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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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  • A park prices, worth a stroll there, much more than to the atomium or the small Europe
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  • The Park is great and deserves to be explored. Pretty much, kept, clean, full of small animals. Great for moments of relaxation and quiet.
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  • Wonderful nature with green hills and thousands of rabbits running about (not at the same time). Some nice buildings, but the best part is the silence. Belgium is crowded, but here you feel like it's ...  more »
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  • World heritage - not open to public
  • Just have a look if you are visiting the park
  • Really nice, beautiful plant species and lawn.
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