The Astrid Park is within walking distance of the center of Bruges . It is an oasis of peace and greenery in the city.
It is an example of an urban open space for centuries survived as a monastery garden . It began when the Friars Minor , who settled around 1221 in Bruges in 1246 were allocated a place at the Braamberg . A large garden stretched behind the monastery walls . More than five centuries the friars were known as the Recollects. After the French got hold of the government and dissolved all religious communities by law on September 1, 1796 , the monastery was demolished.
Nowadays the park is a place where townspeople and tourists can enjoy the coolness of the trees on hot summer days.
Few people know that this park is a jewel of nineteenth-century landscape gardening.
It's nice to sit around the beautiful fountain.
And if you 're visiting Bruges with children then they will be happy just to play on the playground. The children can romp to their heart and hide play around the park.
You can also attend regular concerts on the bandstand.
All photos © M. Willems for visit-bruges.be