!st map - Shows the position of Brussels red light district plus hotels in and around the area with links to photos and information.
2nd map - Shows locations within the red light district. Includes the station, hotels, cafes, selected bars and other buildings that will help a visitor find their way around.
Brussels has a mix of both French and Dutch speakers so locations have two names. The North railway station for example is 'Station Brussel - Noord' (Dutch) as well as 'Gare de Bruxelles - Nord' (French). This can be confusing to new visitors but is necessary to include in my maps and text.
Brussels red light district is situated in the multi-cultural municipalities of Schaarbeek / Schaerbeek and Sint-Joost-ten-Node / Saint-Josse to the East of the station mentioned above. The most well known part of the district lies on Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot. This straight road runs next to the railway lines so if you are arriving from the North on one of the Eastern tracks you will get a great view of it. The road has around 57 red light buildings. In the North they start quite small and most look run down but as you head South they become bigger, nicer and with fancy names like Blue Lagoon and Le Python. Many even have bars. The windows stop where the road meets Brabantstraat / Rue de Brabant and there's a few adult shops and a peep show in this area.
Immediately South East is the other part of the red light district with another 122 or so buildings. There are 4 crossing back streets- Linnestraat / Rue Linnť, Plantenstraat / Rue des Plantes, Weidestraat / Rue de la Prairie and Rivierstraat / Rue de la RiviŤre. Girls here tend not to be the super model types you will see on Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot. Few tourists even know about these back streets. Worth a look I guess but at night they can be quiet and a little menacing.
You won't find a Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut or any of the other big American chains in the red light district. Fast food available is mostly middle Eastern with lots of small snack bars. Head into the city centre if this is not to your taste.
There are other 'adult' areas in Brussels. Streetwalkers stand on corners around Lakensestraat / Rue de Laeken and neighbouring streets and there's more adult shops and cinemas on Adolphe Maxlaan / Boulevard Adolphe-Max. The famous Amsterdam style red light windows though are confined to the areas covered in my maps.
Don't forget to check out the rest of the city. It's an amazing mix of modern sky scrapers, spectacular palaces, huge shopping malls as well as areas it is claimed that even the police fear to go.
I stayed at Hotel Husa President Park (no.2 on first map below) which was fine. Video now added.
Thanks to Gaston for his help and advice.