Out with the grey, in with the colours! When spring comes to Brussels, Europe's greenest capital is repainted in technicolour, green for the parks and gardens, pink for the Japanese cherry trees, blue for the bluebells...
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... So, go out, take a stroll and breathe ... enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours.
Brussels in bloom
Opening of the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken - 20/04>11/05/2018
If you think that the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken attracts only a conventional audience, you'd be mistaken. It's worth the trip, especially since visits are limited to just two weeks a year. Rare flowers and exotic trees await in the personal winter garden of King Leopold II who was an ecologist ahead of his time. The grandiose Art Nouveau greenhouses were built by Alphonse Balat, teacher of the great Brussels architect Victor Horta... A cathedral of glass that harbours enchanting surprises.
Floralia Brussels - 06/04>06/05/2018
Floralia Brussels: tulips, daffodils, narcissus and snowdrops... all the flowers and bulbs in the world are waiting for you in the park and greenhouses of the Groot-Bijgaarden Castle. 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.
Flower Carpet - 16>19/08/2018
Every other summer on the weekend of 15 August on even years, the Flower Carpet offers a chance for people from all over the world to stroll across the Grand Place in Brussels, a jewel of Gothic architecture and inhale the fragrant scent of the begonias while admiring the details. This extraordinary spectacle is made complete by a visit to the balcony of the City Hall, which offers a wide-angle view of the work. A musical theme is especially composed for each event and a concert accompanies a magnificent sound-and-light show given on the Grand-Place every evening.
Meise Botanical Gardens - Japanese cherry trees and magnolias flower in April
A stone's throw from the Atomium, the Meise botanic garden is a genuine, natural park and one of the world's largest botanical gardens.
Of course, there are greenhouses, but the outdoor collections are just as surprising: bamboo, conifers, perennials, shrubs, medicinal plants, oaks and more. Plenty for the curious! 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
The Logis and Floréal 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.
The van Buuren Museum Gardens
The van Buuren Museum Gardens is the most romantic of strolls! First, visit the superb Art Deco villa of David and Alice van Buuren. Built in 1928, rare furniture, carpets, stained glass windows, sculptures and original artworks have remained in place in the intimacy of this private home that became a museum in 1975. Then you discover the gardens, which are truly exceptional: a picturesque garden ("Jardin Pittoresque"), a heart garden ("Jardin du Cœur") and a labyrinth garden ("Jardin du Labyrinthe") create a green oasis in Brussels, superb in any season.
The Florist's Garden of Stuyvenberg
Not far from the Royal Estate of Laeken, the Florist's Gardens of Stuyvenberg were created at the behest of King Léopold II. This majestic and leafy green space extended the Stuyvenberg estate and in 1999, was turned into a public park. The different gardens which now make up the park reinterpret the historic nature of the site and give it a refined modernity, whilst meeting the strictest environmental standards. As the highlight of the visit, the balconies emphasise the sweeping view that stretches as far as the Palace of Justice in Brussels!
The Mont des Arts Garden
Located on Brussels’ north-south axis that connects the lower, working class part of the city with the upper, aristocratic part, the Mont des Arts has had a turbulent history. The Mont des Arts garden, created on the orders of King Léopold II in the run-up to Brussels International 1910, disappeared as Expo 58 drew near in order to provide underground parking. The new version has the benefit of a fine panoramic view which stretches all the way to the spire of Brussels’ City Hall.
The Botanical Gardens of Brussels
The Botanical Gardens of Brussels were built in the early 19th century on the site where the Botanique cultural centre stands today. Purchased by the Belgian State in 1870, it was finally moved outside the city to the Bouchout domain and became the Meise Botanical Gardens.
The modern-day Botanical Gardens of Brussels were redesigned into a public park in the run-up to Expo 58 and remain a collection of great botanical, architectural and artistic wealth. They boast many surprising species and one of the largest plane trees in Brussels.
The Petit Sablon Garden
A small, flower-filled garden in the Flemish neo-renaissance style, the Petit Sablon square was developed in around 1890 along the new Rue de la Régence. A genuine open-air museum with 10 statues decorating the garden's railings which illustrate the 16th century in Belgium through the country's great humanists.
Adjoining the Egmont Palace, where Brussels receives statesmen and ambassadors, there’s a lovely leafy space, Egmont Park, to escape to, hidden away with its tall trees and fine lawns. You can reach it through the Marguerite Yourcenar passage, engraved with a few philosophical thoughts. The former Orangery is now a restaurant with a very welcoming terrace.
The Park and Palace of the Cinquantenaire were created on the orders of King Léopold II to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgian Independence. This kingdom of greenery surrounds the arcade, the Royal Museums of Art and History, The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, Autoworld and the Horta Pavilion.
"Flora walks" mini-map
This mini-map invites visitors to discover the horticultural wonders of Brussels through its most beautiful green spaces. From history to anecdotes... over 50 places are listed!
FR/NL/EN - €1
On sale in the visit.brussels tourist information offices: City Hall (Grand-Place) & BIP (2 rue Royale).
Brussels Greeters - All year
If you want to discover Brussels in an original and relaxed way, call on the Greeters!
These passionate volunteers will take you on a tour while sharing with you their favourite spots, their top tips, their neighbourhood and their anecdotes.
Completely free - up to 6 people - 12 languages - flexible