Derek Blyth’s hidden secrets of Brussels

Derek Blyth is the writer of the bestselling The 500 Hidden Keys of Brussels. He chooses out ten of his favourite hidden secrets in every issue for The Brussels Times Magazine. These are the picks in the latest June issue.


Maybe not lots of men and women know about the Parc Tournay-Solvay around the southern border of this city. Only seven minutes from train from Schuman or Luxembourg channel, the park manages the grounds of a country estate where the industrialist Ernest Solvay assembled a mansion in 1878. The turreted house is currently a charred ruin overlooking a lake, such as something in a horror movie, however the gorgeous grounds are closely maintained by the region. They comprise a rose garden, a sunken lane and also a secret walled orchard.

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