Belgium's iconic Grand Place stands as a testament to the city's glorious cultural and economic legacy. Recognized as one of the most splendid market squares in Europe, its arcade is completely enclosed by tall, gabled Flemish Renaissance buildings decorated with intricate ornamentation and carved statues. Of the buildings that surround the square, the Town Hall with its Brabantine Gothic tower and the Neo-Gothic Brussels City Museum are especially remarkable. Impressive as it is by day, the square is even more stunning at night under the golden glow of street lights. During spring and summer evenings there is a light show that brings to life the city's musical and cultural heritage.
Built for King Leopold in 1873, these sparkling glass and steel domes border the Royal Palace of Laeken. Greenhouses were an innovative construction of the time and these are particularly extraordinary because of their Art Nouveau style. These greenhouses have an enormous range of rare flowers and plants. While the attraction's exterior can be visited year-round, visitors can only enter the greenhouses' interior and view the plants for a short period in spring.
Océade is a dream come true for kids and adults alike! This water park has a wide range of water activities, including rafting, relaxing on the beach, going down water slides, and playing in the wave pool. Océade was created to cool you down in summer and keep you warm when the weather gets to chilly, with a tropical climate and a maintained temperature of 30 degrees Celcius all year round. A trip to Océade with family or friends will help you relive your childhood memories.
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 family happy all day, but restaurants like Pizza Solo and Swing Fries are there to help you fuel up if you need to take a break.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.