Hôtel de Ville

sights / Architecture

Hôtel de Ville information

Location
Brussels , Belgium
Visitors office
+32 2 279 43 47
Prices
guided tours €5
Opening hours
tours 3pm Wed year round, 10am & 2pm Sun Apr-Sep)
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Laboriously built between 1444 and 1480, the splendid, slightly asymmetric Hôtel de Ville was almost the only building on the Grand Place to escape the 1695 French bombardment – ironic considering it was their primary target. The creamy stone facade is lavished with Gothic gargoyles and reliefs of nobility. Its intricate tower soars 96m, topped by a gilded statue of St-Michel, Brussels’ patron saint. For 45-minute guided tours, turn up at the tourist office 40 minutes before the scheduled departure times to buy tickets.