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Het Atomium, het Heizelcomplex met zijn stadion en Brussels Expo, Rodin’s denker, de Japanse toren en het Chinese paviljoen, dit alles en nog veel meer is te vinden in Laken.

10 places to visit in Laeken

Atomium

The Atomium, the flagship building of Expo58 - the world exhibition which was organised on the territory of Laeken in 1958, has become the very symbol of Brussels. It attracts by its modernist architecture and its panorama on the city. It also houses a museum on the Expo58 as well as a panoramic restaurant by a renowned chef.

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ADAM - Art & Design Atomium Museum

The Atomium’s design collection, as well as a huge private donation, have allowed the creation of the Art & Design Atomium Museum in 2015. ADAM hosts a permanent exhibition of the world’s biggest plastic design collection, the Plasticarium, along with temporary exhibitions on design topics.

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Mini-Europe

In the international political and journalistic world, Brussels is synonymous with the European Commission. The city is proud to host on its territory the main European institutions. Nothing more natural than exploring this European topic in the miniature park Mini-Europe, which showcases the emblematic buildings of the capitals of the European Union. Mini-Europe is located a stone's throw from the Atomium (and can also be admired from the panoramic sphere of the latter).

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Heysel

With two world exhibitions in 1935 and 1958, the Heysel not only saw the Palais des Expositions and the Atomium, but it has remained since the main venue of the major fairs in Brussels: Batibouw, The Auto Show, Made in Asia, Bokenfestijn ... to name but a few annual events. The Palais 12 is now the main hall for international stars - and on the Heysel plateau, the King Baudouin stadium hosts the national football team and the most important athletics event in the country, The Van Damme Memorial. A major development project is under way, NEO, which aims to exploit this territory even more to set up a congress center, shopping center and housing.

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Royal greenhouses

It's every year in spring time when search results for Laeken go up: the Royal greenhouse's effect. The magnificent glass and steel construction which was designed for Leopold II opens its doors in April-May to present its collections of flora and exotic trees. This event is also an opportunity to admire the beauty of an immense royal park which is closed to the public for the rest of the year.

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Japanese Tower and the Chinese Pavilion

Both the Japanese Tower and the Chinese Pavilion were commissioned by Leopold II. The two buildings, which house collections of Japanese and Chinese art in an unusual setting, form together the Museum of the Extreme Orient (run by the Royal Museums of Art and History). They are currently closed for renovation, but their beautiful garden is always accessible.

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Greenery theatre at the Osseghem park

Located next to the Atomium, the Osseghem Park hides a quite romantic open-air amphitheater, the "théâtre de verdure". During the summer months, this is the place to be for events such as Brosella, a two-day folk and jazz festival which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016.

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Florist’s Gardens

A quiet piece of green with a stunning view of Brussels, the Florist’s Gardens (which are - of course - a heritage of Leopold II) are accessible either through the Colonial Garden or the Sobieski Park. Just follow the signs - all the parks in Laeken are connected to one another by the Green Walk.

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Our Lady of Laeken and Laeken cemetery

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Much more than the Royal Greenhouses and the Atomium

Laeken derives its fame from its castle: a few months after the birth of Belgium in 1830, it became the residence of the Belgian sovereigns.

Nowadays, Laeken has even more to offer than the royal estate and its surroundings. A wide variety of tourist attractions – historical heritage, cultural life and outdoor activities – await visitors from Belgium and all over the world.

More specifically, Laeken can be proud to count on its territory the two main tourist attractions of the Brussels region: the Atomium and Mini-Europe.

But that’s not all. Laeken is full of surprises and hidden treasures such as the miraculous spring at the top of the drève Sainte-Anne, Rodin’s thinker at the cemetery of Laeken or the Monument to Labour by Constantin Meunier, a friend of Rodin’s .

 

Extraordinary gardens and parks

With its prestigious history as a royal residence and having been the site of the 1958 World Fair, Laeken today counts a multitude of gardens and parks. Laeken is a green municipality.

The expressive garden architecture covers a wide variety of styles and periods, from the 19th century to the present day. The most remarkable green spaces are adjacent to the royal estate: Laeken Park, Osseghem Park, the Colonial Garden, the garden of the Japanese Tower and the Chinese Pavilion, the Florist’s Gardens, the Sobieski Park and the Square of the 21 July.

All these parks are interconnected by the green promenade, a circuit between all parks and forests of the Brussels region.

