Parc de Bruxelles/Warandepark

A. de Ville de Goyet ©

Parc de Bruxelles/Warandepark was laid out at the end of the 18th century as an extension to Place Royale/Koningsplein, on the old Warande or Garenne, which at the time served as a hunting ground for the Dukes of Brabant’s court at Coudenberg/Koudenberg. It was designed by French architect Barnabé Guimard and Austrian landscape architect Joachim Zinner in 1774 and revolves around three major thoroughfares representing Masonic symbols, which were very fashionable in Enlightenment Brussels. The park is made up of forest-like copses, trained lime trees marking the perimeter of the park and a network of vast avenues offering far-reaching vistas, bordered with plane trees or horse chestnuts. It is decked out with a remarkable group of statues from the former maze in the ducal park that previously stood here, the Château de Tervueren/Kasteel van Tervuren and the Tour & Taxis mansion house, and it also boasts an elegant bandstand built in 1841 by architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer. Here, brass bands and orchestras used to regularly give concerts for a delighted audience, who enjoyed dancing to the lively tunes. Festivities were often organised in the park, and guests at the Vauxhall – inspired by London’s 17th-century Vauxhall Gardens – regularly filled its avenues. Nowadays, Parc de Bruxelles/Warandepark is the setting for public celebrations on Belgian National Day (21 July). Day in, day out, walkers and joggers criss-cross this green artery in the middle of Brussels, while others prefer to enjoy a picnic with friends or a quiet read. (Listed 21/06/1971)

Practical information

Place des Palais/Paleizenplein / Rue Royale/Koningsstraat / Rue Ducale/Hertogsstraat / Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, Brussels
1 5 Parc - Park
2 6 Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet
92 93 Parc - Park
29 63 65 66 Treurenberg