The Brussels-Capital Region consists of 19 municipalities, of which the City of Brussels is the largest. It is a dense urban area and one of our three Belgian regions.... Like Berlin, Brussels is a green city, with more than 8,000 hectares of green spaces: parks, woods, the Sonian forest, cemeteries, etc., 70% of which are located on the periphery. You will visit some municipalities by bus, including the Cinquantenaire district, Etterbeek and part of the Leopold district, created by civil society for the enlargement and embellishment of Brussels in 1837, developed outside the walls where most of the European Institutions have settled. Molenbeek means 'a village on the mill stream'. The village was rural for a long time, and has been transformed since the 19th century into an industrial and multicultural commune, with a large Muslim and Moroccan population. For a long time, Koekelberg was an integral part of the municipality of Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, and retained its rural character until the 19th century. King Leopold II dreamed of erecting a National Pantheon on the acropolis or plateau of Koekelberg, but later opted for a religious building, having been impressed by the "Basilique du Sacré-Cœur" in Paris. The construction of the National Basilica took almost a century (between 1885 and 1970). It is a masterpiece of Art Deco and part of UNESCO's universal heritage. Laeken was a village until 1958; there are parks, including Osseghem Park and the Green Theatre, the Royal Greenhouses of Balat and Schonenberg Castle, which later became our Royal Palace, the Atomium and other pavilions and buildings of the Universal Exhibition and the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, surrounded by the Laeken cemetery also known as "the Father Lachaise bruxellois". You will sometimes get off the bus and end the visit with a walk around the city centre.
Guided Tour Themes : Highlights
Duration : 3.15 hours
Language Spoken : Dutch - English - French - German
Indicative price for a group of maximum 50 people
Additional information : The price does not include bus rental. If there are more than 30 participants, it is necessary to reserve an additional guide for the walking portion (cost: €60).