From March to December, let Pro Velo take you on a ride. Performance and physical exercise take a back seat, as we (re)discover the pleasures of cycling along a wealth of scenic trails.
Register by the preceding Friday.
An excellent activity and unique way to rediscover Brussels!
As part of Urban Summer, Bozar, in collaboration with the Pro Velo association, invites you to join in a series of thematic bike rides across Brussels. For this occasion, we asked four artists based in Brussels to imagine a route through the city inspired by their artistic practice and their personal experience, each telling a different story of Brussels. From the Mont des Arts to Tour&Taxis, from Porte de Namur to the Parc du Cinquantenaire, join us to discover the places and the stories told by these artists: Anthea Missy, Anne Paulicevich, Benjamin Tollet and Pascal Verbeken.
With this bike tour Pascal Verbeken will take you on journey from the Mont des Arts to the Canal, where we explore a number of neighbourhoods which are undergoing rapid evolution. The Tour & Taxis site, post-industrial Molenbeek, the garden district of Het Rad/La Roue in Anderlecht, Kuregem and its car trade, and the market at the Abattoirs. Districts with a rich history and which reveal the city's future.
Pascal Verbeken learned to read, write and gaze out of the window in primary-school classes taught by Mr Walter in a railway estate in Ghent. Since 1990, he has been working for publications such as De Standaard, Humo, De Morgen, Knack, Le Vif/L’Express, De Groene Amsterdammer and Wilfried. He has written books and made several documentaries.
Since October 2020, he has been the Chief Editor of the Dutch-language edition of Wilfried mag, the first Belgian magazine using reports and photographic journalism to cover the entire country, and not only the local region and language group. Wilfried is a quarterly magazine published on paper in Dutch and French. It is produced by a mixed team of Dutch and French speakers, and based on the journalistic philosophy of author Georges Simenon: “Comprendre, ne pas juger” (Understand, do not judge).
This bike tour will be given in Flemish and English.
As part of Urban Summer, Bozar, in collaboration with the Pro Velo association, invites you to join in a series of thematic bike rides across Brussels. For this occasion, we asked four artists based in Brussels to imagine a route through the city inspired by their artistic practice and their personal experience, each telling a different story of Brussels. From the Mont des Arts to Tour&Taxis, from Porte de Namur to the Parc du Cinquantenaire, join us to discover the places and the stories told by these artists: Anthea Missy, Benjamin Tollet, Anne Paulicevich & Pascal Verbeken.
Anthea Missy is an artist from street art culture and lives in Brussels. In her murals, she creates stories around cute characters with a pop-art design. Her most notable Brussels works include Ihsane Jarfi, a portrait of an LGTBQI victim, as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the integration of diversity, and Women Bike the City, a work that sees the bicycle as a means of freedom for reconnecting with the inner child and serving female emancipation.
This bike tour will be given in French and English.
WARNING : Following the lack of participants, this tour is cancelled
In 1893 Victor Horta builds the Tassel Hotel. Only a few blocks away, one of his colleagues, Paul Hankar, built his own house. These two masterpieces, just a hundred meters apart, revolutionised architecture forever. See the origins of Art Nouveau in the streets of Ixelles and Saint Gilles. During this accessible journey, we will also encounter many other achievements of the greatest architects of the time: Ernest Blérot, Gustave Strauven, the Delune brothers, Paul Hamesse, … An accessible, yet awe-inspiring architectural digest in an amiable atmosphere!
This bike ride is a celebration of one of the most famous cyclists in the world, Eddy Merckx, five times winner of the Tour de France. From his childhood in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre to his numerous victories, pedal and discover the “Cannibal’s” route. Mixing anecdotes from the Tour du France with the history and development of the bicycle in Brussels, this tour provides a chance to hop on your bike in his honour in the Belgian capital.
All these questions, and many more, will be answered during this bike tour, dedicated to the remarkable brewing heritage of Brussels. Belgian beer culture, featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 2016, is amazingly vast, and well-present in Brussels.
Starting from the Maison des Brasseurs on the Grand Place, we will discover both old and new breweries, as well as many of the infamous bars which dot the city centre. Afterward we head to the canal district, with its old industrial breweries, to reach the Brussels Gueuze Museum and the Cantillon brewery.
We will charge a supplement of €4.50 to visit the Cantillon brewery.
Do you have two hours at hand? Take a bike ride through Brussels streets and parks, discovering the city’s green heritage made noteworthy both by its strong presence and its variety. From the stunning 19th century squares passing through hidden small parks to the large green spaces, this quick ride will make you want to come back and walk around for longer!
