A leader in Belgian chocolate, the company Victoria once employed close to 4,000 people. Founded in 1896 in Koekelberg, it started life as a biscuit factory, producing some 131 different products. In 1908, the biscuit-maker also became a chocolate-maker and began to sell chocolate bars and boxes depicting the royal family, plain and dark chocolate and then milk chocolate and chocolate with almonds or hazelnuts. The company quickly established itself in the Netherlands and France. The buildings, some of which today house the Belgian Chocolate Village interactive museum, witnessed the entire 20th century and its two world wars. The museum contains, among other things, teaching rooms, a workshop and a tropical greenhouse that houses three cacao trees constantly kept in natural conditions of 28 °C and 85% humidity. Banana trees, achiote and turmeric plants rub shoulders with pepper, chilli, vanilla and ginger plants. Now that’s not something you see every day in Brussels!
Access to the permanent exhibition of the Belgian Chocolate Village.