Alternative Brussels tour – The unusual Brussels tour

Unusual Brussels tour: Brussels, 1000 years of struggles.

The alternative Brussels tour: walking tour through the Brussels most rebel neighborhood.

Price: free tour (pay what you want).

Sustainable tourism

Over 10 years of experience

Certificate of Excellence 2013-2019

Recommended by the Brussels Tourist Office

Alternative Brussels tour – The unusual Brussels tour


Free walking tour:

Unusual Brussels tour: Brussels, 1000 years of struggles (free tour).

So, You’ve seen Grand Place, Manneken Pis and the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral. You’ve already tried some amazing beers, chocolate, and waffles. You’ve wandered through the tiny alleys of the city center. Now you’re ready to discover the real Brussels. The Brussels of the “brusseleirs”! Follow us into the most popular neighborhood that never bent a knee to the rich and respectable.

Visit the Marolles district, the most rebellious of Brussels, right in the city center. Time for a walk to the four corners of the Marolles, you will discover unique popular places where people have always stood proudly against oppression and against the dangers: diseases, wars, poverty, … but also, more recently, gentrification, globalization and real estate developers!

You will discover the great urban struggles that made Marolles what they are today.


This activity is available every Saturday at 2 p.m. in “free tour” system (free payment) and every day with a private guide (you choose the day, the time of departure and the meeting point at your best convenience).


Activity characteristics:

Additional information



Type of activity:

Free tour


Regular tour


Check availability in our reservation system


2 hours



Meeting point:

Place de la Chapelle, 1 – 1000 Brussels (in front of the church door).

Responsible tourism:

This activity respects the codes of responsible and sustainable tourism.


  • Immersion in the old popular district of Brussels.
  • Unusual guided tour, which differs from traditional tours.
  • Practical information on life in Brussels: places to go out, activities…
  • Follow us in the most proud neighborhood of Brussels.
  • Discover the Marolles district with a guided tour in a playful and fun way.
  • You will discover unusual places and the great urban struggles that made Marolles what they are today.
  • Local and passionate guide.

Our guarantees:

  • Responsible tourism: This activity respects the codes of responsible and sustainable tourism.
  • We work in partnership with the Brussels Tourism Office.
  • More than 10 years of experience.
  • Certificate of Excellence since 2013.
  • Professional guides (English-speaking).
  • Free tour: free price (pay what you want).
  • Private tour: you can also book this activity privately for you or your group.
  • A private guided tour that offers a more exclusive experience to you, family, friends or corporate groups.
  • Quick and easy booking (free cancellation*).



What are you gonna see?

The Unusual Brussels tour focuses, in a playful and funny way, on the many different social fights that took place in the Marolles; some really old, some more recent …

  • Place du Jeu de Balle (and it’s amazing daily flea market).
  • Brussels Courthouse (the biggest in the world).
  • Unforgettable views on the (almost) entire city.
  • Tiny streets and lost blind alleys.
  • Art and monuments.
  • Crunchy anecdotes.

Practical information:


  • Free tour:
    • Free (pay what you want). Maximum 7 persons per booking. Groups of more than 7 people have a cost of 15€ per person.
  • Private tour:
    • Private guide: 250 € (up to 10 people).
    • Private guide: 300 € (up to 15 people).
    • Private guide: 330 € (up to 25 people).


  • Free tour:
    • Several times a week (see calendar).
  • Private tour:
    • Every day.

Starting time:

  • Free tour:
    • See calendar.
  • Private tour:
    • The choice is yours.


  • 2 hours.

Meeting point:

  • Free tour:
  • Private tour:
    • The choice is yours (The Grand-place of Brussels, Place de la Chapelle, your hotel or any other place in the city centre of Brussels).


  • English.


  • Professional guides (English-speaking).

Not included:

  • The tram or bus tickets (optional).
  • The tickets to the museums (optional).


Terms of service:


  • To ensure your participation, we recommend booking your tour as soon as possible.
  • Free tour:
    • Free price (pay what you want).
    • The number of participants is limited (groups of more than 7 people have a cost of 15 € per person).
    • Without prior booking, our guides reserve the right to refuse participation in the tour depending on the availability.
    • We kindly ask you to be at the meeting point 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time.
  • Private tour:
    • Guided tour with a private guide (groups of maximum 25 people).



  • The reservation is free and without charge.
  • You can book up to 2 hours before the beginning of the tour (please note that the number of participants is limited to 25 per group).



  • Up to 24 hours prior to the tour: 100% refund.
  • Less than 24 hours prior to the tour: no refund.

Frequently asked questions:

Size of the group:

To ensure the best service possible, our tours are limited to 25 participants per group. For larger groups, please contact us.


Free booking:

We advise you to reserve your place as soon as possible to ensure availability.

You can book up to 2 hours before the beginning of the tour (depending on the availability).


How to spot our guides?

That’s easy! Our guides hold a white umbrella with the “Bravo Discovery – Walking tour” logo on it.


We are a group:

We suggest, in this case, our private guide service or send us a message to receive a personalized offer.


Do you have more questions?

If you have any further questions or would like to get more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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    good to know the city development of Brussels, though can have better time control to make the briefing more concise

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