Walking tour

Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges/Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Sneeuw and colonial industry in Africa


Hôtel de Knuyt de Vosmaer, Lever House, the former Wolfers store, the neoclassical buildings on Rue Royale/Koningsstraat… these iconic buildings give the Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges/Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Sneeuw neighbourhood its distinctive identity to this day. All of them have links to the colonial industries that exploited raw materials from the Congo and had their headquarters in Brussels. From diamonds mined by Forminière to metals recycled by Umicore, palm oil produced by Lever Brothers to ivory used by the Wolfers brothers in their objets d’art, this tour will revisit our colonial past as seen through the forced Congolese exports that proved so very lucrative for Belgian industry.

In cooperation with Brussels Chatterguides.

Practical information

Sat. at 16:00 (EN), Sat. at 10:00 and 13:00 and Sun. at 13:00 and 16:00 (FR) and Sun. at 10:00 (NL) (duration: 2 hours)

Starting point: in front of Hôtel de Knuyt de Vosmaer, Place de la Liberté/Vrijheidsplein, Brussels

Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.