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Parks and Gardens in Belgium

Ixelles Ponds Park
Town: Brussels
Address: Avenue de General de Gaulle
Phone: +32 02 513 89 40
e-mail: info@opt.be
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The Ponds of Ixelles are such an important feature of Brussels that despite the fact that many of them were drained, a whole district, in fact a whole municipality, is named after this natural site. Today, there are two ponds left and they are situated between the General de Gaulle and Gulden-Sporen Avenues, thus being the natural continuation of the Abbey de la Cambre gardens. The park around the ponds of Ixelles is composed mainly of the ponds themselves and the trees that line their banks. What is the unique feature of the site is that it is as much a natural site as much it is an architectural one. Around the lakes one can observe the building styles of the Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Neo-Flemish constructions. The two actual ponds are north-south oriented, have a spindle-like shape, about 700 metres in total length and 50 metres in width and are separated by a strip of
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Jardin du Roi
Town: Brussels
Address: Avenue Louise
Phone: +32 02 513 89 40
e-mail: info@opt.be
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The French name Jardin du Roi literally means 'King’s Garden' and it indeed has an air of luxury and sophisticated taste to it, with the carefully kept lawns and its geometrical symmetry. There is also a number of statues that decorate the facility. The King’s Garden is said to have the shape of a goose’s foot, opening from the green roundabout of the Louise Avenue and stretching in the direction of the Ixelles Ponds that are a popular attraction in Brussels.
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Jean Felix Hap Garden
Town: Brussels
Address: Wavre Avenue
Phone: +32 02 513 89 40
e-mail: info@opt.be
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It is important that one is informed in advance before visiting a city like Brussels about what is to be found there so that one is able to look for it. Some things might remain hidden from the tourist eye which is the case with the Jean Felix Hap Garden. Although it is situated in the very urban heart of Brussels it is surprisingly peaceful mainly due to the surrounding buildings that passionately try to keep the park a secret all for themselves. The two entrances to the Jean Felix Hap park are from the side of the Louis Hap Street and the Wavre Street surrounding this island of greenery with great ecological and landscape variety and prominence. Once this public park was private property and this still influences the ambiance of the park creating a somehow obsolete air.
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Jean Massart Botanical Garden (Université libre de
Town: Brussels
Address: ULB - Chaussée de Wavre 1850
Phone: +32 2 650 91 65
e-mail: lbelalia@ulb.ac.be
Website: http://www.ulb.ac.be/inforsciences/musees
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The Jean Massart Botanical Garden, or Université libre de Bruxelles, offers an open-air collection of vegetation, summing up some 1,500 species. Conceived as a field to study the adaptation of wild plants to their natural environment, this 5-hectare garden contains a multitude of plant species. The three thematic gardens are divided into a garden which has a collection of 400 medicinal plant species classified in compliance with their principal active components.
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Jean Massart Garden
Town: Brussels
Address: Chaussée de Wavre 1850
Phone: +32 02 650 91 65
e-mail: lbelalia@ulb.ac.be

With its main characteristics: the orchard, thematically arranged displays of plants and a laboratory, the garden Jean Massart can be classified as a botanical garden. On the other hand, if one is not interested in the evolution of plants, for example, this garden presents them with the perfect opportunity to simply enjoy the curious, colourful plants and the peaceful atmosphere in this area protected from city noise. The Jean Massart experimental botanical Garden is located in the Auderghem district of Brussels, a bit far from the city centre with other green facilities in its vicinity such as the Red Cloister Abbey (Rood Klooster in Dutch) and several woodlands including the Tervuren Park, the Woluwe Park, the large Kapucjinenbos and others. The five hect
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Josaphat Park
Town: Brussels
Address: Azalea Avenue
Phone: +32 2 513 89 40
e-mail: info@opt.be
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The district Schaerbeek in Brussels covers a total area of about 70 hectares of green spaces, but its largest park – Josaphat Park, crossed by streets and a rail road, really stands out. It is believed that the park’s name comes from the name of a pilgrim who, on returning from Palestine found the valleys of Roodebeek and that of Josaphat (in the Holy Land) similar. Josaphat Park was founded in 1902 when the Schaerbeek Community purchased a land of 6 hectares and entrusted landscape architect Edmond Galoppin with the planning of a park. The park was officially inaugurated in June 1904 in the presence of King Leopold II and was further extended by purchases of nearby farms.
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Jubilee Park
Town: Brussels
Address: Renaissance Avenue
Phone: +32 02 513 89 40
e-mail: info@opt.be
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Parc du Cinquantenaire (French) or Jubelpark (Dutch) is one of the most impressive green spaces in the capital of Belgium. This park is also one of the largest ones in the urban heart of Brussels with its 30 hectares of lawns, trees and alleys all in perfect symmetry. Also the architecture of the Palace, the main building on the spot is breath-taking with its imposing shape of a giant horse-shoe. One more advantage of Jubelpark, situated in the district Etterbeek, is that this is where the Independence Anniversary ceremonies are held. In fact, the very name of the park hails from the occasion of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary back in the 19th Century. Cinquantenaire means 'Fiftieth Anniversary' in French and Jubelpark in Dutch means 'The Jubilee Park'. Jubelpark is a loved spot for another reason
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Karreveld Park
Town: Brussels
Address: Karreveld Straat
Phone: +32 02 513 89 40
e-mail: info@opt.be
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Karreveld Park (named after the castle within the property as well as the whole area) is a pleasant park away from the frenzy city centre but yet well-connected to the main street-net and easily accessible. The park is situated in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean district of Brussels and covers a small area but its small size was efficiently used by the landscape designers so that it serves the role of a recreation urban facility. One can distinguish two different parts of the park’s landscape. One part is centred around the Medieval castle (Chateau du Karreveld) where parties and conferences are organised and the pond adjacent to the imposing building. In this section there is a wooded zone that implies a Brabant-style forest with its spring carpet of greenery, a small shady alley that leads to the pond and the lawns and flowers’ parterres. At the back of the castle the visitors are free to enjoy a small traditional garden laid out according to the French gardening fashion.
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