"Overijse and the grapes" Overijse by cadzand

Overijse Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 47 photos

Overijse in Flemish Brabant is my home-town, the village where I live since over 30 years. It has more than 24000 inhabitants. Flemish is spoken by the majority of the inhabitants, french is widely spoken too. A large part of the inhabitants come from other european countries, thanks to the European Community, as the Brussels headquarter is nearby.

Next to Overijse-centrum, there are the separated villages Jezus-Eik, Eizer, Terlanen, Ottenburg, Tombeek and Maleizen, which are part of Overijse.

Flemish Brabant has rolling contours, its ground level rising gradually from north to south, culminating in the Forest of ZoniŽn at 139 m. In 1822 the Forest of ZoniŽn still covered an area of 12.000 ha. That was all that was left of the once so mighty ?Kolen Forest?, which was used by the first Belgian historians to explain the phenomenon of the language border. Today there only remains about one third of the Forest of ZoniŽn as it was in 1822. The largest part of this lies in Flemish Brabant. For a long time the poorest of the poor lived in and around this forest, as was the case with every forest in the world.
The ring of poor boroughs around the Forest of ZoniŽn very slowly developed into a residential zone for richer people moving out of Brussels, many of them French speakers, and later also as a home to well-off officials from the European Community, NATO staff and executives from foreign companies. This part of Flemish Brabant has always keenly felt the pressure of Brussels. The fact that the new province is Flemish may lighten this pressure, but cannot remove it.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:a small and friendly village
  • Cons:can't find any :-))
  • In a nutshell:my home town !
  • Last visit to Overijse: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    I have had some Belgiam wine, and look forward to some more. Great Page!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2007 at 6:23 AM

    Back for another visit to your lovely little village. Seems very peaceful and beautiful. Fascinating info about growing grapes. What is limbic? Haven't heard of that. Perhaps one day I will taste it.

  • Norali's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2007 at 5:32 AM

    A ton aise, Blaise... lol Bonne chance pour la rťparation... ou alors ferais-tu un petit tour chez Mediamarkt ou chez les vendeurs Bd Anspach ?

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2006 at 12:13 PM

    Ik heb nog niet het genoegen gehad U te mogen ontmoeten. En ben heel blij om dat te kunnen doen volgend jaar op onze "First flanders wild-west meeting"! Bedankt voor U inschrijving. We zijn vorig WE gaan wandelen van Leuven tot Leefdaal. mooie streek !JP

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2006 at 4:30 AM

    From all you have shown us here it looks like we will have to visit Overjise when we are staying in Leuven !!!

  • KarenandCory's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2005 at 6:37 AM

    Thanks for the stroll thru your hometown. Looks like a lovely place to visit.

  • basstbn's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2005 at 10:31 AM

    I equally enjoyed seeing the photos of your charming village and lovely garden. Nice page.

  • mickebear's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2005 at 12:18 PM

    I envy your beautiful plants... difficult to grow those in a Brussels townhouse and on our terrace

  • livi4's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2005 at 6:47 PM

    very nice pages again. you sure get around, don't you ? cheers.

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2005 at 8:24 PM

    Well Gini I didn't realize you were born on St. Pat's day. Best wishes! Hope you have a grand day. I didn't know about Belgian wine but I love your beers. I am not familiar with "Iambic." Is it a beer or wine?

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