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Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville © M0tty
Hotel de Ville © M0tty

Brussels' city hall is rated as the most splendid civic building in Europe. The foundations were laid in 1402 and it survived the mercifully inaccurate bombing during World War II when most of the other buildings on the Grand Place were destroyed. The façade is embellished with gargoyles and images of nobility while the intricate 100 metre-high tower is resolved by a fine statue of St Michel, patron saint of Brussels. Guided tours are available for a small fee - well worth it to see the fine tapestries and miscellaneous works of art inside.

Address: Grand Place, 1000 Bruxelles

Website: www.brussels.be

Transport: Catch the Metro to get to the Grand Place. Metro stop: Centrale, Bourse (pre-metro) or De Broukere.

Opening times: Tuesday 10am-5pm, Wednesday 10am-12pm, Thursday 2pm-5pm

Admission: Guided tours 5€ adults; 3€ seniors, students, and children 6–12. Free for children 5 and under. Tickets sold at tourist office in Grand-Place.