Spring is the time of year when the sleepy villages, animals, and plants come back to life after a deep winter slumber. The best part of melting snow and warming temperatures is the scent of flowers in the air. And the best place to smell the flowers is in Belgium!
Here is our list of the five best places to smell Spring in Belgium.
1. Hallerbos: 20 km from Brussels is a beech forest called Hallerbos. Mid-April the Forrest floor comes alive with millions of bluebells. These blossoms create a world-famous floral carpet. The best time to visit is early morning or nighttime when the scent is the strongest.
2. Groot-Bijgaarden Castle and Gardens: The Floralia Brussels Flower Exhibition takes place every April in this grand 12th-century castle and flower gardens. The grounds cover 14 hectares and include a tulip labyrinth.
3. Hasselt’s Japanese Garden: This Japanese garden is the largest in Europe. It’s fame comes from the 250 cherry trees which bloom in the Spring.
4. Royal Greenhouses in Laeken: Located in Brussels, the Royal Palace’s Greenhouses are open to the public for only a few weeks out of the year, typically the last two weeks of April. Enjoy 2.5 hectares of 19th century architecture and blooms.
5. International Rose Garden of Coloma: Planted beside the Coloma Castle, this rose garden boasts of 30,000 rose bushes and 3,000 varieties of roses. Having been established in 1995, the garden is relatively unknown to many tourists.