Program - Sightseeing - Brussels - Belgium
Parc du Cinquantenaire, the Most Spectacular Park of the Brussels-Capital Region

The Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark is not only a park but a national landmark in Brussels.

The Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark is not only a park but a national landmark in Brussels. The name means 'Park of the fiftieth anniversary' and it was built during the reign of Leopold II to commemorate fifty years of Belgian independence. Symbolically, the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels is built in the shape of a pentagon, like the inner and outer rings of the city. Cinquantenaire sits just outside the inner circle, and is close to the European Quarter.

The space now occupied by Parc du Cinquantenaire used to be a military training ground called the Linthout Plains. In 1880, upon the orders of the king, the area was transformed into a grand exhibition center for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Belgium’s independence.

Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark is one of the most spectacular parks of the Brussels-Capital Region. But it’s more than just a park. It’s also a historical and cultural site. The Cinquantenaire is the only park in Brussels that brings together a collection of museums, monuments, works of art, and gardens all in one place. The 30-hectare park dates back to the reign of King Leopold II who wanted to develop Brussels into a prestigious European capital on a par with Paris. To achieve his dream, the “builder king” of the Belgians commissioned a large number of buildings, boulevards, and parks.