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North-East Brussels

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The North-East of Brussels is a residential and commercial district of Belgiums capital, bordering Schaarbeek to the south-west and Woluwe to the south. The district is sandwiched between the SNCB logo.svg rail yard of Brussels North and the border with Flanders. It is internationally known for hosting the NATO headquarters of Evere, making the district one of the most powerful military hubs in the world. Aside from the Cemetery of Brussels, this off-the-beaten-track district has a few interesting museums to offer.

Understand[edit]

The district consists of the communes Evere in its centre, Haren to the north, and the residential parts of Schaarbeek to the south-east.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

The district has 3 train stations: 1 Evere, 2 Bordet, 3 Haren, and 4 Schaarbeek. The Schaarbeek station is the most frequented station on the line to Vilvoorde, Mechelen, and Antwerp. All stations are served by Belgian rail operator SNCB logo.svg NMBS.

By tram[edit]

Trams  32 ,  55 , and  62  stop at Evere station, and tram  92  stops at Schaarbeek station. To reach the main tourist attractions (museums, O Siam), take tram  55  from Rogier direction Da Vinci until 5 Linde  32  55 , about 30 min. All trams are operated by the MIVB.

By bus[edit]

Bus lines  45 ,  69 , and  80  traverse the district and have numerous connection points with tram and rail network. Note that many bus lines are operated by the Flemish bus company De Lijn, with an incompatible ticketing system. As a rule of thumb, bus line numbers below 100 are MIVB lines, and line numbers above 100 are De Lijn lines.

By bicycle[edit]

As in the other districts, bicycle sharing system Villo has numerous stations where a bike can be dropped off. Cycle time is ca. 30 - 40 min from the Brussels city center, depending on where you want to get in the district.

Get around[edit]

Map of Brussels/North-East

By public transport[edit]

Trams  32 ,  55 , and  62  traverse most of the district, and the fastest mode of point to point transportation. Bus lines  64  and  80  reach the northern parts of the district, but are a slower option. You can take a bus or tram with the same ticket within an hour, since they're both operated by the MIVB.

By bicycle[edit]

There are numerous stations for bicycle sharing network Villo in this district, most notably 1 Elisa near the Schaarbeek station, 2 Onze Lieve Vrouw near the museums at Linde, and 3 Vrede near Peace Square.

By foot[edit]

All the tourist attractions can be reached from any of the train stations by foot within 30 minutes.

See[edit]

