Walking tour

Grey to green: the Tour & Taxis site then and now

Tour & Taxis takes its name from the Thurn und Taxis family, from Germany, who operated a major postal service until the period when Belgium fell under French rule. Given its ideal location, the site was expanded to accommodate Europe’s largest freight station in the early 20th century. On this tour, you will explore part of the site, beginning at the Herman Teirlinck Building in Avenue du Port/Havenlaan, before taking in the Brussels Environment building (nicknamed “the toaster”), the royal warehouse and the marine terminal building, and finally the park. As you walk around the site, you will take a closer look at the structures there, which use diverse materials, including glass, iron, bricks and blue limestone, and learn more about them and other landmarks in the area, like the recently erected Bas Smets obelisk and Parckfarm. The tour will focus on the many colours adorning the 45-hectare site, and also on its citizen engagement and the objectives AUTHENTICITY – INNOVATION – COMMUNITY driving its redevelopment into a sustainable space.

In cooperation with Culturama.

Practical information

Sat. at 14:00 and Sun. at 11:00 and 14:00 (French), Sat. at 11:00, 13:30 and 15:30 and Sun. at 11:00, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30 (Dutch) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes).

Starting point: in front of the Herman Teirlinck Building, Tour & Taxis site, Avenue du Port/Havenlaan 86C, Brussels
Advance booking required: call 02 569 27 74 or email Up to 20 people per tour.
14 20 57 88 Tour et Taxis - Thurn en Taxis