Sure, Paris has that big triumphant arch. Brussels, on the other hand, has a monument consisting of not one, not two, but three arches, dedicated to glorifying Belgium’s independence.
This massive structure, from which a huge Belgian flag flutters, is the centerpiece of the Parc du Cinquantenaire. Behind it are a number of museums on subjects from art to autos to the army. In front are dogs playing, a treehouse nestled into the shade, and Brussels’ corporate titans picnicking on their lunch breaks. Just watch out around the impeccably gardened and manicured sections: you could knock a tooth out on the corner of a perfectly square hedge.
Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée; www.brussels.info/parc-du-cinquantenaire/
Free entry; wheelchair accessible