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Parc Leopold, Brussels

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Parc Léopold or Leopoldspark is a public park located within the Leopold Quarter of Brussels, adjacent to the Paul-Henri Spaak building, the seat of the European Parliament.The 10-hectare park was opened to the public in 1880 after the unpopular Royal Zoological Garden had been removed. During the following years, a campus for the famous Solvay School of Commerce was established in the park but construction of additional buildings was soon curtailed for fear of encroachment on the park and its fragile wildlife. The buildings have remained to this day but only one still belongs to Solvay . The building of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is also located in the park.The Library of Solvay is also located in the park and houses the think tanks Security & Defence Agenda, Friends of Europe and Maison d'Europe. A House of European History will also be housed by the Eastman building from 2014.The outstanding feature of the park is its pond, fed by the Maalbeek stream. Many rare trees and animals such as mallards, moorhens, coots, and even Egyptian geese and rose-ringed parakeets thrive in this urban environment.
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  • Not huge but very nice, with a beautiful pond and many walking trails in the nature.
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  • In the heart of the European district, this pleasant retreat. This is where the all-joggers, people who are there with their dogs, are on a picnic, play games and more. Around the pond, you can see a variety of bird species, including exotic species as namesake and halsbandsparakit. Here, it is nice to relax and stroll around.
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  • Located 2 min walk of Place Jourdan, European district, this park with a little outdated atmosphere is very friendly with its pond, ducks and its swans. Many benches provide a nice stop at noon or after a visit to the Museum of natural history or the Parlementarium that is 2 steps. Give yourself a moment to stroll y!
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  • Beautifull small park just behind the European Parlament! It is worth to spend some time relaxing there in the weekend!
  • A spot of quietness in the city. Enjoyed a great walk at night, feeling perfectly safe.
  • Beautiful park, with a lake and ducks. It has Playground for kids!! And is near a museum and a library, so it's a good stop before or after the visit.
  • Nice place where to have a walk or take a small break in a calm and cozy public garden
  • Beautiful park surrounded by Solvay buildings and musea