Tour & Taxis owes its original name to the founders of the postal system, the Von Thurn und Tassis family. They used the marshy land alongside the port as pastures for their horses and organised the imperial post from Brussels, right up to the 18th century.
Frans Von Tassis was behind the ‘horse post’ system, which operated a relay from town to town and which enabled his illustrious family to reign unchallenged over the postal system for 355 years.
At the end of the 19th century, Belgium was classified amongst the five greatest economic powers in Europe. Trade and merchandise transit were intensifying in Brussels and to keep up with this, it became obvious that a new port would inevitably be required. Thanks to its exceptional position, the site of Tour & Taxis convinced as a location. Alongside the canal, leading to the city gates and scarcely populated, it was chosen for the maritime and rail installations.