The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are a vast complex of monumental heated greenhouses in the park of the Royal Castle of Laeken in the north of Brussels. The historic complex contains tropical, sub tropical and cold greenhouses. These greenhouses are world famous, but not a tourist attraction. The greenhouses are part of the Royal Park, and the royal private gardens and usually not open for visitors.HistoryThe gardens date back to the 18th century, but King Leopold II changed its garden-architecture. A brand new complex was commissioned by King Leopold II and designed by Alphonse Balat. Built between 1874 and 1895, the complex was finished with the completion of the so-called Iron Church, a domed greenhouse, which would originally serve as the royal chapel. The total floor surface of this immense complex is 2.5 hectares (270,000 square feet). 800,000 liters (over 200,000 US gallons) of fuel oil are needed each year to heat the buildings. After the death of the king, the greenhouses were kept, but the Iron Church was converted into a private royal bathing house.Royal botanic collectionFamous is the royal botanic collection, with old plants from Africa and various species of flowers which are cultivated inside the royal greenhouses for use at court. Though the current collection has lost many cultivars since the death of King Leopold II, the collection is still famous. In 1909, there were 314 species of camellias in the royal collection, with more than 1000 plants. Today, only 305 remain. The camellias are the world's largest and oldest collection in a greenhouse. The Orange tree collection of Leopold II was renowned with 130 trees aged 200 to 300 years; one even 400 years. In the 1970s, only 45 trees were still alive.Using our custom trip planner, Brussels attractions like Castle of Laeken can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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This is truly amazing building and a must. Hop off the bus for a little while and just enjoy the magic of yesteryear more »
The King’s greenhouse is open to the public for three weeks in spring, May. It is in the grounds of the palace which are themselves beautiful and worth a visit. The green house is vdry extensive and..... more »
The best place to see the castle filled with flowers! Ticket price is very cheap around 2.5€. Worth seeing the castle. They're maintaining it as big botanical garden. They've got all varieties of trees , plants and flowers! Worth visiting! Don't miss it.
We went for the Royal Greenhouses tour. Simply amazing and magical. It's like you are transported to another land.It's only open for 2 weeks a year so plan accordingly. Totally worth it. It only cost 2,50 Euros and was probably my favorite thing we did.
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