International School of Brussels – former Château Bischoffsheim


In a neo-Classical style, the handsome residence now occupied by the offices of the International School of Brussels was built from 1854 for the politician, banker and personal friend of Léopold I, Jonathan Raphaël Bischoffsheim. A number of years earlier, Bischoffsheim had purchased a vast site that he had developed into a park to serve as a setting for his future residence. When his son died, half a century later, the property was acquired by Ernest Solvay and King Léopold II, who wanted to protect it from speculators. The château still retains its spacious layout while the property, which now contains sports facilities, has retained a pretty wooded area that includes several remarkable trees such as a Chinese magnolia, a pendant silver linden, two northern red oaks, a copper beech, a European oak and a London plane tree. (Listed 11/09/1992)

Guided tours. Sunday only at 10h00, 11h00, 12h00, 14h00, 15h00 and 16h00 (French) and at 10h30, 11h30, 12h30, 14h30, 15h30 and 16h15 (Dutch). In cooperation with Itinéraires, sur les Sentiers de l’Histoire and Klare Lijn.

Practical information

  • Kattenberg 19
    1170 Brussels
    • Sunday only from 10h00 to 17h00
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      International School