The 5 best places to get fit in Brussels
1) Aspria Arts-Loi
This is one of the best gyms in town. It’s also one of the most expensive. But it does have a large swimming pool, a stylish restaurant and gorgeous staff. Popular with Eurocrats who work nearby, as well as the occasional Belgian politician seeking to lose a few kilos.
2) Friskis & Svettis
The name is Swedish. It means Healthy & Sweaty. So you know what to expect. The idea is to get fit while having fun. Not expensive.
3) Royal Tennis Club of Belgium
Here is one of the strangest places in the city. Built in 1954 on top of a seven-story car park, this complex comprises three indoor tennis courts modeled on Wimbledon’s. Many of the world’s great tennis stars have played here, but it is now a modest club for local players with a tennis workshop and a quaint bar.
4) Bains de la Ville Bruxelles
This is a somewhat neglected gem of Fifties architecture in the heart of the Marolles. Swimmers have the choice of two pools, one above the other. The pool on the third floor has big windows at one end which allow you to look down on the roofs of the Marolles. A friendly, curious place.
5) La Promenade Verte
A little-known 60km green route for cyclists, joggers and walkers runs around the edge of the city. It includes quiet stretches through parks, wooded valleys and rolling farmland. Easily reached by metro or bus.
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The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels reveals off-the-beaten-track places and interesting details for anyone who's keen to explore Brussel's best-kept secrets.
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