ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Visiting Place Princesse Elisabeth / Prinses Elisabethplein, Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek, Belgium: majestic convergence

Updated on September 22, 2014
Flag of Belgium
Flag of Belgium | Source
Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek
Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek | Source
Princess Elizabeth Avenue, Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek
Princess Elizabeth Avenue, Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek | Source
Colonel Picquart Avenue, Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek
Colonel Picquart Avenue, Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek | Source
Emile Zola Avenue, Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek
Emile Zola Avenue, Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek | Source
Map location of Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek station, Brussels
Map location of Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek station, Brussels | Source

A sedate hub in Brussels Region

In Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek (1), Belgium, within the Brussels Capital region (French: Région de Bruxelles-Capitale; Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest) the Square known as Place Princesse Elisabeth / Princes Elisabethplein is a hub where many roads converge.

The Square is named for Elizabeth of Bavaria (1876-1965), Queen of the Belgians, consort to King Albert I of the Belgians (1875-1934).

So in the light of this, the inevitable question arises: if Elizabeth was Queen consort, why then is she referred to as 'Princess' in the Square's name?

This is certainly a valid question, and the answer to it is that, in Belgium and The Netherlands especially, the consorts of deceased monarchs and sometimes even abdicated monarchs themselves — a not unusual contingency — are usually referred to officially as 'Prince' or 'Princess' rather than by their former reigning titles, or those derived from their former status of monarchical consort.

The shape of the Square is actually semi-elliptical. In terms of urban planning and civil engineering, it is a considerable masterpiece in that several avenues converge on it. I have supplied a number of photos (right) which show the Square in the distance, being approached from various angles. In all, ... roads converge on Place Princesse Elisabeth / Princes Elisabethplein . One of these is also named for former Princess Elizabeth of Bavaria: Avenue Princesse Elisabeth / Prinses Elisabethlaan. Other avenues are: Avenue Monplaisir / Monplaisirlaan; Avenue Georges Rodenbach / Georges Rodenbachlaan; Avenue Colonel Picquart / Kolonel Picquartlaan; Avenue Huart Hamoir / Huart Hamoirlaan; and Avenue Emile Zola / Emile Zolalaan. Several of these avenues would be mainly residential in character, with much of the housing stock dating from the early 20th century.

Described elsewhere, the railroad station of Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek is located at the Square; the building is shown in the main photo (above) behind trees at Place Princesse Elisabeth / Princes Elisabethplein.

February 23, 2013


(1) The spelling of place-names in Brussels is strictly bilingual in French and Dutch.

(2) Elizabeth of Bavaria survived King Albert I of the Belgians by over 30 years, and in her later life was noted for her continuing patronage of many causes, including the arts — especially music —, advances in medicine and international relations.

Also worth seeing

In Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek, the 'Train World' railroad museum is situated at the railroad station; the neo-Renaissance town hall dates from 1887.

In other areas of Brussels, outstanding sights include the Grand' Place , the Royal Palace, the Palace of Justice, St. Michael's Cathedral, the Erasmus House museum, Anderlecht, and many others.


How to get there: Brussels Airlines flies from New York to Brussels Airport (Brussel Nationaal / Bruxelles-National ), from where car rental is available. However, the streetcar and Metro is a very convenient way of getting around Brussels. Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek railroad station is on the main line between Brussels Airport and Bruxelles-Nord / Brussel-Noord railroad station; streetcar 92 stops at Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek railroad station. Some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. You are advised to check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

For your visit, these items may be of interest


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)