Are you looking to stay in shape while discovering Brussels or do you need to burn off all the waffles, croquettes and beers you’ve been trying? Then put on those running shoes, because here are the most beautiful running routes!
Covering 1654 ha in the Brussels-Capital Region, the Sonian Forest is the ideal place to enjoy a beautiful stroll. Part of the Sonian Forest has just been granted UNESCO World Heritage status, no surprise given the site’s natural beauty and remarkable ecosystem.
The forest is - shout it from the treetops! - “a unique testimony to the exceptional evolution of the beech ecosystem in Europe since the last ice age”. The Sonian forest is partly in Flanders, partly in Wallonia and partly in Brussels, and is open to the general public every day. Besides walking and admiring the local flora and fauna, you can go jogging, mountain biking, horse riding and fishing. Enjoy magnificent natural surroundings a stone’s throw from the city.
Bois de la Cambre
The wooded park was designed by the German architect Edouard Keilig in 1861 in the English style. The popular landscaping concept that originated in early 18th century England aimed to imitate nature by planting greenery in irregular patterns with winding footpaths. No wonder some people get lost in these woods and can’t find their way out... Explore the woods for yourself and find out how good your sense of direction is! Essential activities in this park are walking, jogging, cycling, enjoying an ice cream at Capoue, sipping a drink or tasting some take-away food from the Woodpecker boat rides, picnics and/or having a bite to eat at the Chalet Robinson.
Access the park from the Avenue Louise, Chaussée de Waterloo, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt or Chaussée de la Hulpe.
Parc Bon Pasteur
Park Bon Pasteur in Evere is part of what Brussels residents call ‘the little swamp’, a swathe of green in the shadow of the railway with space for walking, jogging and playing.
It is the ideal place to get a breath of fresh air with your loved ones: your boyfriend or girlfriend, your kids, your dogs or whoever you like. Then cross the motorway and the canal and continue your walk in the direction of Laeken castle, Mini-Europe and/or the Atomium.
The Cinquantenaire doubles as both a park and a museum. The park was commissioned in 1880 by King Leopold II, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence: hooray!
Some of the must-see sights in the park include: the triumphal arch (which was only finished in 1905), the Temple of Human Passions (designed by Victor Horta), the Great Mosque, and a host of fountains and statues. Do you know where the Great Dane of Ulm or Samson’s foxes are hiding out? Look and you shall find!
Nestled beside the Place Flagey in Ixelles, you’ll find a pair of ponds in a little park, surrounded by tall trees, and architectural gems in Art Nouveau, Art Deco and eclectic styles.
The banks of both ponds are ideal for having a jog or a stroll. This is also a popular destination for sunseekers on summery days. Tip: Come on a Saturday or Sunday and visit the market on Place Flagey, with its organic produce.
Josaphat Park in Schaerbeek has been a favourite among Brussels locals, the Brusseleirs, for many years.
The park has regained its splendour after its latest renovation. 2005, the park has been undergoing a complete renovation. The result today is a green treasure, with extensive lawns, ponds and floral borders. A veritable open-air museum, it is home to numerous remarkable sculptures. It’s the dream location for a walk or a spot of relaxing.
Are you the active type? Health trails are dotted all over the park.
The Promenade Verte – Brussels’ green walk trail
Do you need wide open spaces? Whether you're a jogger, walker or cyclist, the Promenade Verte is a 63 km loop around Brussels that allows you to discover some of its many parks and natural areas.
The entire trail is divided into 7 sections representing different facets of the landscapes of the Brussels-Capital Region. Ranging from 5 to 12 km long, these different sections cover a multitude of landscapes (urban, rural, industrial, etc.), while allowing you to discover many green spaces in Brussels.