Eupedia Belgium Guide

Eupedia Home > Belgium Travel Guide > Flanders > Province of Flemish Brabant

Province of Flemish Brabant

Version française Русская версия
Castle Arenberg in Heverlee, near Leuven (photo by Juhanson - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
Castle Arenberg in Heverlee, Flemish Brabant.


Flemish Brabant is a province of Flanders, one of the three regions of Belgium. It borders on (clockwise from the North) the Belgian provinces of Antwerp, Limburg, Liège, Walloon Brabant, Hainaut and East Flanders. Flemish Brabant also completely surrounds the Brussels Capital Region. Its capital is Leuven.

It has a surface area of 2,106 km², a population of 1,015,000 inhabitants, and is divided into two administrative districts (arrondissementen in Dutch) which contain 65 municipalities.

Flemish Brabant was created in 1995 by the splitting of the former province of Brabant into three parts: two new provinces, Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant; and the Brussels-Capital Region, which no longer belongs to any province. The split was made to accommodate (with a delay) the division of Belgium in three regions (Flanders, Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region).

Arms of the Duchy of Brabant

It is a province with a rich cultural history and a great diversity of typical products. Among them several of the world-famous Belgian beers.

The district of Halle-Vilvoorde completely surrounds Brusselsand is therefore mainly a residential area (wealthy suburbs). But it also has large industrial and commercial zones, including Belgium's main airport (Brussels-National Airport) in Zaventem.

The official language in Flemish Brabant is Dutch (as it is in the whole of Flanders), but a few municipalities are allowed to use French to communicate with their citizens; these are called the municipalities with linguistic facilities. Other such special municipalities can be found along the border between Flanders and Wallonia, and between Wallonia and the German-speaking area of Belgium. The fact that Halle-Vilvoorde surrounds Brussels (which is officially bilingual but whose inhabitants mostly speak French) makes for an interesting mix of both languages.

Selected beers from the province of Flemish Brabant

  • 3 Fonteinen (3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera in world's top 10 at
  • Affligem (world's best pale beer in 2016 at World Beer Awards)
  • Belle-Vue
  • Boon
  • Chapeau
  • De Cam
  • Dendermonde Tripel
  • Girardin
  • Grimbergen
  • Hoegaarden
  • Keizer Karel (Charles Quint)
  • Mort Subite
  • Oud Beersel
  • Palm
  • Postel
  • Primus
  • Stella Artois
  • Timmermans
  • Tongerlo (world's best beer in 2014 at World Beer Awards)
  • Vieux-Temps
Hoegaarden, Stella Artois & Bellevue Kriek beers

Flemish Brabant produces some of Belgium's most famous beers, including the pilsner Stella Artois, the white Hoegaarden and the cherry-flavoured Bellevue Kriek, all part of AB InBev, the world's larges beer producer, based in Leuven.


Grote Markt and Town Hall, Leuven (©
outstanding Leuven
National Botanic Garden
Bouchout Castle, inside the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Meise (©
outstanding National Botanic Garden
Gardens of Groot-Bijgaarden
Gardens of Groot-Bijgaarden Castle (©
outstanding Gardens of Groot-Bijgaarden Castle

Gaasbeek Castle
Gaasbeek Castle (©
outstanding Gaasbeek Castle
Bluebells in Halle's Wood
Bluebell carpet in Halle's Wood (©
very good Bluebell carpet in Halle's Wood
Beersel Castle
Lier (©
very good Beersel

Horst Castle
Horst Castle (©
very good Horst Castle
Tienen & Hoegaarden
St Leonard Church, Tienen (©
good Tienen & Hoegaarden

Related pages

Travel Community

Ask your travel questions on the Benelux Travel Forum

Copyright © 2004-2022 All Rights Reserved.