Château Royal de Laeken
The enormous Serres Royales were built by Alphonse Balat during Léopold II's reign. Fuchsias and all sorts of tropical species thrive...
Parc de Laeken
The Parc de Laeken starts opposite the Domaine Royal and stretches to the Atomium. Dotted with chestnut and magnolia trees, its focal...
The Atomium's panorama-level restaurant reopens after the exhibits have closed, putting starched cloths on its functional tables and...
Domaine Royal information
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 .