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

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3. Parc, Ixelles and European Quarter

Parc / Park, Ixelles / Elsene, Quartier Européen / Europese Wijk

How to get there?

There must be improvised. Without a car it means a few walks and a detailed study of tram and bus lines.


3.1 Station Luxembourg

27. October 1932 - Hergé is quite well known. Besides comics, he makes illustrations, fashion drawings and posters.

An example of this time is attached at the station "Luxembourg": An illustration for the advertising campaign of a department store in Brussels: Brussels welcomes St. Nicholas: City Councilors, brass band, reporter, Quick and Flupke.


Even pure Tintin fans may have a look.

3.2 Avenue Hergé / Hergé Laan

The small street in the district Ixelles is named after Hergé. Since there is not a lot to see apart from a dedication a visit is not a must.

3.3 Fondation Hergé / Moulinsart

Address: Avenue Louise 162

Here, in the 5th floor, the Studios Hergé had it's offices since 1956. Now Moulinsart resides there, see www.tintin.com
Unfortunately, there's no public entry.

At first, from 1953 on, Hergé had an office in house number 194.

Avenue Louise was inspiration for the road in the opening sequence of "The red sea sharks".

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3.4 Hergés Birthplace

Address: 33 rue Philippe Baucq (was in 1907: 25 rue Cranz)

The house, Hergé was born on 22. May 1907 has no public entry. But anyway, he spent only his first year of life, because on 11th June the following year, he experienced the first of a series of moves in his youth. Nothing but a plaque commemorates of Hergé:

Ici naquit / Le 22 Mai 1907 / George REMI / Hergé / le père spirituel de / TINTIN

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3.5 Parc / Park

In this park, opposite the Royal Castle, is where Tintin finds Professor Alembicks briefcase in the beginning of "King Ottokar's Sceptre".

The statue, in the first frame of the story, suggests that Hergé was inspired by the many statues in the park. Take a rest at the benches.

3.6 Palais du Roi / Paleis van de Koning

The royal palace has been the inspiration for the castle in "King Ottokar's Sceptre" (page 39 and 39).

3.7 Musée du Cinquantenaire

Situated at the Parc du Cinquantenaire, the museum contains numerous exhibits of South America, giving inspiration for Hergé's stories "The borken ear", "The Seven Crystal Balls" and "The Temple of the Sun". A visit to the great museum of course takes time.

3.8 Musée Royal d’Afrique Centrale

Adresse: Leuvensesteenweg 13 - 3080 Tervuren, east of Brussels.

The Royal Museum of Central Africa could have inspired Hergé working on "Tintin in the Congo". Particularly the sculpture of the legendary "leopard man".

3.9 The Golden Fleece

An interesting coincidence for fans is at the Metro station "Louise / Louiza". Where the Avenue Louise starts, it's crossing the Rue de la Toison d'or.
The first of two live action movies 1960 was: Tintin et la mystere de la Toison d'Or, that is "Tintin and the mystery of the Golden Fleece".

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