Parc du Cinquantenaire
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Planned by King Leopold in the late 19th century, this park holds imposing monuments including the Triumphal Arch, Exposition Halls and the Bordiau Halls, which house the prestigious Museum of Art and History.
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  • Schuman • 7 min walk
  • Mérode • 8 min walk
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,726 contributions
Apr 2022
The Parc du Cinquantenaire is a large public park in the eastern part of Brussels. We gave ourselves a walking tour of the city, about 40 minutes from the Grand Place to this park, with various other famous sites and buildings along the way. The highlight of the park is the Triumphal Arch; the park was planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgium's independence, although the arch itself was not completed until the 75th. We enjoyed walking through the park, seeing flowers and gardens, the cute Tour de Tournai, and enjoying the people watching. Definitely worth a visit to appreciate this spot with its history, gardens, and architecture.
Written June 20, 2022
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Kufunda
Harare, Zimbabwe355 contributions
Sep 2022
Built to mark the 50th anniversary of Belgium's independence,this is an impressive large garden with sculptures, extensive walkways and water features. A dominant feature is the triumphal arch with three arches and a bronze quadriga at its summit. It is slightly shorter than the Paris Arc de Triomphe but the arches are phenomenal. The feature is also part of the tour bus route. A place to relax and enjoy!
Written September 7, 2022
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bmarke360581
Brussels, Belgium13 contributions
Feb 2020
Patc du Cinquantenaire is a well proportioned outdoor space with adjoining museums and art galleries. It also has an excellent permanent exhibition of motor cars that will catch the imagination of young and old. There are playgrounds for small children and places for teenagers to play soccer and basketball. The park is both a joggers place and a walkers space with plenty of gravel paths and green grass. It is safe and well maintained but sadly lacks a public toilet facility. This is a good place for young children, energised teens and more sedate walkers. It is near the European Commission and also easily accessible by metro. Put it in the diary.
Written March 15, 2020
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Heather
Louisville, KY419 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
If you're in the area it's worth checking out. The large park is beautiful and peaceful which was a surprise since it's located in the middle of the city. There are monuments and statues all around the grounds, in addition to the main building too.
Written January 7, 2020
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1girl_1passport
Vancouver, Canada1,041 contributions
Jan 2022
Even in the winter months, this place is so beautiful. We are so lucky it was a clear blue sky day and just the perfect time in the evening to visit and to get some nice pictures.

Beautifully maintained grounds, just a breathtaking monument. This is definitely a must-see while you are in Brussels.
Written January 25, 2022
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka954 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
A well maintained beautiful nature park with some historical monuments. It's absolutely breathtaking during autumn. You could spend a quality couple of hours here. Easily accessible by Merode metro station.
Written November 17, 2021
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throughdansworld
Rome, Italy501 contributions
Nov 2018
This is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever visited. The gate structure is enormous and has to be seen up close to be believed.
Written August 5, 2019
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chakina
Limassol City, Cyprus250 contributions
Aug 2019
Is a nice small park in around 3 miles from the centre of Brussels. You can walk and have a relaxing time in the park. There is a bar-restaurant there. I would say is a fast food and not a restaurant with low quality food and high prices of what it offers, but a lot of citizens eat there. Maybe is because is the only cantina the park has.
Written August 17, 2019
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BroMiro
Beijing3 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
The Arch of the park was built in 1905 with the blood money Leopold II was making in the Congo! He built it with his personal money, but did not tell his people, because they would ask where he got it from. After the king was exposed as a mass murderer many Belgians called this "The Arch of the Severed Hands," because of Leopold's Congo atrocities. So when visiting there to enjoy the view, please take a moment to remember and honor the memory of the millions of lives Leopold II destroyed and the tons of blood he spilled during his murderous rule of the Congo Free State (1885-1908) as his own slave plantation!
Written September 19, 2014
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grape53
Oklahoma20 contributions
Much is made of the Atomium and the Bruparck in Brussels, but east of the City Center is a marvel of architectural grandeur. The Parc du Cinquantenaire was built to commemorate Belgium's 50th anniversary as an independant nation. If you've ever wished to have seen the gorgeous World's Fair buildings circa 1900, this is as close as you'll get. The structures are massive, well-designed, and exquisitely ornamented. There are several museums in the park -- including the Royal Military Museum, the Cinquantenaire Art Museum, and the AutoWorld Museum. The masterwork of the Parc is the Triumphal Arch, a breath-taking structure completed in 1905.
Written October 12, 2009
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