Domaine Royal

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Domaine Royal information

Brussels , Belgium
Getting there
bus 53 from Metro Bockstael
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Lonely Planet review

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 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 .