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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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  • The Laeken Palace is the official residence of the Kings of Belgium and during some periods of the year can be visited. Unfortunately during the period I was in Brussels I couldn't visit because it wasn't open, but even from the outside, of course it's very beautiful, it also has great rides such as the Park of Laeken and the Atomium.
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  • You can admire the main façade of the Palace of Laeken behind the Golden Gates that are closed. Impossible to visit this Palace. Royal greenhouses and the Japanese tower, the Chinese pavilion and the fountain of Neptune are located nearby.
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  • Pity that this jewel Brussels so much history is not visitabke as it is filled with ancient and recent history.
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  • Such a stunning castle just outside the park. Is not possible to enter, but I think there is on part that is open to the general public. Worth a visit at least from the outside to take pictures!
  • An stunning castle one of the most visited people by the tourist If you are looking for places like the places or castle this place is a must go
  • Huge castle hiding the most of the park behind walls and fences
  • It cannot be visited at the moment
  • Closed for public
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