From mid July until August 14 an area on the banks of the Brussels-Charleroi Canal is opened as a summer "beach" - the Bruxelles les Bains. There are palm trees, olive trees and bamboos in grassy and sandy areas, where you can sit in the sun in free deck chairs and enjoy exotic food and drink stalls and free entertainment for both adults and children. Particularly nice for young children - sand to play in and water activities. Admission is free. A great place to put your feet up after museums etc.
It's started four years ago, and is repeated yearly.
Tervuren Park is a tram ride from the city centre. Walk around the lakes or wander along the trails in the woods. You can get to the Africa museum and its formal grounds from the park or go into Tervuren centre and sample the patisseries and shops.
Take the No 44 'Tervuren' tram from Montgomery metro. The park and museum are just opposite the tram stop
Walk down the steps in front of the 100m-high Palais de Justice and turn left onto Place Poelaert for a magnificent view over the roofs of the city. Take the glass lift down to the slightly down-at-heel Marolles area and find Pieter Bruegel the Elder's house at 132 Rue Haute.
Place Poelaert; Tel: 02 508 64 10; Nearest metro: Louise; Tram: 91, 92, 93, 94; Bus: 20, 48; Open: 8am-5pm Mon-Fri; Admission: free
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