Below Place Royale
The medieval Rue d’Isabelle used to run from Place Royale to the Cathedral. It was destroyed in the early 20th century, but one short stretch of cobbled lane survived below Place Royale. It now forms part of the Coudenberg underground museum.
CHEMIN DU CRABBEGAT
Off Avenue de Fré
You leave the city far behind the moment you turn down this old cobbled lane in Uccle. It passes an old inn called Le Cornet before disappearing between steep wooded banks.
Place du Grand Sablon
An ancient arch next to a hotel on the Sablon leads to a hidden lane that almost no one knows about. It brings you to a little square with an art gallery and several antique shops selling masks and Congolese sculptures.
Below Rue Ravenstein 3
A short stretch of medieval cobbled lane runs between the Palais des Beaux-Arts and the 15th century Ravenstein House. At the end of the street, a blue plaque marks the site of the Pensionnat Héger where the British writer Charlotte Brontë spent two years.
RUE DE LA CIGOGNE
Off Rue de Flandre
This meandering alley paved with bumpy cobblestones has survived untouched in the city centre. The step gable houses date from the 17th century. (Picture by Marlies De Boeck)