Parks and botanical gardens, Antwerp
Most of Antwerp's parks can be found outside the city center. The largest park in the center is the 14 hectare (35 acres) city park or stadspark. It is located in the Jewish neighborhood, not far from the Central Station.
When the large fortifications around Antwerp were built between 1860 and 1865, the Spanish fortifications had become redundant. Among those military fortifications was the Fort Herentals.
From 1867 to 1869, this fort's triangular domain was converted into a park by the Antwerp architect and city council member E. Van Cuyck. The park was laid out in English style after a design by the landscape architect E. Keilig.
In the botanical garden, grass, flora species are not the only things you could admire.
Find there some land art pieces ;-): these heads were just cute.. in the middle of the greenery.
I think they are the heads of the conference attendees, in Elzenveld centre... Some could cope with harshness of busy life, others couldn't and started to sink.
The exotic touch of this Elzenveld culture and conference center is the botanical garden in nearby, with its local and tropical species.
Both the congress- culture centre, the botanical garden are part of medieval Sint- Elizabeth hospital campus.
Here, the cacti in the greenhouse. There, some fruit trees from Madagascar, Koi carps from Japan/ China.
Enough things to run you off... in a so small place.
Plus, it's a nice place to chill out after the busy life of conference attendees.
When summer packs up and heads for a warmer climate, nature adorns itself in the finest shades of gold, red, brown and silver in Left Bank's St-Anne's Forest and its neighbour, waterfowl reserve Blokkersdijk. Strolling at your leisure under the forest's golden canopy, among silvery birch trunks, it's easy to drop the hustle and bustle of big city life and get permeated by the silence and relaxing atmosphere of these surroundings. With any luck you might even come across the rabbit hunting forest rangers with their birds of prey. Or see a pheasant dash off right in front of you. (For more photo's , check my Province of Antwerp TL's.)