Domaine Royal information
The Domain Royale contains a trio of palace-villas that are home to Belgium’s ruling family. All are out of bounds to tourists, but two or three weeks a year (exact dates are announced each January) you can join the enthusiastic queues to visit the magnificent Royal Greenhouses , designed in 1873 by Alphonse Balat (Horta’s teacher). The construction was an engineering marvel of its day and the contents include many fabulous and rare tropical species.
Deceased Belgian royals are laid to rest in the crypt of the splendid, triple-spired stone church of Notre-Dame de Laeken.