Residential house Wortel
Foto van een gezin klaar om te beginnen aan de Bruegelroute.

START BRUEGEL GAME

Did you know that you can also take the trail while gaming? You can learn how to get started here!

LOMMEL KATTENBOS BARN
Een afbeelding van het werk van Frits Jeuris 'The lost season', samengesteld uit verschillende invloeden van de werken van Breugel in onze moderne wereld.

BRUEGEL AND THE COMPOSITE LANDSCAPE

In his installation ‘The Lost Season’ artist Frits Jeuris has created a Bruegelian Bokrijk landscape as a stand-in for the missing work from Bruegel’s series of paintings ‘The Months’. See how Bruegel combined different landscapes and impressions into one composition, just as Bokrijk does.

MOL-ZELM BARN: PLAY BARN

BRUEGEL AND CHILDREN’S GAMES

In Bruegel’s well-known work ‘Children’s games’, the painter portrayed the pleasure of more than two hundred children playing. You too can let yourself go completely in the large Play Barn at the Open-Air Museum, which offers a full thirty-seven ‘old’ folk sports and games. Who will win?

House-barn-stable Vorselaar

BRUEGEL AND BOKRIJK

Learn about the level of inspiration Bokrijk’s first curator Dr Jozef Weyns derived from Bruegel. You will also receive a contemporary translation of the Bruegel prints ‘The Skinny Kitchen’ and ‘The Fat Kitchen’.

MOL-MILLEGEM WINDMILL

BRUEGELIAN SCENES

Windmills often have a prominent position in Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s works. Climb up into this windmill’s flour-storage attic. You will get a fantastic view through the peepholes, looking over the surroundings that unfold before you like a Bruegelian scene.

ELLIKOM OIL MILL
Een foto van de Olieslagmolen van Ellikom, de olieslagmolen die vermoedelijk lag dicht bij het geboortehuis van Bruegel.

BRUEGEL’S BIRTHPLACE?

Many people want to appropriate a piece of Bruegel. There are varying stories about his origins… The oil mill of Ellikom (Oudsbergen) was near the ‘Ooievaarsnest’ (‘Stork’s Nest’) of Grote-Brogel (Peer), which was Bruegel’s birthplace, according to local tradition.

CROSSROAD RESIDENTIAL HOUSE HERENTHOUT

THE HAPPY MEDIUM

Which path through life do you choose? Should you have a hedonistic existence or pious way of life, or would a happy medium be preferable?

THE FOREST

BRUEGEL’S WILD MAN

In Bruegel’s time, the forest was mainly a dark place where freebooters, thieves and outcasts resided. You can see this revealed in the form of the wild man in his work ‘The Fight Between Carnival and Lent’. Can you also feel the fear of the unknown in the wild man’s hut?

WESTMEERBEEK CHAPEL

BRUEGEL AND RELIGION

In Bruegel’s time, life on earth was strongly dominated by the hereafter. You would harvest in heaven that which you sowed on earth. It was very different from today’s thinking.

HOOGSTADE PROPERTY

THE SENSES SQUARE

Here you enter the square depicted in ‘The Fight Between Carnival and Lent’. In a stimulating setting, you can discover the world of Bruegel through the scents, sounds and culinary stories from the 16th century. On Sundays, public holidays and regular vacation days, you can taste a piece of delicious paradise cake and a sip of ‘Kleyn Bier’ brewed according to an ancient traditional recipe.

ZUIENKERKE STORAGE BARN
Foto van de laatste stop op de Bruegelroute, de bergschuur van Zuienkerke.

THE WORLD OF BRUEGEL – A MIRROR OF TODAY

This location is the apotheosis of the Bruegel Trail – All your experiences come together here in the painting ‘The Fight Between Carnival and Lent’. Familiarize yourself with original 16th-century objects from Bruegel’s era. You will also experience a looking-glass view of life today.

BRUEGEL TRAIL ‘THE WORLD OF BRUEGEL’

The stilt walker guides you on your journey along 11 stops in the Open-Air Museum. Who was Pieter Bruegel the Elder? What do his works tell us about daily life in the 16th century? And can you translate his oeuvre into contemporary life? You will discover all of that on the Bruegel Trail. The interactive map above will show you the way. Use the Faro Heritage app and get extra information at every stop along the trail.

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HERITAGE APP

Use the 'Faro Heritage App' to explore ‘The world of Bruegel’ more profoundly. You can get more information by scanning a QR code or through an push notification.

Available in Dutch and English.

THE BRUEGEL GAME

The jester from the painting 'The Fight between Carnival and Lent' leads you on a digital tow rope. Bruegel meets Pokémon Go and Snapchat in Bokrijk! An “augmented reality” hat will take you into a realistic model depicting a true example of the 16th century. An exciting search for missing objects from the painting awaits you. Collect them all on the Bruegel Trail, put them in a nice position on your hat, and unlock the painting! The Bruegel game is suitable for children from 6 years of age and available in NL - FR - EN - DE. You can also discover Bokrijk while gaming with your schoolmates during a field trip!

Find out more about the game here

The Ketnet gaming hero Buck is also a fan of the Bruegel game and he is visiting Bokrijk! On 14 July and 15 August you can meet him at the Open-Air Museum during a real meet & greet session. So put on your coolest outfit and take a picture with him!

SUMMER THEATER 'BRAVO MR BRUEGEL!'

From 11 July to 1 September 2019, theatre company “Laika, theatre of the senses”, presents a daily family theatre ‘Bravo Mr Bruegel!’ after the example of “rederijkers” (poets or verbal performance artists) of the past. Human beings are central to this humorous story, just as they are in Bruegel's work. Take a seat and watch the actors as they start singing and dancing at a big carnival party. A dazzling spectacle unfolds before your eyes, reflecting the scene in Bruegel's well-known painting 'The Fight Between Carnival and Lent'.

The show lasts about 45 minutes and it is performed in Dutch at 14:00 and 16:00. There is an extra show at 11:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. A dozen actors participate in this performance, including Hans van Cauwenberghe, Robbert Vervloet, Manoe Frateur and Bokrijk’s in-house thespians.

A PAPER HAT

People often wore headwear made of leather or fabric in the 16th century. In our workshop barns, we keep up that tradition with hats made of paper! Children create fantastic examples for themselves to wear, using different types of paper and unique templates.

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FOOD AND DRINKS

Food and drinks are important themes in 'The Fight Between Carnival and Lent’. Laika not only created a theatre show, they also created recipes and dishes based on 16th-century ingredients. You can taste them in one of the restaurants in our museum.

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Shop

Are you looking for the nicest Bruegel related items available? You can certainly find them in one of our museum shops.

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