Only a few minutes from the centre of the city, there's this heaven of peace and greenery. Take a walk through this lovely garden past beautiful statues, visit the plant collection in the green house, sit down and relax on the many benches...
During the last week of August, the Royal Park (between Parliament and Royal Palace) hosts the festival "Boterhammen in het Park" (sandwiches in the park).
You can enjoy a free festival (12h - 14h) at the Music Kiosk.
The entrance is free.
Drinks and sandwiches are a bit expensive (1,60 Euro), but the atmosphere is amazing.
2 to 3-thousand people enjoying music in a park on their lunch-hour.
During the evenings of the last week of August (from 19h - ...) there is a more quiet music festival. It is called 'Feerieën" and it is also at the Music Kiosk.
It is a bit smaller and more intimate.
One of the most remarkable places nearby Brussels must be Tervuren!
Originally it was meant as a resting place between the traveling from Brussels to Leuven, both very important cities in early royal days.
Kings and royalties have had their residence here and I would strongly suggest you read about the history on my my VT Tervuren page, although it is still not completed yet.
Leopold II, King of Belgium would make this place famous because he used this as an off the beaten path location for the World Fair and held his colonial world fair here to introduce the Congolese colony to the Belgians.
Purpose was to build an international institute for Africa but those plans haven't been realised because Leopold II died.
However he left us a brilliant Africa Museum and a beautiful park surrounding it, called the Warande.
If you are curious and want to view all pictures of my visit that daythen do visit
my Fotki album of Tervuren and Overijse
What is really nice to do in any season, that is to visit the National Botanical Garden at Meise.
Admittance 4 Euro/Adult.
You can read more on VT's:
or enjoy the pictures (even full size) on my
Comments there are always welcome :)
Only 3 weeks in a year from April till first days of May, The Royal Palace at Laken (Laeken) will open its doors for the public.
For a few Euro's (children don't need to pay) you can marvel at the view of the magnificent greenhouse and royal "garden" (read "Park").
From 2002 they also opened their royal stables.
I would recomend you highly to visit this place if you are in the neighborhood.
Should I not have convinced you entirerly, then do check these links:
great VT pages about Laeken ;
Photo album of my 2002 visit with our students ;
1st photo album at Fotki ';
2nd photo album at Fotki.
You can feel like a giant in Mini Europe - nice park exhibition in Atomium-Heyzel area.
London's Big Ben, Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Bull Ring in Seville, and Montmartre in Paris, as well as more modern emblems of continental achievement such as the Channel Tunnel and the Ariane rocket. There is also possible to read some highlights about every EU country and even to listen a national anthem.
Mmmmm, at least not any name which I know about. But I like it that way. It's just a few pleasant blocks' walk down the hill from ChezD. Alongside a manmade pond, but a manmade pond which attracts a wonderful variety of ducks and other aquatic birdies. And the humans who like to take leftover dinner bread and feed them, on said humans' way to their own dinner.
Sunny month of June is the best to wander in Foret de Soignes if you like to "harvest" wild cherries *LOL*
I don't know whether they are really "wild" or belonging to someone. My friend told me they were nobody's property, though I think they belong to someone :-) They were sweet by the way....
Le Rouge-Cloitre is the spot where I could pick the cherries. It is also a nice place for nice walks and discovery. Park your car in Herrmann-Debroux avenue, at the entry of the park. Follow the path either with your bicycle or by foot. Very nice walk in wood and near a pond. Plus, there are some reportedly good restaurants there, some place to have drinks, an old abbey (or convent). The area sometimes houses exhibitions and cultural events. I saw two interesting exhibitions there: the first, about Auderghem artists (mostly painters); the second, about patchwroks. During that latter, I was impressed by some old patchworks pieces that were imported from either the US, UK.. some pieces of museum collection. Walking there is just wonderful, in fact, in winter, in spring. If I am not wrong, camping is possible too.
Now about Foret de Soignes itself, this is the green forest of Brabant (Brussels region included). Please check my local custom tips about it.
Le Rouge Cloitre: Metro M station: Hermann-Debroux.
Other areas: you 'll have to fetch a map of the Forest and spot particular areas of interest.
If you like cemeteries this one is a must.
Make sure it fits into your planning.
It is rather small but among the most
beautiful cemetaries I've ever seen.
(and belief me I've visited a lot of them).
This one was created because the wife
of 'king Leopold I' wanted to be burried
in Laken. Before the cemetery was the
graveyard of a little farmers village.
A lot of famous 'Brusselaars' wanted to be
buried here. Among them 'Joseph Poelaert'.
The architect of the church , laken where this
cemetery is located behind. He also made
the 'justitiepaleis'. At that time , the largest
The cemetery isn't perfect mainteined ,
but that is part of the special atmosphere.
The sculptures are high quality...
( 'rodin' , 'Brothers Salu'...)
and is still popular with the Brussels high
Pitty the subterraneous vaults are in such
a bad shape you can't go in anymore.
Don't worry , you wont disrupt any of these folks.
These graves are made to be seen!
On the Rue des Gaulois, a bording street of the Cinquantenaire Parc (if you are facing the parc from the roundabout of Merode), you will find series of banners with tourist information in English, French, Dutch and German about great places to see in Brussels. Very well done and very interesting!!!! It should be useful to read them all and then select the place that attracts you the most!!!!!
An off the beaten path and must-see at same time...
When visiting Jardin de l'Albertine (see my Tlog), don't miss this clock. Admire this hidden beauty. Each hour, you will hear the 24 bell-carillon.
If you are lucky enough, you will see the little figurine on top moving, hammering to indicate the hours.
A closer look and you will notice that when I took this picture, some of the 12 wholes that should house the figurines are empty. In fact, those statuettes are part of a collection of Brussels historical and folk figurines: "De sprenkende klok".. so you understand that they are stolen from time to time...
All information on how to access the park, thus the chiming clock are in my Tlog. Have a glance... and don't miss it!
Metro M stations: Gare centrale
An amusement park near Brussels.
Six Flags will invite you to get unstressed and to make children happy.Btw - it is also enjoyable for grandgrandma - grandma - ma and my daughter !
More info and pictures on my travelogues !
My wife and I whiled away a pleasant few hours one Sunday at the Royal Park. There were lots of people there reading, enjoying each other's company, and walking dogs, but I never felt crowded. We walked around a bit, and then just sat, ate some Gaufres Chauds (hot Belgian Waffles), and watched people.
In La Hulpe, just outside Brussels, you find this small castle which you cannot visit but what you CAN do is have a picnic and a game of croquet in its marvellous grounds, enjoying the rhododendron and huge trees. You can also walk around for hours in the nearby forest and only meet the odd walker or rider as the area is full of horses. It's a bit tricky to get to without your own car but it can be done.
South-East of Brussels is the Zoniënforest. This beautiful piece of the Ardennes-hills is especially loved by the Brussel-citizens to take walks or make long cycletours. Not many tourists come here and it's therefor a place that is best to meet the "Brusselaars" themselves and enjoy the nature in it's ever perfect settings.