139 Brussels 1900 - Art Nouveau
Over the last 30 years, this coach tour has proved the most popular and well-known of ARAU’s tours. The tour helps participants to understand the place of Art nouveau in Brussels, its origins, its technical and stylistic characteristics, and the personalities of its most well-known architects. The tour travels through several districts of the city to show participants beautiful Art nouveau facades, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tour also offers the chance to visit extraordinary Art nouveau interiors, including some not normally open to the public. Each tour includes at least two interiors from the following list, subject to availability : Victor Horta’s van Eetvelde house, Winssinger house, Autrique house or Waucquez store (now the Belgian Strip Cartoon Centre), Jules Brunfaut’s Hannon house, Henri Jacobs’ Schaerbeek School No.1. Bilingual tour (EN/FR).
→ At 10 am, on Saturday 3/5, 10/5, 17/5, 24/5, 31/5, 7/6, 14/6, 21/6, 28/6, 5/7, 12/7, 19/7, 26/7, 2/8, 9/8, 16/8, 23/8, 30/8, 6/9, 13/9, 20/9, 4/10, 11/10, 18/10, 1/11, 8/11, 15/11, 22/11, 6/12 and 13/12
- 17 €
138 Exceptional opening of three Art nouveau townhouses
Exceptional opening to the public of three Art Nouveau mansions
Max Hallet House
346, Avenue Louise, 1000 Brussels
A masterpiece by Victor Horta built between 1902 and 1905, this house combines living accommodation with huge, light-filled reception spaces where curves and counter-curves reflect each other harmoniously in splendid stained-glass skylights and windows.
Guided tour at 10am in English and at 10.30am in French.
Price : €25 per person (students under 26 years old and unemployed people: 20€)
224, Avenue Louise, 1000 Brussels
This was Victor Horta’s largest private house, commissioned by the industrial magnate Armand Solvay. Construction began in 1894, and the architect expressed the principle of a “total work of art” by successfully combining top-quality materials with innovative techniques.
Guided tour at 11.30am in English and 12 noon in French
Price: €40 per person (students under 26 years old and unemployed people: 30€)
48, Rue Defacqz, 1050 Brussels
Completed in 1897 by the architect Paul Hankar, the Ciamberlani house and its spectacular facade sgraffiti have undergone an exemplary restoration. Hankar’s geometric Art Nouveau is expressed in the reception areas as much as in the design of the unusual windows which flood the first floor with daylight.
Guided tour at 2pm in English and 2.30pm in French
Price: €25 per person (students under 26 years old and unemployed people: 20€)
Places on the guided tours must be reserved in advance
Advanced payment required
→ On Saturdays 7th June, 6th September, 4th October, 1st November and 6th December 2014
- 25 €
- Voir et Dire Bruxelles
140 Totally Horta
This three-hour coach tour explores the remaining buildings of Victor Horta, the leading Belgian Art nouveau architect. A unique opportunity to find out more about the buildings designed by this architectural genius through an examination of three of them : a luxury townhouse (van Eetvelde house), a primary school (Saint-Ghislain kindergarten) and a former wholesale drapery shop (Waucquez store).
→ At 09:45 am, on Saturday 26/4, 27/9, 25/10 and 29/11
- 17 €