Are you going to the Brussels flower carpet this year? Thinking of some interesting things to do this summer in Belgium? Why not check out the Flower Carpet in the historical and a UNESCO World Heritage site in Brussels, the Grand Place?
The Brussels flower carpet 2018
Every 2 years, the Grand Place is covered with a huge flower carpet of colorful begonias. The city of Brussels celebrates its 21st edition of Flower Carpet this year, from August 16-19, with its theme of “Guanajuato, cultural pride of Mexico”.
The annual highlight of this year’s theme is “La Octava Noche” in Uriangato, a city in the south of Guanajuato. Just like Brussels, Guanajuato also hosts a beautiful and very rich flower tradition. For the first time in its history, the Flower Carpet will have a Latin American touch.
The tradition dates back to 1971 when landscape architect, Etienne Stautemas, initiated the first Flower Carpet in the historical center of the city. From then on, the Flower Carpet emerged as one of the famous attractions in Brussels biennially.
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In just 4 hours, 100 volunteers assemble 600,000 of begonias in 75 m long and 24 m wide carpet in the Grand Place. The tapestry always exhibits begonias, one of Belgium’s major exports since 1860. A non-profit association Tapis de Fleurs assembles a committee of professionals who come up with the design and plan.
Entrance to the Grand Place is typically free but the visitors can buy a ticket for a panoramic view from the balcony of the City Hall, which costs €5 in presale and €6 at the entrance. For children under 10 years, it is free.
- Construction of the Flower Carpet: August 16, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
- Official opening with sound and light show: August 16, 10:00 p.m.
- Visit to the City Hall balcony:
- 16 August, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. (last admission: 5:30 p.m.)
- 17-19 August, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
- Sound and light show: August 16-19, 9:30-11:00 p.m.
Aside from the biennial celebration of Flower Carpet in Brussels, the city also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Grand-Place becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site. From August 17-19, the visitors can enjoy the amazing floral exhibition at the Bourse Square, and it is free.
Will you visit the Brussels flower carpet?
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