For other uses, see Brakel (disambiguation).

Michelbeke church


Coat of arms

Location in Belgium

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
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province East Flanders
Arrondissement Oudenaarde
  Mayor Herman De Croo (VLD)
  Governing party/ies VLD, sp.a
  Total 56.46 km2 (21.80 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
  Total 14,787
  Density 260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Postal codes 9660, 9661
Area codes 055

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 Herman 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. Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. "Uitkijktoren Brakel" (in Dutch). Toerisme Oost-Vlaanderen. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  3. "Sign at the foot of the Uitkijktoren" (in Dutch).
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