This is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. The Woluwe river runs through several neighborhoods in Brussels (originating in Watermael-Boitsfort and running all the way to Vilvoorde) but one of its prettiest stretches is surely throughout Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, as it runs past the picturesque Lindekemale mill, which is now an excellent French restaurant.
The Chapel of Marie La Misérable dates from the 14th century and is built in the Brabançon Gothic style. It was built to commemorate Marie, a beautiful girl from Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, who refused the advances of a local lord and was in consequence accused of theft by him and buried alive. Several miracles were witnessed on the site of her grave and the chapel was erected as a site of pilgrimage.
The striking town hall was built in the 1930s and designed by architect Joesph Diongre in the Art Deco style. However, it is still in use as the commune’s administrative center these days, so not all parts are open for exploration.
An ambitious project completed in 2006, Wolubilis is the versatile cultural center of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert and as such, forms the beating heart of the neighborhood’s creative output. There are a theater, workshops, workspaces, and the ground floor is filled with restaurants and shops (including the absolutely amazing Cook & Book, which is a multi-storied bookshop/restaurant with many different themed rooms in which you can get lost for hours).
Dating from the 18th century, the Chateau Malou was originally owned by a succession of Ministers, until finally passing into the hands of the Woluwe-Saint-Lambert community. Built in a Neoclassic style, it is located in the beautiful Malou Park and is mainly used for expositions and functions. Nevertheless, the grounds are beautiful to walk in and the castle remains stunning.
If you’re feeling the need to splurge, the Woluwe shopping center is the place to be. Featuring all the essentials and so much more, it’s the perfect place to lose yourself for an afternoon of material pleasures.
Situated in a beautiful historic house (previously owned by Emile Devos, who was a famous Brussels personality and art amateur), the Musée Communale showcases the history of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert as well as some Gallo-Roman artifacts, local farming tools and other treasures from throughout history.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9-12am/2-4pm
Originally running from Auderghem to Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, the old railway tracks were turned into a walking path and green corridor in the 1980s. Don’t miss Daniel Steenhaut’s sculpture near the old Woluwe Station, which is a whimsical interpretation of the old railway tracks that used to line the path.
By Stephanie Benoit