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Laeken Palace, 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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  • Surrounded by vast green in rail over long distances. Statue of a lion, the gate is closed. However, may I see the green area and in the building.
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  • I went to the Castle Royal Palace greenhouses in Belgium at the end of April, open for a limited time. Full of lovely flowers. From the Palace's Western series Poker properly did not dress for.
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  • Some reviews say this palace is open to the public and some say it isn't. I walked there after visiting the Atomium and didn't see any signs of a public entrance. Its so far away from the fence its ha...  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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  • Looks nice.