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Guide to Brussels Outdoors

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Discover the green side of Europe's capital and enjoy a peaceful escape during your time in this lively city.

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

9 Places

4 City Tips

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9 Places

Parc du Cinquantenaire

Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings

Gaasbeek Castle

Castles

Parc de Bruxelles (Warandepark)

Parks, Gardens

Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'

Forests, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Laeken

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Oceade

Water Parks

Bois de la Cambre

Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Parc Leopold

Parks

Brussels by Water

Boat Tours

AnaElisaSM's City Tips

  • The subway and bus lines will take you all around the city. You can get a day pass or a ten-trip pass, which can be used by more than one person.
  • Try the local, less famous beer brands. You'll be surprised!
  • Forget the fast food chains — there are many affordable places that serve a quick delicious bite.
  • As in any big city, be careful when walking around alone, at night or in strange neighborhoods.
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    Parc du Cinquantenaire
    Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    Astonishing in every season, Cinquantenaire Park definitely comes to brighter life in spring and summer. It’s perfect for a walk or jog, or simply for sitting and relaxing by the fountain. The arcade and the sculptures are stunning, and on top of that, the Cinquantenaire Park is home to the Royal Art and History Museum, a Sculpture Garden, Autoworld, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Islamic and Cultural Center of Belgium. You can easily spend a whole day (or days) here!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take the subway to Merode and walk right into the park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 413 things to do in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit place once you are in Brussels. 11/07/2018
    • Parc du Cinquantenaire, the PARC with the wonderful Arc and the amazing museums. 10/07/2018
    • Parc du Cinquantenaire
    Address:
    Avenue de la Renaissance
    1000 Brussels, Belgium
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 513 89 40
    Other:
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    Gaasbeek Castle
    Castles
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    Spend a day in green and peaceful Flanders at this gorgeous castle. Explore its permanent and temporary exhibits, and take a walk around the forest and picnic by the lakes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Finish your visit with delicious local ice cream at Waterhof, a farm/store just down the road from the castle.
    • Take bus 142 at South Station and get off at the castle’s entrance. It takes about forty minutes. Check De Lijn website for timetables.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Gaasbeek
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Two Couple Visit 01/06/2018
    • Day trip 27/05/2018
    • Gaasbeek Castle
    Address:
    Kasteelstraat 40
    Closed From November to March
    Gaasbeek, Lennik 1750
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 531 01 30
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Parc de Bruxelles (Warandepark)
    Parks, Gardens
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    The Royal Park is the perfect location for a relaxing break after your visit to the Royal Palace or one of the various museums around it. You might also find a fair, festival or concert happening here, since it’s very well located and spacious.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's walking distance from the center, but you can take the subway to Parc/Park if needed.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 413 things to do in Brussels
    • Loved it 03/07/2018
    • A parc like many others 03/07/2018
    • Parc de Bruxelles (Warandepark)
    Address:
    Warandepark
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 279 61 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'
    Forests, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    Situated in Halle, about 20km from Brussels, this special forest is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area around April-May, which is when the bluebells are in bloom. They give the impression of a floating perfumed carpet, like nothing I've seen in my life. Enchanting!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Public transport will also get you there with a few connections, good planning and timing. Check out the Check out the Hallerbos website for advice.
    • The best way to get there is by car.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Halle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rejuvenating walks 29/05/2018
    • Good place but only accessible by car 20/05/2018
    • Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'
    Address:
    Vlasmarktdreef 4
    Halle 1500
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 486 18 41 75
    Other:
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    Laeken
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    This is an immense green area in the pleasant neighborhood of Laeken. It’s where the Royal Family’s official residence is located, as well as their greenhouse which is open to the public for three weeks in spring. It also boasts a beautiful Japanese tower and a Chinese Pavilion (just outside the park domains).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take the subway to Araucaria and you'll be close to the Japanese Tower. You can start your visit from there.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #174 of 413 things to do in Brussels
    • A nice park to walk through 23/09/2017
    • Slipping away from the city 21/06/2016
    • Laeken
    Other:
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    Oceade
    Water Parks
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    Océade is Brussels’ most popular water park, located near the Atomium. It is a great place for a family outing and it ensures that everyone has fun: there are pools, slides, saunas, playgrounds and more. It’s open year-round, with both indoor and outdoor activities.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a tram to Heysel.
    • You can complement your day with a visit to Mini-Europe or a movie at Kinepolis.
    • It might be crowded on weekends, especially during the summer.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #91 of 413 things to do in Brussels
    • Refreshing, but needs renovation 01/07/2018
    • Nice visit 01/07/2018
    • Oceade
    Address:
    Bruparck
    Bruparck
    Brussels 1020
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 478 43 20
    Price range:
    US$26 - US$26
    Other:
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    Bois de la Cambre
    Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    This park/forest is great for various activities like walks and picnics and hosts a variety of festivals such as Fiesta Latina and Eat! Brussels. It’s out of the center but worth the tram or bus ride.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pay attention to the bus or subway connections you have to make.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 413 things to do in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing! 26/06/2018
    • Saturday, in the park 25/06/2018
    • Bois de la Cambre
    Address:
    Avenue Louise
    Brussels
    Belgium
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    Parc Leopold
    Parks
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    Not far from the Cinquantenaire and the European Quarter, this small and charming park is perfect for a relaxing break or a picnic. It’s a peaceful haven amidst a lively neighborhood.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you’d like to visit the Museum of Natural Sciences, it’s less than a ten-minute walk away.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 413 things to do in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A sweet little park 21/02/2018
    • The convenient walk 02/10/2017
    • Parc Leopold
    Address:
    Rue Belliard 131
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 279 61 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Brussels by Water
    Boat Tours
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    For those who don’t want to bother going to the seaside, sand and fun can be found in the city as well. Brussels by Water is a 'beach resort' built on the Brussels Canal and open to the public for about a month every summer. There are concerts, parties, sports, boat tours, kayaks, playgrounds and more.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a tram to Sainctelette or Yser.
    • Access to the beach is free, but the activities are paid. Check out opening times and entrance charges at Bruxelles Les Bains website.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 5 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Brussels
    • Cheap by not worth it! 16/07/2018
    • Brussels from the inside. 24/06/2017
    • Brussels by Water
    Address:
    Quai des Peniches 2/B
    R
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 203 64 06
    Other:
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