Entry to Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles (open: Tues—Sun 10am—5pm) costs 4 euros per adult, 2 euros per child; free with Brussels Card — see [node:174676].
Guided tours of the Hôtel de Ville are available April–September Tues and Wed at 3.15pm, Sun 12.15pm; October—March Tues 3.15pm; admission 3 euros.
House No 10. contains the overpriced and rather dull Belgian Brewers Museum (open: Mon—Sun 10am—5pm); admission 6 euros, free with Brussels Card.
For a bird’s eye view of the square, pop into Le Roi d’Espagne and have a beer by the window on the second floor.
The square gets incredibly busy during Easter and summer; it’s best to visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon (around 6pm), when the coach tours have left. Happily, these times also offer the best light/photo opportunities, with the sun glinting off the gold-leaf inlays.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Stag / hen parties
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
- Design and architecture