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Best Parks in Brussels

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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 Villers Abbey was founded in the 12th Century for the Cistercian Order and although the abbey is now in ruins you can still discover how the monks lived by going on a walk or tour through the ruins. After you have explored Villers Abbey make sure you visit the gardens. The grounds are based upon how gardens were normally set up for a abbey in the Middle Ages where it was used for medical herbs as well as to create a tranquil space. Take a scenic stroll around the well-designed Square Garden then cross the trellised walkway to the more natural Wild Garden. The Villers Abbey also hosts events, such as plays, exhibitions, and concerts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Located in the northern edge of the city, the Botanical Garden of Brussels is a pretty garden that hosts a variety of plants. In 1938, most of the botanicals were moved to the National Botanic Garden, but this urban park still remains a beautiful spot to rest or take a stroll amongst the large trees. The garden still houses 30 of the 52 bronze sculptures that were a part of the park in the 19th Century. Besides the sculptures and fountains, the garden feature a gazebo at its center and has a collection of herbs, carnivorous species and rare and exotic specimens of plants.

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