“Tour & Taxis” is a brand named after the rich Austrian family Thurn und Taxis, whose history is linked throughout several centuries to the Brussels area. In fact, the present site of “Tour & Taxis” was used as a pasture for post horses by the Thurn und Taxis ever since they had established here the first Imperial Post, back in the 15th century.
The site continuously grew during the following centuries and reached its Golden age at the end of the 19th century, at a time when Belgium was the 5th European economic power. Close to the city’s harbor and accessible through the Willebroeck canal, the site now became a turning point for the city’s economic life. It had 37 hectares, its own railway station and was, at the same time, customs point, warehouse and transport station for goods arriving by water, rail and road. The main building – the Royal Warehouse – remains a masterpiece of industrial heritage that can still be admired today.
Following the removal of customs points in Europe and the increasing development of the road transport, the former industrial site was gradually abandoned, the last institution to leave being the Post (in 1987). Since 2001, several renovation projects have been put in place. It now welcomes a variety of shops, restaurants, trade fairs and cultural events such as the music festival “Couleur Café” or the Book fair “La Foire du Livre”.
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