Arkadia offers you the opportunity to discover Brussels with its network of professional guides, historians, art historians or architects. We offer a series of original guided tours for groups, focused on specific themes or with a particular approach.

These tours are available in French, Dutch, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Russian or Hungarian. One guide is provided for each group of 15, 20 or 25 people, depending on the capacity of the place.

 

The BELvue museum has completely renewed its permanent exhibition! Since 21st July 2016, the BELvue museum invites you to discover Belgium and its history through seven themes: democracy, prosperity, solidarity, pluralism, migrations, languages and Europe. A modern presentation whose aim is to help...
La collection d'art contemporain de la Banque nationale de Belgique célèbre son 50e anniversaire avec une exposition conjointe avec Banque d'Espagne qui exposera pour la permière fois les chefs-d’œuvre de sa collection d’art contemporain sur le sol belge !
Art Nouveau creations are characterized by the use of metal, the ornament inspired by vegetation, and the fluidity of volumes. They also express the aspiration to integrate decorative arts into architectural conception. The tour prompts a discovery of this style, which developed in an exceptional...
Cette promenade dans Molenbeek vous fera découvrir une des premières églises Art Deco en béton, des anciennes brasseries ou usines transformées en lieux culturels (MIMA, Imal, Charleroi danse, Recyclart, La Fonderie) ou l'ancienne boulangerie de la maison du peuple en magasin design. C'est aussi...
Le Territoire du Canal offre un potentiel déterminant face aux défis de développement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale. Cette visite vous permettra de comprendre l'évolution de cette zone qui connut un développement économique fulgurant au 19e siècle et qui abrite aujourd’hui une population jeune...
Being a prime art and commercial area, the Sablon area proudly discloses its picturesque lanes, its magnificent church and its prosperous and busy square. Gradually shaped along centuries, from the middle-ages till modern times, this gem is undoubtedly one of the most charming areas of the city,...
From Parc to Ceria subway stations, we will take you through the various works of art commissioned by the Brussels’s subway agency. These unusual and ingenious works of art bring a unique sense of life to each subway station.
The district around the Ixelles ponds, where the rich middle classes had many splendid townhouses built, offers a beautiful overview of the different styles of Brussels architecture, including many magnificent examples of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Follow your guide through this district...
The Ixelles ponds area, where numerous luxury townhouses have been built by the rich bourgeoisie, presents a wide variety of Brussels architectural samples, in particular those featuring Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Let yourself be guided through this area suitable for strolling while...
We will start our journey back through time at nightfall, to experience the true souls of Art Nouveau and Art Deco cafés and places of entertainment, including “Le Falstaff”, “L'Archiduc” and “Le Cirio”. We will learn about the history of entertainment, including during the Belle Epoque and the...
Art nouveau offers a wide range of variations, each one more original than others. Some buildings are geometrical, others organic, all of them showing amazing distinctive features which reflect the feelings of architects or commissioners. Arkadia takes you in Horta's old district to reveal Art...
Avenue Molière is certainly one of the most beautiful avenues in Brussels : a green setting where audacity and conformism, excess and sobriety mix in an astonishing and harmonious mix of styles. The visitor will stroll through time, discovering this unique fresco of embassies, private mansions,...
Can you imagine to come back in the past when Brussels didn’t exist yet ? A time where a small river flowed in the middle of swampy islands ? Our walk will bring back the memory of a Brussels who is nowadays gone and will expose hypotheses about the creation of the city.
Arkadia.be offers you the change to (re)discovery the history of Brussels through its hidden gems and buildings. An unusual walk will bring you to the heart of the city from the Royal Square to the “down town” area.
Brussels is a multicultural city, located on the borders of the Germanic and Latin worlds… there was no better place that could be thought of, to unite nations around the European project ! As for the city, this installation undoubtedly implies creating an infrastructure to host various...
A l’Est de la commune, côtoyant la cité universitaire de Louvain-en-Woluwe, s’étend la cité-jardin du Kapelleveld. Elle fut conçue dans un esprit moderniste par l’urbaniste Louis Van der Swaelmen, auteur des cités-jardins du Logis et du Floréal à Watermael-Boitsfort, et construite de 1923 à 1926...
