There’s much more to do than just walk, jog and sunbathe in Brussels’ parks this summer. The 28 m2 of green space per inhabitant that make Brussels Europe’s greenest capital city provide more than enough space to enjoy all sorts of sports and outdoor activities. Enjoy all of Brussels’ surprising sumer activities to the fullest!
Summer activities in the parks
The Park to Be
In July and August, Josaphat park is definitely The Park to Be. More than 150 activities, 9 themed weekends… Come and make the most of these surprises you’re your family, friends and colleagues.
Throughout the summer, free Tai Chi lessons await you in a handful of Brussels’ parks:
- Brussels park (at the kiosk): Thursdays from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
- Cinquantenaire park (at the fountain): Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 pm to 4 pm
- Bois de la Cambre (on Carrefour des Attelages): Thursdays from 2 pm to 4 pm
- Sobieski park (at the playground): Saturdays from 2:30 pm to 4 pm
Boat and pedalo rental
Need to get out of the sun and looking to cool down? Then you should climb on board a boat, pedalo or barge and take a little trip on the water…
- Bois de la Cambre: this island in the middle of a pond that you can only reach by little barge is the perfect place to make you feel like you’re the Swiss family Robinson. There’s Chalet Robinson and its Speculoos ice cream and the large terrace; the vast lawn with its sun loungers and rabbits and majestic swans roaming around freely. In the summer, some hundred barges like those in New York City give this green haven an air of Central Park.
- The Mellaerts ponds: whether you’re a fisherman or an amateur canoeist, everyone is welcome here!
- Brussels canal: every summer Brussels’ “beach festival” Bruxelles-les-Bains delights budding rowers and pedallers. On Sunday afternoons, kayaks and pedalos take over Brussels’ canal. For the more curious among you, tour cruises by Brussels by Water or La Fonderie reveal the secrets of Brussels’ port and explore the city centre.
There’s no place better than a park for a spot of jogging! You’ll find joggers in all of Brussels’ parks, particularly Brussels park and Cinquantenaire park, due to their wide paths. For more keen runners, discover Brussels thanks to routes organised by Brussels Sightjogging!
Cultural and musical events
For those who want to get out and enjoy Brussels’ green spaces, don’t miss the cultural and musical events taking place in the capital’s parks this summer!
Discover the parks of Brussels
Right in the centre, a stone’s throw from the Grand Place, why not wander through the Mont des Arts garden or the little park in front of the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula. A little further on, the wide alleys of Brussels park invite you for a stroll, a jog or even some Tai Chi or yoga!
At the bottom of rue de la Régence, enter the beautiful square du Petit Sablon and admire the bronze sculptures of old tradesmen that line the fence. Then walk up the rue aux Laines, pop into Egmont park and enjoy the peace and quiet of its sun-drenched lawns…
In the heart of the European quarter, Leopold park offers you a little green paradise. Let yourself fall under the charm of the Ixelles ponds, with their banks dotted with Art Nouveau and Art Deco gems.
The further you get from the city centre, the more grandiose the green spaces become. You only have to look at Cinquantenaire park with its museums and the 71 hectare English-style Woluwe park. At the very end of avenue Louise, Bois de la Cambre lets you jump from the hustle and bustle of the city, to the peace and quiet of nature in a heartbeat.