When spring comes to Brussels, Europe's capital is repainted in technicolour: green for its parks and gardens, pink for its Japanese cherry blossoms, blue for its bluebells...
Out with grey! There’s colour waiting for you all over the city, in the charming alleys and flower-filled gardens, in an elegant château on the outskirts of Brussels and at the foot of the Atomium, in magical greenhouses where beautiful foreign plant species grow... Go out, take a stroll and breathe ... enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours. So, no more hesitating, it’s time to head out for a breath of fresh air! Just make sure you follow all the necessary health precautions and check visit regulations in advance!
Opening of the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken - 15/04 -> 08/05
This year, the opening of the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken is reinventing itself in light of the health situation. After a stroll through the royal gardens, admire the rare flowers and exotic trees in the largest greenhouses on the estate, built by King Leopold II. An environmentalist before his time, he had these grandiose Art Nouveau greenhouses built by the teacher of one Brussels' greatest architects, Victor Horta. COVID-safe visits of this glass cathedral housing countless enchanting surprises must be booked in advance.
Floralia Brussels - 03/04>02/05/2021
Enjoy a moment of comfort at Floralia Brussels, in the park and greenhouses of Groot-Bijgaarden Castle, where tulips, daffodils, narcissus and snowdrops await. Over 1 million bulbs have been hand planted by the castle's gardeners. Enjoy the rainbow labyrinth, the heart of multicoloured tulips, the rhododendrons and rare azaleas from South-West England, a real treat for enthusiasts.
Meise Botanical Gardens - Japanese cherry trees and magnolias blossom in April
A stone's throw from the Atomium, Meise botanic garden is a genuine, natural park and one of the world's largest botanical gardens.
Due to COVID, you must book your tickets in advance and you need a valid COVID safe ticket to access the Orangery, but the greenhouses are open and the outdoor collections are just as astonishing: bamboo, conifers, perennials, shrubs, medicinal plants and more. With a bit of luck, you might witness the blooming of a titan arum, a gigantic (around 2.37 metres tall) flower with an intense odour, whose blooming lasts only 72 hours!
Halle Forest - flowering bluebells between April and May
A short hop from Brussels, there is a magical forest that is repainted in blue for several days every spring when the undergrowth of the Halle Forest is covered in a colourful and scented carpet: millions of wild bluebells enjoying the first warmth of spring to grow at the foot of the majestic beech trees. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this for the world.
The Logis and Floréal garden cities - flowering Japanese cherry trees in April
Garden cities (an early 20th century concept from Great Britain) were designed to provide workers with a satisfying quality of life in contact with nature. These two garden cities, Le Logis and Floréal have streets lined with Japanese cherry trees and delightful little houses with flower-filled gardens. It's a real postcard setting which has inspired many film-makers. The blossoming of the cherry trees is a magical moment to enjoy a stroll beneath a shower of scented petals.
“be green” map
The "be green" map presents twenty or so places to enjoy nature, no matter the seasons. Some of these places are well known, some well tucked away: historical parks, pretty squares, woods, a forest and even some farms! There are so many opportunities to connect with nature, and get away from it all, which is so precious in these times of confinement.
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