Léopold II: a green-fingered king


16/09/2017 - 16/09/2017

Reducing the reign of Léopold II to some monuments and colonial folly would be too simple! Our second king, assisted by his faithful urban planner architect, Victor Besme, took an early interest in the urban development of Brussels, with a particular focus on green spaces. Guided by an overwhelming desire to make his capital more beautiful, but also conscious of the need to allow a city with a rapidly growing population to breathe, he developed, sometimes at his own expense, numerous parks for the benefit of the population. Travelling through the city by bus, you will discover a carefully-chosen selection of such parks, gardens, woods and other green squares, some of them rustic, others extensively landscaped. After this tour, you may even say that Léopold had green fingers!

In cooperation with Bruxelles Bavard.

Practical information

    • Atomium bus car park (at the bottom of Boulevard du Centenaire/Eeuwfeestlaan) (tour ends in the centre of Brussels)
    • boulevard du Centenaire
    • 1020 Brussels
    • Saturday only at 10h30 and 14h30 (French) and at 10h30 and 14h30 (Dutch) (duration: 2.5 hours)
      Please note that bookings are essential. Call 0487/60.82.52 (from Monday to Friday, 14h00 to 18h00). Up to 45 people per tour.