A Walking Tour in Heysel Park (Self Guided), Brussels

Situated in north Brussels, Heysel Park was home to the 1935 Brussels International Exposition. Today, Heysel Park is a great place to take your family and kids, it is home to such entertainment venues as the Planetarium, Carousel and Oceade water park. Heysel Park also includes a number of significant tourist spots, such as the Atomium, the Palace of Exhibitions, Bruparck, and other Art Deco buildings. Take this three-hour tour to see the most popular attractions in Heysel Park.
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Guide Name: A Walking Tour in Heysel Park
Guide Location: Belgium » Brussels (See other walking tours in Brussels)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: audrey
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Atomium

1) Atomium (must see)

The Atomium is a 102 meter (335 feet) high monument designed by André Waterkeyn for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. It is the only structure from the 1958 Expo that remains standing today. Composed of nine steel spheres, the monument represents a unit cell of an iron crystal if it was magnified 165 billion times. Each sphere is approximately 18 meters (59 feet) in diameter. The tubes connecting the nine spheres contain escalators that carry visitors to various exhibit halls and spaces. The design was meant to signify the science era of the time in a modern manner and also to send a message about using science for peaceful instead of violent purposes. Originally designed to only stand for six months, it became a symbol of not only the World’s Fair but also of Brussels and modern architecture. The structure underwent a renovation in 2004 to overhaul the monument’s steel frame and to replace the triangular aluminum sheets on the spheres with stainless steel. The old sheets were cut up and sold as a fundraising effort for the monument. This is one of the most-visited attractions in Brussels. The restaurant on the top sphere provides some nice city views and photo opportunities.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the only places you can get a panoramic view over the city.
The inside still has the '50s retro look with interesting memorabilia from the era.

Tip:
Buy tickets online if the ticket line is long – they'll scan your ticket from your phone and you'll have one less line to stand in.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mini-Europe

2) Mini-Europe (must see)

Mini-Europe is a park located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. It has the reproductions of the most attractive monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. The park is renowned for the quality of its models, some of which cost as much as €350,000 to make (the Brussels Grand-Place). The park contains numerous live-action models (train, mills, eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Airbus, cable cars, etc). A guide gives the details on most of the models. At the end of the visit, the “Spirit of Europe” exhibition gives an interactive overview of the EU in the form of multimedia games. The park is built on an area of 24,000 m². The initial investment was of €10 million in 1989, on its inauguration by Prince Philip of Belgium.

Why You Should Visit:
Cool place to learn quick facts about different European countries all in one spot.

Tip:
Take the booklet at the entrance to read the history of each location while you visit the models – you'll appreciate the views much more.
To make a full-day outing, Mini-Europe can be combined with Bruparc's other attractions – a water park (Océade), Kinepolis and the Atomium, which looms over Mini-Europe (combo tickets available).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Planetarium

3) Planetarium

The Planetarium is part of the Royal Observatory of Belgium and is one of Europe’s largest Planetariums. It provides a location for discovering the mysteries and beauty of the stars and sky. A dome-shaped screen plays a sky show which educates visitors on the solar system and constellations. Shows are available in Dutch, French and English and the theater seats up to 350 people. The domed screen measures 23 meters (73 feet) across, is quite a sight to behold. Additional hands-on displays are provided at the Planetarium to promote interaction and engaging education about all things astronomical. This is a family-friendly venue that is open every day except Saturday.
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Carousel

4) Carousel

Heysel's carousel offers a trip on jumping horses as the traditional Venetian carousels do. Heysel's carousel features decorative hand painted panels which depict Venice. With a rotating platform in the middle, the carousel is meant for both children and their parents.
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Oceade

5) Oceade

Oceade is a popular family water park with water rides and games. The park features 14 slides of differing intensity. The Cycloon is 140 meters (460 feet) of pure fun. The Bounty Raft is the longest slide in Belgium and riders can slide in a double tube. The canon ball slides will drop you off above the water to make a big splash. For those who like a pure adrenaline rush, the Hurricane will move you 80 meters (262 feet) in just seven seconds. Additional entertainment options include the wave pool and the warm sandy beach that is kept at a comfortable 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit) year round. Adults enjoy the relaxation of the Saunaland part of the park which features indoor and outdoor saunas, sun beds, a steam bath and relaxation rooms. No matter what time of year, Oceade remains a popular destination for families that need some sun and sand. If you want to visit the park, be sure to check their schedule. While they are open all year, they do have reduced hours when school is in session.
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Kinepolis

6) Kinepolis

Opened in September 1988, Kinepolis is the largest cinema in Brussels. The Kinepolis cinema has about 25 screens. The large complex often hosts different entertainment programmes and exhibitions related to cinema. The Kinepolis cinema remains popular also for hosting live video concerts etc.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Exhibition Palace

7) Exhibition Palace

Also known as Grand Palais, the Exhibition Palace is an Art Deco building constructed in 1935 by Joseph Van Neck for the International Exposition of Brussels. The palace features impressive bronze statues on its piers and the interior is rich in parabolic arches. The Palace was also used for the 1958 exposition and is still in use today.

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Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

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The Sablon Sights Walking Tour

The Sablon Sights Walking Tour

The Sablon is a hill and neighborhood in the historic upper town of Brussels. At the top of the hill we find the twin squares of Grand Sablon and Petit Sablon, divided by the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon. The area is especially known for a great variety of antique dealers, chocolate shops and art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
Central Nightlife Tour Part 2

Central Nightlife Tour Part 2

Brussels' nightlife is represented by the variety of its clubs, among which are not only out and out discotheques, but also clubs that host world-famous DJs and live music. Brussels has some of the most fashionable night clubs in Belgium, such as Fuse, Bazaar and Havana. Take this walking tour to visit the most famous venues located in Central Brussels, all within a pleasant walking distance.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Laken Park Walking Tour

Laken Park Walking Tour

Laken, also known as Laeken, is a park in a residential suburb of Brussels. Laken Park was formerly the official home to the Belgian Royal Family and is home to the Royal Castle, the Royal Greenhouses, the statue of Leopold I of Belgium, and more. Take this three-hour walk to visit the most famous attractions of Laken Park in Brussels.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
City Center Museums

City Center Museums

Known as the cultural capital of Belgium, Brussels has a large number of museums located in the heart of the city. Brussels is famous for such museums as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Magritte Museum, the Museum of Brussels, the Museum of Musical Instruments, etc. This

tour includes the most popular museums in Brussels City Center, all within a pleasant walking distance.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Royal Sightseeing Walking Tour

Royal Sightseeing Walking Tour

The main Royal site in Brussels is the statue of Godfrey of Bouillon, which actually represents the center of the Royal Square. Also known as the Royal Place, the Royal Square is surrounded by the Royal Palace, the Royal Museums and the Royal Library. All these served as the official residence to the King of Belgium. Enjoy this two hour tour to visit the Royal places in Brussels.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
City Center Churches

City Center Churches

Brussels is the cultural capital of Belgium, it is also the spiritual home of Belgium's most significant churches. The city has a number of unique religious sites such as the Saint Nicholas Church, the Church of Notre-Dame de la Chapelle and the Sablon Church. Take this tour to visit some of the most impressive churches and cathedrals in Brussels' city center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km

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