One of the things I love the most about Brussels is the beautiful parks and gardens in and around the city. During warm days everyone seems to be out laying on the grass, happily soaking up the sun with a book or a picnic with friends. Luckily, on such days there are quite a few spots to choose from in Brussels, all equally beautiful yet different from each other. If I had to pick my favourite parks, my list would definitely include the Tervuren Park, together with the Bois de la Cambre and the Cinquantenaire.
Technically, the Parc de Tervuren (or Park van Tervuren in Dutch) is only a few tram stops or a short bike ride away from Brussels but well worth visiting! It belongs to the municipality of Tervuren, one of the richest in Belgium, and is home to the fascinating Royal Museum for Central Africa. The park is quite big with tended lawns, tall trees and ponds with lovely swans and floating water lilies. It remains beautiful throughout the seasons and quite particular compared to other parks: there are vast lawns with a canal in the middle and long alleys lined with giant trees as far as the eye can see.
If you’re looking for a calm green space outside the city centre to take a long walk, exercise or have a nice picnic, the Tervuren park is well worth discovering. Not only will you take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Brussels, but you’ll get to discover what used to be the King’s holiday house and – why not?- feel like a royalty for a little while!
|Address: Keizerinnedreef, 3080 Tervuren, Belgium|