Brussels Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Brussels scavenger hunt

Are you looking for things to do in Brussels? Try our Tourist Scavenger Hunt to walk the old town while discovering its history, its monuments, and its frescoes!

It will take you from Central Station to the Grand Place by way of the Manneken-pis, the Parliament and the Royal Palace. You will face challenges at most stops. Each challenge you solve will tell you where to go next and earn you points.

Brussels is the capital of Belgium with a population of around 1.2 million in the metropolitan area.

This activity is adapted for social distancing. Do it in a small group (up to 6). The guide is our mobile website, on your smartphone. Go at your own pace, no time limit. No need to touch anything or enter any building.

Palais Royal de Bruxelles

You’ll see

  • Royal Palace
  • Brussels City Hall
  • Sainte-Gudule Grand Cathedral
  • Jeanneke-Pis
  • Manneken-Pis
  • Tintin Fresco
  • Toone Royal Theatre
  • Brussels Stock Exchange
  • Mont des Arts
  • and more

We visited Brussells in 2008. Friends who go there regularly are testing this scavenger hunt.

Église Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenber Bruxelles
Parlement de Bruxelles Brussells Parliament
La Grand Place
Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelle Brussels City Hall

History

Brussel was founded in 979 by Charles de Basse-Lotharingie. It therefore celebrated its millennium in 1979. However, there are megalithic and Roman remains which obviously predate that.

The city developed on three sites (along the Senne and on a nearby hill). The first 4 km rampart was completed in the 13th century. It was then enlarged to 8 km.

Brussels fell under Spain’s control, then under Austrian reign (Habsburgs) after the Nine Years War. The Brabant revolution of 1789-1790 led to the independence of Belgium. The French Revolution of 1789 saw Belgium annexed to France but the fall of Napoleon liberated it in 1815.

Since 1830 Brussels has been the capital of Belgium.

Specifications

  • Starting point: Central Station, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique
  • Distance: 3.1 km / 1.9 mi
  • Duration: 2hrs to 3hrs
  • Methode: on foot
  • Necessary:
    • Fully charged smartphone with a data plan (wifi is not enough)
  • Suggested:
    • Bottle of water
    • Local map
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