Jardins d'Annevoie Annevoie-Rouillon Reviews
The water gardens of Annevoie Dec 15, 2008
Located between Dinant and Namur, the historical water gardens of Annevoie are one of Wallonia's hidden gems.
Designed and built by Charles Alexis de Montpellier between 1758 and 1776, these gardens incorporate French elements, as well as English and Italian styles, which were added in the 19th century.
The result is a living artwork. Ponds and cascades are spread out throughout the park and all the fountains are operated by nothing but plain and simple gravity. There is no machinery involved.
On your walk through the park, you'll pass the 'Big Spitter', the 'French Cascades' and the 'Water steps', all fed by the 'Big Canal' water reservoir on top of the hill. It is all quite ingenious.
Romantic souls will enjoy the 'Drive of Desires', which leads to a little fountain, gushing from a mossy stone, which is called the 'Fountain of Love'.
Further through the park you will find 'Neptune's Cave'. Something quite unusual here are the flat cast iron statues, which I personally had never seen before.
The park is open from April till November and makes for a nice stroll any time of the year. The entrance fee is pretty steep at almost 8 Euro per person, and the cafeteria is best avoided for the same reason. Parking is available across the street, but again at a price.
Still, these gardens are definately worth a visit when you are in the neighbourhood, but do come early, before the place is overrun by visitors.
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