Spring is around the corner! After a long gloomy winter, spring is the season where everything is reborn. Nature regenerates, the snow melts, and fresh green pops up. Spring means blossoming flowers, beautiful warming sunsets, picnics at the park, and spending outdoor activities with loved ones. To make sure you will have unforgettable memories during spring in Brussels, here is the list of places worth visiting that will melt your heart.
1. Meise Botanical Garden
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One of Europe's largest botanical gardens is The National Botanic Garden Meise. It is about 3 kilometers from the famous Atomium and easily accessible from Brussels City Centre. Meise Botanical Garden is a heaven for nature and certainly for plant lovers. Due to its 92-hectare historic domain, people can walk around enjoying every piece of beautiful and calming scenery amongst century-old trees century-old trees.
In the garden, there are more than18.000 varieties of flowers and plants. Inside the garden, you can discover tropical plants in the Plant Palace, a 1-hectare network of interconnected glasshouses that offers visitors a richness of unique plants from all over the world. Orchids, towering palm trees, spiky cactuses, and a variety of exotic flora may all be found here. Besides the Plant Palace, you'll learn about the origins of life on Earth in the Evolution House where you can also see bubbling mud and learn about what dinosaurs ate! Take an informative trip through the development of plants over the last 450 million years, from basic algae to their most sophisticated blooming plants.
On the outside, there are also a diverse array of plants that will interest you, with pathways winding through huge plantings of rhododendrons, conifers, maples, medicinal and herbaceous plants, and more. Each season, they create a tapestry of vibrant colors and scents. Visit the Belgian National Botanic Garden in Meise; you will be blown away!
Address: Nieuwelaan 38, 1860 Meise, Belgium. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 AM to 18 PM. The location is 7,5 miles (12 km) from Brussels. Follow these instructions to get there.
2. Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
Do you want to go to one of Brussels' most stunning gardens? This hidden gem is located exactly behind the Royal Palace. Every spring, The Royal Family opens The Laeken Greenhouses to the public. The location is conveniently reachable approximately 5 kilometers from Brussels. A collection of rare flowers and plants covering 2.5 hectares (6.2 acres) can be found inside. Plants from Africa, palms, roses, azaleas, geraniums, fuchsias, and the Orange tree collection are among some of the offered exhibitions. The greenhouses also host the world's oldest and biggest camellia collection, with 305 kinds growing at Laeken.
Moreover, some flowers grow inside the garden, while others require particular care and are housed in tropical, subtropical, and cold greenhouses. But it's not just the plants that are worth seeing; the greenhouses themselves are stunning architectural works of art. For example, the Winter Garden is definitely worth a visit.
Address: Av. du Parc Royal, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium. It hasn't been confirmed yet if the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken will be open soon. You can visit its official landing page to follow up on the official confirmation of the opening hours here.
3. Tervuren Park
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Tervuren Park, also known as Warande, has a majestic avenue lined with ponds, flower beds, and artworks as its green carpet. After a busy day in Brussels especially in spring, Tervuren Park is the perfect place to unwind in the midst of calming and beautiful nature. Another idea to enjoy Tervuren Park during spring is by doing a picnic and making sure to also visit the Central African Royal Museum.
The park is 205 hectares and before was used as the hunting grounds of the Dukes of Brabant. The park is a national forest that is divided into two distinct valleys. The park is equipped with a French garden at the front with ponds, flowerbeds, and statues.
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Every spring, something spectacular happens here: thousands of bluebells (hyacinths) bloom, exhibiting their deep purple and blue blossoms and producing a lovely, colorful carpet. The blue forest has become a true public favorite, attracting visitors from all over the world every year. Join them in seeing the sun rays touch the flowers right before the oak trees throw their shadows.
Hallerbos – ‘The Blue Forest’ – is the most important and most extensive forest area between Zenne and Zoniën. The forest is a crowd favorite thanks to the beautiful purple carpet of bluebells, which bloom around mid-April. The giant Sequoia trees also make a visit to this forest more than worth it.
5. Floralia Brussels
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Floralia Brussels is one of Belgium's most popular flower tours due to its Spring Flower Show. The Spring Flower Show gets around 35 000 people each year. The Floria is a 14-hectare park where you can also enjoy the greenhouse, Donjon, and chapel of the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden that are available to the public.
Floria has confirmed their opening from 2 April to 3 May from 10:00 - 18:00 where you can reexperience the most flowery spring during the annual flower exhibition in the park of the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden!
Address: Isidoor van Beverenstraat 5, 1702 Dilbeek, Belgium.
6. Flower Carpet Brussels
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The Flower Carpet allows visitors to take a stroll around the Grand-Place, a Gothic architectural gem while enjoying the aroma of begonias and admiring its nature. A visit to the Town Hall's balcony, which provides a wide-angle perspective of the city's landscape, completes the overall remarkable spectacle during the event. A unique musical theme and a concert are also held on the Grand Place accompanied by a spectacular sound-and-light spectacle.
The carpet is enhanced by the beauty and freshness of the vigorous tuberous begonia. The hardy begonia, a West Indian native, can withstand all kinds of weather: direct sunlight, strong winds, rain, cold. Begonias come in a wide range of colors, from bright primary hues to delicate pastel tints, with many-colored and white blooms that reflect light brilliantly in between. Belgium produces 35 million begonia bulbs each year, making it the world's largest producer! Since 1860, practically all of the entire crop has been grown in the Ghent region, with the majority of it being sold to the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.
You can more information about when the Flower Carpet will be held here. The location of the Flower Carpet is exactly at the front of Brussels Grand Place.
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