Every main city of the world has a river, or a harbor. But Brussels, at first sight looks like a city without water.
But that’s not true.
Once upon a time the river Zenne crossed through the city. By the end of the 19th century it was decided to build boulevards on top of the river, causing it to end up disappearing from the Brusseler’s mind.
Many of the inhabitants of Brussels will only know the Zenne from the signs on the highway. However right in the city center there’s a small hidden corner where you can see a glimpse of it. What you can see there is just the (reconstructed) original bedding of the Zenne, but not the Zenne itself. You can see it at the Grande écluse building near the Midi station.
This river was never very clean but in the last years efforts have been made to clean it and now its waters are clear and big fish swim in it.
I like to enter in this small courtyard to get away from the bustling noise of the center, of course before heading to the nearby Place St. Gery for a drink.
Enter through the iron gate and go to the left. Be quiet and respectful, this is a private area which is open to visitors during the day to give us this nice chance to discover a bit more about Brussels.
La Zenne | Art & culture, Relaxing | Free
Place Saint-Géry 23
10:00 – 18:00 daily (subjected to changes depending on owners)