Spring in Belgium

Spring is definitely one of the best seasons to visit Belgium. As days get longer, it’s never too cold or too warm. Now you can start shedding your winter layers and indulge in one of the many terraces to enjoy a drink and admire the amazing Belgian sunsets.

Spring is also the time when nature awakes after its long winter sleep bursting with colour and fragrance. While many tourists head to the Netherlands to admire the tulip fields, few know that Belgium is a flower lover’s paradise as well.

Discover Belgium’s top ten for garden and nature lovers:


Hallerbos 

1. Hallerbos:

In the spring, usually in the second half of April, millions of bluebells blossom create a magical blue carpet that covers the floor of the whole beech forest. To best experience it, visit Hallerbos early in the morning or at night when the smell of the blossoms is at its strongest.
Address: Near Halle, 20 km from Brussels.


2. Groot-Bijgaarden Castle and Gardens:

From 7 April to 7 May 2017, Floralia Brussels, an amazing flower exhibition, takes place in the park and in the greenhouses of the 12th-century castle, Grand Bigard. Wander in the 14-hectare park, admire a sea of colourful blossoms and get lost in the labyrinth of tulips.
Address: Isidoor Van Beverenstraat 5, 1702 Groot-Bijgaarden.


Hasselt Japanese Garden

3. Hasselt’s Japanese Garden:

The largest Japanese garden in Europe, it is an ideal place to walk around, meditate and contemplate nature. In the spring, the garden becomes magical thanks to its 250 cherry trees in bloom.
Address: Gouverneur Verwilghensingel 23, 3500 Hasselt.


4. Middelheimpark Antwerp:

One of the oldest open-air museums in the world, the Middelheimpark displays more than 200 works of art from late 19th century to contemporary times, among them works by Auguste Rodin, Rik Wouters, Alexander Calder and many more. Perfect for children, art and nature lovers, the park is open all year long and it’s free.
Address: Middelheimlaan 61, 2020 Antwerp.


 

5. Royal Greenhouses in Laeken:

Just like the nearby Royal Palace, the Royal Greenhouses are open to the public only for few weeks every year. The Greenhouse complex is an outstanding example of 19th-century architecture and occupies an area of 2.5 hectares. The Royal Greenhouses will be open from 14 April to 5 May 2017 (consider booking your visit in advance).
Address: Castle of Laeken, Avenue du Parc Royal, 1020 Brussels (Laeken).

Royal Greenhouse

6. International Rose Garden of Coloma:

Established in 1995, this beautiful rose garden with over 3,000 varieties of roses and 30,000 rose bushes is one of the most magical places in Belgium and one of the best kept secrets in the country. The garden is divided into various sections and is situated next to the Coloma Castle, a 16th century fortress.
Address: J. Depauwstraat 1, 1600 Sint-Pieters-Leeuw.


7. Museum and Gardens Van Buuren:

This typical Art Deco house, with its rare furniture, carpets, stained-glass windows and other masterpieces, is complemented by a garden covering an area of 1,5 hectares. The garden is divided into three parts: the Picturesque Garden, the Labyrinth and The Garden of the Heart.
Address: 41 Avenue Léo Errera, 1180 Brussels.


Villers Abbey 

8. Villers Abbey:

This ancient Cistercian abbey is a site full of history and emotion. Wander through its majestic ruins to get an idea of the life of monks in the 12th century and discover a world full of colours and scents strolling amid the four gardens: the medicinal herb garden, the abbey garden, the monk’s garden and the pharmacy garden.
Address: Rue de l'Abbaye, 55, 1495 Villers-la-Ville.



9. Domaine Solvay de la Hulpe:

Occupying 227 hectares, the park of Solvay is a succession of greenery, woodland, ponds, belvederes and gardens and it’s listed as one of the most remarkable sites of Wallonia. Château de la Hulpe is exclusively used for private events, while the castle stables host the Fondation Folon, displaying over 500 art works from the famous Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon.
Address: Chaussée de Bruxelles, 111, 1310 La Hulpe.


10. Brussels’ Parks:

Brussels is one of the greenest European capitals, with a multitude of parks, each one with its own history, architecture, trees, plants and flowers. Definitely worth visiting: Parc du Cinquantenaire, Parc Léopold, Bois de la Cambre, Parc de la Woluwé, Parc de Tervueren and Parc of Laeken. Did you just spot a bright green parakeet sitting in a tree? No, you're not dreaming! The first breeding pair of parakeets was spotted in Tervueren Park back in 1966. Now the population is estimated at 12,000!




As a couple, with your children and family, with your friends… come and visit Belgium in the spring! Search for our cheapest flights and book your ticket to Brussels now.

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