Brussels- Basilique Nationale du Sacrť-Cúur / Nationale Basiliek van het Heilig-Hart / National Basilica of the Sacred Heart / Basilique de Koekelberg / Basiliek van Koekelberg / Koekelberg Basilica
 
The Tavern and Les Nanas at Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot 44 and 42 in Brussels Red Light District, Bruxelles Quartier rouge, Rosse Buurt Brussel
 
Brussels North station / Station Brussel - Noord / Gare de Bruxelles - Nord
 
Pop Corn at Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot 30 in Brussels Red Light District, Bruxelles Quartier rouge, Rosse Buurt Brussel

 

Brussels Red Light District / Quartier Rouge Bruxelles / Rosse Buurt Brussel

First map- Shows the position of Brussels red light district plus hotels in and around the area with links to photos and information.
Second map- Shows locations within the red light district. Includes the station, hotels, selected bars, cafes and other buildings that will help a visitor find their way around.
Brussels has a mix of both Dutch and French 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.                        

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Hotel Husa Prsident Park Brussels Belgium
“I like the hotel very much and this is the hotel I will always stay when ever I visit Belgium”

 

Red light window on Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot, Brussels, Belgium ( Quartier rouge Bruxelles - Royaume de Belgique, Rosse Buurt Brussel - Koninkrijk BelgiŽ.
 
Red light window on Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot, Brussels, Belgium ( Quartier rouge Bruxelles - Royaume de Belgique, Rosse Buurt Brussel - Koninkrijk BelgiŽ.
 
Red light window on Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot, Brussels, Belgium ( Quartier rouge Bruxelles - Royaume de Belgique, Rosse Buurt Brussel - Koninkrijk BelgiŽ.
 
Red light window on Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot, Brussels, Belgium ( Quartier rouge Bruxelles - Royaume de Belgique, Rosse Buurt Brussel - Koninkrijk BelgiŽ.
             
Red light window on Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot, Brussels, Belgium ( Quartier rouge Bruxelles - Royaume de Belgique, Rosse Buurt Brussel - Koninkrijk BelgiŽ.
 
Red light window on Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot, Brussels, Belgium ( Quartier rouge Bruxelles - Royaume de Belgique, Rosse Buurt Brussel - Koninkrijk BelgiŽ.
 
Red light window on Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot, Brussels, Belgium ( Quartier rouge Bruxelles - Royaume de Belgique, Rosse Buurt Brussel - Koninkrijk BelgiŽ.
 
Red light window on Aarschotstraat / Rue d'Aerschot, Brussels, Belgium ( Quartier rouge Bruxelles - Royaume de Belgique, Rosse Buurt Brussel - Koninkrijk BelgiŽ.

 

A few points about my map and photos  
Pink boxes- Are red light buildings, not individual 'windows' as shown in my other maps.
Photos- Are often low quality. It's too risky to openly photograph every red light building in Brussels so I used some sneaky tactics, videoing from train etc. Any girls accidentally caught have been photoshopped out if they are clear enough to recognise. I continue to respect their wishes not to have their pictures uploaded or made public. Besides, the site is about the windows and relevant buildings, not the girls.
Please allow for some inaccuracy, especially in Linnestraat / Rue Linné and Plantenstraat / Rue des Plantes. 
Red light districts are always changing so be aware that my Brussels map and photos were compiled in January 2012. It's unlikely I will be able to keep them up to date.

 

 

Brussels interactive red light district map

Below is the map of Brussels I compiled in January 2012 with around 180 clickable hotspots. Mouseover locations to see a thumbnail or click to see larger photo with room numbers where necessary and often extra photos and information. Because of the elongated shape I had to make it scrolling. A key can be found at the very bottom of the actual map. A printable version in two parts is available here- Top half, Bottom half. I also have similar maps of Antwerp, Ghent, Amsterdam, Den Haag etc.
Brussels red light district map. Copyright George 2012
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