The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken open to the public


As tradition dictates, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are once again open to the public from 15 April to 8 May.

In 1873, architect Alphonse Balat, master of Victor Horta, designed a complex of greenhouses in the classical style of the château de Laeken. The greenhouses evoke the silhouette of a glass city, nestled in the heart of a hilly park.

The greenhouse tour is both an indoor and an outdoor activity. Once there, during the day, you can choose between a short (1.5 hrs) or long (2.5 hrs) visit. Only the short visit is available in the evenings.

For the long route, the visit begins with a walk in the gardens of the Royal Estate. So you can start by discovering the wonderful architecture of the greenhouses in perspective. This way you can admire  unusual architectural features, such as the ruins of a temple on the edge of one of the ponds and the rose arch. After the walk outside, you will visit the greenhouses. During the short visit, you will only visit the greenhouses.

The greenhouse complex includes the Palm Plateau with the landing stage, the Palm Greenhouse, the Azalea Greenhouse, the Geranium Gallery, the Diana Greenhouse and the Mirror Greenhouse, as well as the Congo Greenhouse dedicated to subtropical plants, the domed Winter Garden that includes palms and tree ferns, and the Orangery in which orange trees, laurel trees and camellias spend the winter.

Please note that your visit to the Royal Greenhouses must be booked online in advance. Read all the practical information here.