La collection Vanhaerents vous ouvre ses portes avec sa nouvelle exposition VIEWING DEPOT EX#02 qui présente des œuvres emblématiques d'artistes célèbres tels que Rudolf Stingel, Lorna Simpson, Bruce Nauman et Jason Rhoades. La présentation confronte différentes œuvres et, ce faisant, révèle des...
Built between the second half of the 11th and the 12th centuries on Coudenberg hill, the Palace of Brussels has been afterwards rebuilt, enlarged and embellished in pace with the growing prestige of Brabant dukes, then the Burgundy dukes, the Emperor Charles V, and finally the Archduke Albert and...
La collection permanente (1h) Près de l'Atomium se trouve le Design Museum Brussels, dédié aux arts et au design du XXe siècle à nos jours. La base de la collection est le Plasticarium de Philippe Decelle. Cette collection unique et particulière au monde, rassemblée depuis les années 1980, se...
Charlotte Perriand a consacré son existence à améliorer les conditions de vie du plus grand nombre, créant un « art d’habiter » en lien avec la nature. Elle a utilisé la photographie comme outil d’observation du réel, mais aussi pour défendre sa conception d’un monde nouveau. En résonance avec nos...
This fascinating circular walking tour will take you from the hilltop Royal district down to the ancient streets and markets of the city centre in the valley below. On the way we will pass the remains of the city walls, in search of the soul of the mediaeval city.
Dans cette ancienne gare de fret, Neutelings Riedijk Architects a conçu une nouvelle ville où il ne pleuvra jamais. L’impressionnante structure en acier Art nouveau qui couvre l’ensemble a été rénovée par Jan De Moffarts et le Bureau Bouwtechniek. Comme mentionné sur leur site, "La Gare Maritime...
The Van Eetvelde Hotel was built in 1895 by Victor Horta for Edmond Van Eetvelde, Secretary General for the Congo, who wanted to show his social success with a house that could accommodate receptions. Distinctive of the Horta style, the house has a superb rotunda glass roof and many original...
The House of European History, created in 2017, is located in the Leopold Park, in the heart of the European district of Brussels. The House of European History aims to become the flagship museum of the transnational phenomena that have shaped our continent. By interpreting history from a European...
The INR or « the sound factory » is a marvellous example where esthetics and technical achievement are closely entwined, to meet the requirements of radio. Between Art Deco and modernism, the shape of the building reminds us of the fascination that the 1930s had for the architecture of machines and...
If there is a single place in Brussels which enables you to wander and discover the greatest Belgian artists of the 19th and 20th, it is indeed the Ixelles cemetery. Here, the architects Victor Horta and Adrien Blomme rest in peace next to writers or musicians such as Charles de Coster or Eugène...
Exposition jusqu'au 8 janvier 2023 Invader Rubikcubist est la première exposition personnelle d’Invader entièrement consacrée au Rubikcubisme. Le terme, inventé par l’artiste en 2005, fait référence à son travail d’atelier autour du Rubik’s cube, célèbre casse-tête coloré, avec lequel il crée des...
The guide will make you discover urban art in Brussels. Either hidden or apparent, of modest or enormous size, the multifaceted aspect of Street Art will amaze you. You will explore the MIMA, a young museum of international stature dedicated to accessible and thriving contemporary creation. The...
Vous connaissez certainement les expositions temporaires du MIMA... mais saviez-vous que ce lieu possède également une collection permanente ?! Durant 4 mois, le musée se dévoile en exposant sa collection permanente. Chacune des oeuvres exposées est une porte d'entrée sur l'univers d'un artiste ou...
Plongez-vous dans une autre époque en découvrant la maison-atelier de l'architecte Horta. Cet endroit vous émerveillera et vous permettra de mieux comprendre l'art Nouveau et l'incroyable personnalité de ce grand architecte bruxellois.
Facing the Sablon church, Petit Sablon square stands as one of the little gems of Brussels center: a neo-renaissance garden, adorned by a collection of sculptures made by the most talented Belgian artists of the 19th century. Whereas this garden is quite visible to its surrounding, Egmont park has...
