Best Parks and Gardens to Picnic in Brussels (Guest Post)
Traveling can sometimes mean a full, busy day of navigating from one attraction to the next and trying to fit in as much as you can. Sometimes, though, it is necessary to spend some time relaxing and simply taking in and enjoying a destination. If you travel with kids frequently, you know as much as I do that it is essential to give them time to run and stretch their legs. Visiting a local park or garden area can be the perfect way to combine an afternoon of relaxation for yourself and an opportunity for your kiddos to run and play. Below the experienced travel bloggers at Wanderlust Pulse present their list of the best parks and gardens in Brussels to have a picnic.
Nothing is more relaxing after a long day of exploring, discovering and walking around Brussels than taking a moment in one of Brussels’ parks to sit down, relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Brussels has dozens of beautiful parks and gardens, so we listed the best ones to enjoy a great picnic. Make sure to bring a camera when you’re discovering Brussels, because you’ll find a lot of stunning places where it’s easy to create a unique photograph.
Parks and gardens in Brussels listed
Address: Leopoldpark, 1000 Brussels
Leopold Park is a public park of 6.43 ha located within the Leopold Quarter (European Quarter) of Brussels.
Botanic Garden Meise
Address: Nieuwelaan 38, 1860 Meise
The National Botanic Garden of Belgium is one of Europe’s largest botanic gardens.
Its location is just 3 km from the famous Atomium, and in easy reach of Brussels. You will discover a paradise for nature and plant lovers, and a historic domain that extends over 92 ha.
Address: Stokkelsesteenweg 45, 1200 Brussels
Park Malou is an urban park located in the Woluwe-Saint-Lambert municipality of Brussels.
Parc du Cinquantenaire
Address: Cinquantenaire Park, 1000 Brussels
The Parc du Cinquantenaire – Jubelpark in Dutch – is not only a park but a national landmark in Brussels. The name means ‘Park of the fiftieth anniversary’ and it was built during the reign of Leopold II to commemorate fifty years of Belgian independence.
Symbolically, the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels is built in the shape of a pentagon, like the inner and outer rings of the city. Cinquantenaire sits just outside the inner circle, and is close to the European Quarter.
Mont des Arts
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels
Mont des Arts – literally translated “hill/mount of the arts” – is an urban complex and historic site in the center of Brussels. It includes the Royal Library of Belgium, the National Archives of Belgium, the Square – Brussels Meeting Center, and a public garden.
Address: Sonian Forest, 1000 Brussels
With more than 5000 hectares space, this forest is Brussels main oxygen tank!
Bois de la Cambre
Address: Ter Kamerenbos, 1000 Brussels
Bois de la Cambre is a huge urban public park that is ideal for walking and various other activities.
Here you will find lakes, bicycle paths and even a small forest to explore. Very good choice to get away from the bustle of the center.
Address: Rue Royale 236, 1210 Brussels
The Botanique is a cultural complex and music venue in Brussels.
The building was previously the main orangery of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium and even as part of the garden had hosted cultural events. In 1958, the National Botanic Garden of Belgium moved to Meise, outside of Brussels. Le Botanique opened in 1984, and the gardens in front are now the Botanical Garden of Brussels.
Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
Address: Koninklijk Parklaan 61, 1020 Brussels
Once a year – around Spring – the Royal Greenhouses are open to the public.
This time of year is the highlight of the blooming season, so the garden is at its best, replete with stunning colors and mesmerizing scents. Visitors are free to walk through the large complex of steel and glass greenhouses and marvel at the abundance of exceptional flowers and trees.
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