Winter Garden of the Ursuline nuns

An Art Nouveau gem

Resplendent Art Nouveau

We have no idea what prompted the Ursuline nuns in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver to make the rather bold decision to build this truly magnificent Art Nouveau building. After all, this style was considered hyper-modern in 1900. And yet, this enchanting Winter Garden with its colourful stained glass cupola is considered the most stunning feature of their boarding school, for young girls from good families. What’s even more intriguing is that nobody knows who designed the Winter Garden. And yet the architect’s design skills are unparalleled.

Don’t believe us? Well, come take a look for yourself because this is Art Nouveau at its most resplendent.

It’s always spring in the winter garden

Entering the Winter Garden feels like a never-ending spring. Just look around at the enchanting interaction between light and colour! Rays of gold shoot across the multi-coloured glass cupola. It has a Morning, Day and Evening side, which are popular themes in Art Nouveau. The glass panes are simply teeming with plants and animals. And because it is a garden after all there are also several ferns, plants and flowers.

Step into a different world

The Winter Garden is part of a magnificent listed complex, which is a stunning mix of architectural styles including Art Nouveau with neo-Gothic elements, neo-Empire style and Art Deco. It’s as if you have stepped into a different world. Names like the Empire Corridor, the Alpine Room, the La Fontaine refectory, the Piano Gallery and the Grand Staircase will spark your imagination.

An unforgettable experience!

Individual visitors


12 euros per person, Children under the age of 12 : free

Availability of entrance tickets is limited, so make a reservation until max. 24 hr. upfront via email 


Tours at 2.30 p.m., every Sunday from 15 January until 15 December.

Doors open at 2 PM


Not all parts of the building are wheelchair accessible. Visitors with reduced mobility should bear in mind that there are a few stairs along the way.


For additional information, you can download the flyer here.


vzw Wintertuin OLV-Waver

Bosstraat 9

2861 Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver

+32 (0)15 75 77 28

Getting there

By public transport

Take to the train to Mechelen. At the station, switch to bus 510 (1.25 p.m.) or 511 (1.50 p.m.) from platform 11. Get off at the church of OLV-Waver, which is 200 metres from the entrance.

By bike

The Winter Garden is located between bike junctions 35 and 36 of the Nete Valley route. Request a free brochure (Dutch or English) from Visit Mechelen (

By car

Parking is free and nearby (P1 or P2). Not every sat-nav will take you right to the entrance. We recommend using no. 22 as a coördinate (opposite the entrance).