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News

Weekend in La(e)ken – 7 & 8 juillet 2018

Juli 4, 2018

Weekend in La(e)ken – 7 & 8 juillet 2018

7 juillet, 11-13h : Guided Visit Tour & Taxis What is the story behind Tour & Taxis? What was the use of these beautiful buildings? This site, threatened with demolition, was saved for future generations by the action of La Fonderie and other social actors. Even more questions will be answered in this monthly guided tour that […]

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Festivals à Laeken – juillet 2018

Juni 26, 2018

Festivals à Laeken – juillet 2018

Les vacances d’été arrivent et avec eux le temps des festivals:   29/6 – 1/7: Couleur Café Du 29 juin au 1er juillet, le parc au pied de l’Atomium se transforme en oasis exotique de parfums, de saveurs et d’expériences en tous genres. En plus des concerts et des DJ sets sur nos 7 scènes, vous y […]

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Laeken meets – this weekend in Laeken

Juni 22, 2018

Laeken meets – this weekend in Laeken

This weekend, you will have plenty of possibilities to meet with us, your neighbours, other Laekeners: Saturday – 23/6 – 18h -22h, Au bord de l’eau: Fête avec DJ-ette Larry More Saturday – 23/6 – 22h, La Perle : La fièvre du Samedi Soir Sunday 24/6, 10:30h – Solstice d’été au cimetière de Laeken Sunday 24/6, 14h – 17h : […]

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Lettre ouverte à Infrabel pour une gare Bockstael digne / Open brief aan Infrabel voor een waardig station Bockstael

Mei 29, 2018

Lettre ouverte à Infrabel pour une gare Bockstael digne / Open brief aan Infrabel voor een waardig station Bockstael

Een aantal bewoners hebben op de dag van de netheid zich ingezet om een aantal bloemen te planten in de berm van het Bockstael station. Hiermee wouden ze onderlijnen hoe een eenvoudige tussenkomst het triest aanzien van dit station – waarvan het onderhoud bijzonder te wensen overlaat –  kan wijzigen. Naar aanleiding van dit initiatief heeft Laeken.Brussels […]

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8/6/18 Eeuwfeest van het Salomon Van Beverorgel / Centenaire de l’orgue Salomon Van Bever 1918-2018

Mei 26, 2018

8/6/18 Eeuwfeest van het Salomon Van Beverorgel / Centenaire de l’orgue Salomon Van Bever 1918-2018

De parochie van H. Hart en St.-Lambertus viert feest ! Dit jaar is het 100 jaar geleden dat het beroemde Salomon Van Beverorgel werd geïnstalleerd in de Sint–Lambertuskerk aan de Heizel te Laken. Dit jubileum wil de parochie op gepaste wijze vieren met een orgelconcert. De vaste titularis, Willem Ceuleers, zal feestelijk orgelwerk brengen van […]

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Bienvenue au Marchés du Parvis Notre Dame de Laeken!

Mei 21, 2018

Bienvenue au Marchés du Parvis Notre Dame de Laeken!

A partir du 10 juin, le Parvis Notre Dame sera le rendez-vous (presque) mensuel pour des marchés de producteurs locaux – fruits et légumes, épicerie fine, produits laitiers issues de l’agriculture biologique et produits boulangers faits maison. Chaque deuxième dimanche du mois sera consacré à un thème spécifique. Le 10 juin mettra ainsi à l’honneur les […]

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Impressions Marché Floral

Mei 7, 2018

Impressions Marché Floral

Le 17ième marché floral de Laeken s’est terminé en beauté et avec les plus hautes températures jamais enregistrées pour cet événement phare du comité de quartier Marie-Christine Reine Stéphanie. Le Parvis Notre Dame rayonnait sous le soleil, baigné dans une mer de fleurs! Chanteurs et pirates-musiciens ont ajouté à l’ambiance, tout comme les cloches de l’église. […]

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Kunstenaarsstraat in de bloemetjes

April 28, 2018

Kunstenaarsstraat in de bloemetjes

Zaterdag 21/4 was het ambiance in de Kunstenaarsstraat. Naar aanleiding van de dag van de netheid organiseerde het buurtcomite van de kunstenaarsstraat o.l.v. Nadine Serbruyns er een plantactie gevolgd door een gezellige barbecue op het zonnig terras van het Café des artistes. Wie wou mee helpen kreeg een schep en plantjes waarmee de net herstelde plantenbakken verder gevuld konden […]

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17. Bloemenmarkt – 6 mei – Onze Lieve Vrouw Voorplein Laken

April 22, 2018

17. Bloemenmarkt – 6 mei – Onze Lieve Vrouw Voorplein Laken

De 17e Bloemenmarkt wordt gehouden op 6 mei 2018 op Onze Lieve Vrouw Voorplein in Laken. Georganiseerd door het buurtcomité Maria-Christina/Koningin/Stefania, brengt de bloemenmarkt samen: Bezoeken, animaties en ateliers Een enooorme miam miam stand Compostmeesters / Groentetelers Bookswap Ferme Maximilien: standen en demonstraties Speel-o-theek (Codémus Concept) Zadenkiosk aan de Help Desk van het buurtcomité Scouts […]

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ENTER kunstenfestival 26-29 april LAKEN

April 18, 2018

ENTER kunstenfestival 26-29 april LAKEN

Volgende week donderdag al landt ENTER, het multidisciplinair en nomadisch kunstenfestival, in vier erg verschillende Brusselse wijken, waaronder Laken. Buurtbewoners, kunstenaars én verenigingen gingen samen in de cockpit zitten en speelden de hoofdrol in de creatie en programmatie van het festival, wat je best uniek mag noemen! In Laken boksten ze een programma in elkaar […]

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