A canal in the city

17/09/2017 - 17/09/2017

The Senne, Brussels’s river, enabled the social and economic development of the city as well as everyday human activity: it supplied water and allowed for fishing, boating, windmill operations and industrial activities. Abused, deprived of its bed and transformed into an open-air sewer, it ultimately disappeared, buried beneath the city’s boulevards. The canal, which took over from the natural waterway, was designed as an industrial axis intended for the transport of raw materials, and numerous industries and factories set up shop beside it. The effects of Brussels’ transformation, from an industrial city to a city of services, are visible on the banks of certain basins on the canal where nature is reasserting itself. Our boat will take you, via the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and Anderlecht locks, along a route that’s filled with contrasts. After the urban zone, crossing the Biestebroek basin you will encounter old barges converted into homes and see water birds that keep fishermen and walkers company.

In cooperation with La Fonderie.

Practical information

    • the boat La Gueuse, Quai de Béco/Becokaai (entrance 1)
    • avenue du Port
    • 1000 Brussels
    • Sunday only at 10h00 and 13h30 (duration: 2.5 hours)
      Please note that bookings are preferred. Call 02/410.99.50 (from Monday to Friday, 9h00 to 17h00). Up to 72 people per tour. In French only.
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      Sainctelette
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      Tour et Taxis/Thurn en Taxis