Like the sunflower, the Brusseleirs are crazy about their sunlight. As soon as the first rays touch down on the capital after winter, they come out of hibernation for some much needed phototherapy. Brussels inhabitants search for all sunlit sidewalks, well oriented benches, and desperately look for green lawns bathed in the season’s light.
So BrusselsLife has decided to give their compatriots a hand in their quest for photons. Here are some parks where spring is welcomed with open arms…
Forêt de Soignes
The time to go is now. The beech grove is still leafless, which means shade is minimal! Take up the paths in the Forêt de Soignes to catch some liberating sunlight. And after your walk in the park, head to the Rouge-Cloître for a coffee, while the kids can get out their last bits of energy at the playground.
Parc de Tervuren
Had enough of the crowded Bois de la Cambre on pretty days? We suggest you try another entry into the Forêt de Soignes: the Parc de Tervuren. The French style gardens, the pond and its carps, the playground, the arboretum, the royal promenade, the long paths that await bikers and strollers…
Unfortunately, you will not be able to add a visit to the Royal Museum of Central Africa, as it will stay closed until june 2018.
Bois de Halle
The Bois de Halle, or Hallerbos for the natives, is a joy in the Brussels periphery. The best time to visit is indeed in spring, more precisely throughout April. Just at the moment when the wild hyacinths start to fill the undergrowth. Tourists from all over the world come to see it. Don’t miss the beauty this year.
Bois du Laerbeek
The Bois du Laerbeek in Jette is kind of like the Bois de la Cambre of western Brussels. Even if it does surpass it by far with its spectacular plant life. Wild hyacinths, lily of the valley, cardamoms, valerians, and primrose color the forest floor.
At the edge of the forest, the chalet du Laerbeek will fill empty stomachs after a long walk.
Park de Laeken and surroundings
Of course you are familiar with the huge Parc de Laeken. A stripped landscape, wide avenues, winding paths… The vast lawns are perfect for all outdoor sports and lounging about.
But are you familiar with all the nooks of this park? The Parc d’Osseghem, the Royal Palace, the Laeken greenhouse, the colonial garden, the Parc de Sobieski, or even the Jardins du fleuriste (florists’ gardens)?
Parc du Wolvendael
In Uccle, the Parc de Wolvendael offers a hilly and diverse landscape. Dogs and their owners can especially appreciate this park since starting in April, dogs are allowed to roam without a leash before 10 am and between 6 pm and 10 pm.
Parc Tournay Solvay
To finish up this overview of green spaces in Brussels, we couldn’t leave out the nature found in the Parc Tournay-Solvay. The English garden and rosary, ponds, orchard… Located in Watermael-Boitsfort, it’s a little escape from the city, perfect for a springtime walk.
And when the sun starts to beat a little harder, here are some ideas for parks in Brussels where you can lay out for a nap...