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Celebrate Independence

Located in the easternmost part of Brussels' European Quarter, the Parc du Cinquantenaire is a huge grassy expanse dominated by the horseshoe-shaped Arcades du Cinquantenaire, which meet together in a monumental triumphal arch. The arch was created in 1880 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Belgian independence, and features emerald green statues atop three large, stone archways, which connect three extensive museums: the Royal Army & Military History Museum, Autoworld, and the Royal Museum of Art & History. While the history is rich, there is much more to see besides the prestigious museums and the mosque. Visitors flock to the sprawling lawns and misting fountains to admire the gorgeous architecture, sit back and relax, or even catch a drive-in movie.

Utrip Tips

*Cinquantenaire is just a short metro ride to the east of the city center. Take either line 1 or 5 to either Schuman or Mérode metro station and then walk toward the Arch.

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