Flowers and Gardens

Flowers and gardens

Visit the tulip fields. Get up early for the flower auction.

But also: enjoy the committed people who share the story of their private garden with you.

Flowers and gardens

Places of interest

National Botanic Garden in Meise near Brussels

The Botanic Garden is a glorious place during spring. The magnolias shine in soft pink, yellow, and white. Narcissuses dot the grass with bright yellow splashes. Blossoms paint the trees pink. And the white wood anemones and soft green of the young leaves create a seductive scenery.

Hortus Botanicus in Leiden

The Hortus botanicus Leiden is the oldest botanical garden in The Netherlands. The oldest section of the Hortus, dating back to 1590, is the current Front Garden.

It has been renovated with new plants and in 2000, a new glasshouse was added to form the Winter Garden.

The Clusius Garden gives an impression of what the Hortus was like around 1600, when the bonds between the Netherlands and Asia were formed.

The exchange of plants and knowledge between these cultures can be seen in the Japanese Garden.

Het Zwin near Bruges

Nature parc, the internation bird airport near to the Dutch border.

A channel called the Zwin Channel connects the area to the sea.

Every tide makes a large quantity of North Sea water flow into the nature reserve.

The nature reserve boasts extraordinary fauna and flora which can hardly be found elsewhere along the Belgian coast.

Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver near Mechelen

The Winter Garden of the Ursuline Nuns allows visitors to enjoy the sights and smells of Spring throughout the year.

The stained-glass roof will capture your attention as it spreads the light over the garden in a variety of impressive patterns.

Freyr near Namur

Castle and gardens of Freyr.

The most magnificent natural site in the country is home to an outstanding estate with a touch of Versailles about it (16th-18th C).

You'll be won over by the delicate decor of the Rococo Pavilion and amazed by the elegance and simplicity of the oldest orangeries in the Netherlands.


Keukenhof near Lisse-Amsterdam-Haarlem - annually from end of March till mid May

The best day out among the flowers! Over 7 million bulbs will bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. A unique, unforgettable experience!

Keukenhof is open from end of March until mid May.

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken near Brussels - annually in April-May

Every spring, the Royal Greenhouses of the Royal Castle of Laeken are open to the public for 3 weeks. It is an excellent opportunity to see the wonderful architecture of Alphonse Balat, the mentor of Victor Horta, and the many plants in the greenhouses.

Floralia Brussels - annually in April

The spring flower exhibition in the park and the greenhouses of the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden offers an unforgettable flower experience.
The park of 14 hectares incorporates nearly all spring bulb varieties.  For the new flowering time, the gardeners of the castle have planted by hand more than one million bulbs.
Special attention goes to the tulips, with almost 400 varieties, hyacinths and daffodils are also well represented.

Flower parade in Zundert - annualy during the first weekend of September

Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert and spent his childhood years here. Memories of his youth are kept alive here.

The Corso of Zundert is the biggest flower parade in the world.
The parade will take place during the first weekend of September.

Aalsmeer Flower Auction

The FloraHolland flower auction is the largest floral market in the world. Daily, around 20 million flowers are traded here.

The Ardennes

Primarily located in Belgium, the Ardennes mountains also nudge into France and Luxembourg. Dense forests flank the steep hillsides, and market towns and villages perch on river banks. Spring and summer show this lush area at its best

The Mullerthal Trail

The Mullerthal Trail takes you through the diverse landscapes of the Mullerthal Region – Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland – with its bizarre rock formations and extensive ancient forests, along mossy brooks, through narrow gorges and across plateaus offering fine views.

The Dutch Wadden Sea Islands

Nature at its very best. The Dutch Wadden Sea Islands are the five perls in the north of the Netherlands.

They are all worth a visit, because Schiermonnikoog, Ameland, Terschelling, Vlieland and Texel differ quite a bit from one another.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

According to a recent study, the city of Luxembourg is one of the 10 most relaxed cities in the world.

In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg an abundance of natural space is waiting to be discovered all year round..