Finding Tintin in Brussels : A Walking Tour



Forget the waffles, chocolates, Belgian beer and embark on an exploration of finding Tintin when you visit Brussels in Belgium. Tintin is not a mere comic character, however, a national hero in Belgium and you will find Tintin in every nook and corner in Brussels, Belgium.


During my childhood days I always envisioned Tintin not as a comic character but as a real human being, such was the charisma and character of Tintin. The character of Tintin had actually wanted me to travel the world through the 24 series of comic books. The character of Tintin was created by the famous cartoonist Georges Remi who wrote under the name Herge. Georges Remi was from Belgium as the comic strip first appeared in as a supplement in a Belgian newspaper Le Vingtieme Siecle and after the success of the Tintin comic strip it became a cult and inspiration for the generations to come.

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Tintin was a true traveller who travelled from USSR to Congo to Peru in chase of adventures. If you are a fan of Tintin then Brussels in Belgium is the right place where you can relive the memories with Tintin and you will get to see a first-hand experience into the life of Herge and Tintin.

In this blog post, we will find the sites related to Tintin and Herge and do a walking tour of Brussels in Belgium.

Walking Tour 

The following is the walking tour map to interesting sites related to Tintin in Brussels in Belgium.
Below we will how to find the various sites and describe what to expect in each of the sites and cost of entering ( if any) to the sites.


The following are the sites in random order , you can start from Hotel Metropole in Brussels and walk the trail. If you want to see all the sites then it will take approximately 2 days, however to ensure that you can walk the trail in 2-3 hours I would mention which ones are must visit sites.

Refer to the above map and find your way easily on your mobile phone using Google Maps.Click on the icon before the name " Tintin Walking Tour Map

1. Hotel Metropole

This building was drawn as a background in ‘The Seven Crystal Balls’ comic.In  Tintin's comics of The Seven Crystal Balls, a taxi takes Mark Falconer to Tintin’s home goes at full speed past the Hôtel Métropole.

Address : De Brouckèreplein 31, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
www.metropolehotel.com

Type: Must Visit

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2. Belgian Comic Strip Museum

You can find the life-size moon rocket and a bust of Tintin made with stone here.You can find many items related to the Tintin comic book series here and buy few items from here.

Address : Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
www.comicscenter.net

Type: Must Visit

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3. Théâtre Des Galeries

This is where a one off play by Hergé called ‘Tintin aux Indes ( Tintin in the Indies) or le Mystère du Diamant Bleu( The Mystery of the Blue Diamond) was performed. The gallery is now full of exquisite shops selling anything from hats, gloves through to chocolate.It is also here that Hergé met another future master of the comic strip, Edgar P. Jacobs, the author of the Blake and Mortimer series

Address : .1000 Brussels, Belgium
www.trg.be

Type: Must Visit

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4. La Boutique Tintin : The Tintin Shop

Visit this shop to buy various items related to Tintin.Comics, prints, models, notepads you name it and you will get it.

Address : Rue de la Colline 13, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
boutique.tintin.com

Type: Must Visit

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5. Tintin Comic Mural

This is very close to the Manneken Pis statue.You can see a huge mural of Tintin along with Captain Haddock and Snowy. This is from ‘The Calculus Affair’ comic.

Address : Rue de l'Etuve 37, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Type: Must Visit



6.Office of "Journal de Tintin"

This is the historic head office of the Journal de Tintin and the publishing house Editions du Lombard. It was named after the street where it was established in 1946. The Journal moved in March 1958 to Place Bara and the new Tintin Building.
You can miss this as nothing much to see apart from outside the building.

Address : Rue du Lombard 55, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Type: Can be Missed

7. La Fleur en Papier Doré

This tavern was frequented by famous artists, painters, poets and writers: Herge used to frequent this tavern and his favourite beer to order was the gueze.

