One of the highlights of our trip to Brussels last year has to be our hunt for the comic strip murals. Belgium is known for their chocolate, their fries, their beer, the UN and the Grand Place, but honestly the one thing that makes Brussels stand out from all the other European capitals, has to be its comic strip herritage, and all over town you’ll find murals that serve as a tribute to its world famous artists and authors. Sometimes the murals are very obvious, while other times they’ll be like a hidden secret, which brings a very special character to the city. We cannot recommend enough that you take a tour of the city and try to spot at many as possible!
The best trick to find as many murals as possible is by discovering the city by foot. Brussels city centre is not the biggest ever, and you can easily get to most of the landmarks without having to make use of public transportation. In 1993 the city started covering the city’s walls with comic strips, which today is known as the Comic Book Route. The most famous of the murals all has to be just around the corner from the Grand Place and Maneken Pis, where you find Hergé’s Tin Tin. I’d suggest that you make this your starting point on your Brussels trip, and from here you can walk a circle all over town to discover the murals, while also seeing Brussels famous landmarks as well as hidden treasures. On this website you’ll find two very useful maps that’ll show you the route and and explanation of the comic strips you’ll meet along the way.
In the spirit of the comic strips, I can really recommend you all to visit the Comic Art Museum. Here you can see how the most famous comic strips were created, from the very first pencil strokes, to the final result. Even if you’re not a massive fan of comic strips, I’m sure you’ll love this place. The comic strips are obviously very impressive, but also the building that houses the museum is quite beautiful.