Eigenbrakel  (Dutch)


Coat of arms

Location in Belgium

Coordinates: 50°41′N 04°22′E / 50.683°N 4.367°E / 50.683; 4.367Coordinates: 50°41′N 04°22′E / 50.683°N 4.367°E / 50.683; 4.367
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Walloon Brabant
Arrondissement Nivelles
  Mayor Vincent Scourneau (MR-IC)
  Governing party/ies MR-IC, PS
  Total 52.12 km2 (20.12 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
  Total 39,785
  Density 760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Postal codes 1420, 1421, 1428
Area codes 02

Braine-l'Alleud (Dutch: Eigenbrakel) is a Walloon municipality in the Belgian province of Walloon Brabant, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Brussels. The Braine-l'Alleud municipality includes the former municipalities of Braine-l'Alleud proper, Ophain-Bois-Seigneur-Isaac, and Lillois-Witterzée. It also includes the hamlet of Sart-Moulin, the inverted name of which inspired Hergé’s Moulinsart castle. The famous Lion of Waterloo where the eponymous battle took place is in the territory of Braine-l'Alleud. Bordering Flanders, the town is home to a minority of Dutch-speakers.


Middle Ages

Several archaeological finds point to prehistoric settlements in this area. The first historical mention of a parish on Braine-l'Alleud's current territory, then called Dudinsart, dates from 1131, date at which Godfrey I, Duke of Brabant ceded it to the Abbey of Gembloux. The Duke, however, still owned exempt land (or franchise) on this territory, as specified in a legal document by Henry I dated 1197. The name of the municipality changed to the current one, derived from “Braine”, former name of the stream that crosses its territory (now called the “Hain”), and “alleu”, a medieval French word designating exempt land. The latter name was added to the former to distinguish this community from two neighbouring ones also called Braine.

At the beginning, the franchise might not have been much more than a right to local administration. By 1489, however, the local lord enjoyed complete juridical power on its territory, which was still formally part of the fiefdom obtained from the Duke of Brabant.

Battle of Waterloo

In 1815, part of the fighting that took place at the Battle of Waterloo actually occurred on the territory of Braine-l’Alleud. The town’s church of Saint-Étienne became a field hospital.



Braine l'Alleud is home to RCS Braine football club. One of the best clubs in the region for training youngsters. Notably, this was the first club of Belgium and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.


Famous inhabitants


It is served by the following 10 bus lines:[2]

Line From Via Via To
Line 36 Braine-l'Alleud Wavre
Line 40 Uccle Alsemberg Braine-l'Alleud
Line 65 Braine-le-Comte Virginal B.S.I Braine-l'Alleud/Nivelles
Line 66 Braine-l'Alleud Nivelles
Line 67 Braine-l'Alleud Barrière Braine-l'Alleud Railway Station
Line 75 Braine-l'Alleud Waterloo
Line 114 Braine-l'Alleud Halle
Line 115 Braine-l'Alleud Tubize
Line 3 Rapido Bus Waterloo Braine-l'Alleud Ottignies Louvain-de-Neuve (LLN)
Line W Brussels Waterloo Braine-l'Alleud

International relations.

Twin towns – Sister cities

Braine-l'Alleud is twinned with:


  1. Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. "Office website including details in French about how to get to Braine-l'Alleud". Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  3. "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
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