In 1880 Belgium celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence. Therefore, king Leopold II wanted to have a world exhibition organized in Brussels. For its location a former military exercising ground outside of the center of the city was chosen, the so-called "Linthout" plains. In this exhibition the world would be able to see that the new state of Belgium was prospering and able to take its place between the important nations of Europe. In the second half of the 19th century Leopold II had acquired the Congolese colony in Africa which supplied him with considerable financial possibilities. He decided to use a part of his new fortune to give Brussels the outlook of an important European city. One of his realizations was this Cinquantenaire park with its imposing monuments.
You'll most probably see the arches when driving through Brussels.
The park has two great museums (one military, one automotive). While we were there a wedding party was passing through, dancing, singing... having loads of fun.
The Cinquantenaire is a monument similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris or the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, but a bit smaller. Next to it there´s a big park, inside the building are three museums, a automobile and a war museum, also an arts and history museum.
This parc is in the eastern district of the city past the EU area. It houses many of the cities museums
This photo was taken from the Hop On Hop Off bus as we drove past the park.
The triumphal arch was built in 1880 to celebrate 50 years of Belgian independence.
The rooms are now used for museums.
Take a metro to station Merode, you'll get out next to Brussels Arc de Triomphe. The park next to it is a perfect place to walk or to sit and relax.