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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

Laeken.Brussels bevraagt de Brusselse politici naar hun visie voor Laken

September 12, 2018

Laeken.Brussels bevraagt de Brusselse politici naar hun visie voor Laken

Het is duidelijk verkiezingstijd. Dit blijkt niet enkel uit de affiches die we verschillende etalages zien kleuren. Plots is de zaterdagmarkt op het Bockstaelplein een trekpleister voor politiek bezoek. De inhuldiging van het Annie Cordy park uitgezonderd, is het al lang geleden dat de markt en ruimer Laken zoveel aandacht van de Brusselse politici kreeg. […]

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This weekend in Laeken

September 8, 2018

This weekend in Laeken

Samedi: Braderie Rue Marie-Christine Les commerçants de la rue Marie-Christine invitent à leur braderie ce samedi et dimanche. Atomium Park Festival • Deep in House Free Open Air 3 stages free festival to celebrate the Atomium 60th anniversary all weekend long. Dimanche: Braderie Rue Marie-Christine Les commerçants de la rue Marie-Christine invite à leur braderie […]

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Laeken.Brussels vliegt er weer in

September 8, 2018

Laeken.Brussels vliegt er weer in

De zomervakantie is voorbij, ook voor Laeken.Brussels. Versterkt met een aantal nieuwe bestuurders (Yussef El Azhari, Philippe Lemoine en Barbara Louwagie) staat Laeken.Brussels klaar om er weer helemaal in te vliegen. In het afgelopen jaar is Laeken.Brussels erin geslaagd om samen met Joss World en de steun van Stad Brussel de website Laeken.Brussels vorm te […]

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Living in the Box – onze ideeën voor de duurzame participatieve wijk

Juli 28, 2018

Living in the Box – onze ideeën voor de duurzame participatieve wijk

Een mobiele structuur voor BookSwap en/of andere activiteiten – om in te zetten op markten en evenementen Een haag planten rond het OLV-Voorplein 3. Streetmarkers: de verschillende plaatsen in Laken-Bockstael visueel met elkaar verbinden in het straatbeeld Markten met aanbod van bio en lokale producten en met plaats voor de lokale verenigingen en initiatieven (al […]

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Lessons in Placemaking – Quartier durable citoyen “Living in the Box”

Juli 26, 2018

Lessons in Placemaking – Quartier durable citoyen “Living in the Box”

Texte par Thomas Sennesael Tour d’horizon du quartier dit Bockstael et ses places publiques à investir avec Christophe des architectes Suède 36 (Parc Pte de Ninove, guingettes, …). Comment allons-nous rendre ces espaces attractifs, vivants, habitables et conviviaux? En anglais ça s’appelle placemaking: La Place E. Bockstael, le Parvis Notre-Dame avec leur potentiel évident, la […]

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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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Interview Laeken.Brussels over het Bockstaelstation

Juni 9, 2018

Interview Laeken.Brussels over het Bockstaelstation

Naar aanleiding van onze interpellatie van Infrabel en de NMBS over de trieste staafvan het Bockstaelstation, werd Laeken.Brussels geïnterviewd. Bekijk het interview hier.

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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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