Brussels East comprises the communes of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Etterbeek, Auderghem, some of Watermael-Boitsfort and also upper Schaerbeek.
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre is the central commune of Brussels East, and is considered one of the greenest and most exclusive residential areas of the Belgian capital. Located on the boundary of the Sonian Forest, it harbours a wealth of green areas including the Mellaerts ponds, the Woluwe park and the Parmentier park.
It is home to several embassies and near to the European Union institutions. NATO is also within easy reach.
It is served by a number of key routes including avenue de Tervueren, the boulevards Brand Withlock and Saint-Michel, and the boulevards du Souverain and de la Woluwe.
Woluwe-Saint-Lambert is a residential commune which boasts the well-known Woluwe Shopping Center, the Georges Henri quarter and has easy access to the UCL university. The commune's history dates back to the 11th Century. A section of the Sonian Forest (at the La Woluwe river crossing which the village is named after) was cleared to build a Flemish agricultural hub. A church was built and dedicated to Saint Lambert, the eminent bishop of Maastricht, from which the commune grew.
The commune of Etterbeek was historically popular with the middle classes and nobility. The reputable St Michael's Jesuit College opened its doors in 1905. Many European officials live here due to its good quality of life and its immediate proximity to Brussels' European institutions.