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Free, Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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Meaning "50th anniversary," Cinquantenaire Park was built in 1880 in honor of the 50th anniversary celebration of the independence of Belgium. It is a large French-style park inside the city surrounded by museums and filled with gardens with a large triumphal arch. The park also hosts a variety of festivities throughout the year, including concerts, fireworks and sporting events.

Past visitors said the park is a relaxing and peaceful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Brussels. They also recommend checking out the car tunnel that runs underneath the park.

Located about 2 miles east of the Grand-Place, Parc du Cinquantenaire is open any time, but is fenced and staffed by guards every day of the week. Access is free. For more information, visit the official website (in French).

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