"The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken" Royal Greenhouses of Laeken Tip by myriam_c

  The glass-and-iron dome
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Way back in 1874 King Leopold II wished to turn the capital of his country into a city worthy of international acclaim. So he decided to construct on the palace grounds a city of glass, a series of 16 huge interconnected greenhouses. The immense, yet delicate, glass-and-iron dome of the Winter Garden dominates the complex. Other structures include the junglelike Palm House, the brick Palm Tree Pavilion, the Congo Greenhouse (named for the colony - the Congo Free State - that Leopold acquired and so harshly administered) and two charming follies, a Chinese pavilion and a 131-foot-high Japanese pagoda.
Once a year, usually the last week of April and the first week of May, the greenhouses are open to the public to let them enjoy the exuberant displays of thousands upon thousands of flowers - azaleas, hydrangeas, fuchsias, geraniums, 200 varieties of camellias and hundreds of other plants - painstakingly choreographed to bloom simultaneously. The Royal Greenhouses are located at Avenue du Park Royal 61 in Laeken/Brussels. General admission fee is ? 2,50 - children 18 and under are free. The fees go toward the restoration and acquisition of artworks for the Royal Collection.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DURING 2 WEEKS: IN 2008 FROM APRIL 19 UNTIL MAY 12.
Opening hours: every day except Monday from 9.30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Evening visits are possible from Friday until Sunday from 8 until 11 p.m.

Address: Laken, Castle Grounds
Directions: In Parc van Laeken
Phone: +32 2 5513401
Website: http://www.monarchie.be/palace-and-heritage/greenhouses-laeken

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  • Updated Apr 18, 2008
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