Walking tour

Etterbeek and decolonisation. How should we deal with dissonant heritage?

© Alfred de Ville de Goyet

A walking tour taking in memories of Belgian colonial history in the urban landscape of Brussels’ Barracks Quarter.

The names of 10% of Etterbeek’s streets and squares refer directly to Belgium’s military history in its African colonies. This public heritage is located in two historic areas of the municipality: the Quartier des Casernes/Kazernewijk (Barracks Quarter) and Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark. As you walk around the Barracks Quarter, street names and monuments will give you pause to think about and question the Belgian colonial era that is inextricably linked to the military history of Etterbeek and Belgium. Later on, you will hear the story of Leopold II and Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark and learn about the meaning of the term ‘dissonant heritage’.

In cooperation with Korei Guided Tours.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30 and 14:00 (NL) (duration: 2 hours)
Starting point: Louis Schmidt memorial, Place du Roi-Vainqueur/Koning Overwinnaarsplein, Etterbeek

Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.