King Baudouin Park

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King Baudouin Park

King Baudouin Park was created in 1977 in order to protect one of the last remaining examples of the natural landscape of Brabant in the Brussels Region. This initiative also enabled the creation of a landscape extending over more than 100 hectares and bringing together the magnificent beech woods of Laerbeek, Poelbos and Dieleghem, with meadows, marshland, ponds and grassy expanses. In the lower section, an English-style Romantic landscaped park was developed; this encompasses the garden of the Institut du Sacré-Cœur and the floor of the Molenbeek Valley. Wide lawns bordered by flowerbeds, isolated trees, water features and beds of great mannagrass, home to frogs, newts, common reed buntings, Eurasian reed warblers and numerous fish, surround a watermill fish pond, one of the last remaining vestiges of the Abbey of Dieleghem. Higher up, hedgerows of hazel bush, holly, hawthorn, blackthorn and hornbeam encircle the remaining pastureland, orchard, vegetable gardens and fields of crops, recreating a unique bucolic atmosphere on the edge of the city. A neo-Norman style cottage, built in 1908 by the Liège-based architect Charles Castermans for the lawyer Eugène Van den Elschen, now houses a café, a popular stopping point for walkers.

Practical information

  • rue Bonaventure
    1090 Brussels
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      Stuyvenbergh
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      Guillaume De Greef
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      Cimetière de Jette/Kerkhof van Jette
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      Lorge
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      Reniers