Programme

Guided bicycle tour

The role of the Haren-Evere airfield and the airline Sabena in the colonisation of the Congo

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The first part of this guided bicycle tour (in the morning) will take you from Evere’s origins to its current centre, passing through a series of iconic locations in the municipality. The guide will also draw on stories, photographs and old documents.

The second part (starting at 14:00) will take you from the town hall to other locations in the centre and upper part of the municipality, including the former Haren-Evere airfield, cradle of Belgium’s military and civil aviation. The site was chosen by the Germans due to the presence of a railway line, built to transport the large quantities of chicory grown in this part of Brussels in the early 20th century. The guide will also discuss the role of the national airfield, aviation pioneer Edmond Thieffry and Belgium’s former national airline Sabena in the colonisation of the Congo.

In cooperation with GRACQ – Les Cyclistes quotidiens Evere.

Practical information

Sat. at 9:30 (French) (from Saint-Vincent/Sint-Vincentius Church to the town hall, duration: 3 hours 30 minutes) and at 14:00 (French) (from the town hall to Place De Paduwa/De Paduwaplein and back, duration: 3 hours 30 minutes)

Starting points: 9:30: in front of Saint-Vincent/Sint-Vincentius Church, Place Saint-Vincent/Sint-Vincentiusplein 2 (morning), Evere; 14:00: in front of the town hall, Square Servaes Hoedemaekers/Servaas Hoedemaekerssquare 10 (afternoon), Evere

Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour. Registration for two parts of the walk done separately, but think to register for both if you want to know the entire story.