Schaerbeek Tourism, Belgium

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Schaerbeek (obsolete Dutch spelling, retained in French, pronounced [skaʁˈbek] ) or Schaarbeek (Dutch, pronounced [ˈsxaːrbeːk] ) is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium. The first mention of the name was Scarenbecca, recorded in a document from the Bishop of Cambrai in 1120. The origin of the name may come from the Franconian (Old Dutch) words schaer (notch, score) and beek (creek). Schaerbeek is nicknamed "the city of donkeys" (la cité des ânes or de ezelsgemeente). This name is reminiscent of times when people of Schaerbeek, who were cultivators of sour cherries primarily for Kriek production, would arrive at the Brussels marketplace with donkeys laden with sour cherries. Donkeys are still kept in Josaphat Park, and sour cherry trees line the streets of the Diamant Quarter of Schaerbeek (Avenue Milcampslaan, Avenue Emile Maxlaan, and Avenue Opale/Opaallaan). The Square des Griottiers/Morelleboomsquare is named after these trees. The eastern part of Schaerbeek (the area near Vergote Square, Diamant quarter, and Josaphat Park) is nowadays a location selected by affluent people for its architecture and its convenient location (close to the EU institutions and the financial heart of the city, the airport and highways). Young couples are also favouring this suburb for its "Notting Hill" atmosphere and the still reasonable pricing of real estate, while prices are on the surge everywhere else in Brussels. The western part of Schaerbeek (the area near the Brussels-North railway station, the Chaussée de Haecht/Haachtsesteenweg and the Van Praet bridge) is home to a large Turkish immigrant community, a significant part of which originates from Afyon or Emirdağ, Turkey. It is also home to a large Moroccan population and other immigrant communities such as Spanish, Congolese, and Asian immigrants. The area around St. Mary's Royal Church is the part where the Turkish community gathers in Brussels, which has led the area to be dubbed "Petite Anatolie" because of all the Turkish restaurants and shops at the Chaussée de Haecht/Haachtsesteenweg. However, because of the numerous schools like the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel, the administrations and the proximity of the Rue Royale there is a social mix. There are also several affluent streets and neighbourhoods in this area including the Quartier des Fleurs/Bloemenwijk, Boulevard Lambermontlaan, Place General Meiserplein, Squares Huart-Hamoir and Square Francois Riga and Avenue Eugene Demolderlaan). The Schaerbeek Cemetery, despite its name, is actually in the neighbouring municipality of Evere.

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Schaerbeek in Belgium offers a unique experience to travellers. This city is located in the close proximity of a major city Antwerp, Belgium. Take a short trip from Schaerbeek and set some time aside to explore the Antwerp. Dotted with places like Antwerp Central Station, Mas - Museum Aan De Stroom, Cathedral Of Our Lady; it will definitely be a good idea. 1-2 days is an ideal duration of visit to Schaerbeek.

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Facts and Stats for Schaerbeek*

  • Pollution Statistics in Schaerbeek

    Know the pollution level of Schaerbeek before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 62.89 (High)
    • Water Pollution 46.49 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 54.74 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65.25 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 34.75 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 55.51 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 46.61 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 29.74 (Low)
  • Schaerbeek: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Schaerbeek for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Schaerbeek.

    • Burglary and Theft 51.45 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 51.42 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 46.93 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 32.63 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 39.38 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 59.3 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 52.87 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 52.05 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 71.2 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 37.3 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 54.96 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 41.88 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 67.15 (High)
  • Living in Schaerbeek - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Schaerbeek is 149.84 (High)

    • Safety Index 48.6 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 83.85 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 62.15 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34.53 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 82.78 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 78.21 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.27 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 101.39 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Schaerbeek

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Schaerbeek

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.28 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.38 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.92 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 111.34 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 106.33 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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