Brussels past and present at work: a guided tour by electric bike


15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Brussels past and present at work: a guided tour by electric bike

For a long period of time, several of the capital’s neighbourhoods were home to factories, businesses and other industries. However, very few of these companies are still located in Brussels. Most of the buildings have been abandoned and the canal, built partly in order to transport coal from the Charleroi region to factories in Brussels, has lost its reason for existence. Many people would prefer just to forget about this important industrial area in the heart of the city _ the seemingly far away “other bank” on the other side of the canal. However, in recent years, initiatives have begun to abound! A number of industrial buildings have been renovated, repurposed and given a new lease of life. Homes, cultural venues and work spaces have now emerged, creating new jobs and offering facilities to start-ups and more established companies. Hop on your electric bike and come and explore Brussels past and present at work. You will learn about Brussels’s glorious industrial past through this visit to the canal zone, where a number of premises have been converted. You will also have a chance to visit the interiors of two exceptional buildings: the Tanners’ Workshops, formerly the Palais du Vin, and Be-Here, the former Byrrh buildings.

A partnership between Once in Brussels, Les Ateliers des Tanneurs and the Brussels CPAS/OCMW.

Practical information

    • Once in Brussels
    • Rue des Tanneurs/Huidevettersstraat 62 (at the back of the courtyard)
    • 1000 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. at 09h30 and 14h30 (duration: 3 hours)
      Please note that bookings are essential. Visit (from the activities menu, select “Strolls by e-bike” to access the “Heritage Days: Brussels past and present at work” product and book). Up to 12 people per tour. Please bring your identity card, which will be used as security when borrowing the electric bike. This activity is not suitable for children (minimum height: 1.55 m). In French only.
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      Gare du Midi/Zuidstation
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      Gare du Midi/ Zuidstation, Lemonnier
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      Gare du Midi/Zuidstation
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