Watermael-Boitsfort - Brussels
Watermael-Boitsfort is a green and tranquil commune with a village feel to the south-east of the city beyond Ixelles and Auderghem. The commune is half-covered by a section of the wild Forêt des Soignes, once the hunting ground of the Dukes of Brabant, which extends south into the countryside for some 4,000 hectares. The area is characterised by grand 19th-century homes and more modern suburban housing, often with gardens and views over the forest. Watermael-Boitsfort also holds two early 20th-century English-style garden-city estates, Le Logis and Floréal, whose cottages and cherry-tree gardens are now highly sought-after. Cultural events and exhibitions are plentiful thanks to the Théâtre du Méridien and La Vénerie cultural centre, while Espace Delvaux provides the commune with an enviable programme of cinema. The buzzing Sunday morning food market in Place Wiener attracts day-trippers from the rest of Brussels, and local shopping during the week is centred around here as well as at Place Bischoffsheim and Place Keym. For large shopping centres it is best to take a trip to the neighbouring commune of Auderghem or nearby Woluwé-St-Pierre. Watermael-Boitsfort is home to the International School of Brussels, making it a popular choice with expat families. Although it is outside the metro routes, the commune is linked by bus to the rest of local transport network while the number 94 tram goes directly into the city centre. Motorway access to the rest of Belgium is also good.