Firstly let me tell you what my guide book said about Parc Leopold "a some what bedraggeled park once the home to the city zoo, a function it still performs today albeit for semi caged Eurocrats in search of some space" Well we didn't see any Eurocrats here but if it hadn't been a weekend we probably would have given its close proximity to the European Union. Bedraggeled it certainly was not. Parc Leopold, like most of the parks we visited in the city, was small but very beautiful. We spent some time sitting by the little lake enjoying the fine weather, relaxing a while in some green space and watching the ducks constantly in search of food. The park is quite hilly but lots of benches line the paths so you can take a seat before continuing your stroll around. We didn't have one but it is the perfect place for a picnic.
Located close to the ultra modern European district, the Leopold Park is an oasis of green in the heart of Etterbeek. Little suggests that this place have a prestigious past.
Originally property of the family (noble) Eggevoort, it was sold in 1851 to the Royal Society of Zoology. Mismanagement in the handling of animals leads quickly to bankruptcy. The city of Brussels bought in 1876. The State ad a former convent converted into a museum of natural history on . In 1880 (50 years of independence) that the called Leopold (name of the 2 first kings of Belgium at the time)
In the early twentieth century, industrials (Solvay Warocquier) and bankers to create a science park. Is still witness today the dental laboratory analysis Warocquier, but for sure the prestigious Solvay Library (worth a visit!)
Situé à deux pas du quartier Européen ultra moderne, le parc Léopold est une oasis de verdure au coeur d'Etterbeek. Peu laisse à penser que cet endroit est issu d'un passé prestigieux.
A l'origine propriété de la famille (de nobles) Eggevoort, il est vendu en 1851 à la Société royale de zoologie. Une mauvaise gestion dans l'entretien des animaux amène rapidement la faillite. La ville de Bruxelles rachète en 1876. L'état y adjoint l'ancien couvent et le transforme en musée d'histoire naturelle. C'est en 1880 (50 ans d'indépendance) qu'on le dénomme Léopold (nom des 2 premier rois de Belgique à l'époque)
Au début du Vingtième siècle, des industriels (Solvay, Warocquier) et des banquiers y créent un parc scientifique. En est encore témoin aujourd'hui le laboratoire d'analyse dentaire Warocquier, mais surtout la prestigieuse bibliothèque Solvay (vaut la visite !)
Parc Leopold lies near the European Parliment building, east of the city centre. It occupies part of the grounds of an old estate and features a nice lake which was once part of the Maelbeek river which was covered over in the 19th century for hygiene reasons.
The Leopold Park is a nice little park with a pond and some beautiful buildings among which the magnificent Solvay Library. Did you know that the park was a former Zoo? Brussels no longer has a zoo nowadays.