For those who know Brussels well enough it is no secret that it is a wunderfully green city. It is not uncommon to see sheep, donkeys, goats and chicken on the edge of town – i.e. at the Farm in Uccle or at the Cloitre Rouge in Auderghem (posts will follow very soon). But it is quite a surprise to see these farm-inhabitants directly in the city centre.
We really couldn’t believe it at first that the Ferme du Parc Maximilien is just a few minutes walk from the main shopping street Rue Neuve and also in easy walking distance from the Grand Place. But then we saw it with our own eyes: this farm is literally directly next to the metro station Yser. Where else can you find sheep next to a huge Boulevard and a Citroen car-dealer?
The entrance is slightly set back. Due to the very high fencing we weren’t quite sure whether it actually is open to the public, but it is! We had a wander around saying ‘Hi!’ to some very funky chickens, a couple of donkeys and sheep. It’s a great place if you want to introduce your kids to some farm animals.
But don’t expect too much. The place isn’t in too good shape, although there seemed lots of people working there. It’s not the type of place for a picnic, more for a brief stroll in your lunch break.
We were lucky to have this small educational farm all to ourselves. On other mornings you probably will find school classes here.
La Ferme du Parc Maximilien, Quai du Batelage 2, Brussels // Website