The magnificent flower carpet at Grand Place in Brussels might be one of the biggest reasons why people come to Brussels. The only pity is that we only get to see it for a few days every second year. In other words, if you read this article and the event is approaching, book your flight tickets and prepare, because you will only get a new chance in two years.
The Flower Carpet in Brussels has a blooming history that dates back to 1971. This colorful tradition began as a one-time event, but its immense popularity turned it into a cherished biennial tradition. The brainchild of landscape architect E. Stautemans, the first Flower Carpet adorned the Grand Place in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Brussels’ floral guild. Comprising 100 volunteers and around a million begonias, the floral masterpiece captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike.
Such was its success that the Flower Carpet became a recurring spectacle, turning the Grand Place into a flower village every two years. Each edition features a unique design, often inspired by diverse themes ranging from cultural motifs to global celebrations. The meticulous craftsmanship and artistic flair behind the Flower Carpet have transformed it into a symbol of Brussels’ horticultural and creative prowess, drawing crowds from around the world to witness this ephemeral burst of floral beauty.
Flower Carpet 2025
- Dates in 2025: not announced yet…
- Dates in 2023: 11 – 15
There are many other festivals and programs at Grand Place in Brussels you should check out as well. You can read more about all of them in our Brussels Guide.
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