Recommendable Tourist Trap: the Koekelberg panoramic view

Recommendable Tourist Trap: the Koekelberg panoramic view

Here’s an activity that rates extremely high in the Make Your Lunchbreak Extraordinary category!

I bet you didn’t know you could climb up the giant urban pastry that is the Brussels basilica of Koekelberg? So yep, it is possible, you can even take a lift bringing you straight up to the 52,80-meter-high gallery offering a unique view over the Belgian capital. There’s not much else to say about it, except that it’s obviously not good for your vertigo, there are a lot of funny pigeons up there and it makes for an extremely interesting sight.

It’s also the only place in Brussels where the basilica, which I honestly seriously dislike, is nòt in plain sight. Said building is one of the five biggest churches in the world by the way -ranging after Saint Paul’s in London, Saint Peter’s in London, Notre-Dame de la Paix in Yamoussoukro (Côte d’Ivoire) and Santa Maria Dei Fiori in Firenze. People started fantasizing about the huge construct in 1880 yet, courtesy of two world wars, it wouldn’t be finished until 1951. That’s all for the history lesson, keep it in mind for your next quiz :p

With that said: go up, smuggle a sandwich and enjoy a pretty spectacular lunch break!


Fancy a visit? More info via Koekelberg.

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