Walking tour

Exploring historic lifts/elevators

© Homegrade/Bruno PRADEZ

Take a guided walking tour around Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan and discover the little-known heritage of historic lifts/elevators, an inventory of which is currently being compiled by Homegrade, with the support of Urban’s Cultural Heritage Department. Some of the most remarkable examples in Brussels will be on display, as buildings not normally accessible to the public throw open their doors. Many of these lifts testify to Belgium’s exploitation of African resources – something which is particularly evident in their cabins made from Congolese wood. The tour will reveal the different types of timber used and try to trace their origins and the background to their exploitation, while also showcasing the technical and aesthetic development of lifts and the challenges involved in modernising them.

In cooperation with Homegrade.

Practical information

Sat. a Sun. at 10:00, 14:00 and 16:00 (FR) and Sat. a Sun. at 11:00 (NL) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes)

Starting point: Square Maréchal Montgomery/Maarschalk Montgomeryplein (at the corner of Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan and Avenue de l’Armée/Legerlaan), Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe and Etterbeek

Advance booking required. Up to 15 people per tour.