Maybe you've never actually been to Brussels but you already know of it. If you are a Tintin fan and have some comic books of the famous Belgian reporter and his dog Snowy at home, well open one and check out the drawings of King Ottokar's Sceptre and The 7 Crystal Balls. You might recognize the Royal Palace and the Hotel Métropole in the European capital.
Brussels is not only the city of MEPs and the European Parliament; it is the birthplace of famous comic book artists such as Hergé, Morris, Peyo, Franquin and Philippe Geluk. Far from political bureaucracy, the streets store colorful treasures to be discovered on buildings through murals and vignettes that reproduce the comic book pages in giant size.
It is impossible not to see Tintin when you leave the impressive Grand Place or see Lucky Luck on his horse while you satisfy your sweet tooth with a delicious chocolate waffle. But if you want to see them all, opt for the Comics route featured in the Tourist Office. There are fifty, too many for one day, so you might as well grab the map, select your route and start touring the streets in search of Asterix and Obelix, Marsupilami, the Smurfs or Quick Flupke ...
Tintin and Haddock Tintin, his dog Snowy and Captain Haddock walking down the stairs of blue fire at number 37, Rue de l'Etuve near the Manneken Pis, is the most famous city mural. Next to one of the most famous fireworks stores in Brussels is the mural on the Rue du Chêne, it depicts a couple romantically holding hands with a colorful fireworks display makes the backdrop. The name is Olivier Rameau, the author of Dany.
The Broussaille character, created by Belgian cartoonist Frank Pé, walking with his girlfriend on Marché au Charbon Street drew all kinds of suspicions when it was painted. The aesthetics of the male companion insinuates a couple of gay guys and it bothered neighbors to the point that he had to paint on some earrings to feminize one of the figures. Today the area is a well known gay neighborhood.
The hero of the Franco-Belgian comic Victor Sackville, dressed in a suit and a mustache, accompanied by an elegant woman features on the street mural of Marché au Charbon. The famous World War spy seems to flee from a car in the middle of the night.
The artist François Schuiten, known for his love of architecture and honored in Angouleme, drew one of the dark recesses of their cities in the Rue du Chêne Brussels.
One of the largest murals in the itinerary of 180 square meters is this cowboy who shoots faster than his shadow and the evil Dalton brothers running out of a bank with their loot.
Goscinny et Uderzo - Asterix et Obelix at 50 meters from Lucky Luke, in the Rue de la Buanderie, is the running the Gauls stampede. The mural is located on the wall of a school and the gate does not allow us to appreciate it fully.
Thanks to this tour, which began in 1991, many drawings that were in poor condition have been repaired and this created a fever for comics 'graffiti' due to which year after year more and more are included to the route.
Apart from the Route Comic, metro stations such as Midi or Stokel are also home to the protagonists of the most famous Belgian comics. In Stockel metro, for example, there are two platforms personally designed by Hergé before dying. Complete your route on the Tintin Boutique, where the whole universe revolves around the young reporter ... that isn’t really so young because he was born in 1929 in the leaves of the newspaper Le Siècle Vingtième. On January 10th he celebrated his birthday; this year and he blew out 85 candles.