In Laeken we’ll find the king's palace and its domains. Another feature is the Heysel, where the famous Expo '58 took place, which will soon be rebuilt. But Laeken also stands for port and industry.
In the 19th century, when industrial activity increasingly moved to the centre of Laeken, the green character around the canal disappeared and Old Laeken became an industrial suburb. During our walk we will mainly explore these old neighbourhoods at the port and the site of Tour & Taxis. Empty industrial complexes in the port area are currently being renovated and given a new use. And a completely new sustainable district is being built, Tivoli Green City. The Church of Our Lady of Laeken with its charming forecourt, the Royal Crypt and the cemetery, also known as the “Père Lachaise de Bruxelles”. All these places contribute to Laeken’s reputation as a commune where time comes to a standstill.
- Duration of walk: 2h30
- Starting point: Bockstael (metro line 6 & train station), tram 62 and 93, bus 49, 53, 88 and 89.
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In collaboration with Brukselbinnenstebuiten