Comic Strip Walk in Brussels
The Comic Strip Walk
The walk begins at the De Brouckere metro station and takes you through the Place de la Monnaie, where you will find the Belgian Royal Opera House.
Then, continue to your right and walk up the street rue de l'Ecuyer. Here you will find the first stop on your walk, The Gaston Lagaffe Wall (shown here on the left) on the tall and narrow side wall of the building at 7 rue de l'Ecuyer.
Take the first left and continue on to rue du Marais. On your right you will see the Marc Sleen Museum. At this former newspaper office, the museum provides a perspective on Marc Sleen's life and his portfolio of exceptional comic strip work from Nero and Nibbs to his other lesser known comics.
Continue further along the same street. On the next right you will learn how comic strips are created and gaze at walls of The Belgian Comic Strip Center. There's also an area to leave your own personal graffiti, a little shop and a nice brasserie if you want to take a coffee break.
Go back down along the same main street, rue du Marais, and enter The Galeries Saint-Hubert. Dating back to 1847, it is one of the oldest covered passageways in Europe and appears rather discreetly in the comic "Les Témoins de Satan" ("Satan's Witnesses" from Michel Vaillant) and in "L'Opéra de la Mort" ("The Opera of Death" from Victor Sackville). After crossing rue des Bouchers, on the right, you can find the "Jeunesse" ("Youth") section of the Library Tropismes which offers a good selection of comics.
The name of the jewelry store opposite Library Tropismes, "Ciel, mes bijoux" (or "Heavens, my jewels"), is taken from the famous Tintin book, "Les bijoux de la Castafiore" ("The Castafiore Jewelry").
Out of the gallery, continue up the little square and enter Brussels Central Station's Horta Gallery just at the end on the left. In this gallery you will be able to visit the Moof (Museum of Original Figurines) where you will discover over 3,500 comic strip figurines, objects and original boards and drawings.
Head over to the Grand-Place, the most beautiful backdrop in the world according to Cocteau. It has been used as the setting for several comics. Some examples are "Les témoins de Satan" ("Satan's Witnesses'") by Ric Hochet and "Racing-Show" by Michel Vaillant.
Leave the Grand-Place via rue au Beurre in front of you. You will arrive at the Bourse, and enter the Galerie Brusel, one the most prestigious comic strip shops! If you are taking this walk with kids, don't forget to stop by the Scientastic Museum next to the subway station.
Make a detour across the boulevard and use the rue J. Van Praet. Take a break at Place St-Géry where you will see Nero's Wall (shown here on the left).
Go back on the boulevard and head to the right. Continue until you reach Plattesteen, a large footpath on your left. Continue on the rue du Lombard and take rue de l'Etuve on your left. Follow this road for a few minutes to see the most famous comic reporter Tintin on Hergé's Wall.
Now, go back and take the third left on rue des Alexiens. This street offers two nice comic strip walls. First Le jeune Albert (Young Albert) followed by Stam & Pilou.
Head down the same street, then walk across the boulevard and continue along rue de Rollebeek. Here, on the Grand Sablon, you have reached the end of the walk and you can enjoy a meal at the Comic Café, where you will experience a great vibe, tasty food and their passion for comic strips!