Arkadia offers you to discover Brussels and Belgium with its network of guide-lecturers. In addition to visits for individuals, we propose a series of unusual tours for groups, focussed on specific themes or with a peculiar approach.
These tours are available in English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Russian and Hungarian.

Arkadia is committed to:

- assisting you with expert and passionate guides, historians and historians of art, who will place within context and explain to you the visited sites and art pieces. We plan one guide for a group of 20-25 individuals maximum;

- advising you on a restaurant nearby your guided tour ;

- ensuring the transportation of visitors, if necessary. Bus tours can take up to 50 individuals ;

- organizing, if you want to, conferences and related cultural animations ;

Vlakbij het Atomium bevindt zich het Design Museum Brussels, opgedragen aan kunst en design van de 20ste eeuw tot nu. De basis van de collectie ligt in het Plasticarium van Philippe Decelle. Deze wereldwijd bijzondere en unieke collectie, samengesteld sinds de jaren tachtig, bestaat uit honderden...
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!

Art Nouveau

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...
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...
This summer we invite you to (re)discover Brussels by taking you behind the scenes of the Tour & Taxis site, which is in constant evolution. You will discover the Royal Warehouse, the Customs House and its counter room, the completely restored Maison de la Poste with a small and very intimate...
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 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...
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...
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...

Brussels and its neighbourhoods

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,...
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...

Brussels, city of art

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 Design Museum Brussels is located right near the Atomium. Dedicated to art and design from the 20th century until now, it is based on Philippe Decelle’s Plasticarium collection. Compiled since the 1980s, this peculiar and unique in the world collection is composed of hundreds of plastic items,...
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...

Arkadia cirquits in Belgium

The city of Liege was an ancient and powerful Principality of Liege, which offers visitors a magnificent patrimony, extremely different from medieval art to industrial architectural. Liege is also a warm and lively city well rooted in folk traditions. The city has the famous “Tchantchès”- and...
Thousands of tourists a year flock to Namur, the capital of Walloons, to see the region’s many cultural festivals as well as its architectural and historical patrimony. Arkadia.be offers an original program to discover the city by walking through the oldest area where there are plenty of buildings...

Art and heritage

The home for mode and design in Brussels has opened its doors in a building associating architectural magnificence and subtle design, situated in the heart of Dansaert area. The architects of V+ and designers of Rotor have chosen to value the existing building by using a white colour chart across...

Parcs & gardens

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...

Lifestyle

While wandering downtown, the guide will make you discover the inner-city in a way you have never seen it: with some of its restaurants, cafés and gastronomic institutions. You will discover their history, discern a back-to-basics evolution of these places and of the cuisine, a mark of our time...

Art galleries

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).

Brussels, historic heritage

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,...
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.
All along this city bus tour, you will discover the most famous major monuments in Brussels: the Saint Michel and Gudule Cathedral, the Atomium, the Japanese Tower and Chinese Pavilion, the Royal Palace, the Law Courts building, the Hal gate (gate within the second city fortification)…
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...

Interactive rallys

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...
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...

Industrial architecture reinvented

This summer we invite you to (re)discover Brussels by taking you behind the scenes of the Tour & Taxis site, which is in constant evolution. You will discover the Royal Warehouse, the Customs House and its counter room, the completely restored Maison de la Poste with a small and very intimate...