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A round trip on Hergé's footsteps
Gare du Midi / Zuidstation Stockel / Stokkel

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1. Grand Place / Grote Markt

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How to get there?

Take the subway to one of the subway stations marked on the map.

1.1 CBBD - Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée

The Belgian Comic Strip Center, opened on 3rd October 1989.
It was built in 1906 as a department store by Victor Horta and is considered a masterpiece of Art Nouveau.
More than 4,000 square meters for all the major comic creations with english legends. The best: Photography is allowed.

Address: Rue des Sables / Zandstraat 20
Open daily (except Monday) from 10.00 to 18.00
Admission about 7,50 Euro

You'll find Tintins bust near the stairs in the foyer.
It was created in 1952 by Nat Neujean and 1990 donated to the museum by Fanny Rodwell. The bust was model for a Tintin statue, today located at the Cultural Center of Uccle.
Right next to the bust there is a photo of Hergé, and on the left, a taller as man replica of the red/white rocket from "Destination Moon".
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The ticket office is now at the top of the stairs in the 1st floor. Next to it Tintin and friends in space suits as "Explorers on the moon."

A small section of the exhibition deals with Hergé and his work, and there are many more references to the Tintin magazine.


That should not be missed! Bust and figures, diagrams and information - To dig depper into it visit the shop at the ground floor: pounds of secondary literature.


1.2 Boutique TINTIN

Small, but clearly visible through the orange / blue logo, on your way from the Galeries St. Hubert to the Grand Place.

Address: Rue de la Colline 13
Note opening times!

A small but beautiful shopping paradise, which you should not miss.



1.3 Tintin - On the fire escape

Mural in the Rue de l'Etuve.

Going from the Grand Place to Manneken Pis, twenty yards from the finish you'll meet the other well-known Brussels boy: Tintin, on a fire escape, along with Snowy and Captain Haddock, a scene from "The Calculus Affair".

One would like to see more such walls.
Again: Don't miss it!


1.4 Rue T. Tournesol

Pay attention walking from the Grand Place to Rue de l'Etuve: you leave the place on the Charles/Karel Buls street. This is recognized by the usual blue street sign.
Below is a white sign with the roads "second name": Tryphon Tournesol / Tryfonius Zonnebloem street, which is indeed Cuthbert Calculus street!

An easy visit on the way to Tintin on the fire escape ...

Instead of just going straight into the Rue de l'Etuve (see above) you can also turn right onto Rue de l'Amigo, follow it hundred meters to the northwest where you reach the Rue du Marché au Charbon, which has its second name by Dupond and Dupont / Jansen and Janssen also known as Thomson and Thompson.

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1.5 Theatre Royal des Galeries

4 Galeries Saint-Hubert, at the northern entrance.
In spring and winter 1941 the theatre performed two Tintin plays, written for children by Jacques Van Melkebeke: Tintin in India or The Mystery of the blue diamond (Tintin aux Indes ou Le Mystère du diamant bleu) and Mr. Boullock disappeared (M. Boullock a disparu).

In that time Hergé met Edgar P. Jacobs here, who soon became famous with his own comic book series ("Blake and Mortimer"). He was a great helper in the revision of the black / white versions into the current versions of albums.

If you like a touch of history ...



1.6 La Fleur en papier doré

Rue des Alexiens 53

A pub for painters, poets and writers,like surrealist Magritte and also Hergé, who especially liked to drink a Gueuze.

The walls are densely paved with pictures, photos, antlers, etc.
Another touch of history ...

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1.7 La Lombard

What is the publisher Lombard, maker of the Journal TINTIN, named of?

Answer: From the street in which it was founded in 1946 and had its headquarters to 1958: 55 Rue du Lombard.

In 1958, the company relocated to a building at the Gare du Midi, still interesting for fans.


1.8 "Rue Labrador 26"

Tintin lived in 26 Labrador road before moving to Marlinspike. The inspiration for the road came from Rue Terre Neve.

Otherwise, the house with the number 26 has nothing to do with Tintin.
View it with a wink ...




1.9 Hotel Metropol / Palace

In "The Seven Crystal Balls" Mark Falconers taxi on its way to Tintin passed by Brussels' famous facades (page 20).

It's the Metropole Hotel on Boulevard Adolphe Max 118-126.

The view has changed a lot, as the tram tracks are now under ground for the "pre-metro".

Exit the subway station "De Brouckère" and you are standing in front of the hotel. It is interesting to compare the walls with the album pictures.


1.10 La Monnaie

The interior of the vaudeville in "The Seven Crystal Balls" (page 16) is inspired by the Monnaie.




1.11 If you're already there ...

One wonders about building facades. Looking closely, you'll find much more murals (see map numbers). Cartoon characters everywhere, for example:


Gaston is 200 meters away from the comic strip museum, up a flight of stairs - unless he needs a little freshing up (2009):

"The statue of Gaston is at the moment in restoration. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Behind the sign you see the CBBD - comic strip center (building in the center).

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As above, the Rue Charles Buls many other streets have two names:
The royal gallery (northern part of Saint Hubert) is not spared, it is the Rue Ric Hochet (by Tibet / Duchâteau).
The Queen's Gallery (southern part of St. Hubert) is named after Yoko Tsuno (by Leloup).

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Place Sainctelette, along the canal between the metro stops Yser and Ribaucourt: Statue "Agent 15", since 1994, by Tom Frantzen, symbolizes the "rebellious spirit of the Brussels against all authorities".
As the policeman, the channel worker brings to fall, resembles the one in Hergés Quick and Flupke stories, Franzen changed the number from 22 to 15.

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Yet much further north, at Laeken, Rue Hubert Stiernet 23 (Metro: Bockstael), Mezzo created a fresco in 2010, a tribute to Hergé: A boy helps a Yeti escape out of his cage in the (Brussels) zoo ...

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A close look your way back, and to all the side streets is worthwhile not only because of the murals, you'll discover always interesting motives, as here in a shop window, the famous red/white rocket from "Explorers on the Moon".


Another tip: The House of Comics
Boulevard de l'Impératrice 1
There are (original) drawings of Spirou, Gaston, Lucky Luke, Buck Danny, the Smurfs etc.

Famous Brussels attractions in this district:

Left: Manneke Pis (1619); on the right: Grand Place / Grote Markt

Left: Mont des Arts / Arts Loi; on the right: Jeanneke Pis (1987)

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Text and map: Michael
Photos: Timic
The drawings from Hergé's pen shown on the photos are all copyright Hergé / Moulinsart 2009