Royal Park, Brussels

Royal Park, Brussels (must see)

The Royal Park, also known as Brussels Park, is the largest public park in the City. It is surrounded by key buildings, including the Royal Palace of Brussels and the Belgian parliament building. The park serves as a cultural hub of the city and free parties, concerts and events are organized in the park in the summer. In 1830, the Royal Park was the site of a significant event that led to Belgian independence. The revolutionary army clashed with the Dutch army in the park to send the message that the Belgians wanted to break their union with Holland and the Dutch king. The revolutionists succeeded and on September 27, 1830, the new state of Belgium was created.

The Royal Park sits where the medieval court of Brabant was located. The palace dated back to the 11th century. Different park spaces have since occurred in this location. During Austrian rule, the park resembled a little forest in the city with hills and valley. Later the Austrian empress Maria-Theresia changed it into a classical style park to be enjoyed by the rich citizens of the city. Later, the park was leveled and reconstructed following very geometric plans developed by Guimard and Zinner. Classical statues were added and later important cultural buildings were constructed, including the Waux-hall music venue.

Why You Should Visit:
Biggest park in the center of Brussels (besides Cinquantenaire) with lots of architectural landmarks to feast your eyes on in every direction.
The national parade route is along the park and over the summer, there's also a big annual music festival that takes places right by it.
There is a good playground for kids in the middle and cute little cafes serving small bites and local craft beer.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Royal Park
Sight Location: Brussels, Belgium
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles

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