Laeken Travel Guide

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Laeken Things to Do

  • a tradition of over 100 years old

    When you have left the royal stables you will enter through this building, it is the first building and it houses the "orangerie".You will pass through the orangerie on your way out. There you can buy postcards or catalogues.Each year during Spring, the greenhouses of Laken are opened to the public during the last week of April and the frist week...

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  • the azalea room

    In this huge green house you will find a plentitude of azalea's all ordered accordingly to their colour.Here is the group of the red ones.The contemporary collection in the royal greenhouses is of real big value and more specific in three kind:.First of all, a certain amount of plants are still the original ones as "planted by" Leopold II.Second...

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  • then turn to your head to the other side...

    and watch the magnificien dome, the royal crown on the top.Soon you will find out how it looks inside!In 1873architect Alphonse Balat designed a greenhouse complex for King Leopold II.It had to "communicate" with the classic style of the Palac. The greenhouses addapted the shape of a glazier city, in the midst of a hilly park landscape.These royal...

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  • the greenhouse construction

    It is marvelous to see all the sites of this greenhouse construction.Especially on a sunny day, the green of the metal and the colour of the glas in the sun looks marvelous.During the 19th century, the advanced knowledge and technics and new materials, led to the combination of metal and glas and in this way to a whole new style: the green house.

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  • The Royal Palace at Laken

    Architect Poelaert (same as the one who designed the Palace of Justice in Brussels) has given the 18th century castle a new front in the early 1900ties.When the flag is up, the king is home!

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  • the walk back to the entry

    Between the royal palace and the street, seperated by a huge fence, there is this long path you have to walk.Ofcourse the royal family rather drives this path. Our present king, king Albert II is a huge motor fan.At the back you will find the Albert I memorate tower.

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  • The Japanese tower

    From inside the park you have a look at the Japanese tower, near the Chinese pavilion, that both are located outside the park.I hope the pics taken with my reflex camera will be better :-)then I will add a few of those!

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  • the way out

    well that was it ... this hall will lead to the orangerie where you can buy that catalogue or those postcards :-)I hope you enjoyed!

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  • arriving!

    a big round dome, an innercircle surrounded by pillars and a walking path in a huge circle at the outside of the pillar row.

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  • closing in on the big dome, the winter...

    Here you can see a detail of the iron inside of the greenhouse.It takes a lot of maintainance to keep it clean and to avoid corosion.

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  • more tropical plants

    the wide stairs (of the previous tip) will bring you in some new rooms with more tropical plants, some of them we are familiar with.

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  • a close up

    Lots of people take a deep breath and trying to inhale the scent of the flowers.I didn't do, you never know if one might get a yellow nose from those lilies `-)but I did take a closer look!

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  • a stairs full with flowers in baskets

    At our right there is a wide stairs going up.On both sides of it we get spoiled with magnificient flower compositions.

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  • more lovely suprises

    The statues I was talking about in the previous tip are seperated from eachother by this row of beautiful flowers in baskets.Here I found the one back that I saw last year and who's picture is in my t-logues.It is a green spiral one with the pink flowers, but not in focus on this picture.I have the impression the gardeners are changing a few things...

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  • another statue on our way

    coming out of the previous alley we find ourselfs in a bigger hall with two similar statues facing eachother.This is one of them.

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  • statues in the green

    left and right, there are small alleys that lead to statues on almost hidden places, hidden in different types of green.

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  • the azalea hall

    In this huge green house you will find a plentitude of azalea's all ordered accordingly to their colour:red and fuchsia coloured.

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  • the azalea hall

    In this huge green house you will find a plentitude of azalea's all ordered accordingly to their colour.Here are the yellow and orange ones.If you are lucky and the sun shines, then the sunbeams will heighligten their colours.

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  • azalea hall

    In this huge green house you will find a plentitude of azalea's all ordered accordingly to their colour.Here are the fine white and yellow ones, seperated by a little artificial waterfall and white stones.

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  • and our walk goes on

    another hall and another stair leads us to this open and inviting door... another marvel is waiting for us there.

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  • the fountain

    first little side alley at your right hand side, you have a look at a little fountain.The geraniums are growing against the wall and the fuchsia's are hanging down the ceiling.By the 4th of May they will have grown so much it will look like the whole ceiling is one fuchsia plant.

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Laeken Transportation

  • to get there

    There are several means of public transportation to get to Laeken: bus 53tram 19 and 94Metro Heizel, Royal Palace/Koninklijke Parklaan

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  • To get there

    If you drive there by car, then you can park your car on the large parking lot just across the Royal Palace.Local police and signalisation will help you.

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Laeken Shopping

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    ice cream man! ring your bell ! ring! rrrring!

    by irisbe Written Apr 22, 2003

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    It is yellow, it has 4 wheels and it is waiting for you at the parking space :-)
    It is called the icecream van!

    What to buy: Icecream of course! in different flavours!

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Laeken Warnings and Dangers

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    street crossing

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    Whether you parked your car or you came by bus, don't just cross the street but wait for the local police to help you over.
    They are specially there to stop the traffic and let you pass.

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Laeken Off The Beaten Path

  • painted flowers

    Sometimes pictures doesn't come out the way you liked it. Should you just throw them away? Or should you experiment on them?I thought to do the second and I will add them on my off the beaten path as my t-logues are too limited.off the beaten path of the photographer `-)

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  • painted flowers

    Sometimes pictures doesn't come out the way you liked it. Should you just throw them away? Or should you experiment on them?I thought to do the second and I will add them on my off the beaten path as my t-logues are too limited.off the beaten path of the photographer `-)

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  • painted flowers

    Sometimes pictures doesn't come out the way you liked it. Should you just throw them away? Or should you experiment on them?I thought to do the second and I will add them on my off the beaten path as my t-logues are too limited.off the beaten path of the photographer `-)

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Laeken Favorites

  • Another detail of the fence

    This is a small detail of the fence that is seperating the premises of the Royal Castle from the public road.

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  • for people that want to have a rest

    ... when you walk through the garden of the royal palace, you might find several places where you can sit for a few minutes should your legs don't want to carry you no further or should you just want to enjoy the magnificient view. Spring is lovely!Visiting the garden medio April, will give you the advantage of enjoying the japanese cherie trees...

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  • The royal park

    After you have visited the royal stables you will be invited into the park.It is a lovely park and I will try to spread the pictures in the t-logues and into tips with fewer comments.In the park are some statues.This wild boar is special in a way that it is one of 2 pieces made. The other one is in the Zoo of AntwerplWhat hardly can do here but you...

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