16 Amazing Gardens and Parks in Brussels to Visit on Your Next Trip

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Looking for parks in Brussels? Brussels is a wonderfully diverse city. The gritty neighbourhoods of the South and North, the buzzing city life in the centre, and the relaxed surrounding communities make Brussels a great place to live in or visit.

Brussels has many green spaces, including many quiet parks and gardens. If you’re exploring the city or are just looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, there are 16 parks, forests, and open spaces you should visit.

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Parks in Brussels

In the Green Heart of Europe, Brussels is a city of parks. Brussels has more than 250 green spaces, ranging from large public parks to private gardens and terraces. 

Many offer an oasis of peace and quiet in the city’s heart, but others are better known for their busy cafés and restaurants.

The parks in Brussels are a fantastic place to spend your time. Whether you’re looking for a quiet stroll or a family day out, there’s something for everyone.

Leopold Park

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Parc de Leopold offers an excellent view of the city skyline, especially at sunset. It has many green areas and fountains, as well as cafes and restaurants where you can have a drink or eat something delicious while enjoying the view.

Royal Park

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The Royal Park is one of the most famous recreational areas in Brussels. It covers an area of about 125 hectares. 

The park is divided into two parts: the upper part, designed by landscape architect Edouard Frere and contains a small zoo that attracts kids, and the lower part, with its ponds and waterfalls.

Bois de la Cambre

Parc de Bois de la Cambre is located at the edge of Brussels and is one of the largest green spaces in the city. 

It is famous for its large variety of trees (more than 1,500), many species of birds and insects, and its beautiful flowers that can be seen every spring.

Parc du Cinquantenaire

Parc du Cinquantenaire, best parks in brussels

The Parc du Cinquantenaire, located in the heart of Brussels, is one of the most beautiful parks in the city.

It covers an area of 26 hectares, and it’s a great place to relax, enjoy the sun and have fun with your family.

The main monument is an obelisk called La Renaissance, erected in 1887. It represents a young woman holding up a torch with one hand while holding scales with her other hand – symbolizing justice and equality.

In addition to La Renaissance, several fountains throughout the park add to its beauty and splendour.

Parc du Heysel

This park is near the Heysel Stadium, famous for hosting matches during the 1982 FIFA World Cup. 

The park features an artificial lake with a beach and an amusement park.

Elisabeth Park

This park has several gardens and sculptures located in the heart of Brussels. 

It also features an outdoor concert hall where you can enjoy concerts during summer nights.

Parc d’Egmont

Located on the hilltop of Mont des Arts, this park offers spectacular views of the city below and its famous museums and buildings, such as Palais de Justice and Palais de la Nation.

Gardens in Brussels

There is no shortage of green spaces in Brussels. The city’s parks are abundant and well-maintained, and many gardens and public squares are scattered throughout the city.

Gardens in Brussels are a great way to escape the city. Whether you want to sit down and read a book or go running, there are plenty of parks in Brussels to choose from.

Garden of the Mont des Arts

The Mont des Arts garden is located between Place Sainctelette and Place du Jeu de Balle. It’s a relatively small park with a view of the buildings on Place du Jeu de Balle. 

The garden is built around a statue of Pierre-Paul Rubens, born in this area. In fact, Rubens Street (Rue Rubens) is named after him.


Parc de Woluwe is one of the biggest parks in Brussels. It features a lake, playgrounds and even a miniature railway.

Jean-Felix Hap Garden

Jean-Felix Hap Garden
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This park was created by a philanthropist who wanted to allow people to enjoy nature at its best. It’s a small garden but has a lot to offer: waterfalls, ponds and terraces that you can relax on after a busy day at work.

There are also many different plants and flowers, and trees that provide shade during hot summer days.

Square Ambiorix

Square Ambiorix, park in brussels
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Located just behind Place Sainte Catherine in Brussels’ Latin Quarter. The square is surrounded by tall buildings but has plenty of grassy areas where children can play football or hide-and-seek while their parents watch them from the benches nearby or relax under the shade of one of the many trees growing in this beautiful square park in Brussels’ Latin Quarter.

Botanical Garden of Brussels

Botanical Garden of Brussels
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The Botanic Garden, located on the left bank of the Senne River, is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Belgium. It was founded in 1845 by Belgian King Leopold I.

The garden has over 15,000 plant varieties from around the world, and it also contains a collection of tropical plants collected by Belgian explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1839–1905). The garden also has an orchid house with 2,500 species worldwide.

Abbaye de la Cambre

Abbaye de la Cambre is an old abbey that has been converted into a museum. It is located along the Canal du Midi (which runs through Brussels) and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Mont des Arts

Mont des Arts are one of the highest points in Brussels, with great city views. Several trails lead up to it, but it’s also accessible by tram from Place Sainte-Catherine.

Porte de Hal (Halle Gate)

The Porte de Hal (Halle Gate) was once part of the city walls of Brussels, but now it’s just a gate with a park behind it where locals like to take their dogs for walks.

Have fun visiting the gardens and parks in Brussels 🙂

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