Between 1870 and 1910 the population of Brussels more than tripled from 250,000 to 800,000 which saw the city expand into the suburbs, thanks to the electrification of the tramways.
This expansion allowed opportunities for a new breed of architects including Victor Horta to break with tradition with the use of new technology and industrial materials such as cast iron and glass to develop a new form of architecture and design. This was Art Nouveau, which flourished in 15 or so European cities between 1890 and 1910 with Brussels particularly well represented with some 1,000 buildings, which are explored in this exciting tour with Prof. Anne Anderson or Dr Scott Anderson.
The group size on this tour is limited to 22 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.
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Valid passport required by all, except: (a) EU nationals holding valid national identification cards; (b) Holders of national identification cards issued to nationals of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland.
As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform. Porters are sometimes but not always available at St Pancras. The Eurostar and French trains are very long (18 carriages in the case of Eurostar and nearly 400 metres long) so there can be quite lengthy walks from the station entrance to your seat. On all legs of the journey you have reserved seat and carriage numbers which are shown clearly on your ticket.
Marivaux Hotel, Brussels
Located about 500 metres from the historic Grand Place on elegant Blvd Adolphe Max, the four-star Marivaux Hotel is converted from an old cinema and is the perfect base for this tour. It offers a restaurant, bar and comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms with private bathroom, mini-bar, satellite TV, wifi and safe.
Marivaux Hotel Website
Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels and transfer by coach to check in for three-nights at the four-star Marivaux Hotel in the city centre. Afternoon walking tour taking in the exteriors of the Art Nouveau buildings in the city centre. Introductory lecture 'Horta and the Birth of Art Nouveau', welcome drink and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 2: Morning visit to the Horta House and Studio Museum, where he lived and worked. Afternoon walking tour to view the Hotels Solvay (internal visit), Max Hallet (internal visit) and Tassel - all built by Horta. Lecture at the hotel, 'Art Nouveau: Art for the People', before dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Morning visit to the Cauchie House, built by architect Paul Cauchie as a showcase for his work, followed by a visit to the Royal Museum of Art & History, which houses the major stylistic trends in decorative art between 1890 and 1940 including sculpture, glassware, ceramics, table silver and furniture. This afternoon we have a private visit to the Hotel Ciamberlani, built by Paul Hankar in 1897.
Day 4: Your final day is spent with a visit to the Fine Arts Museum and Musee Fin-de-Siecle followed by a short visit to the 'Old England' building, formerly a department store built in 1899 by Paul Saintenoy, which now houses the Museum of Musical Instruments. Time will be allowed for lunch before transferring to the station for return Eurostar to St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 22 passengers.
Please note: as with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras, but bags do need to be carried onto the platform.
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