What to do in and around Brussels in spring?
Sunbeams pierce the sky while birds chirp: spring has arrived in Flanders. After the cold winter months, a new - warm - wind blows across our beautiful landscape. The capital in particular comes alive with floral beauty over Easter. Here are six of the best locations to discover Brussels' flower displays, beautiful parks and hidden green spaces.
1. Meise Botanical Garden
Just outside of the capital, you can find a green patchwork of plants. 18,000 of them, to be precise. In the spring, the budding flowers in Brussels' Meise Botanical Garden provide a colourful spectacle. Stroll through this 'green lung' with the family, or hand in hand with your partner for a romantic escape. Here, you can even travel the world without leaving the city. Walk through rainforests, stroll past desert flora or marvel at Mediterranean plants. Giant water lilies, banana trees and Venus flytraps are just some of the things in store.
2. Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
Want to visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Brussels? You'll find it hidden behind the Royal Palace. Every spring, the Royal Family opens its greenhouses to the public. Commissioned by King Leopold II, the galss complex is an architectural gem designed by Alphonse Balat, who's apprentice was Art Nouveau pioneer Victor Horta. The shiny domes, monumental pavilions, and ong galleries of this enormous greenhouse contain some of the rarest plants and trees in the world. Prepare your senses for an enchanting feast of fragrances and colours. You'll feel like the king of he flower kingdom in no time.
The greenhouse can be visited from 21 April - 11 May 2018.
Find out how to reach the gates of the palace.
3. Tervuren Park
A stately avenue dotted with ponds, flower beds and artworks forms the green carpet to Tervuren Park - also known as Warande. Relax surrounded by endless nature after a lively day in Brussels. Take a nap near the pretty ponds or spread out your picnic blanket on lush, well-tended lawns. Make sure you pay a visit to the Royal Museum for Central Africa. This beautiful Neoclassical building houses many fascinating exhibits and looks out over the park. Renovation is currently taking place to give the ethnographic collection from Central Africa a new look. You'll be able to marvel at this gem when the museum reopens at the end of 2018.
The park is only 9,35 miles (15 km) from the centre of Brussels.
View the location and how to get there.
A beautiful piece of nature close to Brussels? You'll find this in the Hallerbos. Something magical happens here every spring: thousand of bluebells (hyacinths) come into bloom displaying their deep purple and blue flowers and forming a beautiful, colourful carpet. The blue forest has become a genuine crowd favourite and attracts tourists from near and far every year. Why not join them to see how sun rays hit the flowers, just before the oak trees cast their shadows?
5. Floralia Brussels
Imagine, a 12th century castle surrounded by one million budding flowers. That's what happens each year at Groot-Bijgaarden Castle's colourful flower show, Floralia. Immerse yourself in the colourful tulips, daffodils and grape hyacinths. Enter the greenhouse where you'll discover grandiose, beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements. You can also climb up to the roof terrace of the castle tower. If you look closely, you can count the nine globes of the Atomium in the distance.
The fifteenth edition of the Floralia runs from 6 April to 6 May 2018.
The centre of Bussels is only 6.2 miles (10 km) away.
6. Flower Carpet Brussels
What to do in Brussels? Admire the flower carpet on the Grand Pace! It is on display for an entire weekend, every two years. Expect 600,000 beautiful begonias covering the entire square. The floral wonder really comes into its own in this delightful Gothic setting. Did you know that you can admire this unique view from the terrase of the Town Hall? It's the ideal place to get the perfect photo of this magical event. End your day by enjoying a spectacular light and sound concert in the Grand Place each evening.
The Flower Carpet takes place on 16 - 19 August 2018.
Easily accessible in the heart of the city.
Story created on April 5, 2018