During this tour, we will drive through the European district and the Cinquantenaire park (stopping at the Berlaymont building) and the beautiful Art Nouveau Squares quarter.
Next, we continue our route to the city centre through the city’s main park (federal parliament, royal palace) and its contrasting neighbourhoods, remarkable monuments, and charming squares (Marolles district and the Palais de Justice, the Dansaert and Beguinage districts, ...). An original route, that steers clear from clichés!
Whether it’s milk, white or dark, chocolate is a major part of the gastronomic scene in Brussels. From the cocoa bean to praline, you will find out everything there is to know about chocolate and its various guises. Who invented praline? To what does Belgian chocolate owe its flavour? When did cocoa arrive in our region? Mount your bike and set out to find the traditional chocolatiers like Neuhaus, Mary, Corné Port Royal and new masters such as Frédéric Blondeel or Benoit Nihan.
We drive by many of his most famous buildings -- like the Horta Museum, the Autrique House and Hôtel Solvay -- but also some lesser-known gems. Our tour traverses Ixelles and Schaerbeek, and is open to all (levels of fitness, prior knowledge, ...). There's no more pleasant or unwinding way to discover the work of the grandmaster of the Art Nouveau style.
The Union, after all, supports countless urban developmental, social, ecological, recreational and design projects that improve the quality of life and sustainable development throughout the continent. As such, Europe is also present in Brussels in this sense: by tangibly supporting a host of small, local projects in its own epicentre.
The tour is also available in french/dutch at 14:00
It is possible to rent a bike for free
Both an architect and an inventor, this student of Victor Horta brought a quasi-Baroque style to Art Nouveau. Through the houses he built, which could be straight out of a fairytale, Strauven exhibits his virtuosity and imagination. To mark the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his death, take a bike ride through the architect’s sumptuous facades and esteemed floral decorations. From Brussels to Schaerbeek, discover the life and revolutionary ideas of this young architect through his work.
Discover the nature reserves and fallow grounds of Brussels. Boasting a rich diversity of animal and plant species, the farrows are areas which have been abandoned and are temporarily unused. In Brussels, they represent an environmental heritage in need of preservation and maintenance. You will also discover several sites and different projects linked to the fallows there.
Brueghel moved to the Marolles in 1563 to be closer to the city’s centre of power. He passed the last years of his life and produced two thirds of his work there. Dive into the Brussels of this time which was one of the most important seats of power in Europe. Discover the life of the court and the most ancient quarters of the city. From the Église de la Chapelle (the Chapel Church) at Coudenberg or the Porte de Hal (Halle Gate) in the heart of the Marolles, discover the traces left behind by this illustrious figure and the medieval city.
From Brussels, follow the guide along paths to arrive in the thousand-year-old city of Leuven. The former capital of the Duchy of Brabant and seat of the oldest university in Belgium, this town known for its cloth industry also contains monuments which are testaments of its prestigious past. Following these lanes, discover the Grand Place (central square) and the city hall, university halls and the famous library as well as the Grand Béguinage, listed as UNESCO World Heritage.
* If the route is too long, you can return on the train (Train ticket + bike ticket from €5 in advance).
* Take a picnic for lunchtime.
Cycling some 16 km in northern Brussels, we encounter many of the biggest comic book heroes and heroines. Professional guides from Pro Velo lead the way.
Come by your own bike or rent one of ours (for free) when making your reservation. Riding along is also free, but registration is compulsory. To register, visit this website (no registrations on the Pro Velo website): https://shop.agenda.brussels/en/expand/init/2093
Picture: ©Eric Danhier
The city’s culinary specialities include bloempanch, pottekeis, geuze sour beer, … We will discover where and how these delights are traditionally made – and, of course: how they taste. (Spoiler: very well!)
This tour focuses on gastronomy, but will also touch on other aspects of the culinary history of Brussels.
For a 5 euro supplement, you get to taste two delicious local specialities and one beer.
Une très agréable visite de Bruxelles qui allie architecture Art Nouveau et espaces verts. Du Parc de Bruxelles, le circuit rejoint Schaerbeek, la Maison Autrique et l’avenue Louis Bertrand bordée d’immeubles très intéressants. Puis le parc Josaphat, superbe espace vert urbain du début du XXème siècle, le parc du Cinquantenaire, le quartier des squares et enfin le parc Leopold. Bref du vert et de belles façades pleins les yeux !
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