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The charming city of Brussels is one of the greenest cities in the European continent, with about 8,000 hectares of green spaces, thanks to it's geographical location. This cultural city has no dearth of parks, gardens and other open spaces where you can have a walk, tour or even a refreshing picnic in the summer.
The parks in the city are artistically designed by famous architects and serve as major city attractions. Parks like The Cinquantenaire Park, Brussels Park, Josaphat Park, etc. are filled with plants of different varieties and statues. These parks provide a welcome respite from the noise and pollution of the city.
The Bois de la Cambre is a public park situated on the brink of the Sonian Forest (or Sonian Wood, French: Foret de Soignes, Dutch: Zoniënwoud). The park lies on the south-eastern edge of Brussels. The Sonian Wood is spread across 4,421 hectares and covers over three Regions of Belgium, while the Bois de la Cambre covers an area of 1.23 sq.kms and consists of a lake with Robinson's island.
The Cinquantenaire Park (French: Parc du Cinquantenaire means Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary) is a 30 hectares urban park which covers the eastern part of the European Quarter in Brussels. The Royal Military Museum occupies the northern part of the park while the southern part is dedicated to the Jubelpark museum or the Cinquantenaire Museum and the AutoWorld Museum. The park also consists of other attractions like the Temple of Human Passions and the Great Mosque of Brussels.
Tenbosch or Tenbos park is a large, urban public park in Brussels where a huge U-shaped complex dominates the park was specially built by King Leopold II. The structures were built in iron, glass and stone to symbolise the economic and industrial performance of Belgium. The complex at the north-western corner of the park houses the Royal Military Museum, Cinquantenaire Art Museum, the AutoWorld Museum, Temple of Human Passions and the Great Mosque of Brussels.
The Egmont Park (French: Parc du Palais d'Egmont) is a public park which lies in between the places like the Rue aux Laines, the Grand Cerf Street, the Egmont Palace and the Boulevard de Waterloo. It is the only park in the city which is entirely surrounded by houses and buildings. The park has many attractions like an orangery, ionic columns, and a statue of Peter Pan along with many other monuments.
The Garden of the Petit Sablon (French: Jardin du Petit Sablon) is a serene park located inside the Sablon neighborhood. The garden lies between the Rue de la Régence and Egmont's palace and faces the splendid church of Our-Lady of the Sablon. This park is great if you want to have a picnic or a walk or just hang out enjoying the greenery.
Designed by Edmond Galoppin the Josaphat Park (French: Parc Josaphat) is a public park which is situated in the Schaerbeek municipality. The park houses a football stadium, an elementary school, a tennis club along with some pretty ponds. It has many sculptures which are created by renowned sculptors like Victor Rousseau, Jules Lagae and Albert Desenfans.
Situated within the Leopold Quarter the Leopold Park (French: Parc Léopold) is a delightful public park which is located just at a walking distance of places like the Paul-Henri Spaak building and the European Parliament. The 25 acres park includes a charming pond which houses innumerable trees, rare species of plants along with many birds and animals.
The Park of Laeken (French: Parc de Laeken) was constructed in the 19th century and is located on the northern side of Brussels. This park gives stunning views of the city on its one side and on the other side, it is surrounded by the Royal Palace of Laeken. The park boasts of the Osseghem forest park, Japanese Tower gardens, the Chinese Lodge and many other historical monuments.
Brussels Park (French: Parc de Bruxelles) is the largest urban public park in Brussels. The Royal Palace of Brussels, the Belgian Parliament, Théâtre Royal du Parc and the US Embassy encircle the Park. During the summer season, free parties are arranged every weekend. You can access the park via the Park Metro Station located beneath the Brussels Park. The design of the park is marveled at by having a view at its Masonic symbols on the paths and fountains.
The Square Ambiorix is one of the prettiest parks in the city and consists of walking paths, gardens, ponds, a waterfall & many 19th-century sculptures. The garden is situated in the middle of the European district and is a peaceful place located within the walking distance of the Berlaymont building and the Place du Luxembourg, the seat of the European Parliament.
The Woluwe Park (French: Parc de Woluwe) lies in the Woluwe-Saint-Pierre municipality and offers vast greenery, extensive lawns, and a huge variety of rare natural vegetation. The Mellaerts ponds and the wet meadows, which lie inside the park, are places which are visited by a variety of migratory birds like swans, ducks, herons, gulls, butterflies, etc. every year.