A colourful kind of bug took over Brussels


The 15th annual Love Bug Parade saw no less than 350 Volkswagen Beetles cruise through Brussels in celebration of the iconic car.

What started out in 2009 as a humble but certain celebration of the love for cars and love itself has turned into an international affair. Indeed, Beetle owners came from neighbouring countries the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg to partake in the festivities.

Those who casually strolled into the Cinquantenaire park on Sunday were treated to music, food, drinks and cars identical in shape but so varied in colour and personality that you wouldn’t know where to look first.

It’s fitting that such an exposé would occur at this particular location, as it is the site of Autoworld, an automobile museum built on the collection of its founder, Ghislain Mahy, and his sons Hans and Ivan. The museum saw the light of day in 1986 and found its place in the southern half of the Cinquantenaire complex, which also houses the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, and the Art & History Museum.

Whether you’re passionate about cars, military history, art or even ‘just’ nature, the Cinquantenaire park is definitely worth a visit when you’re in Brussels.