Created by Victor Horta for the engineer Eugene Autrique and his family, the Autrique House provides an insight into the architect’s early work and the birth of the art nouveau style. Visitors can explore the main, restored areas, including the entry hall, kitchen, library, staircase, and upper floors. Each of the rooms has been returned to its original glory, with furnishings and fixtures of the time set against Horta’s architectural touches such as stained glass and metalwork.
Guided tours can be booked in advance and include live narration on Horta’s artistry for those wanting to appreciate the house in more depth. Otherwise, visitors buy an admission ticket to roam as they wish. Admission to the house is free with the Brussels Card: consider purchasing the sightseeing pass online before traveling to Belgium’s capital to save yourself time and hassle while you’re there.