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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.
Like most important European cities, Brussels developed by the water. Until the mid-19th Century, the river Senne crossed the entire city and up until the early 20th Century there was even a harbor in the city's center. Now, only the port and the canal Brussels-Charleroi remain. Brussels by Water wishes to revive the importance of water for this city. It organizes guided cruises on the city's watercourses and also offers long boating excursions departing from Brussels. See a different side of Brussels!
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.
Nemo33 is a pure haven for the avid diver since it is the deepest diving pool in the world! John Beernaerts established Nemo33 in 2004 since he wanted to create an environment where divers could enjoy the experience of diving in the deep blue sea, in spite of it being in a pool. If you are a newbie and wish to learn this sport or are an expert who would like to hone your skills, classes for varied skill levels are conducted here. Enroll for any of their courses, and soon you will be swimming and diving like the animated fish Nemo!
Located about a half hour's drive outside of Brussels, Aqualibi is a water park offering a fun time for the entire family. Make your way down slides and tubes and make a real splash. They have something for everyone, including a splash zone with no standing water for kids, and tall slides for the thrill-seekers in your group. An onsite restaurant offers fries, burgers, and more for when you've worked up an appetite.