Address : Rue des Alexiens 55, Brussels 1000, Belgium
https://goudblommekeinpapier.be/

Type: MustVisit

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8. Flea Market

This is a second hand market and you can find many antiques and other items worth collecting here.You can find this in the opening sequence of The Secret of the Unicorn.

Marche Aux Puces Des Marolles is arguably Brussels most famous flea market and is a vibrant and busy market on market day.You will love being here on market day as the square is absolutely bouncing , place Du Jeu De Balle were the market is held is surrounded on all sides by some great pubs,bars and restaurants and it's nice sitting outside looking at all the people searching for bargains in the market.

Address : Vossenplein, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Type: Must Visit


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9. Royal Palace of Brussels

The royal palace find its place in the comic book of King Ottokar's Sceptre as a royal palace of King Muskar XII.
Palais Royal de Bruxelles is open to the public normally from the 21 July (the national bank holiday) until the beginning of September. The Palace opens from Tuesday until Sunday at 10:30 am and closes at 5 pm. On Monday the Palace is closed.

Address : Rue Brederode 16, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Type: Must Visit


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10. Brussels Park

This again finds mention in Tintin comic book.The briefcase of Professor Hector which was left on the bench is found in  King Ottokar’s Sceptre.

Address : 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Type: Can be Missed

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11. Royal Park Theatre

The music hall where, in The Seven Crystal Balls, Haddock hopes to penetrate the secrets of Bruno the master magician, is largely based on the beautiful Italianate auditorium of the Théâtre Royal du Parc.

Address : Rue de la Loi 3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Type: Should Visit

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12. Stockel Sub Station

Stockel metro station in east Brussels, where all 140 Tintin characters star in a Hergé-designed mural spanning the length of both platforms.

Address : 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium
www.stib.be

Type: Should Visit if you want to see all 140 characters at One go



13. Musée du Cinquantenaire

Herge got inspired by the masterpieces which are exhibited and you can find a reference in The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Son

Address : 10 Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
www.kmkg-mrah.be

Type: Can be Missed

14. Professor Tarragon's residence in "The Seven Crystal balls"

Hergé got inspirated from the villa in Avenue Delleur for the drawings of Professor Tarragon’s residence in The Seven Crystal Balls.

Address : Avenue Delleur 6, 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium

Type: Can be Missed

15. Uccle Observatory

Herge often used to pass Uccle Obseravtory as he lived nearby. You will find similar looking buildings in the comics The Shooting Star

Address : Avenue Circulaire 3, 1180 Uccle, Belgium
www.astro.oma.be

Type: Can be Missed

16. Tin and Snowy Signage

The large sign showing the heads of Tintin and Snowy was installed in 1958, on top of the building housing Lombard editions, the publisher of Tintin magazine, just next door to the Gare du Midi. This is also in the same area as Belvision studios, which produced the first feature-length cartoons of The Adventures of Tintin.

Address : Paul-Henri Spaaklaan 7, 1060 Sint-Gillis, Belgium

Type: Should Visit

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17. Hergé Museum

The museum is incredible There is almost 800 exhibits all relating to Hergé with the main focus obviously on the Tintin comics but included other artwork from his other comic characters – Jo, Zette and Jocko and Quick & Flupke. The original drawings and artwork for many of the Tintin comics are awesome,

Address : Rue du Labrador 26, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
www.museeherge.com

Type: Must Visit

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18. Rue Terre-Neuve 26

This was Hergé’s grandmother’s house. It is said that Hergé often visited his grandmother and that she was a source for his inspiration, for Tintin’s address – Rue du Labrador 26.

Address : Rue Terre-Neuve 26, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Type: Can be Missed

19. Gare Du Midi

Belgium celebrates the centennial of Tintin creator Hergé with a Tintin fresco greeting visitors arriving at Brussels South station. The drawing was taken from 'Tintin in America'.

Address : 1060 Saint-Gilles, Belgium

Type: Should Visit

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