Outdoor Attractions in Brussels

Information about the parks, waterparks, woodlands, forests and outdoor attractions in and around Brussels...

Below is information on the popular public parks, woods and green spaces in and around Brussels city that are open to walkers, cyclists and runners.

To many people, Brussels is a city of history and culture, but the city still has plenty of outdoor activities for all ages, with more green areas than the other major European cities.

The Tourism Office of Wallonia-Brussels publishes a brochure called Brussels Escapades, which groups the various activities offered in the city according to the seasons or areas of interest.

Lots of useful local information can be found on the main tourist websites.

Brussels city

Within the city itself there are plenty of parks and the local tourist office organises guided walks, many with a theme.

Water trips are also popular in the Brussels, and information on the various day trips by boat can be found on the Brussels by Water website.


Undoubtedly one of Brussels' most popular family attractions, Bruparck is located on the outskirts of the city at Heysel, easily accessible by public transport and road links. It is a massive attraction park and includes the Océade water park.

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Bois de la Cambre and Terkamaren Woods

The Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kamerenbos is better known as the Central Park of Brussels. Nearly 125 hectares of forests, fields, ponds, and paths, it caters for most outdoor activities including walking, horse riding and cycling. It is popular with runners and joggers and hosts a major running event each year.

Fôret de Soignes

Just outside the city is the Fôret de Soignes, which stretches over the three Belgian regions. There are various forest centres for walking, cycling and gentle exercise, as well as the Centre Sportif de la Fôret de Soignes, which has mainstream facilities and an indoor climbing wall.

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Ardennes region

Easily accessible from the city, this area is good for outdoor activities including walking, hiking, climbing and riding. Information is available on the main tourist sites, as well as on the Ardennes/Namur tourist website.