Osseghem Park

The site of what is now Osseghem Park was once a stone quarry operated by the Abbey of Afflighem. When quarrying activity ceased, the area was planted with beech trees. King Léopold II, wanting to make the best use of the area surrounding Laeken Palace, therefore acquired the wooded upland area in 1909, a portion of the some 200 hectares that he managed to accumulate in Laeken over the years. A large part was transferred to the City of Brussels in 1927 to facilitate the organising of the 1935 World Fair. Landscape architect Jules Buyssens was then commissioned to design the layout for the 17 hectares in question. He devised an irregular layout, the highlights of which are a remarkable open-air theatre and a sinuous 500 m-long lake, the varied banks of which are popular with walkers. Handsome clusters of trees animate long views, such as that created by the four rows of cylinder-shaped copper beech trees that border the pathway leading to the highest point of the park. More than twenty specimens are included in the inventory of remarkable trees, such as a northern catalpa, a blue Atlas cedar, a Caucasian walnut and three imposing larch trees said to have been planted by Léopold II. (Listed 16/10/1975)

Practical information

  • Parc d’Osseghem
    1020 Brussels
    • M
      Heysel/Heizel
    • T
      Esplanade
    • T
      Centenaire/Eeuwfeest