In Tintin's Footsteps
On 22 May 1907 Georges Remi, aka HERGE, was born in the Etterbeek commune of Brussels. Not only would he become the revered creator of Tintin and Snowy (Milou in the original French), but also the father of European comic strips and the inventor of the “ligne claire” style.
Brussels and Belgium occupied an important place in the life and work of this master of the Ninth Art.
There are references to Brussels throughout the Tintin albums, its cafés, streets, hotels, theatres, museums and parks... Hergé drew inspiration from his environment.
© Hergé/Fondation Moulinsart 2005
At Brussels Midi Station you can admire the Tintin mural, an extract from “Tintin in America”, which was created to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hergé.
Close to the station is the emblematic Tintin and Snowy Sign, at the top of the Editions du Lombard Tintin Building, which is now listed as a historic monument.
At the terminus of metro line 1B (Stockel station), there is another cheerful Tintin mural, depicting a host of characters from the young reporter’s famous adventures.
Don’t miss the splendid Galerie du Roi, the very place where Hergé first met another great comic book artist: Edgar P. Jacobs, the creator of Blake and Mortimer.
Don't forget to stop at 116, rue du Marché aux Herbes to visit the Moof, Museum Of Original Figurines, with figurines and collectables inspired from the comic strip.
Then head to the Belgian Comic Strip Centre - BCSC , where you can see Hergé’s work in all its glory.
Stop off at the Hôtel Métropole, which appears in Hergé’s “Seven Crystal Balls”, or the Flea market in the place du Jeu de balle, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the one in “The Secret of the Unicorn”.
After that, you can pop into theTintin Boutique, near the Grand Place, where you’ll find all the characters from Tintin’s world in 3D form.
In Wallonia, you can discover the landscapes of Walloon Brabant, which are referred to in many of Hergé’s albums.
The author loved staying in his country house in Céroux-Mousty. Did you know that the Château de Moulinsart (called Marlinspike Hall in the English version), which was inspired by the Château de Cheverny, owes its name to Sart-Moulin, a small hamlet in Braine-l'Alleud, near Waterloo?
And the final, unmissable stop for all comic strip pilgrims is the Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, a veritable mausoleum to the author. There you’ll find that Hergé’s work was not just limited to Tintin. He was also a graphic designer, an advertising executive, a caricaturist and a raconteur: here, all the artist’s talents are revealed.
And no doubt you’ll want to discover the Tintin trail, the official route established by Moulinsart and the Hergé Studios.
You can order a Tintin in Brussels walking map from the VisitBrussels website.
Round off your visit with the Comic Strip Tour in Brussels: