If you plan it right and visit Place Sablon first, you can walk to Square Brueghel L’Ancien in the Marolles area and take the outdoor glass elevator up to Place Poelaert (for free).

Glass elevator
Glass elevator

When you reach the top you will see the fantastic panoramic view of Brussels with three major landmarks in the distance on a clear day: the Basilica is just of center, the tip of Hotel de Ville and the Atomium to the right.

View from Place Poeleart, Brussels
View from Place Poeleart, Brussels
View of Hotel de Ville & Atomium
Can you spot the Hotel de Ville & Atomium?
view from Place Poeleart
The pictures don’t capture the moment. Its a must see spot.

The center piece of Place Poeleart is the Infantry Memorial of Brussels, which stands in memory of the Belgian foot soldiers who fought in World War I and II. It stands between the Anglo-Belgian War Memorial (commemorating the support given by the Belgian People to British Prisoners of War during WWI), and the Palais de Justice de Bruxelles.

Infantry Memorial of Brussels
Infantry Memorial of Brussels

Place Poelaert, is home of the Palais de Justice, Belgium’s supreme court. Designed by architect Joseph Poelaert, the building three times the size of the Royal Palace and commissioned by King Leopold II, it was finished in 1883 after 20 years of construction. It unfortunately has been under construction for a few years and the scaffolds don’t do the building justice as it obscures its beautiful architecture and size.

Palais de Justice de Bruxelles
Palais de Justice de Bruxelles

Place Poeleart is definitely worth the stop, you may even find yourself gazing at the city and losing track of time, especially if visiting at sunset.

5 thoughts on “Brussels hot spot: Place Poelaert

  1. I stopped through Brussels once but it was raining and my memories are not nearly as good as these pictures.

  2. Yes, its often rainy and grey in Brussels and this spot really only shines when you can see whats in the distance. Taking photos of this view was hard and these still don’t look like the real thing so I’m happy to hear that you could see something in them. 🙂

  3. nice pictures – the view looks fabulous 🙂

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