Enter the green oasis at
the end of our street. Leopold Park is surely one of the most beautiful in
Belgium, laid out in the model of an English park with serpentine lake,
bridges, shaded pathways and formal flower beds. Concerts are regularly held at
the beautiful wooden bandstand.
The lake is the heart
of the park. Fed by the Maalbeek stream with many rare trees we can watch the
mallards, moorhens, Egyptian geese and rose-ringed parakeets who make it their
home for hours.
Installed in 1933, the
floral clock is particularly photogenic with golden clock hands and some 20,000
plants. During summer months the gardeners change the date, made of flowers, daily.
in Dutch only)
Play a fun round on
the 21 hole Mini Golf course at the far side of the park.
Follow the sculpture
tail through the greenery and visit the impressive range of statutes. Just
outside the park the Leopold II-laan curves around Oostende: De Zee (The Sea),
more commonly known as Dikke Mathilde (Fat Matilda). Catch a glimpse of the lioness
resting with her cub on the old city walls or the four bronze heads in the lake
by the fountain which give a certain mysterious and poetic dimension to the area.