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In the footsteps of Tintin – Not an ordinary hotel


We continue our walk to the hotel Métropole, which is located at the Place de Brouckère. This is the only hotel in Brussels, which was built in the 19th century and which is still operational. In 1890, two brothers started a pub at this place and when it became very successful, the family  Weilemans-Ceuppens extended it to a hotel, by purchasing…

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In the footsteps of Tintin – Going to the theater


For the next stop on our Tintin walk we go to the Muntplein/Place de la Monnaie. Where does the name of the square come from? Many centuries ago, there used to be a place here where coins were produced. Coin is “munt” in Dutch, hence the name. The main point of attraction here is the beautiful theater building, which has…

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In the footsteps of Tintin – A special gallery


 A couple of steps away from the (in)famous Boutique Tintin, you have the next stop on the Tintin walk, the Koningsgalerij (King’s Gallery). There are actually three of these galleries, which are all linked together. In the Koningsgalerij (which is the biggest one), there used to be a theater, called the Théatre Royal des Galeries. It still exists, but at…

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In the footsteps of Tintin – There is nothing much to tell


The next stop of the Tintin walk is not far from the Grand Place, in a small street called Heuvelstraat. We were looking forward to this stop, since this is a store that sells anything connected to Tintin. Usually, when I visit a museum, shop or restaurant, I ask permission to take pictures and it is granted most of the…

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In the footsteps of Tintin – Another mural


The Stoofstraat in Brussels is basically known for Manneken Pis, our famous little peeing man. He is so popular that a lot of tourists don’t notice another attraction, a huge mural of Tintin, Captain Haddock and Snowy. And this is the next stop of our Tintin walk. This image is taken from the 18th comic album of Tintin, The Calculus…

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In the footsteps of Tintin – The Tintin building


The next stop of the Tintin walk is only a few steps away from the Zuidstation. You can see the building at your left hand when you leave the station; it’s called the Kuifje building, Kuifje being the Dutch word for Tintin. On the roof you see a huge illuminated sign of Tintin’s head and his dog. And next to…

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In the footsteps of Tintin – Do the locomotion


Our next stop at the Tintin walk is at the Zuidstation. Brussels has three big train stations: Brussel Noord, Brussel Centraal and the Zuidstation. There are also dozens of smaller train stations in and around the Belgian capital. This particular station is known for two reasons: the famous market on Sunday and the fact is a international station with connections…

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In the footsteps of Tintin – A special street market


Our next stop brings us into the heart of the Marollen, one of the most ancient districts of Brussels. This is the district of the working class people and it even has its own dialect. It’s maybe not the prettiest part of Brussels, but it’s a very lively one! One of the most popular places here is the Vossenplein. Every…

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