BRUSSELS is a fascinating city,
fascinating for those who live in it, but also for those who merely observe it.
Brussels is a complex and controversial place, where (at least) two cultures meet.
Brussels, hub of art nouveau, can be unexpectedly charming.
Brussels, battlefield of real estate speculation, can also inspire indignation.
Brussels and its astonishing rejuvenation will in any case surprise you.
Belgium and Brussels also means; chocolate..
Choco-Story Brussels is the result of an encounter between two families who were passionate about the world of cocoa and chocolate. If you want to visit this place, please do not hesitate to register under, ATIC will organize this tour together on Saturday 21 April 2018 between 11 AM and 13 AM. Entrance price for group of 25 people and 1 guide is 150 euro. More info here.
Price: +/- 10 à 20 euro to be paid in the museum, depending on how many people are in the group and if the group wants a guide.
..Let’s not forget about the Belgian Beer…
Schaerbeek museum of beer: The aim of the museum is to teach the public in an appealing way all about brewing in Belgium. Visitors will see the history of beer, a variety of ancient machines used in brewing and beer production, a collection of roughly one thousand Belgian beer bottles, several hundred beer mats, beer glasses, a fine collection of café hoardings, etc. You can round off your visit by tasting a Schaerbeek beer, which is included in the admission price. If you want to visit this place, please do not hesitate to register under, ATIC will organize it, on Saturday 21 April 2018 between 14 PM and 18 PM. Entrance price for group of 25 people and 1 guide is 150 euro. More info here.
Price: +/- 10 à 20 euro to be paid in the museum, depending on how many people are in the group and if the group wants a guide.>
BRUKSELBINNENSTEBUITEN, the association Atic works with, is helping you to look at this city, and to understand it better, by walks, bus tours or tours with public transportation, and therefor organized for us following tours:
Saturday 21 April 2018: De Baljuw, de Kastelein & Horta
Group: max. 25 persons
Start: 13h, at the reception of the Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie, Avenue Louise 91-93.
Contents of the guided tour: “De Baljuw, de Kastelein & Horta”, with time for a coffee break
A district study near the hotels and conference place. Ixelles (Elsene) is hip. It is the Brussels neighborhood that has the highest number of expats from France, and that can be seen in the streetview. The houses and shops were built a hundred years ago for the ‘bourgeoisie’ but have been taken over today by ‘hipper people’. People, workaholics, who are looking for class and quality during the scarce leisure time. This has been translated into trendy, international shops and restaurants with a high quality range. Together with the enormous diversity of 19th-century architectural style, this is one of the major strengths in the district. End of the tour: 16h30, Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
Price: 20 euro to be paid on the spot to the Atic organization. The consumptions like for a coffee break is not included in this price.
Sunday 22 April 2018: Seeing and Kissing Brussels
Group: max. 49 persons
Start: 9 AM, at the reception of the Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie, Avenue Louise 91-93
Contents of the tour: ‘Seeing and Kissing Brussels’, with time for two coffee breaks and a ‘free lunch’ break.
A bus tour of the city's diversities, extremes and contrasts, problems, challenges and dynamics: including the medieval urban development with the commercial districts near the Zenne and the Coudenberg Castle in the upper city, the 16th-century quays, the 19th-century remediation with the Central Boulevards, the industrialization along the Channel to Charleroi, the outer harbour, Tour & Taxi and ‘Abattoir’, green landscaping in the Warandepark and Kruidtuin, art nouveau near the squares, working-class neighbourhoods such as Marollen and ‘Kleine Zenne’, office development with the World Trade Centre in the North Quarter and the European Union in the Leopold Quarter, migrant districts such as the Leopold Quartier, migrant districts, such as St Goriks,.... The outskirts of the city are also shown, including the Cinquantenaire Park, the ‘Woluwevallei’, the garden districts ‘Logis & Floreal’ and the student district of ‘Louvain-and-Woluwe’. On the way we take time for a few guided hikes and for two coffee breaks and a free lunch. End of the tour: 16h30, Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
Price: 30 euro to be paid on the spot to the Atic organization. The consumptions like for a coffee break and a lunch are not included in this price.
Monday 23 April 2018: ‘Europe’ districts
Group: max. 25 persons
Start: 9 am, at the reception of the Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie, Avenue Louise 91-93
Contents of the guided tour: Europe District, with time for a coffee break.
The Leopold district was built in the middle of the 19th century. It became a defensive neighbourhood for the rich bourgeoisie. But as soon as the inhabitants had a car at their disposal, they moved to the new outskirts of the city and sold their stately mansions to various government departments, which took over their cabinets and ministerial services. Since 1950, banks, insurance companies, holding companies and multinationals moved there. From 1958 onwards, the first ECSC, later EEC and European Union offices were opened. Today, on barely one square kilometre (1 km²) 100 000 people are employed. This ‘Brukselwalk’ runs along the Luxembourg Square, Leopold Park and Jourdanplein to the Schuman Square and shows you the current symbols of political and economic power: Berlaymont, EU Council of Ministers and Parliament, the Ariadne Bridge, the Committee of the Regions, but also: successful urban renewal at Jourdan, original new construction around Jean Reyplein, the restoration of the Residence Palace and the splendour of the Leopold Park. The guide picks up the group at the hotel, takes the participants by public transport to the starting point of the district reconnaissance and also brings them back to the hotel by public transport. End of the tour: 13h, Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
Price: 20 euro to be paid on the spot to the Atic organization. The consumptions like for a coffee break and a lunch are not included in this price.