Parc du Cinquantenaire Brussels Belgium
The Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark is not only a park but a national landmark in Brussels. The name means “Park of the fiftieth anniversary”. It was built during the reign of Leopold II to commemorate fifty years of Belgian independence.
Symbolically, the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels is also built in the shape of a pentagon, like the inner and outer rings of the city. Cinquantenaire sits just outside the inner close to the European Quarter. At the south eastern point, a giant arch with two arms extending out to house museums rests behind a fountain marking the grand entrance.
The two arms of the arch are home to three museums in Brussels: in the left arm is Autoworld, a museum dedicated to cars which showcases the evolution of cars throughout modern times; the one on the right has an art museum and an army museum.
Visitors can climb to the top of the arch for free from an entrance in the army museum to see a nice view of Brussels and then European Quarter. On a clear day, you will be able to see far and wide.
Most visitors will stop at the fountain, take a photo of the arch and move onto other sites. But if you have some time to walk through the park you realise this is one of the most beautiful parks in Brussels. There are many tranquil places to rest and play, have a picnic, go for a jog or spend time on the benches reading. On a hot summer’s day, the areas within the park will be filled with sunbathers, thirsty for every drop of sun-ray.
What locals know is that the entire area is populated with international people working among European institutions and large corporations, which have offices in Brussels. In order to keep everyone entertained throughout the year this Brussels’ park plays host to an endless number of events such as concerts, club nights, festivals, drive-through-cinemas, environmental days, aperitifs, and even the starting line to Brussels marathons.
You can reach the front of the Parc du Cinquantenaire from the metro named “Merode” or the back of the park from “Schuman”. At the Schuman round-about you will be able to see the park in relation to the grand boulevards and the European Quarters where the buildings were built to house all the offices of the European Commission and the European parliament.