There is hardly any other city in the world to have so many comic book stores. There is also hardly any other city where the characters of the comic books have escaped the pages and have scattered around the facades of the buildings in the central part of the city. Lift your head up, keeping your hat with a hand, and enjoy Brussels in comics.
The love affair between Brussels and the comic books has a long history – two magazines – Tintin and Spirou, sprang up in the beginning of the XX century. Some of the most beloved comic books of several generations were created here – The Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Tintin, Gaston Lagaffe…
Brussels, of course, has a comic book museum – the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, where you can learn useful and interesting information, but it is much more inspiring to just walk down the streets of the Belgian capital city and get acquainted with your favorite characters in person. The mural paintings are so well integrated into Brussels architecture that you can miss noticing them. Apart from the graffiti on the walls, the comic book characters are revived in 3D form, too, such as the statue of comic book hero Gaston Lagaffe on Pacheco Boulevard.
You can join some of the paid guided bike tours and walks along the comic strip route but probably the best way is to just start your own journey with a map in your hand (a perfect map is available in the bottom) and enjoy your treasure hunt.
To complete a real theme day, finish at the Comic Strip Village (Stripdorp/Le Village de la BD, situated at the Sablon Square) in the central part of Brussels, where you will find a gallery, a comic book store and a café, where you can have a rest surrounded by colorful comic strips.
A printable map from the Brussels Tourism Office is available here.