Avenue Louise, a beautiful example of a fin de siècle streetscape


16/09/2017 - 17/09/2017

Until the 19th century, Brussels ended at the boundary of the second city walls, which today marks the route followed by the inner ring road. The wide-scale urban development associated with the explosion in population in the capital of the new country of Belgium quickly reduced the space set aside for nature. The intervention of Léopold II and his faithful urban planning architect, Victor Besme, enabled the development of green spaces and the creation of new roadways, of which Avenue Louise/Louizalaan is a shining example. While it is an essential component of mobility today, it has not always been an urban motorway. Formerly a tree-lined promenade fittingly punctuated by Jardin du Roi, it brought the chic and sophisticated of the Belle Époque era to the edge of La Cambre Wood via a new neighbourhood of prestigious townhouses. An immersion in the suave sophistication of Brussels’ rich past that will leave a lasting impression.

In cooperation with Bruxelles Bavard.

Practical information

    • at the intersection between Avenue Louise/Louizalaan and Rue Lesbroussart/Lesbroussartstraat, on the central pedestrian strip, opposite number 196A on Avenue Louise/Louizalaan
    • avenue Louise
    • 1000 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday at 10h30, 14h00 and 16h00 (French) and Sunday at 10h00 and 13h30 (Dutch) (duration: 1.5 hours)
      Please note that bookings are essential. Call 0487/60.82.52 (from Monday to Friday, 14h00 to 18h00). Up to 25 people per tour.
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