Brussels’ art trail helps city shake off Eurocratic image

Let’s face it, Brussels has been painted as a stuffy sort of town. I’ve always whizzed through the Belgium capital en route to somewhere ostensibly more interesting. But recently I had been given a whole day to explore the city and I was thoroughly impressed with the place, not least the excellent working-class district of Marolles where I came across this fabulous art trail of mural paintings (above) by the city’s famous comic book artists. There’s apparently about 30 of them dotted around the city (there’s a semi-useful map here) , including work by Hergé, the inventor of Tin Tin. This kind of alternative art trail is an inspired way of encouraging you to explore the city’s lesser-known quarters. In seeking them out, you see that Brussels is far from the stuffy place you’re often led to imagine.