NOTE: This is part 1 of 7 in our series about the Promenade Verte, the “Green Path” around Brussels. You can find general information and links to all other parts on this page.
Start: Laeken, down the road from the Atomium (Metro 6/Houba-Brugman or Trams 7, 19/Centenaire).
Finish: Schaerbeek Gare (buses 59 and 69, tram 92, railway connection).
Highlights: Seeing the atomium, the Chinese pavillion and the Japanese tower.
Should I walk all of it? Not neccessarily, no.
The first part of the Promenade Verte could not have a better, greener start: It begins just outside of the Jardin Colonial, which is worth a visit in itself. You can see the Atomium while you walk through the Royal Gardens and as soon as it is out of sight you can spot the Japanese tower and then the Chinese pavillion across the road.
If you just want to do the truly green parts and have had enough for the day, you can stop here.
The next part is nice, as it leads through a small wood, but the only thing to see is the Cressoniere, a little farm where they plant, well, cress.
Coming out of the woods, you will see a tram station – hop aboard, unless you want to walk the whole Promenade.
The last part part leads along a big road and there is nothing to see, really. Unless, of course, you haven’t seen the picturesque Schaerbeek Gare, which is where this part of the Promenade Verte ends.