The man in charge of managing the Royal Estate in Laken Michel Dekens explains that “First and foremost there are the greenhouses that were built by the architect Alphonse Balat during the reign of King Leopold II. They are huge, covering 1.5 hectares. It is 700 metres from the furthest point to the castle. First admire the architecture and then in addition to this there is the exceptional vegetation. There is a considerable number of plants that were added during the reign of Leopold II, including part of the exceptional collection of 300 camellias that we have here”.
15 gardeners work throughout the year and there work intensifies during the weeks before the greenhouses open. Last year 113,000 people visited the greenhouses.
People with restricted mobility are welcome during the whole three weeks of the opening. However, they are advised to visit on 7 May as on that day the route through the greenhouses will be modified to make it easier for wheelchair users an others with mobility issues.
The greenhouses are open daily (except Monday) from 9:30 am to 3:30pm and from 8pm to 9:30 pm. On Friday’s the greenhouses are not open in the evening.
Entrance costs 2.50 for adults. Children can get in for free.