With its 32 acres, the Brussels Park – created in the late 18th century – is the biggest urban park in the Belgian capital. It is surrounded by illustrious buildings such as the National Parliament, the Royal Palace and the American embassy and attracts lots of locals and tourists in any season. On a regular basis, the park features festivals, concerts, exhibitions and other events as well.
The park has numerous entrances, but the most popular one is next to the metro station and tram stop Park. From there you are only a few steps away from the biggest attraction the park has to offer: the main pond with its magnificent fountain, constructed in 1855. One remark though: the fountain does not work during cold weather.
Several avenues run across the park, attracting joggers during the whole day. The Brussels Park also features playgrounds, numerous statues, a theatre, a wooden kiosk where concerts take place and lots of benches. Or you can just lie down and soak up the sunshine on the grass or let your dog out.
At this moment, there is a free exhibition called De Duitse Negatieven. During the last two years of World War I German photographers took thousands of pictures of the Belgian cultural heritage. The pictures were recently restored and digitized and about one hundred of them are now on display in the Brussels Park. This is not a coincidental choice: the organizers chose this venue in order to reach the biggest public possible. Moreover, during the Great War, the park was closed because a lot of German services were located nearby.
In the vicinity, there is a lot to do and see:
- The Royal Palace opens its doors during some weeks in summer. The entrance is free and a visitors’ guide only costs one euro. You can find more info on this website.
- Bozar is one of the biggest fine art museums in Brussels and features lots of events such as music, movies, theatre and so on.
- The BELvue museum guides you through the history of Belgium and has a nice and not so expensive restaurant on its grounds.
- I highly recommend Coudenberg, the now underground Royal Palace.
- A bit further away you will find the Magritte Museum which has become widely popular and the Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) with its excellent rooftop restaurant.
- And most importantly, you are not far away from the magnificent Grand Place and quirky Manneken Pis!
The easiest way to get to the Brussels Park is by metro (lines 1 and 5) and tram (92 and 93). If you continue you trip with the metro you can go the Grand Place, whereas the trams take you to the Avenue Louise with its many shops. Enjoy!