Get on your bike and explore Walloon Brabant and its tourist sites on two wheels!
Whether with family, friends or as a couple, enjoy some relaxing times in the great outdoors in a remarkable setting.
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Free spirits, by bike from one to the next
A BEAUTIFUL ESCAPE! Through the Flemish and Walloon Brabant provinces, an enchanting bicycle route joins Felix and Folon. “Free spirits” offers a unique route between two monographic museums, located a dozen kilometers from each other, on the outskirts of Brussels, one in Drogenbos dedicated to the painter-farmer Felix De Boeck and the other in La Hulpe designed by Jean-Michel Folon. Both artists were free spirits of their time. Belonging to different generations, they crossed the 20th century and left their mark on it. Beyond their age, their culture and their background, they share a lot in common: a taste for freedom, an attachment to nature and a profound humanism. In their lives and in their art, they have stood for values that are still relevant today, in particular a profound respect for nature and human rights. The FeliXart Museum and the Fondation Folon bring these artistic and humanistic legacies to life. The project also encourages soft mobility and offers a new bicycle route to discover these two museums. The visitor’s guide, enriched with stories by the two artists, offers you the keys to the reading and invites you to discover more…
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1310 La Hulpe
Points of interest
The Folon Foundation, located just a few minutes from Brussels, was imagined and created by the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon who presents some 40 years of his creativity. More than 500 of his works are on display in 15 rooms dedicated to the museum in the La Hulpe Castle farm on the grounds of the gorgeous Solvay Regional Domain.The exhibit shows multiple facets of Jean-Michel Folon's art: watercolours, silk screens, etchings, posters, re-interpreted objects, stained-glass, sculptures …In a very original presentation; the museum conducts a surprising tour as the artist opens the book of his life… Films, sound and visual effects enliven the interactive display. After your visit, enjoy the 227 hectares of the Solvay Regional Domain to wander around the lovely grounds and ponds that are the home of exceptional animal and plant life.
Just a short distance from the "Fondation Folon" stands "La Taverne de l'Homme Bleu". In a sleek setting, and with a "table d'hôte" atmosphere, it offers diners a range of salads, omelettes or sandwiches, as well as other sweet or savoury suggestions. Do come and sit for a while on its magnificent terrace, with a view on to the orchard. It's the perfect spot to chill out.
The Solvay Regional Estate in La Hulpe is affectionately called the "Park of a thousand rhododendrons", and is one of the loveliest places for a stroll in the country.Lawns, woods, rhododendron beds, and remarkable varieties of trees enhance some 227 ha. This magnificent wooded park just outside Brussels boasts paths around and over tree-lined hills and ponds with exceptionally rich animal life.It is also home to Béthune castle, built in 1842 using the Loire castles as a model, and its French gardens with decorative sculptures.The castle is not open to visitors.Not far away, Folon’s discreet but clear presence is expressed through the poetry of his art. Like an open book, the Folon Foundation will reveal the different works by this Belgian artist. You will find some of his sculptures spread over the four corners of the property, guarding the estate. The estate, a protected site since 1963, has been listed as a Major Walloon Heritage Site since 1993 and is also part of the Natura 2000 network.
Tucked away in Forêt de Soignes forest, this hotel is a genuine green sanctuary and retreat. The rooms and suites open onto the forest and combine comfort, contemporary design and leading edge technology.