An unusual tour of the mysteries and legends of Brussels

Grand Place Bruxelles trésors cachés

See Brussels in a whole new way on a walking tour of the Belgian capital’s hidden treasures!

Like all of Europe’s great cities, Brussels has a strong historical past, and in many ways, it harbors architectural treasures, symbols and hidden treasures that allow us to « read » this incredible city in a whole new way. A guided tour allows you to retrace all these places through anecdotes and amazing stories. It’s one of the most interesting ways to visit « Unusual Brussels ».

The other face of Brussels

Eglise Saint Michel, vitraux bruxelles

Stained glass windows in Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral – Wikimedia – Pbrundel

Behind the walls, behind appearances, there’s often another side to the story, and Brussels is no exception: set off in search of this other Brussels by exploring its hidden treasures, trying to understand the symbols and other evidence of secret societies.

As you explore various churches, temples and underground passages, you’ll be introduced to the history of Freemasonry, the Illuminati and the Templars, who shaped the architecture of Brussels. All the great monuments and landmarks you’ll find in Brussels conceal a hidden message, a new meaning. But with this tour, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll be able to understand the mysteries of this incredible city.

Incongruous places

Find out why the Grand’ Place was built the way it was, and why the number 7 often appears on this historic site. Also discover how astrology is very present on some of Brussels’ buildings. Contemplate the tomb of a Freemason in the cathedral of Saints-Michel-et-Gudule and try to unravel the mystery that adorns the colorful stained-glass windows.

And what about the royal park and the meaning of the hidden inscriptions? Finally, discover the existence of a city hidden beneath the royal palace, and meet the founder of the Templar Order, Godfrey de Bouillon! All the surprises and oddities you’ll discover on this unique tour.

Unusual Brussels

Grand Place Bruxelles trésors cachés

Flickr – Gaetan Maerten

Your visit to this other Brussels will take you to the bar « La Fleur en papier », where the surrealist painter Magritte used to come to share his ideas and discuss matters of art. You’ll then have the chance to enjoy a traditional Belgian lunch (not included) in this magical place full of artistic memories. But there are other places to explore that even Brussels locals hardly suspect: Charles’s palace, whose ruins still stand beneath the present-day royal district.

Just a stone’s throw from the Grand’ Place, you’ll find a house of charm and lingerie dedicated to the pleasures of the flesh, and right next door, a statue of Saint-Michel whose cuirass has been removed, revealing him naked at the top of a fountain column. And what about this little chapel erected to Saint Roch, the patron saint of plague victims, in a district that was long ago exposed to the dangers of the plague?


On this unique tour, you’ll have the chance to explore some of Brussels’ hidden architectural treasures, as well as discover the fascinating and extremely rich history of the Freemasons, the Illuminati and the Knights Templar.

The other emotional highlight is the visit and traditional lunch at Magritte’s favorite café, where Hergé is said to have liked to come (this is where he is said to have had the idea of creating the character of Captain Haddock). A complete 4-hour tour that’s sure to enchant you.

Do you know the most unusual corners of Brussels and the anecdotes that define them?