For the 50th anniversary of Belgian independence in 1880, King Leopold II commissioned the creation of Cinquantenaire Park, also called Jubelpark, and its grandiose triumphal arch. Today, you can visit the museums located here or you can rest on the plush lawn and admire the solemn manor houses. The Great Mosque and the Temple of Human Passions can also be found here. Every year on July 21st, on the National Holiday, there is an evening fireworks display. Jubelpark is an ideal spot for everyone.
Leopold Park covers a large, landscaped space on Belliardstraat. With a history that dates back to 1880, the urban park still includes hints of this long, ancient history. Over the years, it has played many roles, starting out as a zoological park, then as a part of the campus for Solvay School of Commerce, and now as a popular public park. Home to a beautiful pond that's sustained by the nearby Maelbeek lake, Leopold Park, or Leopoldspark (Dutch), offers gorgeous views and a cool, shaded place where you can relax and soak up the sun with your family.
Spanning a sizable area in the valley of Woluwe, the emerald expanses of the Woluwe Park offer a wealth of natural beauty. The velveteen green spaces of the park have stood the test of time since they first arose at the behest of King Leopold II. During the Universal Exposition of 1897, the king wished to build a massive park that would draw the eye of the bourgeois, at the same time linking the Cinquantenaire and the domain of Tervuren with one another. The park evokes instant awe and wonder, with its quiet leafy alcoves, sparkling ponds, and nearly 300 billowing trees that feature across its broad expanse. It is also home to ducks, swans, gulls, and Egyptian geese, who are seen frolicking merrily along the park's tranquil ponds.
The National Botanic Garden of Belgium, also called the Botanic Garden Meise, is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world. It is both a research institute and a tourist attraction, with guided tours by experts who explain the garden, including pointing out rare flowers. As you walk through this garden you'll discover plants from around the world. The National Botanic Garden of Belgium also hosts art and cultural events.
Located in the area of Ixelles, the Ixelles Ponds are a set of two ponds that make for a popular gathering place for locals. The water here is not safe for contact and so visitors are not allowed enter the pond. One can walk along the shore and enjoy the peace or enjoy the picturesque Art Nouveau houses nearby. Sit down on a bench and out look out onto the water to admire the waterfowl or enjoy a picturesque walk around the ponds.
Petit Sablon Square, also called Place du Petit Sablon, is a beautiful square and garden that was built in the late 1800s. The square is surrounded by 48 statues symbolizing medieval guilds, giving you an insight into how people used to live. This lovely landscaped garden also features a fountain with the figures of the Count of Egmont and Count of Horn.
This small yet pretty park is near the Raad van State (Council of State) and the 19-century Église Saint-Joseph. Square Frère-Orban has a beautiful monument built in the late 1890s depicting economic and political freedoms in the form of two women on the sides of the plinth. The life-size statue of Walthère Frère-Orban on top of the pedestal gives it a majestic look. This park has many shady areas to relax.
Previously a private park owned by the Semet family, Tenbosch was opened to the public in 1982. The park was a garden at the back of the family house which was planted in the 19th Century and later developed into a botanical garden by Jean-Louis Semet who collected several rare varieties of flora. Today, the park boasts around 70 different varieties of rare trees including Chinese tretracentron, Loebner magnolia, Farges catalpa and Mongolian lime. Surrounded by a wall the park offers an unexpected sanctuary of serenity in a busy district making it quite popular among the locals.