  • 1 NATO Headquarters. A large military complex in use as the NATO headquarters. It is off-limits to visitors, and you might get shot on sight when trying to get in so leave your bombs at the entrance. NATO headquarters on Wikipedia NATO Headquarters (Q12800833) on Wikidata
  • 2 Communal Museum of Evere (Gemeentelijk Museum van Evere), Edward Stuckensstraat 11-13 (Linde  32  55 ), +32 2 2454488. Th 14:00-17:00. A museum dedicated to the history of the Evere commune, focussing on the political, religious, economical and social life in the area from the Midde Ages to the present. The story of Evere is told through paintings, sculptures, and tools from pre-urbanized times. Many pictures and artifacts guide visitors through the more recent history of Evere and its signficance for Brussels. Free.
The windmill of the Museum of Milling and Food
  • 3 Museum of Milling and Food (Museum van de Molen en de Voeding), Windmolenstraat 21 (Linde  32  55 ), +32 2 245 37 79. W-F 10:00-17:00, Sa-Su 13:00-17:30. Occupying the former windmill of Evere, built in 1841 to grind the grain of surrounding farms. It was hooked up to a steam machine in 1853, making the blades redundant, and they were disassembled shortly afterwards. From 1911 onwards, the will could no longer compete with larger mills and it lost its function. For the next 20 years, it became a location for various companies and factories unrelated to milling. From 1930 to 1983 most notably, the building served as a spices factory, after which the mill remained empty for 25 years. It gained the status of protected heritage in 1990 and was acquired by the municipality in 1998 which gave it its current function of museum in 2008. It hosts a permanent exhibition of machines and tools used for milling and processing spices, dating from the spices factory era. It also discusses the history of the mill, the development of milling techniques from prehistoric grindstones evolving to millstones and contemporary techniques. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions that change yearly, ranging from nutrituional themes to the history of breakfast, the history of sweets, culinary history of the First World War, forgotten and unusual vegetables, and so on. nl:Brussels Museum van de Molen en de Voeding on Wikipedia Brussels Museum of Milling and Food (Q3329505) on Wikidata
Portal to the Cemetery of Brussels, honoring fallen Belgian soldiers of the First World War
  • 4 Cemetery of Brussels (Begraafplaats  63  80  N04 ). The cemetery of Brussels is, rather ironically, situated behind the former NATO headquarters complex. Numerous inhabitants of Brussels with a historic significance are burried here, including former mayor Charles Buls, and Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen, founder of the Brussels University. Brussels_Cemetery on Wikipedia Brussels Cemetery (Q579666) on Wikidata
  • 5 Field of Honour. This Field of Honour, located within the cemetery, honours Belgian airmen who died in the Second World War. It is administered and maintained by the Belgian Ministry of Defence, although the Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemoratively lists 84 of the airmen buried here who died serving in British Commonwealth air forces following the fall of Belgium to Nazi German occupation in 1940. In all over 200 airmen are commemorated here with headstones. Around 30 of those, whose headstones are marked "missing" (in ancient Celtic "disparu"), have no known grave. The cemetery also contains the war graves of 53 British Commonwealth service personnel of the First World War and 587 from Second World War. Most of the graves from the former war, all within Plot X, are of bodies of prisoners of war exhumed from Germany and reburied here by the Canadian Corps in April 1919. Those of the latter war are of troops of the British Expeditionary Force in Belgium in May 1940 before the retreat to Dunkirk, aircrew crashed or shot down over Belgium, and, predominately, those on lines of communication duties after the liberation of Brussels in September 1944. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission are responsible for these graves as well as for 35 Foreign National service burials and 5 non-World War service burials. Second World War on Wikipedia
The Waterloo Campaign Monument at the Cemetery of Brussels
  • 6 British Waterloo Campaign Monument, Rond Punt der Geallieerden. Monument for British officers killed during the Waterloo Campaign of 1815. After being suggested in 1861,the City Council of Brussels approved to donate about 30 m² of cemetery to re-bury British officers whose graves were in or around Brussels, and on cemeteries around the battlefields of Waterloo and Quatre Bras. Queen Victoria personally oversaw the funding of a suitable monument. The sculpture, a design of Belgian artist Jacques de Lalaing, is a large edifice of bronze figures on a plinth of stone blocks. It depicts Britannia with her hemet and trident lowered, surrounded by weapons, uniforms and equipment. Inscribed to the sides of the plinth are shields bearing the names of the regiments that participated in the campaign. The monument was unveiled in 1890, with below it a crypt with 16 niches. It now contain 17 bodies, all of which were transferred here between 1890 and 1894. Of the 17 men, all but one died during the campaign: Sergeant-Major Edward Cotton survived the battle and became a tourist guide to the battlefields after the campaign. He was buried at Hougomont after his death in 1849 and also transferred to the Monument. Waterloo Campaign: Quatre Bras to Waterloo (Q20949761) on Wikidata
Innovation disaster memorial at the Cemetery of Brussels
  • 7 Memorial for the Victims of the Innovation Disaster, Rond Punt der Burgemeesters. Memorial dedicated to the 251 victims who perished in the flames of the Innovation disaster of 22 May 1967. It was erected in 1968 and consists of 4 white marble columns with the names of the victims engraved. L'Innovation Department Store fire on Wikipedia L'Innovation Department Store fire (Q2794675) on Wikidata
  • 8 Train World, Prinses Elisabethplein 5, Schaarbeek (in and next to the Schaarbeek train station; take the train; or take the tram  92  until its terminus station Schaarbeek station). Tu-Su 10:00 - 17:00. Belgian train museum, opened in September 2015. €10. Train World (Q14931504) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

  • 1 Josaphat Park (The border with the Schaarbeek district), +32 2 244 75 29. Considering its location in the city of Brussels, Josaphat Park is quite large. It is south and west of Boulevard Lambermont and most of it is east of Avenue Voltaire.
  • 2 Xtreme Park, Haachtsesteenweg 1385 (Middelweg  80 ). Su-F 17:00-22:00. Indoor skeelering, rollerskating, rollerblading and skateboarding facility, opened in 2018.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Le Grill, Avenue H. Conscience 137 (Near the roundabout where Avenue Notre Dame and Avenue H. Conscience meet), +32 2 851 26 99.
  • 2 L'Equilibre Sandwicherie, Avenue H. Conscience (Near the intersection of Rue Jean-Baptiste Desmeth and Avenue H. Conscience), +32 2 851 26 99.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • 1 Courtyard Brussels, Avenue des Olympiades-Olympiadenlaan 6, +32 2 337 08 08. Positioned between a housing and a commercial area, close to NATO and reasonably close to the airport. Quality furnished spacious rooms, cold breakfast is good but cooked breakfast questionable. Underground parking available.
  • 2 Hotel Mercure Brussels Airport, Avenue Jules Bordet 74 (North of the cemetery and not far south of N22), +32 2 726 73 35.

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

Other districts of Brussels adjacent to the North-East district include:

  • 1 Schaarbeek, a residential area to the south-west, with impressive architecture, and the Brussels Red Lights District.
  • 2 Woluwe, laid back residential area with neat tree lined boulevards, WV-Unesco-icon-small.svg UNESCO World Heritage site class architectural sights, and excellent restaurants.

Several adjacent towns in Flanders are also worth a day trip:

  • 1 Grimbergen to the north-west, with an impressive abbey, public lunar observatory, and world class spa.
  • 2 Kraainem to the east, easily reachable by Villo or bus, one of the earliest sites of industrialization around Brussels.
  • 3 Vilvoorde to the north, a former manufacturing hub of the car industry, nowadays overrun by immigrants.
  • 4 Tervuren to the south, an authentic town on the outskirts of the Sonian Forest.

This district travel guide to North-East is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.