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.
Opening of the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken - 17/04>08/05/2020
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 - 04/04>03/05/2020
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.
Flowercarpet - 13>16/08/2020
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.
“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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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