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An enchanting tour of the Parc du Cinquantenaire: Discover its magical areas and dazzling events!

An enchanting tour of the Parc du Cinquantenaire: Discover its magical areas and dazzling events!
Cinquantenaire Park (c) Hortense B

Updated June 17, 2024 by pierre

Welcome to Parc du Cinquantenaire, an enchanting place where magic operates on every street corner! This emblematic park of Brussels is a true paradise for lovers of nature and history and entertainment. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or a place where you can have fun with your family, Parc du Cinquantenaire will meet all your expectations. Immerse yourself in this magical universe and discover the magical areas and dazzling events that await you! This park is the second largest park in Brussels, so it is not to be missed!

Immerse yourself in the magical world of Parc du Cinquantenaire!

As soon as you arrive at Parc du Cinquantenaire, you will be transported into a magical world where time seems to stand still. The grandiose architecture of the buildings will leave you speechless, while the carefully tended gardens will invite you to relax and marvel at the beauty of nature. Stroll along the paths lined with majestic trees and discover the many romantic nooks and crannies where you can recharge your batteries in complete tranquility. Take the time to admire the fountains, sculptures and magnificent flower beds that adorn the park. Every corner of the park reveals a new surprise, guaranteeing you a magical experience with each visit.

Architecture of the Park (c) Pierre Halleux
Architecture of the Cinquantenaire Park (c) Pierre Halleux

History of the Park 🌳

If you are wondering who came up with the idea to create this huge park in Brussels. Here is the answer! This green treasure of Brussels was created in 1880 to celebrate Belgium's 50th anniversary as an independent state. the Arc de Triomphe du Cinquantenaire 🏛️ which stands in the middle of the park is  an architectural icon! It recalls the historical heritage of Belgium. Since then, the park has become a must-see place for locals and visitors, harmoniously blending natural beauty, history and cultural events. Get ready to immerse yourself in this oasis of culture and relaxation in the heart of the Belgian capital! » 🌲😊 The park has different rather unusual areas!

The Different Zones of the Park 🌺🏞️

The park is divided into several distinct areas, each offering something unique:

  • Arc de Triomphe 🏛️:

At the center of the park stands the iconic Arc de Triomphe du Cinquantenaire, built in the late 50th century to celebrate Belgium's XNUMXth anniversary as an independent state. You can climb to the top of the arch for an impressive panoramic view of the city. This one will definitely remind you of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

This gem is the fruit of a bold vision of the iconic King Leopold II, the builder king. He dreamed of transforming Brussels into a capital worthy of its European rivals, and how can we not say that he succeeded? 🌟 When you stand under this majestic triple arcade, you feel the full panache of his ambition. And that's just the beginning! Take Rue de la Loi and Avenue de Tervueren, and let yourself be guided on an architectural journey that will take you from the green park of Brussels to the mysterious Royal Museum for Central Africa. A true royal walk in the heart of the city! 👑🌆🍃

Our Brussels in one day itinerary will be perfect if you are looking for a guided tour of the city.

Couché de Soleil XNUMX-year-old park (c) Pierre Halleux
Couché de Soleil XNUMX-year-old park (c) Pierre Halleux
  • The gardens 🌷🌳:

The park is dotted with well-tended gardens, with colorful flower beds, shaded paths and elegant fountains. It's the perfect place for a peaceful walk or a family picnic. During good weather or during lunch break these will sometimes be taken asau for picnics. Many workers frequent it at lunchtime because it is located near the buildings of the European Union. The tour of the park and the garden is also ideal for runners!

Cinquantenaire Park (c) Pierre Halleux
Cinquantenaire Park (c) Pierre Halleux
  • Museums 🏛️🖼️:

The Cinquantenaire is home to four remarkable museums:

  1. the Royal Museum of the Army and Military History,
  2. the Autoworld Museum (dedicated to the history of the automobile),
  3. Musée du Cinquantenaire (dedicated to art and archeology),
  4. Museum of art and history.

🎟️ A quick break at the museums in Brussels. If you are a museum fan don't miss the Brussels Museum Pass which allows you to visit lots of museums for free for 1 year. Even for Brussels residents this type of museum pass is very interesting!

War Museum XNUMX-year-old park (c) Pierre Halleux
War Museum XNUMX-year-old park (c) Pierre Halleux
  • The Esplanade 🎉🎶

The esplanade is a large open space that hosts numerous events throughout the year. Festivals, open-air concerts, craft markets and exhibitions are organized there.

Where to cycle in Brussels Cinquantenaire (c) Pierre Halleux
Where to cycle in Brussels Cinquantenaire (c) Pierre Halleux
  • The Ginguettes 🍹🎶:

The park's taverns are charming places to relax while tasting fresh drinks and listening to outdoor music. Summer in Brussels wouldn't be complete without a visit to Guinguette Maurice! From May 6 to September 24, this unmissable place opens its doors every day of the week, from Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 22 p.m. And for those who are a little hungry or very thirsty? No worries ! The service is provided continuously from 12 p.m. to 22 p.m.. Whether it is a late brunch, an sunny lunch ou a dinner under the stars, or an afterwork Maurice welcomes you without interruption. 🌞🍹🍽️  Find out more about Guingette Maurice

  • The Sports Zone 🏃‍♂️⚽:

Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the Athletics track, fields to play football, basketball, outdoor fitness area and other sporting activities. You can learn more about sports in the park here.

