A new brochure on Flemish Brabant is beautiful, and a great source of useful tips on places to visit Back in November last year I was contacted by Eva De Smedt from the Tourism Department of the Province of Flemish Brabant. She was just starting work on a […]
Enjoy the wonderful sight of over 1 million flowering bulbs in the grounds of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden
As a father of four, my reviews of places to visit are often seen through the eyes of parents with young children (although mine are now well beyond that stage). I often ask myself whether a place is child-friendly; buggy-friendly; safe for children to run in; good places […]
Some great ideas from guest blogger Kevin Mayne to discover Belgium by bike
Walk or jog; trot your horse or ride your bike; fish or paddle; eat or drink; kick a football or throw a frisbee. There are lots of different ways to enjoy Tervuren Park.
Enjoy a walk through the narrow, cobblestoned streets that make up the Groot Begijnhof in Leuven.
Next weekend – February 1&2 – it’s that time of the year again. It’s time to count your garden birds, at least if you live in Belgium, although many countries now hold an annual garden birds census. I’ve written earlier about how you can count your birds here. […]
For three weeks every spring, the phenomenal Royal Greenhouses in Laken are open to the public (in 2016: from 15 April until 6 May). They are a marvel of 19th-century architecture that house a stunning collection of plants, many of which are now in bloom. You don’t have to […]
Readers 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 […]
Today’s post is a little different to normal. It’s not about Discovering Belgium but about Discovering Belgium’s Birds! During the weekend of February 2 and 3, 2013, birdwatchers across Belgium will be taking part in the annual census of garden birds. It’s organised by the Flemish nature conservation […]
If you are a fan of all things Japanese, you might be interested in various events being held at the Japanese Garden in Hasselt to celebrate its 20th birthday. My friends Saskia and Bart from the Japan Centre in Zoutleeuw are organizing a lot of the activities. This […]
(For Floralia Brussels 2017, click here.) I’ve posted earlier on the wonderful Floralia Brussels exhibition, the spring flower show held on the grounds and in the greenhouses of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden (this year’s event is now closed). Regular ‘Discovering Belgium’ reader Wendy Deyell went to the exhibition, […]
Known as the smallest town in the world, Durbuy is also one of the prettiest. Due to its picturesque location on the banks of the Ourthe River, in the Belgian province of Luxemburg, the town became a pleasant holiday resort. This small but at the same time enchanting […]
Covering 12 hectares and with a collection of over 7,000 rare trees and shrubs and many more perennials, Kalmthout Arboretum to the north of Antwerp has become known worldwide. It’s well worth a visit at any time of the year.
The Leuven Botanical Garden may be one of the smallest botanical gardens in Belgium, but it’s one of the most charming. It’s small enough to cover in an hour or two; it’s well laid out; and easily accessible with wheelchairs and children’s buggies.