Meise Botanic Garden
-One of the largest botanical gardens in the world with a barefoot path for kids, a pullable platform on the lake next to the castle (our favorite spot!), a greenhouse complex, some treasure hunts for kids and a café to relax by the lake… And all this less than 25 minutes away from Brussels!
-Wonderweekend is an awesome event for kids with tons of fun things organized – you can even stay in Meise for the night in a tent!
Take a look here (you will also see the pullable platform on the lake and the barefoot path in the video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_-ywGrke3g&ab_channel=WonderWeekend
It is organized on 20-21.08.2021 and you can buy your tickets here:
-The barefoot path starts next to Orangery, the café. It can be quite muddy, if it has rained recently. There is a place to wash your feet at the end – don’t forget to take a towel with you!
-There are always lots of things for kids, like the path with King Amaryllo for this spring and a GPS hunt. There is also forest bathing and lots of other options. You can take a look here to see what Meise offers currently:
-There are workshops and tours for kids, you can take a look here:
-There are also temporary art exhibitions in the castle
A. There are picninc tables in the courtyard of ‘Pachthof’, close to the Garden Shop
B. You can also picnic on the Orangery terrace (only on the 2 indicated tables with consumption required)
C. You can picnic on the lawns
Summer (15 March-14 October): 09.30–18.30, last entrance 17.30
Winter (15 October-14 March): 09:30-17.00, last entrance 16.30
Only closed on December 25, and January 1 and 4.
Also closed in stormy weather (check the website before you go)
-The Orangery terrasse is open 12.00-18.00 (last service 17.30)
-Reservation is obligatory for now
-Cost: kids 0-5 years old free entrance, 6-17 years old EUR 2, adults EUR 9
-Free entrance with Museum Pass
-Annual pass: for one person EUR 37, for two people EUR 69, for family (one parent and kids younger than 18 years old) EUR 42, for family (two parents and kids younger than 18 years old) EUR 77, also Grandparents Pass (for grandparents that have a pass themselves) is a formula of EUR 20 for 10 tickets
-If you buy an individual ticket and you decide to upgrade to an annual pass on the same day, the ticket price gets reduced from the pass price
-With a pass you also receive 3 free tickets to give to friends and family
-For special events you only get a discount as a pass holder, entrance is not free
-You can book your tickets here:
-Stroller friendly, wheelchair friendly. You can also borrow wheelchairs and walking frames for free and you can enter the Plant Palace via the southern entrance of the greenhouse complex. The Botanic Garden offers a guided tour for people with a visual impairment, with an emphasis on smelling and feeling.
-Dogs are not allowed
A. opposite the entrance to the Herbarium building (also for people with reduced mobility)
B. at the Garden Shop (changing mats for babies, also for people with reduced mobility)
C. at the Orangery, and
D. in the Plant Palace
-It can be combined with Laerbeek woods and the awesome playground there (also a café/brasserie there with a small playground)
-It can be combined with Ferme Nos Pilifs, where kids can see farm animals – great place for toddlers and young kids!
-It can be combined with Drie Fonteinen, a domain with a nice playground and a brasserie with a terrasse near the playground. It is perdect for a stroller friendly walk or kids cycling. Also ideal for picnic!
-It can be combined with a visit to the Chinese Pavillion and Japanese Tower (both are closed for now, same for Museum of Far East, you can only walk arounf the little park)
-The main entrance is closed for renovation. There is a temporary entrance about 300m further (see below for link to exact location)
-Do NOT go where Google says the parking of Meise is, as this is at the main entrance that is under renovation
-Free parking on the street next to the temporary entrance (link below)
-Less than 25 minutes N of Schuman, Brussels (about one hour by public transport)
Meise Botanic Garden (temporary entrance)