Royal Greenhouses Laeken

Royal Greenhouses Laeken

-Designed in 1873 for King Leopold II by Alphonse Balat, the glass palace is open to the public once a year in spring for three weeks
-2021 edition: One-way walk starting from the Castle of Schonenberg, around the gardens of the Royal Domain for about 2km, then you enter the Royal Greenhouses at the end of the walk. Not all greenhouses are accessible this year
-The Castle of Schonenberg was built on the initiative of the Austrian Archdukes and Governors-General of the Netherlands, Maria-Christina of Austria and Albrecht of Saxony-Teschen, designeded by French architect Charles de Wailly and executed by architect-contractor Louis Montoyer between 1781 and 1785. The castle gardens were designed in accordance with the instructions of well-known English landscape designer Lancelot (Capability) Brown
-You pass by temple ruins at the edge of one of the ponds
-The following greenhouses are open to the public in 2021:
*the Embarcadère Greenhouse, the reception area for guests in the past
*the square Congo Greenhouse with subtropical plants
*the domed Winter Garden with palm trees and tree ferns, among other things
*the Orangery, the overwintering location for the orange trees, laurel trees and camellias which are now arranged on the esplanade in front of the Orangery
-Fun fact: Some of the plants belonging to King Leopold II’s original collections still exist
-Cost: EUR 2.50 for 12+ year olds (we’re all in this category 🙂 )
-You can book your ticket here:
https://www.koninklijke-serres-royales.be/
-You can buy bottles of water and soft drinks at the end of the walk, also a shop with a few items to buy
-Stroller not-so-unfriendly 🙂 There are about 15 steps – but if you can carry the stroller for the steps, then you get to use the stroller for 2km!
-Dogs are not allowed
-Toilets available at two points in 2021
-Parking opposite of the entrance (plan ahead for a bit of extra time in case the parking is full and they close it, you might need to park elsewhere or go by public transport)
-Picnic is not allowed during the visit
-There is a small park nearby where the Museum of Far East is located (closed for now) and you could have a picnic there at the grass
https://goo.gl/maps/r1PoAFbCACVJaZma8
-Great pop up summer bar nearby with drinks and burgers:
Guinguette Andre
https://goo.gl/maps/jispuUsVVfLbBLQb7
-Also great terrasse (but paid entrance and reservation is obligatory) at the Meise Botanic Garden – there is also a barefoot path and a pullable platform in the lake by the castle!
-You can combine it with Laerbeek, there is a great playground there and a terrasse with a smaller playground next to it, also forest to walk around
-You can combine it also with Drie Fonteinen, a domain with a nice playground and a brasserie with a terrasse near the playground. It is perdect for a stroller friendly walk or kids cycling. Also ideal for picnic!
-You can also combine it with Ferme Nos Pilifs, there is also a terrasse there, a small sandpit and farm animals
-Not even 15 minutes drive N of Schuman, Brussels (about 40 minutes by public transport)

You can park here (limited places, plan ahead for extra time in case the parking is full)
Avenue de la Dynastie, 1020 Bruxelles
https://goo.gl/maps/WRSAogzV3ocL3idJ6

And then you walk just to the opposite side of the street to enter:
Royal Greenhouses – Entrance2021
Avenue du Parc Royal 61, 1020 Bruxelles
https://goo.gl/maps/QpbJXfYGHWuF2TX49