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Ferris wheel on Place Poelaert granted six-year licence

Illustration picture shows the Justice Palace and a large ferris wheel, in Brussels city in Brussels region, Wednesday 26 August 2020. BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE
05:44 01/06/2022

This summer, the Ferris wheel at the Place Poelaert will be inaugurated once again after two years of absence, Bruzz reports. Owner René Bufkens has received a six-year building permit for the Ferris wheel’s permanent installation.

From 18 June, Brussels residents and tourists can once again visit the Ferris wheel ‘The View’ on Place Poelaert. After receiving a temporary three-month permit to rebuild the wheel, during which the structure was fully checked by the municipality, the attraction has now been granted an urban planning permit of six years. The installation works will start on 11 June.

A few months ago, the City Council of Brussels gave the green light again for a permanent Ferris wheel on Place Poelaert. The city then launched a call for offers, for which three companies submitted a proposal. In the end, ‘The View’ was chosen, the Ferris wheel that has already graced the square in front of the Law Courts.

"The presence of the Ferris wheel gives Brussels tourism extra dynamism", explains alderman of economic affairs Fabian Maingain. With the wheel’s reopening, the City of Brussels hopes to attract at least as many people as before the coronavirus pandemic led to its closure.

"On the wheel you sit at the highest point of Brussels, with a beautiful view of the city,” says owner René Bufkens. “This year we should have a normal summer again, so I hope we will get a lot more tourists, but also a lot of Belgians,"

The wheel is 55 metres high and consists of 42 gondolas, one of which is suitable for people with reduced mobility. ‘The View’ can welcome 800 people per hour. It's open from 11:00 to 23:00.

Written by Nick Amies