The cycling route that passes Eddy Merckx’ home enables you to get to know a surprising part of the Green Belt. Barely 15 km from the centre of Brussels, woods, parks, beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages form the backdrop to your cycle ride.
In Sint-Brixius-Rode the church of the same name with its modern stained glass by Joost Caen forms the authentic heart of the village.
The National Botanical Gardens in Meise is one of the largest in the world. This extensive domain of 92 hectares comprises the grounds of the mansions of Meise and Bouchout. You can wonder at 18,000 species of living plants in the open air and in 13 hothouses: the Palace of Plants.
The Museum for Old Techniques, or MOT, housed in a fine 17th-century renaissance building in the midst of the greenery of Grimbergen, focuses on everything that works using the power of muscle, water or wind. A unique collection of hand tools can be discovered here, and you can also try out a great many techniques for yourself.
In Vilvoorde you can stroll along the waterside or cross the bridge to the Three Fountains landscape park in the English style. From the orangery there is a view of a formal French garden.
The huge swimming lake and the sandy beach at the Bloso domain are the perfect place for a summery outing. This place was already known as Hofstade beach in the 1930s. Now, the sports and Olympic museum, the ‘Sportimonium’, is housed in the marvellous beach building.