"Being part of the capitol" Watermael-Boitsfort by cadzand

Watermael-Boitsfort Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 3 photos

This is one of the "towns" being part of the capitol Brussels.

Until the dawn of the 19th century, Watermael / Watermaal and Boitsfort / Bosvoorde formed two separate hamlets. After many years away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the commune and its calm valleys were turned upside down by Leopold II's urban renewal project. With easy access to the city, it gradually became a highly sought-after residential area.

Today, half of the commune's territory is covered by the forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud.

Clusters of semi-rural housing, both for workers and the middle class, give the commune a certain quaint charm. Their unique design qualities have won the garden quarters "Le Logis" and "Le Floréal" the status of protected sites. Together, Place Bischoffsheim / Bischoffsheimplein, Place Wiener / Wienerplein and Place Gilson / Gilsonplein constitute the centre of the commune's activities. The Place Keym / Keymplein, recently renovated without using any asphalt, has become the main commercial centre of Watermael / Watermaal.

The "Le Logis" and "Floréal" cities are particularly green, the roads are lined with trees. The many japanese cherry trees provide a magnificent sight when in blossom. The traditional road network is enhanced by a parallel network of footpaths penetrating into the blocks where semi-piblic meeting and recreation areas are located which are also accessible from the back of the dwellings. Today, these blocks have mainly become passageways, but the garden city remains a place to walk in.

  • Last visit to Watermael-Boitsfort: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated Apr 16, 2005
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  • Djinn76's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2006 at 1:46 PM

    J'ai decouvert ce site etonnant Dimanche passe grace a l'operation "Bruxelle ma decouverte"... la visite par une guide haute en couleur vallait largement le detour !!

  • vivimero's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2003 at 4:11 AM

    nice building!

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2003 at 8:04 AM

    More please! :-) Probably my favourite Brussels commune...

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2003 at 7:11 AM

    what a surprise/quelle surprise/wat een verrassing: a polyglot page...about brussels/brussel/bruxelles!merci,gini!

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