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Castle of Laeken, Brussels

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The Royal 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 Laeken neighbourhood. It sits in a large park called the Royal Domain of Laeken, which is off-limits to the public.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 furnitures.On 21 July 1803, Nicolas-Jean Rouppe, as commissioner of the department of the Dijle, 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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  • August 11, 2017
    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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  • July 16, 2017
    Pity that this jewel Brussels so much history is not visitabke as it is filled with ancient and recent history.
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  • April 22, 2017
    Stylish but still of "human" dimension. A mixt of pompuous style and still welcoming feeling. Reflect Belgian kind and open mind.  more »
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  • August 7, 2017
    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!
  • November 17, 2016
    World heritage - not open to public
  • August 15, 2017
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  • June 7, 2017
    The royal family castle
  • October 7, 2016
    Just have a look if you are visiting the park

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