Tintin Comics and its episodes conjure up the childhood memories. And the colorful Tintin comics murals in the Belgian capital Brussels is a time warp. Brussels is the hometown of popular comic character Tintin and is also known as the ‘Comic City’. There are more than 55 comic strips spread across the city of Brussels and exploring them would be one of the top fun things to do in Brussels with kids.
On our first visit to Belgium, we had explored the beautiful town of Bruges and Ghent and historical center of Brussels. We were so smitten by the charming small towns that we revisited Belgium this time to make a visit to the cities of Antwerp and Dinant. We planned to visit Antwerp after lunch and we had a complete morning to spend. The accommodation we booked was located in Brussels North Station and our research said that there was a great concentration of murals in between Brussels south to Brussels north station. And hence we decided to take a walk and hunt for the comic strips on self-guided comic strip tour.
We started with Brussels south station and the first one we found left us in awe. The colorful over long mural was depicting a scene from daily life with a fun loving boy Jojo with his friend Tarzan and Jojo’s Grandma in the second part.
At Rue Piereman, 1000 Brussels
We were searching for one around the flea market around 10 minutes from Jojo and casually turned around to check how far we had come and there we stood stunned. The mural was there right on the back wall of the small house we just passed by. The mural shows mischievous little boy Boule with his lovely dog Bill.
At Rue du Chevreuil, 1000 Brussels
One needs to look for these comics 360 deg around you because if they are in the opposite direction of your walk you may give it a miss.
This mural will definitely catch an eye where a lovely lady is been helped by the missionary Odilon Verjus to escape the leopard and his scared disciple hiding behind. Chalukya too doing his bit hoping that the lady gets impressed.
At Rue des Capucins 13, 1000 Brussels
And the back side wall of the building was bedecked with another mural where a caged animal manages to grab a fruit through the cage which annoys the seller but looks like in second part the seller looks calm with a bill ready to be settled.
At Rue des Capucins 15, 1000 Brussels
This painting was easily hiding being the skyscrapers near the Notre dam and we were lucky enough to spot it. Spirou is an adventurer in striking red uniform solving mysteries around the world accompanied by Spip, his pet squirrel.
At Rue Notre Dame des Graces, 1000 Brussels
Sometimes the strips are snuggled up between buildings and it is really difficult to notice them. This one was hiding behind the scaffolding. The Mural shows St. Peter watering a cannabis plant while a bunch of uncontrollable angels troubling around.
At Rue des Minimes 91, 1000 Brussels
There was a construction work going on and we were having a look at work and found this mural peeking. The Mural of young Jeune Albert by Yves Chaland depicts Jeune Albert as a kiddish naughty young boy reading a detective story from the famous “Série Noire” series while waiting for the tram.
At Rue des Alexiens 49, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Just a couple of steps from the famous Manneken Pis we bumped into the comic hero himself. Tintin. Tintin, his dog Snowy, and his friend Captain Haddock were busy with their adventure from The Calculus Affair – the eighteenth album in the series.
At Rue de l’Étuve, 1000 Brussels
Along the same street as the Manneken Pis. The mural shows a young man who merrily takes off his straw hat and holds his hand to the beauty Colombe Tiredaile amidst the celebration and the colorful fireworks.
At Rue du Chêne 9, 1000 Brussels
In the mid of the heavy traffic junction, these couples walked hand in hand. Broussaille was the very first comic strip mural in July 1991. Gingertop and his lovely girlfriend Catherine go for a walk around the city.
At Plattesteen, 1000 Brussels
Found this one in a square when we were searching for next mural we were skeptical about it being the one we were looking for.
Dubious and hesitant we started to leave and we thought to have a last look at it and found this! Nero the man peculiar nosed man holding out hands for the birds is the popular heroes of Flemish comic strips. Nero is supported by other comic characters while Tuizentfloot hides in the tree.
At Place Saint-Géry, 1000 Brussels
This was in a playground well fenced and least expected spot. Asterix, Obelix and their spirited and enthusiast fellow villagers led by the dog Dogmatix are speeding to attack a Roman camp.
At Rue de la Buanderie 33-35, 1000 Brussels
This mural was at end of the same street. While the paint on the name of the bank is still not done the infamous Dalton brothers rob the bank and the hero Lucky Luke as always is on the go to chase the robbers.
At Rue de la Buanderie 19, 1000 Brussels
This one’s really awesome, isn’t it? Looks like there is a fun party happening down the road, everyone soaked up in their passion for dance, shaking a leg at the beats. The best example how to make the best use of space available. The facade is painted blue with the windows showing the scenes from the party. Caroline Baldwin the private detective can be spotted in the last window.
At Place de Ninove, 1000 Brussels
On the same street Cori, the ship’s boy waved to us with joy and jubilation from a mast top probably for he was set on his passion for adventures in the sea.
At Rue des Fabriques 21, 1000 Brussels
We were done with the hunting and decided to start towards our apartment and found a mural of this cute white doggy Cubitus having fun imitating the Mannekin Pis.
At Rue de Flandre 109, 1000 Brussels
We had walked for around 5 km and were completely exhausted. Brussels definitely has no dearth of artists. Comic strip walking tour on your own is definitely not a good choice. We would suggest hopping onto a bicycle or joining one of the guided walking tours in this way you could save time and energy too.
There is an entire museum dedicated to the Belgian Comics and its creators. Read More.
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