Europe’s largest topiary garden is located in the world’s smallest city. Durbuy’s Parc des Topiaires, by the river Ourthe with a view of the château, has 250 plant sculptures across a 10,000m² area.
The art of topiary consists of trimming trees and bushes (such as box trees, yews and bay laurels) into ornamental shapes, transforming plants into sculptures.
Century-Old Box Trees
The oldest plants at Durbuy are 120 years old and their current shapes are the result of 20 years of care and trimming. The enormous 4-metre-tall elephant, for example, was sculpted out of an 80-year-old box tree!
All the way round, you’ll be amazed by this one-of-a-kind collection and the patience and precision that has gone into it. There are also medicinal and aromatic plants dotted along the trail, adding another fascinating dimension to the experience.
Top tip: If you visit the park during the week, between May and mid-July or mid-August and October, you might have the chance to see the weekly trim - an impressive sight both kids and adults will enjoy. And, as a customer of Ardennes-étape, you will enjoy a discount on the entrance fee.
Ardennes-étape customers receive an exclusive benefit with this experience:
-1€ per person on the entrance fee (offer limited to 4 persons)
When you book a holiday home on our website, you have access to the Ardennes-étape Privilege programme that offers many lovely surprises with our local partners!
- Dogs on leash allowed
- Paid public parking at the entrance
4,50 € / person