The Royal Greenhouses feature an extensive collection of rare and valuable plants, some of which belonged to Belgium King Leopold II’s original collections.
The Greenhouses are open to the public each year in spring for almost three weeks only, as per tradition. During the period, visitors can witness the beauty and grandeur of the Ideal Glass Palace and enjoy the spirit that prevailed when the original collections were planted.
The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken in Brussels were designed by architect Alphonse Balat for King Leopold II in 1873. This complex of greenhouses is a stunning glass city with monumental pavilions and glass cupolas set in an undulating landscape.
The Royal Greenhouses are a prime example of the use of metal and glass as construction materials during the 19th century. The complex includes wide arcades that resemble covered streets and inspired new Belgian architecture of the day. The Greenhouses’ influence spread worldwide, particularly with Art Nouveau.
To get to The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken in Brussels from Brussels city center, you can take public transportation such as a tram or a bus.
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The Greenhouses are open to the public each year in spring for almost three weeks only.