Starting from the eastern plateau of Ixelles, this tour has a number of discoveries in store for you. Go in search of nature in one of the Region’s most densely-populated neighbourhoods. The first hundred metres or so will be uneventful because, between the European Union’s high rise buildings, the only trees visible will be a handful of frail specimens in various window boxes. However, a bit further on, you will discover Léopold Park, filled with majestic trees and even flowered lawns. Here, the contrast between city and nature is striking. Descending the plateau once again after visiting a series of miniature parks, you will arrive in Maelbeek Valley with its majestic fish ponds, nowadays surrounded by gardens, tall trees and prestigious architecture dating from the 19th century. At the far end of the ponds you will notice, at the sight of La Cambre Abbey (12th century) and Park, that the urban landscape holds many surprises. You will end your tour on Avenue Louise/Louizalaan, from where you can admire the view of the abbey and Maelbeek Valley.