The athletics track in the Brussels Cinquecentenary Park (c) Pierre Halleux
The athletics track in the Brussels Cinquecentenary Park (c) Pierre Halleux
  • The mosque 🕌:

The park also houses a beautiful mosque to pray which is an impressive example of Islamic architecture.

Brussels Mosque (c) Photo Pierre Halleux
Brussels Mosque (c) Photo Pierre Halleux
  • Play Areas 🧒🤸‍♂️:

Children can have fun safely in the park's well-equipped play areas. Located in the charming southwest corner of the park, hidden behind bushes, an adorable playground awaits our little adventurers aged 3 to 7 years old. For them it's paradise! Among its treasures: a huge sandbox reminiscent of summer beaches, boat to sail in the imagination, a rope pyramid to climb, a slide for exhilarating descents and a swing to touch the clouds.

If your children feel too big for this one, a stone's throw away, behind the athletics track, for older children (8 to 12 years old) a mini climbing wall awaits them.

For moments of break, the park thinks of everything: benches to relax, a fountain to fill your bottle with water and trash cans to keep the area clean and a refreshing fountain. Everything is designed for your well-being during your getaways to the park! 🌳🤸‍♂️🏀🎾🌞

Full of Games at Parc du Cinquantenaire (c) Photo Pierre Halleux
Full of Games at Parc du Cinquantenaire (c) Photo Pierre Halleux
  • Fountain 💦:

An elegant fountain adds a touch of refreshment and beauty to the atmosphere of the park.

Cinquenrenaire Fountain (c) PIerre Halleux
Cinquenrenaire Fountain (c) PIerre Halleux

Marvel at its incredible shows and attractions!

The Parc du Cinquantenaire is also renowned for its impressive shows and attractions. Attend dance, theater and music performances that will transport you to another world. Talented artists will enchant your evening with magical performances and breathtaking numbers. Plus, don't miss the special events that take place throughout the year, like spectacular fireworks and colorful festivals. Whether you are passionate about culture, art or simply looking for unforgettable moments of entertainment, the Parc du Cinquantenaire has everything you need to amaze you.

In conclusion, a trip to Parc du Cinquantenaire is a truly enchanting experience. Immerse yourself in the magical world of this emblematic park of Brussels and discover its magical areas and dazzling events. Whether you are looking for calm and relaxation or adventure and excitement, Parc du Cinquantenaire will meet all your expectations. So don't wait any longer, get ready to experience magical moments and let yourself be carried away by the beauty and magic of Parc du Cinquantenaire!

Events and Activities 🎉🎨

The Parc du Cinquantenaire is a lively place where various events take place throughout the year. Some of the most popular events include:

  • The National Day 🇧🇪🎆:

On July 21, Belgium celebrates its national day, and the park becomes the center of the festivities. A large fireworks display lights up the sky above the Arc de Triomphe.

  • Open Air Concerts 🎤🎵:

During the summer months, the park's esplanade hosts outdoor concerts that attract national and international artists.

  • The Portuguese Festival 🇵🇹🎉:

Discover the richness of Portuguese culture at the annual Portuguese Festival, with music, dance and culinary specialties.

  • The Medieval Event 🏰🛡️:

Immerse yourself in the past at the park's Medieval event, featuring historical reenactments, knights and medieval markets.

  • 20 KM from Brussels

If you are ready to run the 20km from Brussels, this is where the start and finish will be given

  • The Polish Festival 🇵🇱🥨:

Explore Polish culture at the Polish Festival, with folk music, traditional cuisine and Polish dances.

and many others !

How to get to Parc du Ciquentenaire

  • 📍 Location: Parc du Cinquantenaire, 11.
  • 🚌:Transport Access:
    • Metro : The Schuman and Mérode stations, served by lines 1 and 5, are nearby.
    • Tram : The Holy Square Pierre is accessible via lines 81 and 83.
    • Bus : The Gaulois stops, served by lines 22, 27 and 80, as well as Merode, served by line 61, offer easy access to the park.
  • Not to be missed nearby:
  • Cparc is open and accessible 24 hours a day, but not sure if you need to walk at night...

Conclusion

The Parc du Cinquantenaire is much more than just a green space. It is a place full of history, culture and activities for all tastes. Whether you're an art lover, a history buff, or simply looking for a peaceful getaway in the heart of the city, Parc du Cinquantenaire is a must-see destination in Brussels. Come explore all it has to offer! 😊🌲🏰

Ready to visit this park? Here is the plan:

Plan of the Cinquantenaire Park (c) https://gardens.brussels/
Plan of the Cinquantenaire Park (c) https://gardens.brussels/