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“My favorite place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Botanic Garden of Belgium

National Botanic Garden of Belgium
Nieuwelaan 38, Meise 1860 , Belgium
32 2 260 09 20
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Meise
Type: Gardens
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Brussels, Belgium
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“My favorite place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Very little known by tourists (and even locals), but the botanical garden in Meise is a real jewel. It has free entry for students. It's quite far away from the city center of Brussels (I agree with those of previous reviewers who pointed at the confusion some of the tourists make with Le Botanique (which is indeed in the herat of Brussels, you can go there by metro - a nice green park surrounded by skyscrapers, formerly a botanical garden) and the REAL botanical garden in MEISE, the village just outside Brussels (you need to take a DeLijn bus from Gare du Nord Railway station) that hosts the national collections of plants and nice greenhouses and a caste in the middle of the garden..Especially worth when magnolias are in bloom (there's a marked Magnolia trail, they have more than 60 species), or when azaleas are blooming. There's a very nice Orangerie where a café is located, nearby a lake- very nice setting but the cafeteria is not open very often - what a pitty!

Visited April 2013
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“Don't get confused!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

National Botanic Garden of Belgium is not the same as Botanique(concert hall with a surrounding park in Brussels).

It is a place located a tiny bit outside of Brussels, namely 3 km to the north from the end station(Esplanade) of Metro 3. You can get there easily by switching to one of buses (250, 251). Both have a stop in front of the botanical garden.

A great way to spend 3-5 hours outside the city. Perfect for a picnic or a long stroll.

On the vast area you can find:
- enormous glasshouse divided into different climat section(tropical plants, cacti, local plants, plants of savanna, palms etc.). The collection is really impressive.
- garden with herbal plants
- a pond with a little castle and many local birds finding home in the park.

The honey(made by bees living in this botanical garden) available at the gift shop is delicious.

Visited March 2013
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