museum van de Stad Brussel / Brussels City Museum

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 50 50 48.1 E 4 21 08.7
Inscription Year: 1998
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV

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Visiting La Grand-Place, Brussels

Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Brussels. Get your accommodation at any of the hotels in Brussels with online booking facility, and thereafter you can plan to explore the city, visiting La Grand-Place.

Getting there

Brussels International Airport (BRU) connects the capital of Belgium with the rest of the world. A journey from the airport to Brussels Nord station by train takes 15 minutes and costs € 5.05.

Within Brussels itself, you can travel using the metro (subway), trams as well as buses. Check the schedule on the STIB-MIVB Website.

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Local Tours of Belgium

Here are some local tours of Belgium that you may want to include to your itinerary. They save you time and cost of doing it yourself. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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