While many of the adventures of Tintin see him travelling across the globe, the stories are always linked to Hergé’s hometown of Brussels. Walking through the city you will discover that many existing places have been used as a setting for Tintin’s adventures. Some examples are the Brussels Park and the Royal Palace featured in the King Ottokar’s Sceptre, the North Station in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, the flea market at Place du Jeu de Balle in the Secret of the Unicorn, the Royal Theatre of La Monnaie and the Metropol Hotel in The Seven Crystal Balls. Similarly, the city of Brussels and Belgium have celebrated Tintin and his creator Hergé in several ways:
Several monumental frescoes featuring Tintin and Hergé’s genius are spread throughout the city of Brussels. Discover them at Brussels South Railway station, Brussels-Luxembourg Railway station, Stockel Metro Station (terminus metro line 1) and Rue de l’Étuve;
Tintin statue in Uccle;
The Tintin Building, listed as historical monument, home to the Editions du Lombard publishing house;
Hergé’s Place of Birth, in Etterbeek, 25 rue Cranz;
Hergé’s home, at 17 avenue Delleur, where he lived from 1939 to 1953;
Tintin’s House (before moving to Moulinsart Castle), at 26, rue du Labrador. (In reality, this was at 26, rue Terre-Neuve, where Hergé’s grandmother used to live.)
Although Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi, is synonymous with a certain young journalist and his little white dog, there is much more to discover about one of the most famous cartoonists in the world. If you want to learn more about Hergé’s work, don’t miss:
The Comic Art Museum in Brussels, with a completely renovated section celebrating the works of Hergé. The Museum is located in an Art Nouveau building designed by Victor Horta.
The Musée Hergé, fully dedicated to Hergé’s genius. The museum - a stunning building designed by Christian De Portzamparc in the student town of Louvain-la-Neuve about 30 minutes away from Brussels – looks like a ship from the outside, while the interior features a lift shaft that evokes the famous Tintin rocket. Sharing space with some Tintin-related gems like a real-life version of the shark submarine, as seen in Red Rackham’s Treasure, and unfinished pages from many of his adventures are early work Hergé did as a typographer and some personal items including his record collection and artworks, all revealing the man behind the ginger-haired master detective.
In cooperation with Moulinsart, Brussels Airlines is also celebrating Hergé and Tintin with a special Airbus A320 aircraft disguised as the famous shark submarine from the Tintin album Red Rackham’s Treasure. Discover here our Rackham aircraft >>
Thinking about spending your summer in Belgium? Then, get ready for festival season! Every year millions of exuberant people gather to celebrate and enjoy the energetic atmosphere at the biggest and best festivals in the world, right here in Belgium. Tomorrowland, Rock Werchter and Pukkelpop - these are just a few of the festivals winning many prestigious awards that have placed Belgium at the top of the list as a music destination.
As a partner of Tomorrowland, Brussels Airlines flies you on party flights to Belgium, the festival’s home. With a Tomorrowland livery on the aircraft, a DJ on board and a magical atmosphere, your festival experience starts right when you check in.
Would you like to know what it’s like to be a part of the Tomorrowland travel experience? Then have a look at this amazing video!
You can fly to the capital of Belgium with Brussels Airlines from 60 different cities in Europe, Africa and the United States, and dance away the summer at the many other festivities spread around the country. With all music genres being represented, there’s something for every music taste so be sure to check them out! And do bring along your family and friends to make the party complete!
and so many more…
- Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, 19/06/2015 – 21/06/2015
- Rock Werchter, Werchter, 25/06/2015 – 28/06/2015
- Couleur Café, Brussels, 03/07/2015 – 07/07/2015
- Bruxelles Les Bains, Brussels, 03/07/2015 – 09/08/2015
- Les Ardentes, Liège, 09/07/2015 - 12/07/2015
- Gent Jazz Festival, Ghent, 09/07/2015 – 12/07/2015
- Cactus Festival, Bruges, 12/07/2015 – 14/07/2015
- Dour, Dour, 15/07/2015 – 19/07/2015
- Sfinks, Bouchout, 23/07/2015 – 26/07/2015
- Tomorrowland, Boom, 24/07/2015 – 26/07/2015
- Lokerse Feesten, Lokeren, 31/07/2015 – 08/08/2015
- Pukkelpop, Kiewit, 20/08/2015 – 22/08/2015
- Metal Mean Fest, Méan, 22/08/2015
- La Fête Des Solidarités, Namur, 29/08/2015 – 30/08/2015
If you are in Brussels in July, don’t miss Bruxelles Les Bains (03/07/2015 – 09/08/2015). This urban pop-up beach along the Canal is a perfect spot for cocktails, snacks and some well-earned relaxation. Enjoy the Brussels Summer Festival (14/08/2015 – 23/08/2015) in August, an eclectic festival offering a diversified music programme in superb historic settings, such as the Mont des Arts and the Musical Instruments Museum.
If you like folklore and historical re-enactments, don’t miss the Ommegang in Brussels! The Ommegang, an annual festivity in the city centre of Brussels, brings to life one of the greatest moments of Belgian history. In a magnificent pageant, over 1,400 performers take you back to 1549 and let you relive the moment when Charles V returned to the centre of his empire to present his son, Philip II. From 30 June until 2 July, you can enjoy a musical enchantment and spectacular lightshow (from 9pm daily) on the magical Grand Place square in Brussels.