It was rather strange but very comforting to find such a beautiful and calming place within the giant skyscrapers of the financial part of the city. The entrance is free and there are plenty of benches to sit on.
This graceful 19th-century glass-and-wrought-iron palace is no longer the Botanical Gardens of Brussels, but it still merits a visit as a monument of 19th-century architecture. There's still a fine ornamental garden outside. Nowadays, the Botanique functions as a cultural center in which theater, music, dance performances, and visiting art exhibitions are presented.
This is a nice place where you may walk or sit on many benches and listen to the water in a fountain ot whataever you want... :) There are two parts of the garden, devided by the street...
In 1797, the city of Brussels created a botanical garden in the grounds of the Palais de Lorraine. The plans for the garden were designed by architect Charles-Henri Petersen (1792-1859) and then revised by Jean-Baptiste Meeus who was one of the founders of the horticultural society. The grand glass and iron glasshouse was built in the 19th century by French architect Gineste. This now hosts concerts and exhibitions.
The garden is split into two by a road. The area in front of the glasshouse features well laid out formal gardens with neatly cut hedges, paths and a pool with a fountain. Just before you get to the road, there is another area with more in the way of plants and shrubs. The area over the road features trees and a small lake with a fountain. The whole area is surrounded by tall buildings but still remains fairly peaceful to walk around or sit in.
Open: 10am-6pm daily. Admission: Free.
The first botanical garden was located at the Montagne de la Couronne, in Brussels. However, in 1826, the garden was moved because the site was chosen for the large industrial exhibition of 1830, later the present Royal Library was built on this site. In order to save the collections of the Montagne de la Couronne Garden, the Koninklijke maatschappij van kruid-, bloem- en boom-kwekerije der Nederlanden (Royal Society for the cultivation of herbs, flowers and trees of the Netherlands) was founded as a limited liability company. This Society laid out a new botanical garden in the rural countryside between the present Place Rogier and the Port de Schaerbeek (now the Koningsstraat). The foundation of the first, still existing, neoclassic building was laid in September of 1829. This building later became "Le Botanique" the cultural centre of the french speaking community in Brussels, with concerts, film festivals etc.
Le Parc du Jardin Botanique is in the heart of Brussels, just 10mins walk from the busy shopping street Rue Neuve.
This is not just a garden but also an exhibition and concert center which is virtually open 24hours a day in the summer.
It's not recommended to wander the park after sunset though but the building is always quite safe.
I think this is the second tourist trap in Bxl - located at the "Rue Royale" and near Schaarbeek. This are not the "The Royal Gardens" The monuments and galleries need to be restored as soon as possible
The Jardin Botanique - when i visited - not that impressing - but i'm convinced that the famous Royal Gardens in Laecken - at the edge of Brussels is more impressive.
My impressions : a warming up place for
the many houseless souls in Brussels
Visit the botanic garden near the central railway station (Bruxelles Central/ Brussel Centraal).
It's good to rest a little bit while you're visiting the city.