"Royal Residence" Laken Tip by toonsarah
Laken, Brussels: 11 reviews and 18 photos
In the suburb of Laken/Laeken is the "Chateau de Laeken", or royal residence, which we were able to see on our bus tour of the city. The palace in the city centre (le Palais Royal) is the official office of the king, but this royal residence in Laken is where the royal family actually lives.
It was built in 1772 by Albert von Sachsen-Teschen, the Governor of the Austrian Netherlands. After the French takeover of power in the southern Netherlands it was purchased by Napoleon in 1804. After the battle of Waterloo in 1815 it became the property of King William I, king of the united Netherlands, and 15 years later in 1830, when Belgium became independent, King Leopold I received it as a gift from the Belgian state. It became the permanent home of the royal family during the reign of King Leopold III.
In the royal park are a series of huge greenhouses, but their collections of tropical plants and flowers are only open to the public during 10 days in April and May.
Address: Laken 1020 Brussels
Directions: Suburb of north-west Brussels
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