Belgian Chocolate Village Museum (fully booked)
The buildings at Rue De Neck/De Neckstraat 20, part of which now houses the Belgian Chocolate Village interactive museum, weathered the whole of the 20th century and its two world wars. They were once the premises of the Victoria biscuit and chocolate factory.
In its heyday, Victoria was one of Belgium’s biggest chocolate manufacturers and employed up to 4,000 people. When the company was founded in Koekelberg in 1896, it made biscuits, producing 131 different varieties in all. In 1908, it began producing chocolate too. It initially sold chocolate bars, chocolates in boxes bearing images of the royal family, and plain chocolate, later expanding its range to include milk chocolate and chocolate with added almonds or hazelnuts. It soon set up factories in the Netherlands and France as well.
Inside the building, the walls of the stairwell leading to the first floor are still covered with their original glazed ceramic tiles. The first floor and the former manager’s office are now home to the museum café, Belle Époque, where visitors can relax and enjoy a vast array of exquisitely made, fair-trade delicacies, most of which are – as you might expect – chocolate-based. Alongside a workshop and rooms featuring informative displays, the museum boasts a tropical greenhouse where the temperature is maintained at 28°C and the humidity level at 85% all year round, enabling exotic plants to flourish in conditions that imitate their natural habitat.
Guided tours on Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (French), 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (Dutch). In cooperation with E-Guides.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Rue De Neck/De Neckstraat 20, Koekelberg
Guided tours only – advance booking required