They are located in the European district, a few metres away from the European Commission. The finest of Leopold II’s grand projects, the Parc and Palais du Cinquantenaire were built for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Belgian independency in 1880.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PARC DU CINQUANTENAIRE
A the end of the 19th century, making the most of Brussels green areas and in one of the places where the Royal family had their second residence, Leopold II commissioned to build this park. The most standing feature is the chariot which divides the two exhibition areas aimed at holding events and trade fairs in Brussels at that time: large halls where the most modern machines and materials from that time were exhibited.
WHAT TO SEE IN THE PARC DU CINQUANTENAIRE
Nowadays, the park is used as a recreational area for residents of the European neighbourhood. It houses 3 different museums: the Army Museum, the Autoworld and the Cinquantenaire Museum. You cannot miss the view from the Cinquantenaire Arch. Access is provided through the Army Museum. Both the Army Museum and going up to the Cinquantenaire Arch are free of charge. It is one of the best views over Brussels.
It is also interesting to stroll down the Avenue Montgomery, very near from the park. It is one of the most elegant and expensive streets in the city. The atmosphere of the Upper Brussels is more exclusive than the lower part of the city.
EVENTS IN THE PARC DU CINQUANTENAIRE
During spring and summer it is very common to find different festivals, markets and concerts in the park. Brussels takes advantage of the months with the highest level of light and sun to use its parks in a unique way. A park full of life with a unique atmosphere in the heart of the European area of Brussels.
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HOW TO GET TO THE PARC DU CINQUANTENAIRE
The European area is a bit far from the Grand Place. It takes 30 minutes by walk. Taking the public transport would be a better idea..
SOME PLACES NEAR THE PARC DU CINQUANTENAIRE
- European Commission (335 m)
- European Neighborhood (350 m)
- European Parliament (652 m)
- Army Museum (76 m)
- Autoworld (93 m)
- Royal Institute of Natural Sciences of Brussels (1.3 km)