Neighbourhood Walk: the European Quarter

17 February 2022
Ixelles - Parc Léopold - vue panoramique - photo aérienne - nature

The European Quarter is known as a densely built, monofunctional office district, intersected by many city motorways. But this rather simplistic view doesn't reflect just how much this neighbourhood has to offer.

In a number of places, such as Square De Meeûs or Leopold Park, you can still sense what it was like in the past, when the bourgeoisie left the busy heart of the city to build their large mansions here, next to beautifully constructed green parks. In recent years, a lot of effort has been made to diversify the neighbourhood, by introducing more housing, more shops and pedestrian squares.

The European institutions have never been more open to the public than now, offering you the opportunity to attend plenary sessions in the Parliament hemicycle. And that's not all, the Parlamentarium and the House of Human History introduce you to the European Union from its very beginnings and explain how the institutions works.

Not forgetting that the district is home to some of Belgium's most important museums, including the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Wiertz Museum. Another key site is Cinquantenaire Park with its major museums devoted to various themes. Built for the fiftieth anniversary of Belgium's independence, the site is now a park that hosts the Royal Museums of Art and History, the Royal Military Museum and Autoworld. Admire the triumphal arch and visit the incredible Pavilion of Human Passions, a small temple designed by the famous architect Victor Horta. 

Duration of walk: 2h30
Starting point: ‘Trône’/‘Troon’ metro stop (lines 2, 6)
Finish: Merode or Schuman (metro lines 1, 5)

The map for this walk is available in French, Dutch and English. 

In collaboration with Brukselbinnenstebuiten