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Living in Schaarbeek

by AlainAD

Hello, I will soon be moving to Schaarbeek, near to parc Josephat.
I was wondering how safe this area is and if anyone has any tips?

Re: Living in Schaarbeek

by AlainAD

Also, I was wondering what part of Schaerbeek is considered "uptown Schaerbeek" and what part is "downtown Schaerbeek" (as I read about on wikipedia)

Re: Living in Schaarbeek

by qaminari

VT is a travel forum, not the best place for information about living in a particular place. I would advise you to look on which also has plenty of information for newcomers to Brussels (including description of various communes) as well as a q&a section.
Brussels is a relatively safe city and Schaerbeek is certainly not the least safe area - what pass for crime hotspots in Brussels are Gare du Midi and (for pickpockets) the Midi and Molenbeek markets - but of course the same tips apply in Brussels as in most other cities, e.g. watch your wallet in the metro, and it is best to have a "security" door; your person is unlikely to be in danger but your property could be if you don't take the usual precautions. Schaerbeek is home to a number of Turkish and Moroccan-Belgians (there are lots of Turkish restaurants in ch. de Haecht and Turkish bakeries and greengrocers etc. around), which I personally like; but anyway, the part of Schaerbeek near Parc Josaphat is a nice residential area and lots of people from the EU institutions also live there.

Re: Living in Schaarbeek

by breughel

Your question is difficult to answer for somebody born in Brussels and who lived there for half a century because one might infringe the "politically correct rules" which are imposed by the Belgian authorities.

These last 20-30 years security has decreased in Brussels in a dramatic way; there are now districts of "no-law".
Gaminari was correct to mention The Gare du Midi area, and Molenbeek (parts near the centre). These last years parts of Anderlecht (Cureghem) were added to areas where the policy is not "welcome".
Schaerbeek is in the average. More "bourgeois" districts (communes) like Woluwé, Uccle are on the safer side.
Now it is all relative to from where you are coming. If you are coming from hell Schaerbeek will be heaven for you.

If you read French or Dutch you will get more info in the Belgian papers on the net:
La Libre Belgique, Le Soir, La Dernière Heure (all in French) or De Standaard (Dutch).

So welcome to Brussels. Visit the museums, they are safe!

Travel Tips for Brussels

Orientation in Brussels

by DanielF

The city of Brussels is composed of 19 independent municipalities with very different personalities. This, however, should not lead you to think that Brussels is a sprawling collection of towns. These municipalities are rather like boroughs or districts of the city, which remains compact and dense, if a bit confusing and not very easily navigated (the lack of adequate public transportation does not help much in this sense).

There are sights of interest for the tourists scattered in almost all of the municipalities, but the bulk of the attractions is concentrated in the proper municipality of Brussels (locally referred to as Bruxelles ville), which includes the historic core of the city, known as the Pentagon for the shape given by the former city walls – today replaced by busy and mostly uninteresting boulevards.

From this historic area, the municipality of Brussels has grown tentacularly at the expenses of its neighbours. It also includes today the Quartier Léopold, where most of the European Institutions have their head quarters; the Laeken and Heyzel areas, where the Atomium and the infamous stadium are located; and the Avenue Louise, stretching as far as the Wood of Lacambre, one of the city's green lungs. The rest of the municipalities in the Brussels region differ in size and character, from working-class Anderlecht to BoBo Ixelles or posh Uccle, and they are generally a good place to take a jaunt off the traditional tourist path and to interact with the locals.

The city is built on several hills - some people they are seven, like any city who prizes itself to be built on hills, but I honestly have never cared to count them. This makes walking to some areas quite tiresome, but provides for panoramic views of the historic area of the city from several vantage points.

The so-called House of the...

by sandysmith

The so-called House of the Dukes of Brabant in the Grand Place - actually a group of 7 houses, each with a different name. The ensemble is called 'The Dukes of Brabant' because on the first floor, under the windows, the statues of the dukes can be seen. No duke or king actually lived here. The names of the houses are: The FAME - The HERMIT - The FORTUNE - The WINDMILL - The TIN POT - The HILL - The BEURS


by bugulma

The cathedral is located on Treurenberg Hill, it is not far from the center and close to the central railway station. The first church was built in 1046 to saint Gudula (the name of the cathedral St Michael and St Gudula Church). In XIII century the church was renovated in the gothic style. Some reconstruction and renovated works took place in the long history of the cathedral and the last one was finished in 1999.

View from the Atomium

by chancay

The exhibition of 1958

The only major monument of 1958 that has remained at the Heysel is also the most spectacular: the Atomium (see below). This was the first world exhibition to take place after World War II. The entire economic outlook was much better than in the 1930's (the creation of the European Economic Community in 1957) and the world was vibrating with enthusiasm for the new technologies (nuclear power, the first satellite launch by the soviets, etc.). Over 35 million people visited the Expo 58 and 46 countries from six continents were represented. Most pavilions were built in a very modern futuristic architectural style which became the symbol of that era.

Nowadays the Heysel park is still visited by many. Next to the football stadium is KINEPOLIS, a major movie complex with 28 cinema rooms and a giant IMAX screen. Another main attraction is the beautiful MINI-EUROPE park, which contains miniature models (scale 1:25) of major monuments from the member states of the European Union.


The Midi...

by Nice_Girl


The Midi Market is the big market of Belgium, located near Gare du Midi, exotic market, with fresh products, every sunday morning !

Other markets :

- Grand Place : birds and flowers markets every morning.

- Place du Jeu de Balle : flea market, every day from 7:00 to 14:00


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