(Updated May 2022) Are you a fan of architecture, in particular Art Nouveau? Then you have to go to Brussels. Use this guide as your very own Art Nouveau tour. With so many examples spread throughout the city, I have broken it down into three main areas creating your very own architectural walking tour. Use the Art Nouveau Brussels map giving you the exact addresses for you to stroll and admire these impressive hidden gems.
Art Nouveau Brussels
Brussels is well-known for its Art Nouveau architecture, and some say, it’s where it all began. It was where architects Victor Horta and Paul Hankar, who was credited with designing the first two Art Nouveau buildings in the world, lived and worked. Ever since then, more than 1,000 buildings, from private homes to public spaces, were built in the Art Nouveau style in Brussels between 1890 and 1910, but only about half of them remain today.
What is Art Nouveau?
Classic Art Nouveau style is usually made of materials associated with the turn of the century, such as iron, glass, and exposed brick. Art Nouveau architects and artists incorporated fluid lines and geometric shapes into their designs. They were often inspired by nature. At the time, it was incredibly expensive and therefore usually reserved for only the very rich. By 1910, Art Nouveau was out of style. It was first replaced by Art Deco and then later by Modernism.
Art Nouveau Tour #1
HOTEL SOLVAY (224 Louise Ave)
HOTEL TASSEL (6 Rue Paul Emilie Janson)
OCTAVE VAN RYSSELBERGHE HOUSE (83 Rue de Livourne)
CIAMERLANIE HOUSE (48 Rue Defacqz)
HANKER HOUSE (71 Rue Faider)
UNNAMED HOUSES (83 Rue Faider and 92 Rue Africaine)
Unnamed townhouse was designed in 1900 by Albert Roosenboom.
Unnamed townhouse was designed in 1905 by Benjamin de Lestre-De.
HORTA HOUSE (25 Rue Americaine)
Map for Tour #1: Louise to Ixelles to St. Gilles
Art Nouveau Tour #2
CAUCHIE HOUSE (5 Rue des Francs)
SAINT-CYR HOUSE (11 Ambiorix Square)
VILLA GERMAINE HOUSE (24 Palmerston Avenue)
HOTEL VAN EETVELDE (4 Palmerston Avenue)
GUTENBERG AND MARIE LOUISE SQUARES
Map for Tour #2: Cinquantenaire Park to the Squares Neighbourhood
Art Nouveau Tour #3
AVENUE LOUIS BERTRAND (43 Louis Bertrand Avenue)
AUTRIQUE HOUSE (266 Chaussée de Haecht)
Map: Avenue Louis Bertrand (Schaerbeek) Neighbourhood
As a holidaymaker…
If you don’t want to do your own walking tour as I’ve done, check out the Brussels Art Nouveau and Art Deco (BANAD) festival where for three consecutive weekends in March select buildings ranging from smaller townhomes to large mansions to public buildings are open to the public for tours led by professional guides. If you love architecture as much as I do this is the top thing to do in Brussels. Looking for some day trips from Brussels, check out this article for a little inspiration – 5 Must-See Cities Beyond Brussels.