Michel Blankets, the manager of the domain in Laeken, explains what all there is to see. "First of all, there are, of course, the greenhouse itself, built when Leopold II was king, by his architect Alphonse Balat. The dimensions are gigantic: a half-hectare surface, with a surface of 2,5 hectares of what the glazing. It is located 700 meters between the farthest point and the castle. So there is first that architecture to admire, but also, of course, the exceptional vegetation. So there are still quite a number of plants that have been installed under Leopold II, among other things, a part of the exceptional collection of the three hundred camellias that we have here."
Fifteen gardeners are available all year around full time with the maintenance activities and the last weeks before the opening of the greenhouses is very intensive. Last year there were 113.000 visitors.Free of charge for young people
Persons with reduced mobility are available all day welcome to a shorter trail to follow, but it is recommended that they on Tuesday 7 may. That day the trail is extended and adapted for wheelchair users and people who are bad to the bone.
The access cost of 2.5 euros and is free for those under 18 years of age. The opening hours are usually from 9.30 to 15.30 and in the evening from 20h to 21h30. 's Fridays are the greenhouses in the morning, and on Monday, everything remains closed all day. The last visiting days is Friday 10 may. All of the hours and other info is to view on monarchy.be.