Spring is a beautiful season. Nature wakes up from a long sleep during the wintertime, the sun is shining again, flowers bloom, the sky is blue, and birds are singing almost all day and some into the evening. Belgium isn’t just a place to eat chocolate and waffles, or drink beer. It is also a great place to appreciate the re-birth of nature in springtime.
But where to go? Here are 10 places you should definitely visit during springtime in Belgium, to see colorful flowers, take lovely pictures or go for a walk with family, your dogs or your friends. Enjoy!
Hallerbos is a forest not far from Brussels. Every spring the forest is transformed into a blue carpet thanks to the thousands of bluebells that bloom throughout. Set against the lush green of the beech trees, it is a truly remarkable sight.
Floralia is a Park with the beautiful castle of Groot-Bijgaarden. Visitors can enjoy many varieties of flowers all over the 14 hectare park, including an impressive greenhouse, and you can also buy flowers here as a special souvenir.
3. Japanese Garden Hasselt
One of the most popular places to visit during Spring in Belgium is the Japanese Garden in Hasselt. It is opened for the public during spring from the beginning of April to the beginning of May. Visitors can enjoy the calming and atmosphere with its Traditional Japanese Houses, Sakura trees, koi fish, and Japanese waterfalls.
4. Meise Botanical Garden
Meise Botanical Garden or National Botanical Garden of Belgium is located on the grounds of Bouchout Castle in the town of Meise. I love this place because they have a lot of plants from around the world. The greenhouse has amazing collections including cactus and many other exotic plants from Asia, such as the rare ‘Titan Arum’ from Indonesia with the biggest flowers on earth. During the spring you can enjoy the magnolia, cherry blossoms and other flowers in the park.
5. Royal Green House of Laeken
Once a year the Royal House of Laeken is opened to the public during the spring seasons. This is the best time to watch all the flowers blooming and visitors can enjoy more than a thousand plants and flowers in the huge greenhouse.
6. Tulips Field in Meerdonk
People think that for enjoying tulip fields they must go to the Netherlands, but you can also see tulip fields in Belgium in Rode Moerpolder and the Koningskieldrechtpolder in Meerdonk (Sint-Gillis-Waas). It may not be as big as in those in the Netherlands but it is still beautiful to visit.
7. Peony farm Graefswinning
Besides the tulips field in Meerdonk, you can also visit the peony farm Graefswinning, located in Nieuwerkerken, where you can buy flowers and enjoy the view of the colorful peonies that fill the farm. Also a nice place to take some selfies with the gorgeous flowers in the background.
8. Lavender Field
You also don’t need to visit Provence to see lavender fields, as we have those here in Belgium too! Located in Limburg, you can visit an extraordinary lavender field covering an area of 4 hectares. A beautiful place where you can take some photos against the carpet of purple lavender and buy souvenirs to remember your day out.
9. Rose Garden of Coloma
For roses lovers, this place is a must see. You can visit the gardens in all the seasons but during the spring and summertime the garden it is filled with thousands of roses blooming and surrounding the beautiful Coloma Castle in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw.
10. Laeken Park
Located in Laeken, closed to the Royal Palace of Laeken and Royal Green House of Laeken and not far from Atomium, this park is a nice place to visit in all seasons but during the spring the flowers, especially around the Monument of Dynasty, make it that much better. There are Magnolias, Cheery blossom, Sakura, and Daffodil, as well as some wild rabbits living in amongst them.