Overijse Things to Do

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    view from the fields
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    Overijse town hall
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    Museum of grapes

    by cadzand Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    Museum of the grapes

    As Overijse is well-known for his grapes growing in the glass-houses, it also has his museum of the grapes showing the hard labour of growing grapes in our climat and relating the story of the grapes through the ages.
    Open from April 1 until October 31
    Opening hours
    Monday until thursday from 9 until 12 a.m. and from 1 until 4 a.m.Friday from 9 until 12 a.m. Sundays from 2 until 5 p.m.

    Druivenmuseum

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    Den Blank culture center

    by cadzand Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    Den Blank Culture center

    You like exhibitions, theatre, film, then you'll feel happy after a visit to the culture center "Den Blank" next to the Swimming Pool "Begijntjesbad"

    Culuurcentrum Den Blank
    Begijnhof 11
    3090 OVERIJSE

    E-mail info@denblank.be

    opening hours please go to www.overijse.be --> Diensten --> cultuur or to their website www.denblank.be

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    A rural village

    by cadzand Written Jun 24, 2007
    view from the fields

    Look at this picture and you'll see how rural Overijse is, despite its location in the Brussels' neighbourhood. Just behind a potatofield you discover the Church and next to it the nice town hall. Nature is never far away.

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    Jezus-Eik (Notre Dame au Bois)

    by cadzand Updated Aug 14, 2006

    Jezus Eik is one of the 5 villages belonging to Overijse, and the first one on your way from Brussels to Overijse. The easiest one to reach too, as it lies along the E411.

    Are you interested in the complete history, the legend and old postcard views of this little village at the Zoniënwoud border, have a look at this link

    Jezus-Eik (only in flemish though)

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    Belgian wine ?

    by cadzand Updated Aug 14, 2006

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    Ever heard of belgian wine ? You can taste it at some local producers'.
    Overijse has grapes and wine-producers as twin-towns : Bruttig-Fankel (Mosel), Bacharach (Rhine), Macon (Saône), Lecco (Como lake) and Modra (Slowakia)

    Want to know more about belgian bio grapes and belgian wine production ?
    Have a look at www.soniën.be (only in flemisch though)

    Soniën
    Ingrid en Pips Luppens
    Hilde & Flup Luppens
    Brusselsesteenweg 538 - 3090-Overijse
    Tel/Fax: (02) 657.33.20 E-Mail: info@sonien.be


    Opening hours
    weekdays from 8 am until 12 am and 1 pm until 6 pm
    saterday open until 5 pm
    closed on sundays

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    Several kinds of grapes

    by cadzand Updated Sep 18, 2004

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    Grapes

    Several kinds of grapes are cultivated in heated green houses : white and sweet Muscat, delicious blue Leopold III, , Canon Hall,Colman, Ribier,Frankental and Chasselas.
    Not so easy to grow them by our chilly climat. The green houses have to be heated almost all over the year. As the grapes aren't grown in the open air, hulmidity is very important. That's why they also have to be watered regularly. "Cutting" the grapes, which means the small and still green grapes are severaly "thinned" with small cisors during the warm summermonths. This is a very intensiv hard working.

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    Grapes monument

    by cadzand Written Sep 4, 2004

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    Grapes monument Overijse

    The monument people raised in honour to the hard labour of the grape-farmers, growing grapes in greenhouses and having to clean the bunch of grapes during their growth, cutting the small grapes in order to letting the others develop.
    It stands at the entrance of the grapes museum.

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    The grapes museum and tourist office

    by cadzand Written Sep 4, 2004

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    De bonten Os Overijse

    In this typical village house you'll find the tourist office and the grapes museum.
    Overijse is well known for its grapes.

    The lambic brewers weren't only established in the Senne valley, but also in the valley of the Yssche . This small river has its spring in the Forêt de Soignes and flows through villages like Hoeilaart, Overijse and Huldenberg. In this valley there used to live many brewers who made delicious lambic.

    They didn't add cherries or raspberries to their beer, but grapes which had been cultivated in greenhouses. By blending muscat grapes and lambic, the brewers and beer merchants produced the "druivenlambik" (grapes lambic).

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    Justus Lipsius' house

    by cadzand Written Sep 4, 2004

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    Justus Lipsius' house Overijse

    This is the Justus Lipsius birth-house, where the famous classicist and classic philosopher lived from 1547 until 1606. I'm not really proud of how this house at present looks like. It really needs to be restored. It was built in Renaissance style in the XVIth cent.
    Actually it houses the local music school.

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    The town hall

    by cadzand Written Sep 4, 2004

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    Overijse town hall

    The town-hall was built in traditional red brick and white sandstone in the XVIth cent.In the XIIth cent.it was a duke's residence and became a "Coninckxhuys" or King's house in the XVIth cent., after it was reconstructed in 1489. Charles Quint slept here on September 28 1543 (and I even don't remember where I slept a couple of years ago hahaha). It became the townhall after the big fire of April 28 1692.

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    a pond in the village center

    by cadzand Updated Aug 14, 2006

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    This lovely little pound is situated at aprox. 100 m of the village center and belongs to the "Mariadal", home for elderly people.

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    Justus Lipsius

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    Justus Lipsius statue Overijse

    As a philosopher, Justus Lipsius watches everything happening beyond his eyes, from the plinth in the center of the square, between the townhall and the church

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    St. Martinus church

    by cadzand Written Sep 4, 2004

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    Overijse St. Martinus church

    St. Martinus church is the main church in the village center. If you look ath the right upper side near the church you already see the fields as a testimony of the rural character of Overijse.

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