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A discreet havenBrussels
Le parc d'Egmont
31, boulevard de Waterloo
All roads lead to...
This park was once the garden of the Egmont palace, but it has since found its independence. Although not well known, there is an abundance of paths that will lead you to it. You can try the Rue du Grand Cerf, a charming tree-lined trail, or the entrance off Boulevard Waterloo or the Passage Yourcenar. The last two boast cobblestones and beautiful arches covered in vines, my preferred route.
Once you reach the end of these paths, you’ll feel great. Cut off from the outside world, enjoy the gentle ambience, ideal for daydreaming, romantic dates or a spot of reading. This is more than a park to relax in; it also offers plenty of curious attractions like the “Exèdre” (medieval well) and various statues, including one of Peter Pan that dates from 1924.
Access: Rue du Grand Cerf, Boulevard de Waterloo (no. 31), Passage de Milan, Rue des Petits Carmes, Rue aux Laines (no. 33).
Open all year round from 8 am to 9 pm.
I teach tennis in the city and also write about culture for a number of publications. I love to travel and meet people. My city? It's an improv concert in a down-to-earth bar, an exhibition built on a work site, a play performed in the heart of the old city... My little extra: combining sport and culture!