To get to the garden from Brussels Gare du Nord station take the De Lijn bus #250 or #251. Tickets can be purchased inside the station at a little booth and cost 2.60 euro round trip per person. The driver will let you out directly in front of the Botanical Garden and picks up at the same spot. The cost was 6 euros to get in and in good weather you could plan to spend the entire day here. We visited on a rainy day in mid February and mainly stayed inside the green houses but we would have loved to have adventured farther afield as the brochure indicates that the park consists of 226 acres and holds 18000 kinds of plants. There is a restaurant on site called the Orangery but it is only open between April and October. We tried to get a cup of hot tea at the gift shop but only coffee or hot chocolate were on offer out of a vending machine. In the gift shop there is a small area for having your coffee out of the rain but there were only 2 chairs available and they were already taken. There were plenty of picnic tables out side which would be lovely to sit at in nicer weather. Bathrooms are available on site. There was some reconstruction going on in the green houses as well as the front entrance, but, never the less, it was wonderful and relaxing to walk through and we would highly recommend a visit. Again, the best time would be when the weather was better and when in Belgium again we will be returning.
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