Avenue Louise represents the height of modern luxury in Brussels. Running the length of a municipality, the Avenue is a runway of prestigious international brands like Versace and Chanel and breathtaking Art Nouveau buildings that house both respected diplomats and big businesses. This stretch of space may not be the longest, but it offers so much more to see and do.
Home of renowned Belgian architect Victor Horta, the Horta Museum opened to the public in 1969 as a tribute to his life and work. The home itself is located in the artist’s former studio in the Saint-Gilles district near Avenue Louise. The Horta Museum embodies the Art Nouveau style of the 1890s with its intricate mosaic designs, elegant stained glass decorations and antiquated spiral staircase. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and winner of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage, the Horta Museum allows for private tours after hours, but public entrance fees are just 8 euros for adults.
Address and telephone number: 25 Rue Americaine, St-Gilles, Brussels 1060, Belgium +32 02 543 0490
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
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The Escape Hunt Experience
The Escape Hunt Experience is the top-rated entertainment experience in Brussels according to TripAdvisor, and it’s easy to see why: locked in a room with only a few clues, you and your team have just a few hours to solve a series of puzzles in order to escape. The premise may seem simple but rest assured, the mysteries are thoroughly developed and highly complex, making it a fun and exciting way to bond with friends and family. Visit the website to book your own Escape Hunt Experience.
Address and telephone number: 13-15 Rue de Livourne, Rdc, Brussels 1060, Belgium +32 2 850 15 10
If you’ve ever wanted the world-round-trip experience but dread the idea of actually flying around the world, head over to Embassy Row. The name is an affectionate allusion to the seemingly endless list of international diplomatic missions housed in aesthetically gorgeous luxury buildings along Avenue Louise. A favorite of locals and tourists alike is the Argentinian Embassy, but there are others to choose from: Kingdom of Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Macedonia, Croatia, Paraguay, Montenegro, Suriname, Costa Rica, and more!
Address: Embassy of Argentina, Avenue Louise 225, 3rd floor, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Square Marie-Louise is a garden-scape and transportation hub in one, and it’s one of the loveliest spots in Brussels. The square connects all the tramway lines and the metro station to the rest of Brussels, making it an important nexus with which to access the majority of the city from the quaint through-way of Avenue Louise. One of the best-known places you can travel to from Square Marie-Louise is the Law Courts of Brussels, a neoclassical palatial landmark where judicial proceedings are still conducted.
Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Stéphanie Square shares the crowded, bustling atmosphere of Square Marie-Louise , but diverges in its surroundings. This square is surrounded by luxury clothing stores like COS, Mango, GANT, Jimmy Choo and Orphee Longchamp Belgique. There’s also Senteurs D’Ailleurs, a favorite sleek high-end perfumery, and plenty of high-rise office buildings and parking garages that more resemble old European churches and castles. Stéphanie Square also serves as the starting point of the lush, tree-lined Avenue Louise. Come here for an unforgettable upscale shopping experience.
Address: 1020 Brussels, Belgium
Serendip Spa is a hidden gem that seeks to give you respite from the busy, nonstop pace of Brussels. The atmosphere immediately puts you at ease but without the cloying, generic quality of typical spas. Serendip uses sunlight filtered through sheer curtains for natural mood lighting, and the floors are dark hardwood and strewn with area rugs. Serendip’s seasoned masseuses, who help you choose a signature treatment based on your stress level, enhance the homely ambiance. Serendip also offers yoga classes to complement the treatments, which you can book ahead of time on their website.
Address and telephone number: 18 Place Stephanie, Brussels, Belgium +32 2 503 55 04
For travelers who tend more towards the active end of the spectrum, a neat alternative to taking bus tours of the city is booking a tour with Brussels Sightjogging. Ranked TripAdvisor’s #1 outdoor activity in Brussels, the sightjogging tour guides make a point to take their joggers past not just the well known, but also the unknown. The friendly, knowledgeable tour guides help make the running much less arduous by telling interesting stories behind many different places, including Avenue Louise.
Address: Rue de Savoie 56, Brussels 1060, Belgium
Musee des Beaux-Arts d’Ixelles
The Musee des Beaux-Arts d’Ixelles is a lovely little museum located less than a mile away from Avenue Louise. Beyond the glass exterior, exhibitions that showcase artists both prominent and undiscovered abound. Last season treated visitors to a showcase of Belgian surrealist René Magritte, the renaissance-themed Bruegel room and expressionist painter James Ensor. Because it is so humble and lesser known than other art museums, the Musee des Beaux-Arts d’Ixelles is ideal for the quiet traveler who seeks to absorb the culture of their host country without the fuss of loud crowds.
Address and telephone number: 71, Rue Jean Van Volsem, 1050 Brussels, Belgium +32 02 515 64 21
The King’s Garden connects the ponds of the Ixelles district to Avenue Louise, and allows for views of the luscious, fragrant foliage that edge still ponds from the Avenue. King Leopold II sponsored the project, which was completed in 1876 and opened up to the public the same year. The framework uses elements of classical craftsmanship to symmetrically align the paths in a geometric fashion. There are also exotic trees, a central lawn and several statues that make the King’s Garden a veiled oasis for both solo souls and starry-eyed couples alike.
Address: Rue Du Monastère 7 Ixelles, Belgium 1050
Ride Tramway 94 down to Bois de la Cambre
Tramway line 94 goes a step further than merely transporting the public: if you take it from Avenue Louise down to Bois de la Cambre, you will get to see the entire length of the avenue. It’s like going sightseeing without actually having to go sightseeing! The best part is being able to get off at the last stop, an urban public park in the heart of the city. The horizontal expanses of green, manicured lawns are interspersed with children playing games and families on picnics. Watching the sunset here is simply a wonderful way to end the day.
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