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... 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!
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.
Opening of the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken - 13/05 -> 06/06
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.
Be advised: the number of places is limited, so don't delay!
Floralia Brussels - 03/04>02/05/2021
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.
Flowertime - to be confirmed
Flowertime alternates, every other summer, with the Flower Carpet on the Grand-Place, transforming Brussels' Town Hall into an idyllic place for a floral stroll. The rooms of this architectural gem - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - are decorated with dozens of colourful floral creations by the finest Belgian florists. What a feast for the eyes!
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.
“be green” map
With the “be green”map, visit some twenty places to see living green at any season. Some of these places are well known, some well tucked away: historical parks, pretty squares, a forest and even some farms! Plenty of possibilities to get in touch with nature and enjoy the fresh air, whether you live in the city or you’re just visiting.
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