Brussels' Flowers

The city of Brussels is considered the de facto capital of the European Union. Important institutions such as the European Commission, the European Council, and ultimately the European Parliament are located here. The whole city is divided into 19 municipalities, including of course the beautiful historic city center, a destination for tourists and travellers from all over the world every year. There are many things to see; Brussels is a city rich in artistic and cultural sites as well as by modern architecture even though it is still incredibly influenced by ancient Belgian traditions. It is definitely a city where past and present coexist harmoniously.

The best time to visit Brussels is during the spring. With a more temperate climate you can easily visit the historic city center and its surroundings. At the end of the winter season, Brussels hosts one of the most picturesque exhibitions that you can visit; an exhibition that does not focus on paintings but on the flowers. It is called Floralia and it is both an exhibition and a flower market. It takes place in the gardens and greenhouses of the Groot-Bijgaarden castle. In this particular period of the year, the park is filled with color and inside the gardens there are in fact a large number of tulips, hyacinths, and hand-planted daffodils. The exhibition lasts for a month and you can admire more than 500 varieties of plants.

Near Brussels there are a large number of attractions where floral beauty is the real protagonist. For example, just 20 km from the capital of Belgium, you’ll find the picturesque city of Halle. During the spring, millions of bluebells bloom in the town’s forest making it seem like it’s magically painted blue. It’s a truly incredible spectacle, especially with the colors of sunrise or sunset. If you want to stay in the city instead, Brussels is a city full of urban parks, each an oasis of relaxation and nature. For example, in the European district it is impossible not to run into the Parc du Cinquantenaire. In other areas of the city, you’ll find the Leopoldo park or the Laeke park. There is nothing better than experiencing spring in Brussels.

A little further away from Brussels is the Municipality of Hasselt, which is worth a visit for its flowers and natural beauty. In fact, the largest Japanese garden in all of Europe is located in this  town. It is a unique setting that encourages walks and contemplation in total silence, between the cherry blossoms and the wooden bridges that cross the waterways.


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