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.
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.
Facing the Egmont Palace, on Rue aux Laines, Egmont Park is home to several sculptures. Of all the statues within, the statues of Peter Pan and that of Price Charles-Joseph de Ligne are much adored. A slice of peace and quiet amid the bustle of the city, the park makes for a nice walk or a short picnic, no matter how old or young you are. Parc d'Egmont also incorporates interesting attractions that seem like they're right out of a fairy tale like an old Gothic well and an Orangerie, to name a few.
Known as one of Brussels' best parks, the beautiful Bois de la Cambre borders both the Sonian Forest as well as the hip Avenue Louise. The park itself contains a small lake with an island in the center, Robinson's Island. It is the perfect place to relax after a long day of shopping, and you can also visit the Abbaye de la Cambre while you are there.
Walibi Belgium is a destination for family fun. Ride roller coasters to your heart's content and then enjoy dining and shopping in the park. Enjoy the thrills of the twists, turns, and loops on the Cobra roller coaster. Then, head to La Grande Roue for an unbeatable view of the park from the top of this ferris wheel. There are enough rides to keep everyone in the group happy all day. Moreover restaurants like Pizza Solo and Swing Fries are there to help you fuel up if you need to take a break.
Visit all of Europe's highlights in miniature form. No need for the Chunnel when Big Ben is just a few paces from the Eiffel Tower. Added to the fun is the fact that you don't just admire Mini Europe's sights, you can also participate. Want to erupt Vesuvius? Just press the button. The miniature trees and plants in the park make everything appear realistic in scale. On weekends during the high season you can also visit at night and watch the musical firework display. Mini-Europe is fun for all ages.
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.
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.
In the heart of Brussels, surrounded by the Belgian Parliament House, the American Embassy and the Royal Palace, is Brussels Park, a former game reserve which is now replete with masonic symbols on its premises and lush green grounds. It is a beautiful place to just stroll around on a pretty day. The park is especially a sight to witness on the celebration on the national holiday of July 21, and is also a popular venue for concerts and musicals.
Maalbeekdaltuin as the Jardin de la vallée du Maelbeek is locally known is a small park in the European Quarter of the city of Brussels. Initially, it was used as a premise of the Council of the European Union before being renovated as a park. Now, this is a popular gathering spot for locals who like to spend some time in its greenery. In addition to its well-landscaped structure, it features a small gently-flowing stream that adds to its charm.
Jean-Felix Hap Park is a beautiful garden park that is located in Etterbeek. The property also includes the ruins of a 16th century castle. In 1804 the mayor of Etterbeek, Albert Joseph Hap, bought the property, which was eventually donated to the city in 1988. There are many benches and tables here to lounge at. Recently, some of the park has been converted in to a educational space that showcases examples of different home gardens with a diversity of plants and native animals.