Belgium is a relatively small country nestled in between France and Holland and is well known for it’s chocolate, beer and fries. However, there is much more to Belgium and despite it’s size, it is well worth a visit.
In fact, Belgium is home to some of the worlds most famous comics, including the Smurfs and The adventures of Tin Tin.
There is no better place to find some beautiful murals than in Brussels. You could say that the beautiful capital city of Belgium, Brussels, is an open-air museum.
Walk around any corner in Brussels, and you’ll be amazed by the fascinating buildings, and the amazing murals and street art that adorn these buildings.
A tour of Brussels street art is a must when you’re stopping in. We have compiled the a list of the best street art in Brussels.
Make sure to bring a camera when you’re discovering Brussels, because you’ll walk by a lot of stunning places where it’s easy to create a unique photograph.
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- 1 Where to find Brussels Street Art
- 2 Map of Brussels Street Art
- 3 Best Street Art Tours in Brussels
- 4 Where to stay in Brussels
- 5 Share it!
- 6 My BEST Travel Resources
Where to find Brussels Street Art
Below are some of the most famous murals and street art and these should definitely be on your Brussels bucket list.
A fantastic place to see wide range of murals is the Rainbow Quarter. You can find an incredible series of LGBTIQ frescoes in Brussel’s gay quarter (or ‘Rainbow Quarter’).
Address: Lollepotstraat, 1000 Brussels
The mural depicting Frank Pé’s comic book detective sits right in the middle of Brussels’ gay district.
Address: Kolenmarkt, 1000 Brussels
Lucky Luke Mural
Address: Washuisstraat 45, 1000 Brussels
This 180 square meters Lucky Luke Comic Strip Mural painting was completed by D. Vandegeerde and G. Oreopoulos in 1992
Astérix & Obelix Mural
One of the biggest fresco painted in Brussels is none other than that of Asterix and his companions intent on their favourite hobby: charging at the Romans.
Address: Washuisstraat 33, 1000 Brussels
The adventures Tintin Mural
Hergé drew this simple block in one of his famous albums, ‘The Calculus Affair’, published in 1956.
Address: Stoofstraat 37, 1000 Brussels
Manneke Peace Mural
To commemorate 30 years of hip-hop in Belgium a large mural was painted in the style of Manneken Pis.
The mural was made in 2013 by the artist HMI.
Address: Eikstraat, 1000 Brussels
Akenkaai / Quai des Péniches
Quai des Péniches is a very popular place for graffiti artists to showcase their works.
Address: Quai des Péniches, 1000 Brussels
Bonom (Vincent Glowinski)
Bonom – Vincent Glowinski – is without a doubt the most famous street artist in Brussels. In a few short years, he has become a virtual legend as quickly as his gigantic murals have appeared on the grey sides of buildings.
You can spot his street-art here:
The crossroad of Rue Fontainas – Fontainasstraat and Avenue de la Porte de Hal – Hallepoortlaan, 1060 Brussels
BOZAR: Rue Ravenstein – Ravensteingalerij, 1000 Brussels
95 Rue de Flandre – Vlaamsesteenweg 1000 Brussels
Place Stéphanie – Stefaniaplein, 1000 Brussels
87 Rue Blaes – Blaesstraat, 1000 Brussels
Botanique: 236 Rue Royale – Koningsstraat, 1210 Brussels
Map of Brussels Street Art
If you prefer to explore a city on your own rather than on a tour, save this map to help you plan your trip!
Best Street Art Tours in Brussels
A brilliant way to visit Brussels street art is by taking a tour. With a tour you won’t miss any of the murals and you hear the entertaining stories of the artists and the murals they painted.
Be sure to also ask your tour guide where they recommend you eat, drink and other beautiful things to see and do in Brussels
Art and Culture in Brussels is a walking tour with a local guide. Your guide will show you all the characteristics of the city that make it unique. The tour will show you in depth the famous street art in Brussels and explain the artists connections to Brussels.
The tour lasts for approximately one and a half hours and departs from Rue Blaes 2, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium.
The tour costs approx $40USD per person.
The second tour that is highly recommend is a walking tour of Brussels. As the name mentions, this is a walking tour of the city. Not only will you learn about some of the famous murals in the city but you will also be introduced to Brussels and what makes this such a vibrant city.
Where to stay in Brussels
Boutique Hotel Saint-Géry is built in a class Belgian mansion. Despite being in an old mansion the rooms are very modern and have a super romantic atmosphere. The location is fantastic as you are stones throw away from the main square.
Dansaert Hotel is located 400 meters from the Grand Place and the City Hall which makes it a perfect location. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and equipped with free wifi.
If you are looking for a little bit of luxury check out Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place. Each room has its own hot tub and guests are able to enjoy a huge buffet breakfast including delicious hot and cold food. There is also a restaurant and bar for you to enjoy lunch and dinner.
The hotel is a short 5 minute walk from the Grand Place and 10 minutes from Brussels Central train station.
Thank you to Kenny for sharing his favourite street murals in Brussels with the Travelling Thirties Community. Be sure to check out his blog Wanderlust Pulse.
Have you seen the Brussels street art? Let me know your favourite in the comments below
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