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Brussels Airport spotting locations

This is a guide for the plane spotting locations around Brussels Airport (Zaventem). Brussels Airport is the most important airport of Belgium and Brussels is the capital of Europe. Thus many interesting aircraft visit this airport. You can see the expected arrivals and departures on the official Brussels Airport website and you can find a list of expected special or rare visitors per month here. Click on the images to see a bigger version.

The guide is also available as GPS points of interest (POI) for TomTom systems. The POIs or locations are numbered from 1 till 8 according to the map below. Add-To-TomTom


MapBrussels Airport Locations Spot 8 Spot 7 Spot 6 Spot 5 Spot 4 Spot 3 Spot 2 Spot 1

Spot 1: Runway 02

- Directions: Follow the airport signs on the Brussels ring, take the airport exit but don't follow the airport signs. Instead follow the Zaventem-Centrum signs. Now you are on a roundabout where you must turn right direction Zaventem-Centrum, at the next roundabout turn left and take then the second street on your left. Hereafter take the first street on your right and continue untill you see a bridge over the railway, don't take it but turn left. Now follow that road untill you see the landing lights of Runway 02. You can park your car there.

- The view: This is the place to stand if Runway 02 is used for landings or take-offs. You can also follow the red/white fence untill you are higher than the fence, from there you have an overview of the Sabena Technics area and you can see the airplanes taxiing to the runways 02 and 07R. Also landings on Runway 02 can be photographed easily, but then you need a small ladder of you don't want the fence on you photos. You can also stand under the airplanes on place B.

- Sunshine: From early morning till 2.00-3.00 PM you can stand on place C, later in the afternoon you can get to the other side of the runway at place A. On the place with the fence, the sun faces you from 2.00 PM.

Spot 1

Spot 2: Intersection Runway 02 & 07R

- Directions: Follow the airport signs on the Brussels ring, once you passed the viaduct of Vilvoorde (long bridge) take the second exit "E19 Antwerpen/Mechelen/Haaght/Cargo". Now you are on the E19 and here you have to take first exit "Melsbroek/Cargo". Turn right at the exit, once at the traffic lights (by the Car Hotel) turn left, this is the N21. Follow the N21 and turn right at the signs "Waterloo/Steenokkerzeel centrum", now you are on the N227. Continue this road and go through the tunnel, after the tunnel look on your right for the sign "FC Nossegem". Turn right here and pass the football field, continue till you see the red/white radars turning and the hill. Park your car and walk on the sand hill.

- The view: This place offers a great view on the whole airport. But the airplanes are quite far away and to photograph the airplanes landing on Runway 25L you will need at least a 300mm.

- Sunshine: The sun will get in front of you from 3.00-4.00 PM.

Spot 2

Spot 3: Steenokkerzeel refugees centre - Runway 25L

- Directions: Follow the same directions as spot 2, but when you come out of the tunnel try to park your car along the road and walk on the road next to the refugees centre. At the end of the road, climb on the hill and from there you can see Runway 25L.

- The View: From here you have a great view on airplanes landing, you stand very close. But this place is not so good to photograph airplanes because of the double fence that you will have always on your photos, unless you take photos when the airplanes touche down.

- Sunshine: The sun is behind you from early morning till 2.00-3.00 PM, later in the afternoon the sun will get in front of you.

Spot 3

Spot 4: Final Runway 25L

- Directions: Follow the airport signs on the Brussels ring, once you passed the viaduct of Vilvoorde (long bridge) take the second exit "E19 Antwerpen/Mechelen/Haaght/Cargo". Now you are on the E19 and here you have to take first exit "Melsbroek/Cargo". Turn right at the exit, once at the traffic lights (by the Car Hotel) turn left, this is the N21. Follow the N21 and turn right at the signs "Waterloo/Steenokkerzeel centrum", now you are on the N227. Once you passed the village centre of Steenokkerzeel, turn left by the signs "Leuven/Kortenberg". Now continue until you passed the landing lights and try to park your car beside the road, but watch out that you don't park on the cycle track.

- The View: This is the best spotting location at Brussels Airport. You can take photos the whole day and you can even stand under the aircraft.

- Sunshine: No problem here, you can walk easily to each side of the approach path.

Spot 4

Spot 5: Final Runway 25R & 20

- Directions: Follow the airport signs on the Brussels ring, once you passed the viaduct of Vilvoorde (long bridge) take the second exit "E19 Antwerpen/Mechelen/Haaght/Cargo". Now you are on the E19 and here you have to take first exit "Melsbroek/Cargo". Turn right at the exit, once at the traffic lights (by the Car Hotel) turn left, this is the N21. Follow the N21 and turn right at the signs "Waterloo/Steenokkerzeel centrum", now you are on the N227. After the roundabout a little bit further you can park your car on the opposite side of the cemetry on you right side. Now walk on the grass field next to the cemetry.

- The view: From here you have a good view on the aircraft landing on Runway 25R. Most cargo/government/military traffic is landing here and also some passenger flights.

- Sunshine: No problem here, you can walk easily to each side of the approach path.

Spot 5

Spot 6: Final Runway 07L

- Directions: Follow the airport signs on the Brussels ring, once you passed the viaduct of Vilvoorde (long bridge) take the second exit "E19 Antwerpen/Mechelen/Haaght/Cargo". Now you are on the E19 and here you have to take first exit "Melsbroek/Cargo". Turn right at the exit, once at the traffic lights (by the Car Hotel) turn right direction "Diegem". Now continue until you see the signs "Industry Diegem/Vuurberg/Neerhof/Luchthaven/Lo", follow these signs and now you will drive on a road with on your right the highway. Once that road goes down, turn left in the road where you see the "Mosselbank" sign. At the end of the road, park your car and climb on the hill.

- The View: This place is only good for photographing if Runway 07L is in use for landings.

- Sunshine: The sun is behind you from early morning till 2.00-3.00 PM. Later in the afternoon the sun will get in front of you, there is no possibility to get to the other side of the runway.

Spot 7: Abelag/General Aviation/DHL

- Directions: Follow the airport signs on the Brussels ring, take the airport exit but don't follow the airport signs. Instead follow the Zaventem-Centrum signs. Now you are on a roundabout where you must turn left and follow the General Aviation signs. On this road you will pass the DHL and Abelag areas. You can park your car for a short time on the Abelag parking and on the DHL parking.

- The View: On the Abelag area you can take photos of parked general aviation aircraft and DHL aircraft, but you must put your lens through a fence (no problem). On the DHL parking you can take pictures of DHL aircraft, but the fence holes here are to small to put your lens through.

- Sunshine: Only in the very late afternoon the sun will face you.

Spot 7

Spot 8: Central Terminal

- Directions: Follow the airport signs on the Brussels ring, take the airport exit and follow the parking signs. Park your car on Front Park 2 and enter the departure terminal. Go left and go upstairs to the 4th level. Now follow the signs for "Promenade" and enter the "Wing Tips" restaurant.

- The View: From here you can see the airplanes standing at Pier A and some airplanes at Pier B. But you stand behind glass, so taking photos is hard.

- Sunshine: In the morning and late afternoon the sun will face you.

Spot 8Wingtips restaurant
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