Cinquantenaire Walking Tour, Brussels

Cinquantenaire is a famous public park in Brussels. Planned by King Leopold in the late 19th century, Cinquantenaire hosts some of the most significant museums in Brussels, such as the Museum of Art and History, the Museum of the Army and Military History, and the Autoworld museum. There are also a number of monuments located in the park. Check out this guide to fully explore this wonderful park.
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Cinquantenaire Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Cinquantenaire Walking Tour
Guide Location: Belgium » Brussels (See other walking tours in Brussels)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: audrey
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Parc du Cinquantenaire

1) Parc du Cinquantenaire (must see)

Parc du Cinquantenaire (French for "Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary") or Jubelpark (Dutch for "Jubilee Park") is a large public, urban park in the easternmost part of the European Quarter in Brussels. It lies on a territory of 30 hectares and was created in the 19th century. The U-shaped wonderful building which dominates the symmetric park is the home for the Royal Military Museum, Museum of Aviation, Royal Museum of Arts and History, Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Autoworld

2) Autoworld (must see)

Vintage car lovers flock to Autoworld to see the large collection of old automobiles. The museum is located in the Parc du Cinquantenaire in the southern hall. Opened in 2005, the museum’s 250 cars cover the time periods from the late 19th century to the 1970s with both European and American brands represented. Some of the more outstanding models include a 1928 Bentley, a 1930 Cord, a 1930 Bugatti and showpieces of Minerva. The museum even has a limousine that was driven by US President John...   view more
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Triumphal Arch

3) Triumphal Arch (must see)

The Triumphal Arch serves as the dramatic centerpiece of the Parc du Cinquantenaire. The arch was commissioned by King Leopold II in 1880 to commemorate Belgium’s independence for a national exhibition. It would also serve as a new entrance gate to the area. The funding and the construction of the arch ended up being controversial because the King wanted to spend excessive amounts of money to make something very extravagant, whereas the government was not committed to spending a lot of money....   view more
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Cinquantenaire Museum

4) Cinquantenaire Museum (must see)

The Cinquantenaire Museum is also known as the Jubilee Park Museum. It is one of several museums that make up the Royal Museums of Art and History. Construction began in the late 19th century per the direction of King Leopold II. The focus of the museum is to educate about art and history across a wide time spectrum. The museum is divided into four collections. The collection of national archaeology dates from prehistory to 751 AD (Merovingian period). The antiquity collection covers the Near...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Royal Military Museum

5) Royal Military Museum (must see)

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History (or simply the Royal Military Museum – RRM) is a museum that occupies the two northernmost halls of the historic complex in Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels. The collection originally consisted of a set of exhibits collected by an officer, Louis Leconte. Approximately 900 pieces were brought together, the collection was later heavily enriched by legacies, gifts and exchanges. Leconte was particular in choosing from equipment abandoned...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Great Mosque of Brussels

6) Great Mosque of Brussels

The Great Mosque of Brussels is located in the north-western corner of Cinquantenaire Park. It is the oldest mosque in Brussels, and is the seat of the Islamic and Cultural Centre of Belgium. The original building was built by architect Ernest Van Humbeek in an Arabic style, to form the east pavilion of the National Exhibition in 1880. The pavilion housed then a monumental fresco; “Panorama of Cairo” which was a major success. However, the lack of maintenance in the twentieth century caused...   view more
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Temple of Human Passions

7) Temple of Human Passions

Boasting an eclectic neoclassical style of architecture, the Temple of Human Passions was built over a four-year period from 1892 to 1896. The primary purpose of the temple construction was to have a permanent location to show Jef Lambeaux’s large marble relief “Human Passions”. This work of art measures 12 meters (39 feet) by 8 meters (26 feet) and presents imagery relating to happiness, the sins of man and death. At the time of the relief’s debut, it was controversial for its depiction...   view more
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Robert Schuman Statue

8) Robert Schuman Statue

Jean-Baptiste Nicolas Robert Schuman (29 June 1886 – 4 September 1963) was a noted Luxembourgish born French statesman. Schuman was a Christian Democrat (M.R.P.) and an independent political thinker and activist. Twice Prime Minister of France, a reformist Minister of Finance and a Foreign Minister, he was instrumental in building post-war European and trans-Atlantic institutions and is regarded as one of the founders of the European Union, the Council of Europe and NATO. The Schuman District...   view more
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Walking Tours in Brussels, Belgium

Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

Creating your own self-guided walk in Brussels is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Artists' Studios and Museums Tour

Artists' Studios and Museums Tour

Brussels is the cultural capital of Belgium and also the former home of such well-known artists as Victor Horta, Camille Lemonnier and Paul Cauchie. There are a number of famous artists' houses and museums in Brussels, which exhibit numerous Belgian masterpieces. Don't miss the chance to visit some of the most famous artists' studios and house museums 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
Small Ring Walking Tour

Small Ring Walking Tour

The Small Ring is a road in Brussels which surrounds the historic center of the city. It was built on top of the city's former fortifications, originally constructed in a pentagonal shape. Today, the Small Ring is home to several significant sites, such as the Egmont Palace, impressive memorials, as well as the last remains of the city's fortifications, the Halle Gate. Take this two-hour walking tour to visit the most important attractions on Brussels' Small Ring.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Leopold Quarter Walking Tour

Leopold Quarter Walking Tour

Built in 1837, the Leopold Quarter is a popular district in Brussels and features some of city's most significant buildings, like the Paul-Henri Spaak building, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and Antoine Wiertz Museum. The district is also home to the popular Leopold Park and Jean Rey Square. Check out this next three-hour tour and enjoy the best sites of the Leopold Quarter in Brussels.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
A Walking Tour in Heysel Park

A Walking Tour in Heysel Park

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Grand Place Walking Tour

Grand Place Walking Tour

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and also a top tourist destination in Europe. The city's main square is the Grand Place. The square is famous for its Baroque style buildings, such as the Town Hall, the King's House and other guildhalls, all of which make the Grand Place a busy tourist hotspot. Take this one-hour tour to visit the most popular tourist attractions situated in and around the Grand Place.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km

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