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Castle of Laeken, Brussels

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The Castle of Laeken, is the official residence of the King of the Belgians and the royal family. It lies in the Brussels region, 5km north of the city centre in the municipality of Laeken. It sits in a large park called the Royal Domain of Laeken, which is off-limits to the public. It was originally named the Castle of Schonenberg and is often referred to as the Royal Castle.The castle at Laeken should not be confused with the Royal Palace of Brussels, in central Brussels, which is the official palace of the King of the Belgians and from which affairs of state are handled.HistoryThe castle was built at Laeken, then outside of Brussels, between 1782-1784 after the plans of the French architect Charles de Wailly under supervision of Louis Montoyer as a summer residence for the Governors of the Habsburg Netherlands, Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria and her husband Albert of Saxe-Teschen. Jean-Joseph Chapuis provided the royal furniture.On 21 July 1803, Nicolas-Jean Rouppe, as commissioner of the department of the Dyle, received Napoleon at the Castle of Laeken. Napoleon stayed at Laeken with the Empress Josephine in August 1804 on his way from awarding the first Légion d'honneur to his invasion troops at Boulogne to his progress along the Rhine, and later during the Hundred Days in 1815 dated this proclamation prematurely from the palace:
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  • This is truly amazing building and a must. Hop off the bus for a little while and just enjoy the magic of yesteryear  more »
  • The King’s greenhouse is open to the public for three weeks in spring, May. It is in the grounds of the palace which are themselves beautiful and worth a visit. The green house is vdry extensive and.....  more »
  • The best place to see the castle filled with flowers! Ticket price is very cheap around 2.5€. Worth seeing the castle. They're maintaining it as big botanical garden. They've got all varieties of trees , plants and flowers! Worth visiting! Don't miss it.
  • We went for the Royal Greenhouses tour. Simply amazing and magical. It's like you are transported to another land.It's only open for 2 weeks a year so plan accordingly. Totally worth it. It only cost 2,50 Euros and was probably my favorite thing we did.
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