For International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia, and Intersexphobia (IDAHOBIT) and for Brussels Pride, NMBS / SNCB added rainbow colours to one of its Siemens Desiro Main Line EMUs. The #trainbow refers to Trainbow Belgium, the LGBTQIA+ network at the Belgian Railways, i.e. NMBS / SNCB, Infrabel and HR Rail.
Plans for a steam train heritage service between Brussels and Mechelen shelved
“If all goes well, Train World will operate steam train between Brussels and Mechelen (Malines), reports Gazet van Antwerpen. The service could start in 2020″, we wrote in 2019. Quod non. Minister for Mobility George Gilkinet (Ecolo) declared in Parliament it’s not happening because it’s too complicated.
Air show for 100 years of Antwerp International Airport on 20 & 21 May 2023
Antwerp International Airport (ANR) in the Antwerp district of Deurne turns 100 on 25 May 2023. Te Stampe & Vertongen Museum organises an air show for the anniversary, on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May.
ANTWERP | Traveling exhibition #StolenMemory at Museum At the Stream (MAS)
Watches, jewellery, family photos, intimate trinkets: these are the (often last) belongings of concentration camp prisoners that were taken away by the German occupant during World War II when they were arrested. Arolsen Archives, the International Center on Nazi Persecution, still holds some 2,500 of those ‘personal securities’ and is seeking next of kin of…
Antwerp hotel industry demands stricter rules and enforcement for Airbnb as business tourism is not recovering
The number of accommodations rented through Airbnb has increased in Antwerp from 1,494 in 2017 to 1,942 nowadays, Gazet van Antwerpen reports. Horeca Antwerpen, the union for Antwerp hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars, is not amused and demands the government(s) take stricter action.
Brussels Pride – The Belgian & European Pride 2023 programme and schedule, parade route and itinerary
The Belgian Pride is dead. Long live the Brussels Pride – The Belgian & European Pride. The Brussels Pride is now run by Visit.Brussels, the tourism agency of the Brussels-Capital Region. Brussels Pride launched a new website with a programme and a schedule.
BELGIUM | Federal Parliament approves financial support of cross-border night trains
The Mobility Committee of the Federal Parliament has just rubberstamped the bill proposed by Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) which aims to support the development of night trains departing from or arriving in Belgium. These are not to be confused with domestic commuter trains running at night to bring party people home… or to…
NS’ ICNG train set makes passenger debut as Benelux deployment delayed
On Wednesday 19 April 2023, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) introduced its ICNG, nicknamed ‘Wasp‘, into commercial passenger service in the Netherlands. The rolling stock will further be deployment over the next months. Introduction on the Brussels – Amsterdam Benelux service is delayed.
Royal Military Museum, War Heritage Institute, Brussels, Belgium
The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History in Brussels is no more. It has been no more since a while, actually. Welcome to the Royal Military Museum, part of the War Heritage Institute (WHI).
REVIEW | M-Gallery Le Louise in Brussels
When Oriol, Sam, Timothy and me took our ride on the Brussels Tram Experience dinner tram we decided to stay the night in Brussels so we could all enjoy some drinks and have a relaxed weekend. The Tram Experience starts and finishes at the Poelaert Square so we looked for a hotel nearby to crash….