Michelbeke church
Michelbeke church
Flag of Brakel
Coat of arms of Brakel
Coat of arms
Brakel is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Brakel in East Flanders
Coordinates: 50°48′N 03°45′E / 50.800°N 3.750°E / 50.800; 3.750Coordinates: 50°48′N 03°45′E / 50.800°N 3.750°E / 50.800; 3.750
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceEast Flanders
 • MayorAlexander De Croo (VLD)
 • Governing party/iesVLD, sp.a
 • Total56.46 km2 (21.80 sq mi)
 • Total14,781
 • Density260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Postal codes
9660, 9661
Area codes055

Brakel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbraːkəl]) is a municipality in the Belgian province of East Flanders in the Denderstreek and the Flemish Ardennes. The name is derived from a Carolingian villa Braglo first mentioned in 866 and located in the center of Opbrakel. Since 1970, the municipality has comprised the villages of Nederbrakel, Opbrakel, Michelbeke, Elst, Zegelsem. In 1977 Everbeek, Parike and part of Sint-Maria-Oudenhove were added. On January 1, 2006, Brakel had a population of 13,726. The area is 56.46 km² which gives a population density of 243 per km². The mayor is Alexander De Croo.

The region is known for the green hills and valleys, which attract cyclists and walkers and play a role in the Tour of Flanders cycling race.

The Braekel chicken is named after the town.

The Uitkijktoren

The Uitkijktoren, a 32 metres (105 ft) high[2] viewing tower was opened in April 2001.[3] It is located at 50°48′45″N 3°44′21″E / 50.8124°N 3.7391°E / 50.8124; 3.7391 on the Twaalfbunderstraat, north-west of Nederbrakel. Orientation boards at the top enable visitors to identify places of interest in all directions.

Famous inhabitants


  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Uitkijktoren Brakel" (in Dutch). Toerisme Oost-Vlaanderen. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  3. ^ "Sign at the foot of the Uitkijktoren" (in Dutch).

External links

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