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TINTIN & COM­PANY: FIVE SANC­TU­AR­IES FOR COMIC BOOK LOVERS

As the home­town of pa­per he­roes like Tintin, The Smurfs and Lucky Luke, Brus­sels sure is Europe’s comic book cap­i­tal. In ev­ery cor­ner of the city, you’ll find ref­er­ences to the city’s fic­ti­tious leg­ends. To fully im­merse your­self in the comic book craze,

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THE SA­CRED TEM­PLE

Sit­u­ated in a stun­ning build­ing by Vic­tor Horta, the Bel­gian Comic Strip Cen­tre is steeped in Brus­sels’ craft­man­ship. The fam­ily mu­seum in­tro­duces you and your rug rats to Bel­gium’s long comic book history in a fun and in­ter­ac­tive man­ner. End your visit in the read­ing room for an ad­ven­ture with your he­roes.

Bel­gian Comic Strip Cen­tre, Rue des Sables 20 (Botanique, metro 2 and 6; Parc, metro 1 and 5). €10 (dis­counts avail­able). Open daily from 10am to 6pm.

AMIDST THE HE­ROES

Ad­join­ing the Cen­tral Sta­tion is Moof (or, the Mu­seum of Orig­i­nal Fig­urines). Spread over 1,300 square me­tres, all your he­roes await you in their three-di­men­sional shape. Ev­ery six months, part of the col­lec­tion changes. The mu­seum’s en­trance is hard to miss, given that a fiveme­tre-tall Smurf wel­comes you at the door.

Moof, Rue Marché aux Herbes 116 (Horta Gallery) (Gare Cen­tral, metro 1 and 5). €12 (dis­counts avail­able). Open daily from 10am to 6pm (closed on Mon­day from Septem­ber to June).

WIN­DOW SHOP­PING

What bet­ter sou­venir to take home than a Bel­gian comic book? Brus­sels counts many highly spe­cialised comic book shops, where you can pur­chase your favourite books as well as other mer­chan­dise such as pens, fig­urines, bags and posters. Don’t do all your shop­ping in the first shop you pass, though; save some of the bud­get for the rest of your hol­i­day. Ev­ery part of Brus­sels presents comic book-re­lated shops that will make your wal­let itch.

The best comic book shops can be found on Boule­vard Anspach (abeam La Bourse) and the nearby Rue du Midi, and be­tween the Cen­tral Sta­tion and Mont des Arts, you’ll find more. Most of them open Mon­day to Satur­day from around 10am to about 6pm.

OUT­DOOR COMIC BOOK FUN

Brus­sels streetscap­es are packed with comic book im­ages. To­day, the city has around 60 comic book walls – and count­ing. Most fa­mous are those from Tintin (Rue de l’Etuve), Astérix & Obélix (Rue de la Buan­derie) and Gaston La­gaffe (Rue de l’Ecuyer). In the tourist of­fice (and on their web­site), you’ll find a handy map and over­view to help you find them all.

Comic book route, spread through­out Brus­sels city and Laeken.

THE WORLD OF TINTIN

Brus­sels counts many drawn he­roes, but none even com­pare to Tintin and Snowy, Brus­sels’ clever­est re­porter and his loyal ca­nine. In 2009, Musée Hergé, a cul­tural tem­ple ded­i­cated to the leg­endary il­lus­tra­tor and his cel­e­brated char­ac­ters, opened its doors. As the mu­seum lies a one-hour train ride away from the city, it can be hard to get to if you’ve only got a week­end.

Musée Hergé, Rue du Labrador 26 (Otig­niesLou­vain-la-Neuve). €12 (dis­counts avail­able). Open Tues­day to Fri­day from 10.30am to 5.30pm and on week­ends from 10.30am to 6pm.

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Comic Strip Cen­tre.
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Moof.
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Comic wall.

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