The Ikaros statue adorns the business park of the same name. It is the work of the artist and ex-pilot d’Ydewalle from Ghent. The statue represents the mythological character “Ikaros”. It can be considered as the first aviation pioneer and symbolises the dynamical economical activity in and around the Zaventem airport.more
The most recent development of office buildings is going on at the ancient site of the “Tannerie de Saventhem”. The site is divided into two areas with offices in the first phase of work and a possible conference centre and hotel to follow. This project is an example of the regeneration of old industrial sites in Flanders. It integrates the new...more
The Mariadal castle was built on the foundations of an ancient farmstead (15th century). In 1896 baron Emile de Munck bought the farmstead and pulled down the main building. He built the present castle on the ancient sandstone foundation. In 1937 the municipality bought the Mariadal castle and rebuilt it in 1988. Nowadays it is used for cultural...more
The old water mill called “De Losser” or the “Kleine Molen” was built on the river Woluwe. In 1900 the Société Industriel de Caoutchoue (S.I.C.) moved in and the water mill became a rubber factory. Today the factory is deserted and who knows what will happen with this example of industrial archaeology?more
If you think Italian food is only made of pizzas, it's time to discover something else...This is an authentic Italian restaurant, not too sure what is the relationship between the boss, the cooks and the waiters but they may look like a big italian family...The place is quite big, lots of space, several rooms,... but the atmosphere stays pretty...more
I was not really used to slavic food but this was a really nice experience...This is indeed a yougoslavian restaurant. Since there was some istrian aperitif, I asked the owner if they had pelinkovak (spelling?), he explained some time ago he had a bottle of it but since it didn't had too much success, he had to finish the bottle himself ;-) The...more
This is too informal to be called a restaurant, this is too good to be called "fast food", let say it is something in between...You could be welcomed in Greek, flemish, french, greek or german! Not sure the owner speaks yet another language but this is at least what I've heard her speak... If you are in the "fast-food" mood, you can simply have a...more
Since the distance between the airport and Zaventem is quite small, it could be really though to get a taxi, most drivers would simply refuse to pick you up and if you do, they will probably make a long detour...The easiest way would be to take the train. For 1E40, this is a 4 minutes trip. The only drawback is that you only have a train every...more
The Zaventem town centre is cut into two parts by the railway line Brussels-Leuven. There is only one main level crossing at the Parklaan and tree smaller ones.Actually the railway station has been demolished due to important works for the HST-TGVFor further details please look at the website of the Belgian Railways: www.b-rail.be(available in...more
105 Bertem-Kraainem107 Brussels-Leuven108 Brussels-Vrebos110 Brussels-Heverlee358 Leuven-Kortenberg-BrusselsM Brussels-Hamme-Mille220 Merchtem-Grimbergen-Vilvoorde-Zaventem221 VUB (Vlaamse Universiteit Brussel)–Vilvoorde-Zaventem222 Vilvoorde-Diegem-Lo-Zaventem282 Mechelen-Vilvoorde-Diegem-Zaventem359 Zaventem-Roodebeek (metro station)B2...more
Its special cause you can buy lots of your favorite parfums and it will cost you less. But you have to be very strong....not only for your self but also for you nose. So early in the morning (and i think at any time of day) your nose dont like all those smells through one an other. I always get a little headache and .....worse, women that buy the parfume and then, just before landing spraying it all over their body.....pffffffffft !
What to buy: I always want a bottle of Jean-Paul Gaultier and a bottle of Agua de Gio. And then something for Frans like Davidoff Cool Water and maybe some JP Gaultier too, if he was nice to me the past year ha ha
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What to pay: TOO much
Carnival procession – March
Zaventem annual fair: 1st Monday of June
July 11th celebration (Feast of the Flemish Community)
Zaventem Jogging: August 15th (5-10-20 km)
De gordel: 1st Sunday of September ( 100 km cycling event around Brussels about 75.000 participants each year!)
Christmas market: weekend before Christmas
If you’re interested in cycling around Brussels Airport you can. A 31 km long cycling path leads you around the airport (surface area: 1.245 ha), along the municipalities of Steenokkerzeel, Melsbroek, Machelen, Diegem, Zaventem, Nossegem and Kortenberg.
Equipment: “Bike Events”, a small company offers an accurate road description and information about historical and other interesting facts. You can hire cycles for groups and on request a competent guide can lead the group.
No worry about thirst and starvation; there are plenty of pubs serving meals along the way.
i did the route around the airport with a local,it was a very nice experience, so close to the airplanes taking off and landing, an absolute must do,a bad experience was an indoor soccer game at the stanza stadium, against this team of unpleasent sportsman of kaffénéon, a pity the best thing about zaventem is the hospitality of the inhabitants, on...more
Today Zaventem is a modern and progressive municipality, thanks to its rich industrial heritage. Of course the ever-expanding national airport contributes a lot to its richness. Even after the crash of our national proud, the “SABENA air company” in the year 2002, Zaventem is still an important centre of attraction for high-tech companies, the...more
Since the 17th century Zaventem developed its first industrial activity with several paper-mills like “Grellingen” (1610) and later the “Papeteries de Saventhem” (1764). In 1852 the tannery “Tannerie et Maroquinerie Belge” was founded and last but not least in 1906 the car factory “Excelsior” produced its world-famous models here in...more