Follow the philosopher and the evolution of his thinking in the streets of Brussels

karl marx in brussels

Between 1845 and 1848, the Marx family lived in Brussels. During his stay, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote several books, including the Communist Manifesto. This became the basis of world socialism.

This walk takes us through the centre of Brussels along the streets and squares where Marx stayed and worked.
The walk is also an immersion in the very young Belgium, which had just become independent. At a time of unbridled capitalism, this tiny country was the world’s second-largest industrial power!

Limited availability. The guide who accompanies you, a young retiree and Marx specialist, is not in Brussels full time: remember to book well in advance!

Duration: 2h30 – In English only for private groups – Contact us to organise your tailor-made tour

famille marx


Unwelcome in Germany and France because of his ideas, Karl Marx went into exile in Brussels in 1845, at that time a haven for revolutionaries. Belgium offered him a residence permit “on condition that he did not publish on the current political situation”. Marx, accompanied by his friend Engels, nevertheless wrote one of the key works of his life as a philosopher: The Communist Manifesto!

The ferment of the city, its revolutionary breeding ground, but also the capitalist turn that society was taking would make Marx’s stay in Belgium a turning point in his thinking and in his work.

This walk takes us through the centre of Brussels along the streets and squares where Marx lived and worked.

The programme includes, among others :

– The Galeries Saint Hubert in the mid-19th century
– His stay near Sainte Gudule Cathedral
Place Royale: his contact with the revolutionaries of the Belgian Revolution
– His discussions about a flat in the Grand Sablon
– His arrest and deportation to Amigo prison



In english only for private groups (regular tours in french) :
Cost  : according to demand
Duration : 2,5 hours
Group max : 25 people
Meeting point : At the junction between the Galerie de la Reine and the Galerie du Roi (in front of the restaurant “Le Marmiton”)
1000 Brussels

Private tour on demand in french and english