FloraliaBrussels-972Readers of Discovering Belgium will know that every year I promote Floralia Brussels and strongly suggest that for people living in Belgium it’s much more environmentally-friendly to visit this flower show than drive the 3 hours to the more famous Keukenhof in the Netherlands. This year it’s the 11th edition of Floralia Brussels, which is held on the grounds and in the greenhouses of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden between April 4 and May 8, 2014. Over one and a half million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and grape hyacinths have been planted under the old trees of the 14-hectare park, providing a wonderful display. It includes 400 varieties of tulips, some of which have not yet received a name.

In addition, you will discover an exhibition of floral arrangements and decorative plants in the greenhouses, incorporating more than 10,000 flowers from various flower markets throughout Europe. There’s also an orchid show in the chapel, a surprise in the tower, and bulbs can be purchased at the entrance to the castle.

Entrance costs 12 EUR for adults, 5 EUR for children (6-14). It’s open every day from 10 am until 6 pm. Address is Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden, Is. Van Beverenstraat 5, 1702 Groot-Bijgaarden

Check out this post for some lovely photos of a previous exhibition.

How to get there:

The easiest is probably to take the train to Groot-Bijgaarden station and then walk up Brusselsstraat to Isidoor Van Beverenstraat where the castle is. It’s a distance of about 800 metres which should take you about 10 minutes.

Alternatively take bus 136 from Brussels Zuid and get off at Groot-Bijgaarden Kerk and walk about 200 metres. Here’s a bus 136 timetable: De Lijn 136

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I hope that my blog helps you discover interesting and sometimes out-of-the-way places to visit in Belgium. It's based on my own experiences, having lived here for nearly 30 years.

6 comments on “Floralia Brussels 2014

  1. Chris Golightly

    Thanks for the tip. We went to FLORIADE in NL last year and it was disappointing. Far too commercialised now compared to when we went in early 90s. I had never heard of the Belgian version and Groot-Bijgaarden castle is great so thanks, will give it a try. Chris Golightly – Limal

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  2. I want to go! But I’m finding it difficult to find out how to get there by public transport. The website says to take Brussels South : bus De Lijn 136 – stop Kerk, but I can’t find info on that route in English. Otherwise, Google trip planner has me transferring twice between trams and busses, and walking a lot in between. Are there any day coach trips from Brussels?

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    • Nibor, the easiest is probably to take the train to Groot-Bijgaarden station and then walk up Brusselsstraat to Isidoor Van Beverenstraat. It’s a distance of about 800 metres which should take you about 10 minutes. Alternatively take bus 136 from Brussels Zuid and get off at Groot-Bijgaarden Kerk and walk about 200 metres. I’ve attached a PDF of the bus 136 timetable in the article.

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  3. Thanks for your post! We visited Floralia today and found it very beautiful, the Castle and bridges make it even somewhat more charming than Keukenhof.

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    • Glad you liked the article, and also that you enjoyed Floralia. Yes the castle does make it rather special.

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