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Origins & behind the scenes of Brussels

Brussel, Belgium

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Experience hosted by Christophe

2.5 hours
Up to 6 people
Hosted in German, English, French, Dutch

What you'll do

Looking for a real local experience, just a few steps away from the touristy crowds and the city center? Come with me to discover the alternative side of Brussels!

Let's visit up and coming neighborhoods with industrial vibes where hip locals live. This experience offers you a look into what the real Brussels is about: multicultural, vibrant and with tons of cool things to offer. This experience will take you to the birthplace of the city, Place Saint-Géry, where we can still see the old river Senne.

We'll also visit the modern Saint-Cathérine hamlet. What used to be the former harbor, nowadays is a very lively area with restaurants and bars in historical buildings.

But if there's an area in the city that you shouldn't skip, it's the up and coming canal area! Once an industrial area, it has rapidly changed over the last few years into a multicultural place with active artists, families and young students. Let me show you around this vibrant area!
Looking for a real local experience, just a few steps away from the touristy crowds and the city center? Come with me to discover the alternative side of Brussels!

Let's visit up and coming neighborhoods with industrial vibes where hip locals live. This experience offers you a look into what the real Brussels is about: multicultural, vibrant and with tons of cool things to offer. This experience will take you to the birthplace of the c…

Christophe's commitment to safety

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From $31
/ person
Sat, Dec 5
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$38 per person
$38 per person
Sat, Dec 5
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
$38 per person
$38 per person
Sun, Dec 6
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$38 per person
$38 per person

Meet your host, Christophe

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 91 Reviews
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A decade ago I moved to Molenbeek, when I found a job in the youth organization JES. There I started organizing tours to Brussels centre for our trainees and quickly discovered that the canal area itself was worth visiting, because of his industrial past! Later I worked as a music journalist. So now I combine my passion for history with my presentation skills as a journalist. The canal area is rapidly changing, attracting more and more creative and multicultural people. Who else than a passionate local guy could be your guide in this upcoming Brussels hamlet?
A decade ago I moved to Molenbeek, when I found a job in the youth organization JES. There I started organizing tours to Brussels centre for our trainees and quickly discovered that the canal area itself was worth visiting, because of his industrial past! Later I worked as a music journalist. So now I combine my passion for history with my presentation skills as a journalist. The canal area is rapidly changing, attracting more and more creative and multicultural people. Who else than a passionat…
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Where you'll be

We'll start a the origins of Brussel near Saint-Géry to the modern Saint-Cathérine hamlet. Next up we'll pass by the canal, renovated warehouses, historical buildings, socio-cultural organizations,… always with a rock'n'roll touch!

Rated 4.84 out of 5 from 91 reviews.

Gaetane
September 2020
Très belle découverte de quartiers de Bruxelles que nous ne connaissions pas .Belle plongée dans l'histoire de notre capitale . Visite très intéressante pour les Belges que nous sommes particulièrement en cette période "covid" sans la grande foule des touristes. Nous recommandons vivement Christophe .
Très belle découverte de quartiers de Bruxelles que nous ne connaissions pas .Belle plongée dans l'histoire de notre capitale . Visite très intéressante pour les Belges que nous so…
Hannah
August 2020
Die Führung mit Christophe hat uns sehr gut gefallen! Er konnte viel erzählen und hat uns Ecken von Brüssel gezeigt, die wir ohne die Führung wohl nicht entdeckt hätten. Außerdem spricht er gut Deutsch und die Corona-Regeln wurden einwandfrei eingehalten. Sehr zu empfehlen!
Die Führung mit Christophe hat uns sehr gut gefallen! Er konnte viel erzählen und hat uns Ecken von Brüssel gezeigt, die wir ohne die Führung wohl nicht entdeckt hätten. Außerdem s…
Sophie
August 2020
Christophe hat uns nicht nur über die Geschichte von Brüssel aufgeklärt sondern uns auch Molenbeek gezeigt. Dieses hatten wir ohne ihn nie betreten. Kunst kommt auch nicht zu kurz. Super nett und informiert.
Sabrina
July 2020
Durch all die guten Bewertung hatte ich schon bevor es losging hohe Erwartungen an die Tour; Christophe hat diese alle um ein Weites übertroffen! Neben der gebuchten Tour, die er für mich in Deutsch gegeben hat, ging er ebenfalls auf meine persönlichen Interessen ein und so wurde mir Brüssel kulturell und künstlerisch näher gebracht. Besonders über Molenbeek, ein Teil Brüssels, den ich mir so niemals angeschaut hätte, wusste Christophe sehr viel und ich bin sehr glücklich darüber, die etwas anderen Seiten der Stadt, fernab vom Tourismus, kennengelernt zu haben. Als Person ist Christophe sehr freundlich und sympathisch! Es fühlte sich eher an als würde man mit einem Freund (der sehr viel weiß ;) ) durch die Stadt laufen, als von einem Fremden herumgeführt zu werden. Auch die COVID-19 Richtlinien wurden eingehalten!
Durch all die guten Bewertung hatte ich schon bevor es losging hohe Erwartungen an die Tour; Christophe hat diese alle um ein Weites übertroffen! Neben der gebuchten Tour, die er f…
Jose
July 2020
Our private tour with Christophe was informative, interesting and eye opening to the wonderful city of Brussels. He took us away from the hustle and bustle of the busy touristic areas of the city and through hidden treasures such as picturesque alleys and streets with a lot of history. Our two children enjoyed the tour very much, and found his commentary fun and engaging. Us adults agreed and learned a lot about the city that was not mentioned in our guide booklets. Overall, a very pleasant experience.
Our private tour with Christophe was informative, interesting and eye opening to the wonderful city of Brussels. He took us away from the hustle and bustle of the busy touristic ar…
Garrett
March 2020
Really interesting tour of Brussels! Christophe is full of knowledge and you can tell that he is passionate about this tour and puts a lot of work into it! It was nice seeing a different side of the city and to learn about its history from a local.
Really interesting tour of Brussels! Christophe is full of knowledge and you can tell that he is passionate about this tour and puts a lot of work into it! It was nice seeing a dif…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 13 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

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