The Sablon and Marolles areas are considered as the heart of Brussels, and this is well deserved ! On the agenda of this rally: an historical and gourmet discovery! Kick off your interactive rally in teams for this discovery tour of the Sablon area, where history, antique dealers and sweet treats...
Definitely regarded as one of the major constructions of Victor Horta, the Art Nouveau master, the Solvay house (1894) has fortunately kept its original furniture, lightings, upholstery and pieces of art. Listed by the UNESCO, this World Heritage construction is a unique gem, for which the meaning...
The Solvay Library, the magnificent setting of the former Institute of Sociology, was created under the impulse of a man named Ernest Solvay and built by the architects Constant Bosmans and Henri Vandeveld. Inaugurated in 1902, the Solvay Institute of Sociology is one of the most prestigious...
Round the corner of a street, on a wall or on a façade, urban art creations are blooming about everywhere. But why? By whom? How? This guided tour will attempt to answer these questions and will allow young people to improve their knowledge and understanding of this modern art, which keeps evolving...
At the bend of a street, on a wall or a facade, urban artworks are popping up everywhere! But why? By whom? By whom? This guided walk will try to answer these questions and will allow you to better know and understand this current art which does not cease evolving and making more and more followers!
Quand Bruegel rencontre le street art...ou ne serait-ce pas l'inverse ? Pour célébrer les 450 ans de la mort de Bruegel, Bruxelles parsème le cœur de la ville de fresques street art inspirées de l’univers de ce célèbre artiste. On doit ces fresques au collectif Farm Prod, et plusieurs autres...
Overlooking the Poelart square, the Law Courts building is fascinating due to its huge dimensions. Arkadia offers a discovery tour of this giant through an approach providing the historical context, but especially whick tackles in an accessible way the functioning of the law system in Belgium. This...
This walk full of contrasts will take you from the labyrinths of the Palais de Justice to the disorderly and cheeky streets of the Marolles, from the Belgian judicial activity to the rebellious and zwanzeur spirit of a typically Brusseleir district!
Imagine the city hall tower as an eyewitness to the minor and major historical hazards of the European capital! The Grand Place owns several secrets that we would like to disclose to you… Embark in teams on the historical journey of the world nicest square. During this rally, we will make several...
This mysterious and unusual tour will take you to hidden places of the capital, by discovering several underground places! Will you get lost in the former palace of Charles V ? Do you know the "Grand-Serment Crossbowmen Guild"? The visit will end with a crossbow shooting demonstration, thrills...
A kindergarten, a social housing estate or an artist's studio... so many buildings with different functions for which Art Nouveau architects have adapted their talent! In the heart of one of the oldest districts of Brussels, the visitor will discover buildings of all kinds, less known than the...
Built in 1902-1905 for the lawyer and politician Max Hallet by the leader of Art Nouveau - the architect Victor Horta - the Hotel Max Hallet (1904) opens its doors on a magical universe mixing curves and counter-curves, precious materials, polychrome glass. The house is now inhabited and has been...
The gigantic Palace of Justice literally towers over Place Poelaert. In this walking tour, you will explore the interior of this intriguing colossus, learning not only about its historical context, but also about how the Belgian justice system works, all in an easy-to-understand way. The visit...
A real village in the city, the square of the Val de la Cambre (1928-1932) built by Adrien Blomme constitutes a remarkable architectural jewel. Nestled on the outskirts of the Abbey of La Cambre, it reveals itself to curious walkers. The visit will continue towards the abbey of the Cambre and the...
Exposition jusqu'au 31 décembre 2022. Banksy est sans aucun doute le street artiste le plus célèbre et le plus controversé du moment ! The World of Banksy est une exposition qui rassemble le plus grand nombre d’œuvres murales grandeur nature du street artiste de Bristol. Ces œuvres reconstituées in...
The city of Brussels abound of galeries. During our visit, we will make several stops whereby the multiple plastic expressions will no longer have secret for you. This visit is adaptable to different districts (Louise, Faider, Dansaert, Sablon).
The House of European History, created in 2017, is located in the Parc Léopold, in the heart of the European district of Brussels. The exhibition "When Walls talk" is based on the illustrated poster, which reflects an increasingly commercial world, and then a world in which political ideologies...