Floral artworks don’t get much more impressive than the Brussels Flower Carpet. Bringing the beauty of nature to Brussels, the Belgian capital will be captivating everyone's attention with its spectacular flower carpet made of thousands of begonias covering the famous Grand Place. Every second summer the stunning square - a must for architecture fans - turns into a unique, artistic, and colorful tapestry. The iconic flower carpet consists of close to 1 million begonia flowers which are all cut and assembled by hand by over 120 volunteers. It's truly a one-of-a-kind, absolutely gorgeous spectacle! For the occasion of the event, the splendid City Hall gives the public access to normally closed quarters, offering visitors a stunning view over the breathtaking Grand Place and flower carpet from above. The next Flower Carpet event runs from 16 to 19 August 2018. Learn more about attending this event below!
A flower carpet, you said?
A flower carpet in the middle of the unique Grand Place? Yes, really, thanks to the fruitful collaboration between two amazing artists. During the 50s, landscape architect Etienne Stautemas started creating flower carpets, with begonias being his favorite. When teaming up with designer Mark Schautteet, the carpets started to get bigger and bigger, with more colors and growingly sophisticated designs. Throughout the years, the duo went on to create more than 180 carpets all over the world: in Ghent, Bruges, Cologne, Luxemburg, Paris, London, Amsterdam, The Hague, Vienna, Valencia, Buenos Aires and Columbus (Ohio). But, as the famous artist said himself: “Nowhere else is the carpet as magnificent and distinguished as on the Grand Place of Brussels”.
Tips & tricks for visiting Brussels' flower carpet
- To avoid queues and the big crowds, come early in the morning, 30 minutes before the opening (around 10.00h) or late at night just prior to closing time (21.30h) to enjoy the beautiful view as the sun sets over the Grand Place
- Get a birds-eye view from the City Hall for €5,- and enjoy the stunning panorama of Brussels and the entire carpet design at once!
- Craft lovers are invited to arrive one day prior to witness how the Flower Carpet is made and designed by more than 120 volunteers
- Consult the event's website to keep up to date on this year's program and practical information
- The event kicks off with a sound and light show on the opening night
Psst! Insider tip: If you decide to visit the Museum of the City of Brussels, you'll have a view of the flower carpet from the balcony while you visit! The museum has a great section about the Manneken Pis as well, with one room displaying his nearly 750 costumes. Why not hit two birds with one stone and skip the lineups for the City Hall access?
Visit the Grand Place during the day as well as at night to get two very different yet equally beautiful views of what is considered as Europe's most beautiful square, whether you are able to make it for the Flower Carpet event or not!
Live view of the making of
Planning a visit to Brussels that's not during the month of August but still want a feel for what the square is like during the event? The city of Brussels has installed a live webcam so that you can follow along as they assemble the tapestry (it usually takes close to 4 hours). Sit back, enjoy, and plan your next visit.
Brussels' Grand Place is ranked among the most beautiful places in the world and is part of the World Heritage list by UNESCO since 1998. A long time ago people were burned and beheaded in public here, surrounded by the many guild houses, the City Hall and the King’s House "La Maison du Roi". Later it turned into a market place, and nowadays it's a spot known for various celebrations, hosting events such as The Ommegang, The Meyboom, and much more.
Did you know that the Brussels City Hall at the Grand Place hosts weddings the whole year long? If you want to feel like a queen and a king on your special day, greeting passers-by and guests from a gorgeous balcony overlooking the Grand Place, then this is for you.