The European District, more than just a political centre

There are museums well worth a visit, pleasant places to have a drink, a remarkable architectural heritage with its Art Nouveau gems, and a multitude of parks and gardens perfect for relaxing and picnicking.

This district is incredibly green, contrary to what you might think. At its heart is the Parc Léopold, once a royal zoo.

The Parc du Cinquantenaire, one of the most beautiful in the capital, with its triumphal arch erected in 1880 to celebrate Belgium’s 50th birthday. Climb to the top for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city!

The Ambiorix, Marie-Louise and Marguerite squares, where you can admire their elegant Art Nouveau-style mansions.

For history lovers, the House of European History is a must-see. Located right in the heart of the Parc Léopold, it is impressive for the wealth of its contents. On the Esplanade, you’ll find the Parlamentarium, the museum that explains the workings of the European Parliament in a simple, participatory way.

Another place that will appeal to young and old alike is the Museum des Sciences naturelles, home to Europe’s largest dinosaur gallery, no less! Opposite, the Wiertz Museum is also well worth a visit. Here you can discover the fascinating world of painter, sculptor and man of letters Antoine Wiertz, one of the most controversial Belgian Romantic artists of his time.

You’ll find Autoworld, in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, where you can admire an incredible collection of cars, motorbikes and even carriages. Right next door, the Art & History Museum and the Royal Museum of the Army and Military History house some truly impressive collections.

Squares such as Place Jourdan, Place Luxembourg, Place Jean Rey and Place de Londres are famous for their lively terraces.

The food scene in the European Quarter is just as impressive. From traditional brasseries to world cuisine restaurants, you’ll find a wide variety of choices to satisfy your taste buds.

On Place Jean Rey, the Grand Central stands out as a lively café-restaurant, offering delicious brunches and a variety of dishes to suit all appetites.

For a typically Brussels gourmet break, don’t miss the friterie Antoine on Place Jourdan.

Le Schieve Lavabo offers a warm atmosphere and a menu of classic Belgian dishes.

For fans of Italian cuisine, Ciaooo is the place to go for delicious Neapolitan pizzas.

For wine lovers, Le Jardin du Sommelier, located near Schuman, is a must among restaurants and wine bars.

Every Tuesday, don’t miss the organic market on the Place du Luxembourg. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy quality organic produce in a village atmosphere, right in the heart of Europe.

On Thursday evenings, the aperitif at Place du Luxembourg is a tradition enjoyed by expats and Brussels locals alike. This is where the festive atmosphere is in full swing every week. Brussels residents mingle with local workers to enjoy a well-earned beer or cocktail.

The European district is a place where history, culture, gastronomy and nature come together to offer a rich and diverse experience. This district has something for everyone.

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